Next week is a big week in our house. It's the week that the Oscar nominations are announced.
My hubby is a movie buff, and it's a big form of our entertainment. He goes to the theater weekly, and while I don't have the time for that, I try to see some of the bigger films so that I'm hip when Oscar night comes around. It's no surprise that when it comes to deciding what films I like, writing plays a big part. I've found the more I learn about constructing stories, the more I appreciate a well written, well plotted movie. On the other hand, hubby is all about the acting. His adoration lies in a good acting performance, and as you can probably imagine, that can sometimes put us on different sides of the fence.
We did come together last night (for the purpose of this blog) to make our preliminary picks for five of the categories:
Best Actor: We're pegging Mickey Roarke for this slot, even though we haven't seen The Wrestler yet. But judging by the story and what we've seen from the trailers, he's the sentimental pick over our other favorite, Sean Penn, for Milk.
Best Actress: I'm hoping for Meryl Streep, for Doubt. If you haven't seen it, the movie itself was above average, but her performance was amazing.
Best Supporting Actor: We're going with Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight. Twisted, well done.
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader. I didn't see this movie, but hubby did. It's his pick and I can't argue simply based on what I saw in the trailers and the fact that she's a multi-nominated acress who hasn't yet won. I'm thinking this will be her year.
Best Picture: And so I bring you to the major quandary in our house. I have to admit, I haven't seen any movie this year that has matched such greats as last year's No Country For Old Men or Juno. (Both taking home the gold for writing, if I might add). Without seeing The Wrestler yet, which is the only wildcard left outstanding, our pick is Slumdog Millionaire. I wasn't exactly crazy about the film. The HEA at the end was overshadowed for me by some very dark scenes. But given the other choices like Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Doubt, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, and some other movies that are getting the buzz, we think that will be the ultimate winner.
(Although, personally, for me? If they nominate it, I'll be rooting for Wall-E!)
How about you? Have you seen any of the Oscar buzz movies this year? What did you think of them, and who will you be rooting for?