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I love movies! I try and see most of the Oscar nominated films each year. (This year I only missed Tree of Life, War Horse and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - movies that I don't necessarily feel compelled to see so I don't feel guilty about missing them.)

It's been forever since I posted to my lj so I thought I would take this opportunity to do some polls in anticipation of the Oscars tonight. I'll be watching with marymaryaunt_deen, missrealand more.  The best way to watch and awards show is with good food, drinks and friends.
(LJ isn't cooperating with the polls at the moment so we will have to do this Old School. Post your pick in the comments.)

So who do you want to win? 

Who do you want to win best picture?
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Who will win best picture?
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Who do you want to win best actor?
Demian Bichir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Who will win best actor?
Demian Bichir
George Clooney
Jean Dujardin
Gary Oldman
Brad Pitt

Who do you want to win best actress?
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Who will win best actress?
Glenn Close
Viola Davis
Rooney Mara
Meryl Streep
Michelle Williams

Who is your pick for best supporting actor?
Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Who is your pick for best supporting actress
Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Who is your pick for Director?
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Martin Scorrsese (Hugo)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

I also want The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore or La Luna to win Animated Short Film and while I LOVED Pentecost, I want Tuba Atlantic to win Live Action Short Film but Raju will probably win. 

I adored Midnight in Paris. I own it on bluray and have watched it a couple of times (and had to see in two theaters on the same day since power went out in the first).  And while I really liked Hugo, I'm pulling for The Artist to win. I walked out of the theater with a huge smile on my face when I saw that film. I drove one of my friends crazy until she saw it. There's something about it that I just can't explain. I can't wait to watch it again. 

So what about you? Any film you are pulling for? Any thing you are cheering against? 


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Feb. 26th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
This post has made me realise I've seen virtually none of the movies up for the main awards this year which is very out of character for me :-). Saw The Descendants ... and ... Bridesmaids.
Feb. 28th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
I actually said last night that I think I saw the least amount of movies at the theater last year in years. And this year isn't starting off that great either. I haven't really seen anything that says "I'm worth $20" advertised.

Guess that's good news for my book and netflix queue.
Feb. 27th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
*several hours later and the next morning*</p>

Wait! I did see The Help. So glad Octavia Spencer won the Oscar!

Feb. 28th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I loved her in that movie. She was so good. And in every interview I see with her she seems so excited and such a genuinely nice and down to earth person. I like that.

I hope this brings bigger and better roles for her.
Feb. 27th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, I was far too busy last night to either watch, or respond to this post, more's the pity.

Although, since I didn't watch, I could probably still play, LOL!

I've seen a few of these, not nearly as many as I wanted to.

The only BP nom I saw was Hugo, and it was amazing, I loved it so much. Scorcese is such a master of cinematography, and for him to make a child-friendly film, full of that wonder, a love-letter to movie-making - I was charmed and enchanted and touched all the way through.

I've been wanting to see The Artist - perhaps I'll drag the hubby out to see it before it disappears from around here. I'll probably 'flix Midnight in Paris, and likely The Descendants too - I don't imagine I'll get to that before it's unavailable around here.

I want to see War Horse, but if I'm honest, what I really want to see is the stage version - which if I'm not mistaken is coming to Chicago this next winter? The stage horses are beyond magical.

I've been trying to get my hands on TTSP, and even The Help, but my usual 'sources' have links that keep failing on me. :-P I'm dying to see Albert Nobbs, too. The Iron Lady doesn't particularly interest me, though I'm sure that Meryl deserved the award, as she always does. But it would be interesting to compare her performance with Glenn's. I'm sure they were both beyond amazing.

The only other film mentioned that I've seen is Beginners - and I was kind of disappointed in it, to be honest. I thought I'd love it - Christopher Plummer is always a favorite, and his performance was quite good. But it was less of a 'coming to terms with being gay' film as a 'coming to terms with dying' film - which wasn't quite what I was looking for. A little too realistic, and frankly, too damn depressing all over. (The son is clearly clinically depressed from childhood on - and the misery just bleeds through the screen. Yuck.)
Feb. 27th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I saw The Iron Lady and it was really interesting... but might be less so for someone less impacted by her time as PM? I don't know how that era was perceived in the US. It's also an extremely depressing movie.
Feb. 28th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
The Iron Lady doesn't particularly interest me, though I'm sure that Meryl deserved the award, as she always does.
But see that's what annoyed me about her winning. Mary phrased it better last night... but it's like you look at that and know that's an Oscar performance. I'm just tired of all the Meryl worship. Yes, she's crazy talented but what about the actors who take roles that on paper don't scream OSCAR and turn them into something amazing.

If you can see The Artist in the theater I imagine it will make for a better experience. There's something about the big screen and the surround sound that made it more delightful. It was a love letter to film as well but in a much different way than Hugo.

I liked The Descendants and if Jean couldn't win for The Artist I was pulling for George. What I liked about that film was that it was sad, but there were so many funny moments. The whole thing rang very true to me.

Midnight in Paris was one of my favorite films of last year. I'm not that big a Woody fan, I think it was more the story and the time period. It is no secret I love the 1920s. The actors who played the Fitzgeralds and Hemingway were good.

I've wanted to see The Beginngers but for the reasons you mentioned, I keep putting it off. You need to be in the mood for a sad movie. Most of the time I watch a movie, I want to escape. I don't want to walk away depressed.
Feb. 27th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd seen this to play (though I haven't watched most of these films). I really enjoyed The Help, I'd read the book before I saw the film and wasn't disappointed, which is rare. It was funny though because I saw it with a lot of old people (matinee at the independent cinema!) and they really struggled with the accents :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
See, I read The Help right before the movie and I was disappointed. But it was more that they made that HUGE change in Allison Janney's character.

My best friend saw it with me and she really liked it but once I told her the change, she was sort of miffed. It seemed like such a Hollywood thing to do.

It's funny to think that movie was at the Independent Cinema and people struggling with the accents. Makes me think of my friend who's wife made him watch Gosford Park with the subtitles because the talking on top of one another and accents was too much.
Feb. 28th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was. Maybe it helped (hee) that I'd had quite a long break between seeing the movie and reading the book?

The struggling with accents really made me laugh because the people who go to that cinema tend to be pretty worldly and wouldn't have any problems with any variety of UK accent. But I guess a southern accent is very different.

Feb. 28th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
But I guess a southern accent is very different.
Yes, yes it is. One of our members is from North Carolina and has a thick accent. When I talk on the phone with her I miss a couple word here and there.

Another member, also from NC, is lovely. She can insult you and make it sound like a complement. I LOVE her.

I think the speed in which they speak also matters. I have some members from the South that I swear are on slow-motion. Others (mostly from the North) talk much faster.

Accents are a fascinating thing.
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Accents are a fascinating thing.

They really are!

Another member, also from NC, is lovely. She can insult you and make it sound like a complement. I LOVE her.

That's awesome. I love a southern accent. I had a lot of fun in my 2 days in Charleston, SC.

I find it really interesting when I hear an American person now and I think "oh, they sound like X (kkid)". I guess I'm picking up on the various regional accents within the group, without really realising. When Tues and Amy came out to visit me, I think it was the word "orange" that we all pronounced in different ways. So much more fun than when everyone sounds the same.
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