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Best Picture Nominees: The Descendants

I can already tell I’m gonna get some flack for my opinions on this movie. One of my followers told me this was their favorite movie of the year…and I disagree 😦 Good movie? Absolutely. BEST movie? Nope. More fun to watch than Moneyball? No way, Jose.

Question time!

“What is the movie about?” – Matt King is a lawyer living on the island of Oahu whose wife is in a coma after a boating accident. He has to reconnect with his daughters, figure out if he wants to sell a huge piece of land that he owns, and he discovers a secret that rocks his entire world.

“What other nominations did this movie earn?” – George Clooney is up for Best Actor, against his BFF Brad Pitt. I personally think this battle should go to Brad, but George will most likely get it. He just has more respect in Hollywood. Alexander Payne is up for Best Director and the movie is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

OSCAR BAIT CATEGORIES

  • Pretty person turned ugly – In a way. While we were watching this movie, I leaned over to my husband and commented that I was in no way attracted to George in this movie. He has a full head of gray hair, he wears boring “islander” clothes and he has a constant look of bewilderment on his face. Personally, I like my George in a tux, figuring out the best way to rob Andy Garcia. So, in a way, they did try to make George less dashing.
  • Actor pretending to have special needs – None here.
  • Set during a different time period – Not a different time period, but it definitely feels weird…does everyone in Hawaii really dress casually all the time? And decorate their houses like the 80’s threw up inside?
  • Based on a true story – This one I’m not entirely sure of. I think it’s loosely based on true events, but not really based on a true story.
  • High-concept story line that no one really understands, but pretends to so that they will appear intelligent – This is pretty obvious…father trying to keep his two daughters under control, dealing with a life-changing secret…nothing too high concept here.
  • Based on a best-selling novel – Yup, written by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Haven’t read it yet, but I may have to check it out!

“Will it win the Best Picture Academy Award?” – I hope not. I think this is a good movie, worth watching, but I do not think it deserves to win Best Picture. I have no desire to see this movie again, and I enjoyed Moneyball MUCH more than this movie. I even tend to like George Clooney more than Brad Pitt, but I feel that Moneyball was the more enjoyable movie. Sorry guys!

“Should I watch this before Oscar night?”Absolutely. There is going to be a lot of buzz surrounding this movie, and Clooney is likely to win an Oscar for Best Actor. Definitely add it to your To-Do list…watch this movie before Sunday night!

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Best Picture Nominees: Midnight in Paris

Next nominee for Best Picture is Midnight in Paris. Wasn’t sure if I was interested in this movie, but had some free time Friday night and it was for rent on my Apple TV…so I indulged, spent 4.99 and watched it. Good choice!

Question time!

“What is the movie about?” – Gil is an aspiring author vacationing with his fiance, Inez, and her parents in Paris (try saying THAT one three times fast). One night while trying to find his way home, he happens upon an old-timey vehicle that picks him up and whisks him off to the Roaring 20’s. At a party, he meets such iconic 20’s figures like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He realizes this car is a time machine of sorts, and he begins to live his nightlife in another era, meeting many famous people and discovering his true passion in life.

“What other nominations did this movie earn?” – Woody Allen is up for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. I like the screenplay’s chances…it’s a very original concept, yet still is very interesting…unlike most Oscar Bait movies.

OSCAR BAIT CATEGORIES

  • Pretty person turned ugly – Nope. Everyone is beautiful.
  • Actor pretending to have special needs – Nope.
  • Set during a different time period – Half the time the main character is hob-knobbing with the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, so yes, definitely has period costumes (flappers galore!)
  • Based on a true story – As awesome as that would be, I’m gonna say no.
  • High-concept story line that no one really understands, but pretends to so that they will appear intelligent – It’s a little complicated to explain, and you will have to have some level of culture in order to really appreciate the famous people Gil encounters. The good thing about this movie is that they don’t spell out exactly who every single famous person is…I found myself Googling a few of the names!
  • Based on a best-selling novel – Nope…hence the original screenplay nominee 🙂

“Will it win the Best Picture Academy Award?” – Nope. It’s a GOOD movie, but it’s not an OSCAR level movie…While it is stocked with previous Academy Award winners who are in the movie for mere minutes, it just doesn’t have the buzz surrounding it that will push it to the top. Hey, it’s awesome it got nominated though!

“Should I watch this before Oscar night?”You probably don’t need to rush out and rent this one before next Sunday…it’s a good movie, and worth watching, but I don’t think it’s going to make a huge impact at the Oscars.


Best Picture Nominees: The Help

Our second contender is The Help. This movie came out a long time ago, and this usually hurts movies in the Oscar race. However, I do think that at least one of the big four acting awards will go to this movie, if not more. It’s well-deserved, at least as far as I can tell.

Question time!

