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A Date with Oscar?

Tonight is the 81st Annual Academy Awards…do you plan on watching?  Between the actual award show with host Hugh Jackman, the Red Carpet Special immediately prior, plus the 90-minute arrival show and the 90-minute winners recap, there is over 7 hours of possible television viewing!  What’s your take?  Intriguing or insane??

Do you like to see what all the stars are wearing?  The beautiful dresses.  The “What in the world were they thinking?” attire.  The hairstyles.  The jewelry.  I confess I do.  Call it one of my escapes guilty pleasures (just like devouring People Magazine each week).  But that many hours in front of the TV has no appeal to me.  The papers and magazines do a good job with all their photos and recaps.  I might feel like I’m missing out – but not by much.

There was a year or two (way back in the 1990’s) where I actually saw all the nominated Best Movies, and most of the other top ones too.  I watched every minute of the Academy Awards that year and really enjoyed it.  I always thought an Oscar party, with champagne and appetizers, would be really fun.  Perhaps a few side bets just to liven things up.  After all, look at how people huddle around for Super Bowl parties.  This is the equivalent for film lovers.

But over the years, the party idea has lost its grandeur.  Now I find myself having seen NONE of the top nominated movies.  Heck, I can’t remember the last time I even got OUT to the movies.  And you know what?  I don’t feel so deprived.  The whole going out to the movies is not the experience it once was.  Or maybe it is when you add it all up (the tickets, parking, overpriced popcorn, the babysitter) it just never adds up to a win.  For that kind of money, I’d rather go out to a really nice dinner at one of these trendy restaurants in the city I hear so much about). 

With our 55-inch flat screen and all the surround-sound speakers my husband has hooked up, we have our own theater experience right here.  I’d rather stretch out on our cozy couch, make my own popcorn (or even better, sip on a glass of wine) and press pause whenever I need to get up for some reason.  The only real negative is not being up on all the new movies – the ones everyone is talking about.

This year in particular does have many releases I am interested in seeing.  All of the Best Picture Nominees:  Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader with Kate Winslet, Milk with Sean Penn, Frost/Nixon, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  Then a few other nominated films:  Doubt with Meryl Streep, Revolutionary Road with Kate and Leo, Rachel Getting Married with Anne Hathaway. 

I did actually see one film (no – not The Dark Night – not really my speed) which received a best actor nomination for Richard Jenkins called The Visitor.  Rented it one Saturday night with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.  It was a good film.  Not sure I’d be as happy if I had paid full price at the theater, but it was an excellent one to rent.  (You know, that unspoken rating system.)

Whether you are watching the marathon coverage or not, is there any actor or movie in particular YOU are routing for?  Any of these nominated films make it on your list of Must Sees?  If YOU were handling out the Oscars tonight, what movie would be given your Best Picture honor?  This Zen Mama Wannabe is always looking for recommendations (I just always seem to be about 4-6 months behind); any movie I should make sure I put on my list??

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3 Responses to “A Date with Oscar?”

  1. callieandbatido Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I am skipping it and going for the re-cap tomorrow. I can see most of the same things and find out the same information in a whole lot less time. But, I do appreciate the fun in watching everyone walk down the red carpet, hear the jokes, acceptance speeches etc. I saw Slumdog Millionaire and loved it. I thought Revolutionary Road slow and disappointing and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button surprisingly good. What did everyone else think?

  2. LarkLady Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I saw Doubt and found it intriguing, but that’s the only one of this year’s crop that I managed to see. At least a couple of others were on my list, but we never got to it… finding time to go to a movie is something that often just doesn’t happen. My husband resents the cost — he remembers the days when we were able to go to weekday matinees for $2. (And we did… at least once a month. Then we had children!)

    Watch the Oscars? No… no interest. I can get the results on the computer afterwards or in the paper in the morning; watching the mostly boring, drawn-out TV spectacle does nothing for me.

    But the Oscar results don’t hold the magic that they once did for me — I’ve seen too many really wonderful movies lose out to something less inspired, too many awe-inspiring performances lose to one that left me flat. So if Slumdog Millionaire takes all the biggies tonight, I won’t be surprised — but I’ll also still make an effort to see some of the others that were on my list.

  3. callieandbatido Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    You really should see Slumdog Millionaire- it’s fantastic!

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