Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Nominations Are In!!

I've always been obsessed with The Academy Awards. Not as much as The Tony Awards, but pretty close. Yesterday the nominations for the Oscars were announced. I always try to see all of the movies nominated for Best Picture. And now since Tim & I started dating, we are on this mission together! Out of the 9 films nominated, I've seen 4 and Tim has seen 5. Here's a re-cap of what we have seen so far.....

THE ARTIST is an amazing film for many reasons. First off, it's a silent film. Yes, I said silent film. Tim and I saw it a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure what to expect when we sat down but the music and acting swept me away. I was so enthralled with it that I caught myself holding my breath at the end. I really enjoyed it and I plan to buy it when it comes to DVD.

THE DESCENDANTS was very entertaining. Sad but funny throughout the whole film. George Clooney was great in this too. He will probably win an Oscar for it. I enjoyed this film even though it was slow in parts.

THE HELP was a lot of fun. My best friend Adam and I saw it when he was in town a few months ago. It's really funny but also very inspiring. Hard to believe people lived like that in the south at one time. I enjoyed this movie also. I heard the book is great too. I'd like to read it eventually.

WAR HORSE is an epic Steven Spielberg movie. I saw the stage version of WAR HORSE at Lincoln Center a few months ago and balled my eyes out. It's an amazing story about a horse's journey throughout years at war. When I watched it on the big screen, I didn't get as emotional as I did when I saw it on stage. Maybe it's because I knew what was coming, or maybe it's because the stage is just more intimate. All I know is that Tim and I were making fun because it was just kind of creepy how obsessed characters were with this horse. All in all a good movie, but I liked the stage version much more.

The rest are movies we need to see before February 26th. 

Tim has seen MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, but said he really enjoyed it and would see it again. I'm excited to see it. I've heard great things.

I am currently reading EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I am anxious to see it! The book is great!

HUGO, we hear, must be seen in 3D. It looks really fun too. Even though I am not a fan of 3D movies, this one could be the exception. Plus, it's a Martin Scorsese kid's movie?? I'm intrigued!!

MONEY BALL starring Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill... plus they are both nominated. Jonah Hill is nominated for an Academy Award. That is a sentence I never thought I'd type. I am interested in seeing this movie because a) I heard good things about it, b) I like Philip Seymour Hoffman and c) I need to see this Jonah Hill acting. I feel like he finally took a role that wasn't the same role over and over and/or wasn't goofy, therefore people now "think he can act". No, he just isn't playing the same character he always plays. We'll see this movie and decide, I guess.

TREE OF LIFE.... I haven't really heard anything about this movie. I didn't even know Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain were in this movie. Did anyone see this?? I have no idea what it is about but I will see it so I can round out my opinion for BEST FILM.

So there you go.... Have you seen any of these movies?? Are you a fan of the Oscars?? Now, to have an Oscar party or not to have an Oscar party! Ummmmmmm..



  1. I have honestly not seen any of these movies though I've desired to see three since I'd heard of their coming to theatres. Midnight in Paris for one, is the one I've been looking forward to most! The trailer was intriguing and I've heard it was a phenomenal film as to be true with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I might just have to pick these up this weekend...

  2. I saw 'The Tree of Life' ... You know I like artistic and abstract things... but I hated this! It was well acted by Pitt and the cast but... makes no sense and tries to be smarter than it really ends up... let me know what you think... some people LLLLLLOOOOOOOVEEEEDD it.. I did not!

  3. my humble opinion (in a nutshell)...

    The Artist - best movie of the year
    The Decendants - I thought it was boring, sad, and not worthy of an Oscar nom. I love George Clooney, but didn't find him amazing in this movie at all.
    The Help - great movie
    War Horse - different than I thought it was going to be...good but not great
    Midnight in Paris - LOVED! 2nd best movie of the year (and I'm not a Woody Allen fan in the least)
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - The kid in this is AMAZING! The movie is good, sad, and needed to be done.
    Hugo - Hope to see this weekend
    Moneyball - Really really good. (Also a little partial because Aaron Sorkin is my current boss.)
    The Tree of Life - heard really bad things, but need to watch and judge for myself