“What is the movie about?” – In Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights movement, Skeeter Phelan is an aspiring writer with the challenge to write about something no one else has researched before. She enlists the help of two maids, Aibileen and Minny, to help her tell stories from the perspective of “the help”. In that day and age, this was a dangerous undertaking, but a very courageous one. As the tagline says, “Change begins with a whisper.”

“What other nominations did this movie earn?” – Viola Davis is up for Best Actress, while Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are both nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

OSCAR BAIT CATEGORIES

  • Pretty person turned ugly – Kinda. Emma Stone is naturally gorgeous, but in this movie she is supposed to be a homely girl who has never been on a date.
  • Actor pretending to have special needs – Nope.
  • Set during a different time period – Set in the 60’s in the time of the civil rights movement.
  • Based on a true story – Not technically. Obviously there were maids in the 60’s, but the actual story line is fiction.
  • High-concept story line that no one really understands, but pretends to so that they will appear intelligent – Nope. This is a pretty straight forward movie and the references to “the way things were” is a concept we can all grasp pretty easily.
  • Based on a best-selling novel – Yup. The Help by Katheryn Stockett (GREAT book, in case you’re interested).

“Will it win the Best Picture Academy Award?” – Doubtful. It’s definitely got the advantage of addressing a hot-button issue, but it’s simply not popular enough. It’s a great movie, but, like I said, the Academy tends to not award “great” movies…they focus more on “well-done” movies. I do think that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will win in their respective categories…Viola might get surpassed by the almighty Meryl Streep, but I think this is definitely Octavia Spencer’s award to lose.

“Should I watch this before Oscar night?”Absolutely. This is a great story with lots of hope, laughs and some tears. Overall, if you like this movie, I recommend reading the book…it is much better and more detailed. As far as the Oscar nominees go, this is up there as one of my favorites…however, there are many more to see! Have fun!


Best Picture Nominees: Moneyball

It’s ACADEMY AWARD time!! THIS girl gets ridiculously excited about the Oscars…as any respectable movie fanatic should. Every year I try to watch as many of the Best Picture nominees as I can. This year, being the first time I’ve had a blog about movies, I will dissect the nominees for y’all so that you can decided which movie is worth your time and your “vote”.

Now, the Academy Awards love certain types of movies. I have created a few categories that most Best Picture nominees fall into…I call them “Oscar Bait”. I’ll let you know which movie falls under each category and give you my predictions for the winner. Let “the most wonderful time of the year” begin!

Our first contender is Moneyball. I’ve already seen this movie, and if you haven’t, drop what you are doing, and rent it. It is such a feel-good movie, very well done and well-acted. For the record, I am NOT a Brad Pitt fan. Save for Seven, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Inglourious Basterds, his movies usually annoy me, and he is usually super annoying in them. Plus, I haven’t forgiven him for the whole Jennifer Aniston thing. However, he is awesome in this movie.

Question time!

“What is the movie about?” – Billy Beane is a washed up ex-baseball player who is currently the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Frustrated with the lack of money he is able to work with when recruiting players, he enlists the help of Peter Brand and his method of choosing players based on numbers versus the old tried-and-true way that baseball scouts have used for decades. Together, they defy the odds and lead a team of misfits to an unbelievable winning streak.

“Do I have to like baseball to like this movie?” – It will certainly help but I don’t think it is necessary. I come from a baseball loving family, so I was completely enthralled, but I think the average non-sports enthusiast will also enjoy it.

“What other nominations did his movie earn?” – Brad Pitt has been nominated for Best Actor and Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor. It is also up for Best Adapted Screenplay.

OSCAR BAIT CATEGORIES

  • Pretty person turned ugly – Nope. Brad Pitt is still pretty. Works out a lot too.
  • Actor pretending to have special needs – Nope.
  • Set during a different time period – Technically. The movie is set in 2002, but that was only ten years ago. No elaborate costumes or real attention to anachronisms was needed, so I doubt the Academy will care.
  • Based on a true story – Yup. Says it real big on the poster.
  • High-concept story line that no one really understands, but pretends to so that they will appear intelligent – Nope. Baseball is pretty straight-forward. Now Brad’s OTHER movie in the race…well, we’ll get there.
  • Based on a best-selling novel – Yup. Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

“Will it win the Best Picture Academy Award?” – No way, Jose. This is a great, easy to enjoy movie, and the Oscars just aren’t down with that. Brad won’t win either, especially not with his BFF George Clooney in the running. Jonah Hill’s nominee was a surprising one, and seems to just be an acknowledgement that he’s moved past being the fat kid in Superbad. Can’t make a prediction on screenplay yet, but I highly doubt this movie walks away with one of the major awards.

“Should I watch this before Oscar night?”YES! Go watch it now! You will not regret it…heartwarming story, lots of humor, dialogue that makes you feel like a baseball insider…what’s not to like?