Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bloggers' Choice for Oscars

I decided to use the Oscar ceremony Sunday evening as part of my tax prep time. I pretend to watch something on TV, like the talking heads news shows, while I'm going through all the receipts accumulated during my writing-related business travel last year. It's a relatively painless way to accomplish a necessary but tedious task while something mildly distracting is going on in the background.

I have to admit, the entire ceremony is waaaaaaaay too long and drawn out. I was only interested in the actual awards, not the Hollywood hoopla. So it seemed to take forever to finish up, and when it did, it was a surprise. I haven't seen THE HURT LOCKER, but I have seen AVATAR. Now, I will definitely go to see the Oscar-winning Best Movie, THE HURT LOCKER and see what I think. Sometimes I agree with the Academy's selections. Sometimes I don't. That's fine. It's a free country, and we can agree to disagree.

I did agree with the Oscar Awards for Best Actress, Sandra Bullock, and Best Actor, Jeff Bridges. I've watched and enjoyed both these professionals act for years and years and appreciated and loved their work, even when they were underrated. Hurrah! They were finally recognized.
I wasn't familiar with the Supporting Actors' movies, so I'll have to check them out, too. After all, that's one of the reasons for having the Oscar Awards, right? First, to recognize excellent acting directing, screenwriting, and moviemaking. And second, to entice the audience to go see the movies.
So----what do you folks think? Do you agree with the Academy's choices for the Oscars? Which movie would you vote for year's Best? Best Actress? Best Actor? Supporting? Share your thoughts.


Katie said...

I only saw the Blind Side, so definitely agree with Sandra getting the Best Actress.

From what I can tell, I think Precious should have gotten Best Movie, I really want to see that one.

No comment on the other categories, since I don't make it to the movies much.

Heather Webber said...

Sadly, I haven't seen any of the movies nominated...so I can't make any picks. I really have to get out more.

Blacksheep Bliss said...

I have watched The Hurt Locker and my husband is in the military and has been overseas and we LOVED the movie. I'm very happy it won.

Dru said...

I was rooting for Sandra Bullock. I like her movies even the duds.

signlady217 said...

I'm happy Sandra and Jeff both won. I don't go to the movies for several reasons; for starters, I can't sit through 2 or more hours without a bathroom break! And they are way too expensive, IMO, especially if you want snacks (which leads you straight to the bathroom again!). I just watch the ads on TV and keep a running list of the ones I want to see, then get them from the video store or library later. So I haven't seen any of this year nominees yets.

And yes, the program itself is way too long (part of that reason is that many of the commercials are ridiculously long themselves!)

Vicki said...

I love Sandra Bullock, so I'm glad to hear that she won. I wanted to see her latest movie, but we never made it. I had heard it was really good though.

Maggie Sefton said...

Katie---I think Precious looks really interesting and uplifting. Have to check it out.

Heather--You should definitely get out more. Why don't you start with The Blind Side. It's a marvelous movie. And it's FUNNY. I laughed the entire time. Tey could have played that heartwarming story like a soap opera but they didn't. They played it with humor---broad and subtle. You'll laugh out loud, I promise. Go.

Blacksheep Bliss--Love your name. Your recommendation sold me. If you and your military family consider it worhtwhile, that's a resounding endorsement for me. Better than all those Hollywood PC types. My youngest daughter was an officer in the US Navy for 9 years and actually did two separate 6-mos tours in Iraq. Once in Basra in 07 in the Red Zone and last year in Baghdad. Our military deserves all our support. I can't tell you how many packages from home I sent over.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---Me, too. I've been seeing her movies for years. I thought she was excellent in The Proposal. That was an edgy movie even though it was hilarious. She was playing a woman who was hard to like at first. Then, you got to learn what made her tick.

Signlady---You'll really have a good list. Make sure you put Sherlock Holmes on it. And District 9. District 9 was genre-changing sci-fi. It took it in a whole new direction. Fresh air. Loved it.

Vicki--You'll be able to rent it soon. Enjoy.

Andrea C. said...

It was very long and drawn out and I am like you Maggie. I am only interested in the big awards so I usually just have it on in the background while I do something else. I will say I was so impressed with Sandra Bullock's acceptance speech..That is one classy and funny lady!

CindyD said...

We watched more of the Academy Awards than usual - I think we had heard of more of the movies this year. We just watched THE HURT LOCKER last night and neither of us were impressed. We may be in the minority but we couldn't figure out why it won. INVICTUS was much better!