The Oscars doth approach. This Sunday in fact.
I can proudly boast to having seen all TEN, YES TEN, of the movies nominated for best picture this year. (Though it's no thanks to Netflix. I've had to rent elsewhere to catch all of the flicks, while my top requests sit in my queue week after week because they don't have enough copies. I've written three letters to the CEO Reed Hastings, called customer service twice, and downgraded my account all to no avail. They could care less about their customers. Their business model SUCKS! But I digress.)
Why am I such a cinephile? I guess because since I was a little girl movies have fed my imagination in a way nothing else could. They definitely spark my own creativity, too. And there's nothing more relaxing and, paradoxically, exciting to me than sitting in a darkened theatre watching a film on the big screen. If joy is what we're all looking for, for me it comes neatly packaged by the local cineplex!
Anyway, I know you're all waiting with baited breath for my Oscar picks (as trivial as all this movie stuff is in the scheme of things), so here you go:
Best Picture: Avatar--in 3D, an incredible ride, an incredible achievement.
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges--it's his turn for a career of great acting jobs (sorry Colin Firth).
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock--this character could have been a carictature and she made her real. I think it's her turn, too, cause everyone just likes her. (Meryl Streep could, and should on merit, edge Bullock out for her incredible portrayal of Julia Child, but I don't think she will.)
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique in Precious. No question there. She was awesome.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds. He was scary hilarious.
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow--girl power!
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air--great comedy and very human drama.
Best Screenplay: Hurt Locker--tense.
Best Animated Film: Up--touching.
So? What do you think?!