Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Oscars

I'm watching the Oscars. I love the Oscars. I love seeing what everyone on the red carpet is wearing, and I love hearing the acceptance speeches, and I really just enjoy the whole show.

I tend to enjoy the show more when I've actually seen a couple of the movies that are nominated. I don't know about the rest of you, but since I've had kids, seeing movies happens pretty rarely. This year, after many years of seeing none of the referenced movies, I've seen two of them. I took my MIL to see The King's Speech for her birthday. She loves the movies. The last movie she saw in the theater was The Lake House, and that's kind of crazy. I also went out by myself a couple of weekends ago and saw Black Swan. I didn't really like the movie, but it deserves its nominations. I was hoping to have a date with my husband to see The Fighter, but we haven't been able to make it happen yet.

One of the things they don't tell you when you have kids is that movie dates are difficult to make happen. Evening showtimes start at 4, and the babysitter is never available before then. Tickets and popcorn (because what's a movie without popcorn) and soda (because popcorn makes you thirsty), and the babysitter cost a small fortune, and that's if you can find a night that both you and your husband are free from other obligations to go. It's rough. It's really rough if you love going to the movies as much as I do.

I just realized that I've seen another nominated movie: Toy Story 3. My MIL gave it to the kids for Valentine's Day. It's super cute!

I love going to the movies. I love sitting right in the middle of the theater, eating popcorn without extra butter, and a large diet coke. If I'm going all out, I'll include a bag of peanut M&Ms. I try to pay attention to the previews, and make note of movies I would really like to see in the theater. I don't mind going to the movies by myself. In fact, I even kind of like it. Maybe next year I'll do a better job of seeing more movies.

And so, I'm watching the Oscars, making a list of movies to watch when they become available on DVD, and the public library or Red Box has them in stock.

What do you think of my list? What movies should I add? Any past Oscar nominees I shouldn't overlook?

  • The Fighter
  • True Grit
  • The Social Network
  • The Kids are Alright
  • The Postman (I think. It's movie from a few years ago. The actor won an Oscar and walked across the seats).
  • Gone With the Wind (I've seen it. I own it. It's hard to find enough time without kids roaming around to watch it.
  • Rabbit Hole
  • That movie Jeff Bridges was in last year
  • Winter's Bone (what is that movie about anyway?)
  • Blue Valentine (I like that Ryan Gosling)

BTW - I'm not knitting. I'm eating popcorn.


kathy b said...

doubt is amazing.....if you havent seen it

Jane said...

When I was in college and the timing was right, I'd go home for Easter break and watch 3-4 movies that were nominated, one after the other.
I'd go by myself and spend the whole day going from one theater to the other.
I was never able to do this again after I graduated - for different reasons.

We don't go to the theater as much as we'd like, despite the fact that we both prefer watching movies that way. Netflix helps, though.