Of all the Oscar-winning Best Pictures, I've seen all but seven, and almost all the recent ones except the Lord of the Rings movie, because to watch that one I would have to watch all three, and . . . hully gee. Can't bring myself there yet. But it would be nice to be able to say I've seen them all, so maybe someday. When I have a LOT of free time. Hold your breath.
OK, I know that at least two of you are now wildly curious, mostly so you can compare what you've seen to what I've seen, so here's what I haven't seen, Lady D and Brunie:
- The Broadway Melody (1928)
- The Great Ziegfeld
- The Life of Emile Zola
- Chariots of Fire
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
What a dull list, huh? I would like to see Wings, though. Kinda bummed I haven't seen that one. I've seen a lot of Broadway Melodys, I just somehow skipped THE Broadway Melody. And I'm not sure how I missed Chariots, I saw every other nominee that year, and I remember watching the Oscars with Lady D and squeeing when we saw Warren Beatty. I've tried to watch it since then, and it puts me right to sleep. Well, someday.
The others, though? Shoot me now.
But on to this year! This is what my ballot would look like:
- Best Picture: The Artist
- Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
- Best Actress: Meryl Streep
- Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
- Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy
- Best Original Screenplay: Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)
- Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
- Best Original Score: John Williams (War Horse)
Tonight I will drink champagne and revel in the pretty dresses and have fun spotting people in the audience and laugh and weep and soak up every self-important overlong minute of it. It's the Oscars — my Super Bowl, my Super Tuesday, my Final Four, the highlight of my TV watching for the entire year.
But first, 50 pages to edit. And the sun is shining, I will take a walk. And lift weights with Martini.
In other words: The life of a commoner goes on. Ob la di, ob la da.