This is my favorite time of year. No, it's not because of the holidays. I am a huge movie buff and this is Oscar season. I've been a huge fan since I was a teenager. A friend and I used to bet on who would win. I am actually pretty good at predicting the winners, not perfect. For the last few years, I've watched all the nominated films in the major categories. That isn't easy when you consider there are now ten nominees for Best Picture. The Grandin Theater in Roanoke and a trip home to Boston at Christmas makes it easy. Last year when I was home, I saw five movies during one week. Yeah, I know I need to get a life.
I strongly believe the best person should win the award. I am not big on campaigns or popularity contests. I hate when people say "it's their time" or "they're young, they'll win someday." We saw some of this last year. Jeff Bridges is a great actor but I am not sure his performance in Crazy Heart was Oscar worthy. But you kept hearing over and over the Academy wanted to award him for his work over the years. A few years ago Sean Penn won for Milk over Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler. Rourke isn't exactly mr. warm and fuzzy which I think turned off many Academy voters. In my opinion, he gave the best performance and deserved to win Best Actor.
Sometimes Oscar gets it right. Hardly anyone had seen Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose but she ended up winning Best Actress. Her performance blew me away. It is still one of the best performances I've seen in years. Which brings me to my next point. Some believe the Academy needs to nominate more Blockbuster type movies because ratings continue to fall for the Oscar telecast. I strongly disagree with this. It sounds to me like some want to dumb down the Oscars. Did anyone really think Avatar was a better movie than the Hurt Locker? May the best man, women, or movie win. See ya at the movies.