Quick Oscar Thoughts

We interrupt New Year’s Resolutions to bring you some quick (for me) thoughts on the Oscar nominations that were announced today:

  • Like the rest of the internet, I am shocked that Ben Affleck nor Kathryn Bigelow scored Best Director nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively. Though I have not yet seen ZDT, those much smarter than me that have say it is the best movie of the year. As for Mr. Afflect, I thought he really came into his own with Argo, so maybe this perceived snub will take him to the next level with his film making.
  • I was surprised to see no love for Looper in any category, which was probably one of the five best movies that I saw last year. (I reserve judgement on that until I catch up on the five Best Picture nominations I have yet to see.)
  • The Best Picture nomination of Les Miserables was probably warranted even though I didn’t really care for the movie that much.* Looper might have been a better fit, but what do I know?

*As a caveat, I started to watch the theatrical version of The Phantom of the Opera a few weeks ago and I couldn’t get through even 30 minutes of it. I was distracted by the obvious lip syncing for the songs, as opposed to Les Mis and its live singing on the sound stage. Really created a different experience in my humble opinion, though I may be biased to the Michael Crawford/Sarah Brightman Phantom recordings of my youth.

  • With Bigelow out of the running for Best Director, I can see Steven Spielberg winning  for Lincolnbut who knows at this point. 
  • Prior to seeing all of the nominated performances, I would probably vote the acting performances this way: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (Best Actor); TBD (haven’t seen any performances) (Best Actress); Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (Sorry Tommy Lee Jones) (Best Supporting Actor); and Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables (Best Supporting Actress), though I did love Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • Most of the other categories I don’t really care about, though I did enjoy Best Animated Feature nomination Wreck-It Ralph.

I’ll delve deeper into my thoughts on 2012 in movies after I watch the 8-10 movies that I really want/need to watch prior to the actual award ceremony, but I thought I should get something out while it was fresh on my mind.

Until next time…

Today’s Movie Review – Lincoln (2012)

Note: There are some mild spoilers in this review about a historical biopic. Nothing that you shouldn’t already know, but more about how the movie looks and feels. You’ve been warned.

I feel like I should take some time before writing this review, that I should watch the movie at least one more time before putting my thoughts down. But I just have to write something. But first, a picture:

That’s me with the Lincolns, or at least approximations of them. The nice guy working at the Lincoln Library in Springfield took it for me when I swung by in January when I was moving back to Utah. It’s a goofy picture, I know, but I think it helps to capture my feelings towards our 16th president. I used to think that I loved the words more than the man, the romanticized version of who he is and what he did for the country. But after watching Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, I think I have a new found appreciation for the man himself.

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