Oscar Season

The 2020 Academy Award nominations are out and I haven’t actually looked at them but apparently there are some big snubs! If you were in charge of the Oscars, what movies would you award? I would give Best Actor to Keanu and Best Picture to John Wick (the original, retroactively). I think this is a notably blah time of the year, with the holiday hangover and self-imposed austerity measures (spending and calories-wise), so let’s share any good news in the comments! Or feel free to complain about stuff so we can commiserate.

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7 Responses to Oscar Season

  1. hotspur says:

    I saw 1917 last night! What a coinkidink, I didn’t realize today was Oscars Day. 1917 is very very very very very very good, you guys. Definitely my new favorite WWI movie. After I saw it I read up to try to find out how many shots went into it, because (I don’t think this is a spoiler) I saw only two definite cuts (but knew there had to be more). When I read up, I saw a lot of PR that is “one continuous shot!” or that “there’s only one cut in the whole movie!” Which is not true. It is dozens of individual shots and you can spot where they probably were sewn together to make it look like one longer shot. This requires a lot of planning and technical expertise but honestly, in the digital age? It is not the marvel that it was when, say, Hitchcock did it using actual film twelve zillions years ago. And 1917’s individual shots might not even have been as complicated as the opening shots of Touch of Evil or The Player, for pete’s sake. I really wanted to find out! But there is a giant wall of PR declaring ONE TAKE, ONE TAKE, ONE TAKE, so it was hard to get the real dirt. For that reason I am against this movie.

    (It’s genuinely great. In 50 years people will still be watching 1917, along with Once Upon a Time and Little Women, if Little Women the book remains in the canon, and probably Midsommar and maybe Avengers; 2019 was a good year for movies.)

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I have not seen most of the Oscar nominated movies, but I love awards season anyway!

    Good news! I got hired for an ongoing freelance gig, although I haven’t been assigned any projects yet. I look forward to the new opportunity (and some extra money), but until I get a project, it doesn’t feel real.

    More good news! I took a mini weekend vacation and also did one of those painting while you drink events. I did not drink, but the painting was fun.

    I need to make some more realistic goal lists. Not necessarily New Years resolutions, but of course, the new year always makes me want to start pushing myself more. I feel like I set myself up for failure because I have too many things I want to change or improve on. Maybe mini goals each week? I really don’t know, but if anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

    • Tracey says:

      I love good news! Congratulations on the new gig! Weekly goals seem like a lot. What about some monthly goals? Or a new To-Do list method to hold yourself accountable? One year I decided I wasn’t getting out enough so I set a goal to have one adventure every month. I took a flying lesson, tried cryotherapy, checked out some places I’d been wanting to visit, went to an amusement park, stuff like that. So each month if I didn’t have something lined up, I made myself actively search out something to do.

      • hotspur says:

        Tell us more about this flying lesson.

        • Tracey says:

          The main thing I learned is that you don’t want to be in a 2-person plane in the San Fernando Valley in August. The heat off the runway made take off very shaky.

          The plane had double controls so I did some stuff on take off then got to man the controls in the air which was terrifying and exhilarating. At one point the instructor pointed to a dot and told me that’s where we need to land, just in case something happened to him and I had to do it alone. Not funny!

          We flew over Malibu and back to the Valley and the instructor did all the landing stuff because neither of us wanted to die. Basically now if I’m on a plane and both pilots are out of commission I’ll be able to step in and save the day.

  3. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Also, I love the tags on this post, and I wish there were more things that came up under “how do you like them apples.”

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