Oscars, bitch.

Oh Happy day! The Oscar nominations are out!

untitledIt actually doesn’t seem that daunting that I still need to see six of the nine films nominated for best picture. I was going to see “Dallas Buyers Club” tonight but it’s too cold outside to leave the house again and I may or may not be wearing my pajamas at 6:30 p.m.

After I do see “Dallas Buyers Club” all I’ll have left is “Her,” “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena” and “12 Years a Slave.”

I am done with “Gravity,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle” and “Nebraska,” which I am thrilled made the cut.

As is the case in most years, there is consistency in nominees throughout the best picture, acting, directing and screenplay categories.

The cast in “Blue Jasmine,” “August: Osage County,” and “Captain Phillips” are some exceptions there.

It’s considered an upset that Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for “Captain Phillips,” but Barkhad Abdi is certainly making up for it with his supporting actor recognition at both the Golden Globes and the upcoming Academy Awards.

Back to best picture, I really don’t think “The Wolf of Wall Street” is deserving of the nod and “Inside Llewyn Davis” could easily replace it on the list given the Coen Brothers’ past success at the big show. It could be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year for the coveted best acting award.

untitledIf I ruled the world of film awards one of my favorites from last year, “Frances Ha,” should really be in the mix.

The project from indie power couple Greta Gerwig (who did get a nomination for her role as Frances at the Golden Globes) and Noah Baumbach just needs more attention.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon” is also an admirable piece of art by the first time director and writer (and major heartthrob.)

So you have two options, stay home tonight like me and watch something (might I once again suggest “Frances Ha”) on Netflix or bundle up and go to the movie theater.

I do, as always, plan to see all the nominated films before the Oscars. The nice thing is a film’s nomination often means it will be in the theater longer or, with the Oscars airing on March 2, more of the titles may be available to watch at home by then.

“American Hustle,” for example, could be one you don’t have to leave the couch to see.

I would revisit this one, if I didn’t have so many other films on my list, to hear Jennifer Lawrence talk more about “flowers and garbage” and “science ovens” in her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld

Lawrence secured a Golden Globe for her performance in the David O. Russell picture. Amy Adams has a Globe now too and there is buzz about repeat wins for both actresses at the Academy Awards.

Russell and his cast (which includes some surprises) deliver a solid con-artist film on all levels through the writing, costumes and the music.

Well my hands hurt, a lot, from typing this and articles all day at my job as an independent communications consultant (okay take out independent and add specialist, just see the “Father of the Bride” remake and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

Here is another gem from Ms. Rosenfeld:

“You know, I read that it takes all of the nutrition out of our food! It’s empty, just like your deals. Empty! Empty!”


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