The Oscars – Recap

Jennifer Lawrence, really? Like, for real?!? I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard it. Her role, and subsequently performance, was totally unconvincing. I am so incredibly disappointed. As you know, I felt strongly that Quvenzhane Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild should win. But oh well, let’s move on.

Next shocker: Michelle Obama announcing the winner. Really First Lady, you got nothing better to do? This just goes to show that politics (not just in the U.S.) are all a part of the show for the masses.

In any case, not the worst outcome there with Argo taking the statue. I’m glad, even though I don’t feel this was a masterpiece.

Amour at least won the Best Foreign Picture category, so that pleases me.

Ang Lee totally deserved the Oscar for directing. Life of Pi is not a book that translates easily onto screen, and he did more than a fantastic job.

Daniel Day-Lewis deserved to enter history by becoming the first to win Best Lead Actor three times.

Anne Hathway taking the Oscar home – that was a no brainer. I cannot not comment on how gorgeous her entire look was.

And I’m so happy that Christoph Waltz was able to take the podium, too (I know many of you feel the same as well). We all knew that Django wouldn’t win, just as we knew that Tarantino would be awarded for Best Original Screenplay.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz

All in all, there were no spectacular surprises, considering the list was poor to begin with. I’m looking forward to seeing what awaits us in 2013, and I hope you’ll be there with me to comment on it.

Now tell me, are you satisfied with the outcome?


Django Unchained

This year there is a pattern among the nominees. There are three distinctly political films, and the rest are structured around profound personal struggle. Django Unchained, however, stands out from the bunch.


While it definitely revolves around severe pain and injustice, it doesn’t go deep into the psychology of the suffering characters. It is everything you’d expect from a Tarantino movie – it’s violent, gory, overly dramatic, clever and entertaining; and its perfect musical score will once again make for a must-have soundtrack.

Django doesn’t seek to make a statement. It’s made purely for entertainment purposes, and splendidly so. Does it deserve to be in the Best Picture group? Absolutely! Will it win? Not a chance.

However, I suspect that Christoph Waltz will pick up the Oscar for Best supporting actor.

When Silver Lining Fails

I’ve decided to see all 10 Oscar nominees, and last night on the menu was Silver Linings Playbook. 


It started out really well. It was surprisingly funny and entertaining, but after the first 45 minutes or so, it began to drag. I found myself glancing at the clock, wondering how much more I’ve got left to see. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I fast forwarded the scenes that bored me, straight to the last 20 minutes.

I have to admit that I don’t get why this movie found its way to the Best Picture category. Basically it’s a story we heard before, told in a way we heard before. The movie doesn’t flow well, either. Events seem like they’re randomly strung together. It’s like it tries too hard to be quirky and interesting, but it falls short. Probably because the characters aren’t believable. Bradley Cooper gives a surprisingly convincing performance as a bipolar, but Jennifer Lawrence’s acting seems too forced. There is absolutely no consistency to her character. I can understand that she is angry, bitter, sarcastic, but then all of a sudden she is obsessed with dancing and is some kind of football genius?!? Like I said before, it just seems like the person writing the story thought “Oh, it would be cool if I suddenly made this character do this or do that.” Perhaps someone who has read the book can clarify things for me. However, I must say that the film as such, completely fails to deliver.

Also, Robert De Niro has really aged, and he’s lost a lot of weight.

Think the previous statement is random? That’s because it is. Hopefully now you understand exactly how I felt for the last hour and a half of that awful movie.