Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 156: Oscar Nominations! (aka Poor Shailene! Demián Who?)

I was watching, were you? Such fun! And I have much to say on the topic. But first:

I finished addressing every blessed holiday card last night and walked to the P.O. today to mail them, then treated myself to a yummy Thai lunch, then wrestled my Inner Diet Czar over whether I could have wine with lunch (Czar won. I freaking hate Czar), then ascended my giant hill, huffing and puffing like a person who's never exercised a day in her life.


Fitness . . . remains a mystery.

I saw a cutie-girl from my zumba class who works at Lakota Bakery, right next to my Thai restaurant, and home of the best cookies I've ever had in my life, bar none. I'm not even a sweets girl per se, but I can get nutty over Lakota cookies. And this girl is the size and shape of a pencil, which has always puzzled me — even if you only ate one cookie a day, wouldn't you have a tiny curve, a soft pad of flesh, somewhere?

But when I passed her standing outside her place, I saw that she was smoking. A-ha! I cried (not audibly). She is smoking herself thin. Whenever she gets the urge to snack on, say, a Florentine, she grabs a cancer stick and heads outside to take a little drag on death.

I'm not here to judge, though.

On to the nominees! For Best Picture, we have nine choices, four of which I've seen:
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Help
I enjoyed them all, probably in about that order. I will say that I found The Artist to be a rather slight film and that I think of the Oscar winner as something with a bit more substance. But if it wins, I will clap and cheer mightily.

Three nominees I will happily see:
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • War Horse (maybe "happily" isn't the right word for either of these)
  • Moneyball (coming to me soon via Netflix)
And then two more that I desperately do not want to see:
  • The Tree of Life — I think it's a bad sign when even the lead actor can't summarize the plot
  • Midnight in Paris — I loathe that perv Woody Allen and will not put a penny of my own money into his pocket
(Please note that I am not remotely consistent in my loathing of pervs and have seen many a Roman Polanski movie aprés scandal. I acknowledge this but I can't help it.)

I do try to see every major nominee, but those two may do me in.

For Best Actor and Actress:
  • Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" (Um, who? In what?)
  • George Clooney in "The Descendants" (Love!)
  • Jean Dujardin in "The Artist" (Love!)
  • Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (will see)
  • Brad Pitt in "Moneyball" (will see)
  • Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" (will see)
  • Viola Davis in "The Help" (Love!)
  • Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (will see)
  • Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" (will see)
  • Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn" (Love!)
A very pleasing set of nominees! And I am capital-D delighted not to have to slog through J. Edgar, sorry Leo. I'll probably skip A Better Life but expect to see all the others. I haven't seen enough of them to make any predictions yet (but right now I hope hope hope that it's Meryl's year, much as I love Viola — the scene between the two of them in Doubt was beyond mesmerizing).

For Best Supporting Actor and Actress:
  • Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"(I thought he was just OK)
  • Jonah Hill in "Moneyball" (will see)
  • Nick Nolte in "Warrior" (hmm — might see)
  • Christopher Plummer in "Beginners" (will see)
  • Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (will see)
  • Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist" (Love!)
  • Jessica Chastain in "The Help" (wow, really? Hmm)
  • Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids" (Love!)
  • Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs" (will see)
  • Octavia Spencer in "The Help" (Love!)
Lots of food for thought here. I'd been prepared to go out on a limb and declare Christopher Plummer the near-certain winner, as it feels like this is a Grand Old Man of the Stage's year —so the presence of Max von Sydow is throwing me for a loop. Both are well-respected and still doing good work. And, it should be noted, I haven't seen either film yet!*

I'm sad for Albert Brooks of Drive, whose film I also haven't seen yet but whose against-type performance as a villain I heard was marvelous.**

One of the Entertainment Weekly reviews was very thumbs-uppy about this Warrior movie, so perhaps I will check it out. And I do like that cute little Nick Nolte.

I am mad that Jessica Chastain, whom I thought the weakest link in The Help, is on this list instead of Shailene Woodley. I call shenanigans!

I love Janet McTeer, haven't seen her movie yet but I have no doubt that she will be spectacular. And having said that, I am crossing every digit I have that this one goes to Melissa McCarthy. Octavia Spencer took a well-written role and played it perfectly, exactly the way we all imagined it — she did justice to Minnie. But Melissa took a role that could have gone any number of ways and created one of the most memorable characters of the year, and someone unlike anyone she's ever played before. I am so rooting for Melissa!!

But you know — with the exception of the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain, you kinda can't go wrong in this category. Bérénice lit up the screen every second she was on it — she more than held her own with her costar, who is the very personification of charm. These are all good picks, I think.

Though I'm mourning Shailene. Mimosa and I remember her as Felicity, and we were so ready to cheer for our American Girl.

I'll wrap it up here, though I may have future comments about screenplays, music, and animated movies. (I am unlikely to have comments about art direction, sound effects, or foreign films. Just saying.)

Big yummy Thai lunch (fresh rolls and Spicy Eggplant with rice) so likely a small fruity dinner plus zumba plus hot bath! And probably a glass of wine, my Inner Diet Czar can go hang. Today's a good diet day.


—Lady C

* I have Beginners in my hands right now and will likely watch it tomorrow night, all alone, sipping a Bourbon Bog and eating a big yummy salad — the exact date I offered to Brunie, which she got all excited about, led me on, and then cruelly dumped me — as is her way. I declared loudly at dinner that she was now my un-friend. (She will be happy to know that Li'l Martini grew very distressed at this news. Brunie is popular at my house. Usually.)

** After I return Beginners to Netflix I will get Drive, the second option I offered to Brunie. 

Let's not talk about it any more.

1 comment:

  1. As the sun shall rise in the east... As the ocean shall meet the shore... So shall Brunie blow you off at least twice a year. You can't change nature. L'il Martini needs to learn this, lest I feed him to a goat. Again.