In 2006, my wife and I started a common tradition of seeing all the Oscar nominations for Best Picture and formulate our own opinions on who should win. We weren’t married yet, we didn’t have any kids and we really had no real life obligations other than work and each other. That year Crash won the Best Picture, deservedly so, upsetting the much hyped Brokeback Mountain. It’s an annual tradition we look forward to, not just because of the movies, but the quality time my wife and I spend together.
In 2010, there was a change to the process. We had been married just about 3 years and we added a child to the mix, which was going to make this tradition difficult. So what does the Academy do? Add 5 more movies to the nomination, thanks a lot. Needless to say we don’t see all the nominated movies every year, but this year (at the time of this writing) we have seen 7 of the 9 nominated films and here is my ranking of those films.
The movies we have not seen are “The Artist” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, if we don’t get to them by Sunday, they will be viewed at some point.
the hell did this movie win at Cannes? Because of Penn and Pitt? We turned it off an hour
in. When I asked my wife the next day if she wanted to finish it her statement was “Hell
No! I am really looking to get that hour of my life back”. That was it in a nutshell. Once I
started to see the birth of dinosaurs, it was time to turn it off.
Best Actor: George Clooney – He’s won the Best Supporting (Syriana), but Danny Ocean needs Best Actor.