I was all set to write a post about how I was all TCOB yesterday – canceling my New York tax appointment and scheduling one here, getting my tax stuff together, calling the NY jury duty place to see if I actually had to fly out there (I don’t), posting to The Nervous Breakdown – but then I saw that the Oscar nominations are out.
I don’t know why, but I get completely insane about the Oscars. Some years I refrain from following them because I get so insane (I’m the same way about figure skating). Although the awards show is usually on a Sunday night, I’ll still stay up till two or three in the morning, watching the whole thing and getting completely and utterly wound up.
I think it all started with Stand By Me. I saw it when I was 14 and fell in love with everything about it. Gordie the writer (like me!), the boys’ friendship (nothing like gossipy friendships with girls), and of course River Phoenix.
Then I heard that the movie had been nominated for an Oscar, best adapted screenplay. My parents already asleep, I stayed up and watched the whole show. When Stand By Me’s category came up and the nominations were read, I got so excited, I started jumping up and down. An involuntary high-pitched squeal escaped from my lips.
It didn’t win, but it was an honor just to be nominated.
For the 1997 Oscars, another movie-loving friend and I made it our goal to watch every single film that had a nomination, even if just for costume or set design. I think we came very close. Glancing at the list now, looks like I missed Gattaca, Kundun, Air Force One, and all the documentaries and foreign films. Hmm, maybe I didn’t come close at all, but at least we covered all the big categories.
This year there are ten best picture nominations, up from the usual five. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m a traditionalist, at least where the Oscars are concerned, and plus, if I decide to follow the awards, that’s even more movies to catch up on!
“The Blind Side”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
I’ve only seen two of these movies! Avatar and District 9. I don’t know if I have time, or the patience to see the others. We’ve been wanting to catch The Hurt Locker, and maybe I’ll go see Precious on my own. However, I’m not sure I can bring myself to see The Blind Side. On that note, The Blind Side??? Really???
Let the insanity begin.