Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thoughts on the Academy Award

Such a great year for the movies!
I have seen five of the nine nominated movies.

I have seen Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook.
All five movies I have come here and said....THAT was a great movie.  GO SEE IT!

I have not seen Django Unchained, Amour, or Zero Dark Thirty or Life of Pi.
Two very violent and dark and one sad and dark and one is...strange looking.


I am the happy critic, I guess.

I also saw The Sessions and it made me cry.  The lead from The Sessions should be nominated for Best Actor, but he wasn't it.

Helen Hunt is nominated and she was fine...but her fake Boston accent bugged me.
John Hawkes on the other hand was brilliant.  I believe him completely.  He plays a man who had polio as a young boy and can not move much and sleeps in an iron lung.  It is a true story and it is indeed
triumphant.  Lots of nakedness in this film, it is for mature audiences and not for everyone but I thought it was a touching (ha) and beautiful story.


My biggest issue is for Best Actress.
Jennifer Lawrence is nominated from Silver Linings Playbook.  She is winning all the awards so far this year.  I don't see it at all.  She is a nice girl and a good actress but I was not necessarily impressed with her acting in this part.  Seemed pretty run of the mill to me.  The best actor from this movie was Robert DeNiro.  He was fantastic as the father in a family that is struggling with mental illness.

I liked this movie very much.  Just not Jennifer.

I still think Quvenzhane´  Wallis should win best actress as she carried Beasts of the Southern Wild.
It should be her.  But it will not be.

Source: via Donna on Pinterest

So what do I think will win best movie of the year.
It is between Argo and Les Miserables and Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook.

Argo has the big momentum.  That is very important in Hollywood.
I really liked this movie but don't think I would watch it over and over.
I would watch Beasts and Silver Lining many more times and I would watch Lincoln once more time.
Don't think I really want to see Argo again.  (I'd rather watch Salmon Fishing on the Yemen again.)

Stepping back and looking at these movies, I wonder, what should represent the industry this year for best movie of the whole year.  I actually think it should be Les Miserables.

Anne Hathaway should win for Best Supporting Actress.
Daniel Day Lewis should win best actor for Lincoln.  (Sorry Hugh, it is an impossible year with Daniel being perfection in a part.)
My pick for best director is David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.

The awards will be spread around, I am sure.
I just hope voters have not forgotten about Les Miz.

And remember Hushpuppy.

Encourage one another,
Miz Booshay the Happy Critic

Come back on Monday for the Fashions!!!!


  1. I haven't even seen one of those movies. Can you believe it? Not one. I am a pop culture fail. I hope Lincoln wins a lot just because.

    I hope your Saturday is a very good one.

    Love, Becky

  2. Dawn K9:43 AM

    I loved Argo, Lincoln and Les Mis! I'm surprised there hasn't been more love for Naomi Watts. She's an excellent actress and has been around longer than Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain. I agree about D D-L, he will definitely win this one. Overall I think this is one of the closest Oscar races in years. Other than Daniel and Ann, I'm not really sure who will win in many major categories. Should be fun!

  3. Anonymous9:49 AM

    We loved Salmon Fishing on the Yemen and now have Call The Midwife here at home to watch. I will have to wait for the library or Netflix to see all the nominations. It is just not fun to go to the movie theater for me. Thank you for your comments, now we know which ones to watch. ;-)
    love and prayers and Happy Saturday to everyone here at QL! jep

    1. I'm flying a long distance in a few weeks, jep, and I have the whole season of Call the Midwife downloaded to my Kindle (in case there are no good movies on the planes!)

      How long ago did Salmon Fishing come out? With any luck it will be on the plane :-)

    2. Anonymous3:13 PM

      I don't know how long Salmon Fishing has been out, but a while I think. We did not have any trouble getting it quickly from Netflix, so that means it has been out for a few months at least. Hope you get to see it on the plane, it is a good movie. Praying "Traveling Mercies, God be with you as you travel and bring you safely home" Susan. (Quote from Anne Lamott) love and prayers, jep

    3. thanks jep! BTW, LOVE Anne Lamott :-)

  4. I agree about Quvenzahne Wallis. That movie was powerful, even on my small kindle screen. So much that I had to look away numerous times. If you are the Happy critic then I am the wimpy one. This little gal was amazing.

    Les Mis only came to our theaters 2 days ago - I gotta go asap.

    Your predictions make a lot of sense, Donna.

    See you Monday for the fashion scoop :-)

    1. Susan,
      Two days ago? Where do you live?

    2. I'm an American living in Zurich, Switzerland. We often get movies late. Lincoln came to town (heh) about 10 days ago. Gotta get to that one too :-)

      At least they still have intermissions here - which is good for Lincoln, as I understand it's 2 1/2 hours! yikes!

    3. Really! Intermission. That's a riot!

      GET to the movies!!!

    4. Seriously - I am going to see Les Mis on Monday - movies are cheaper that day :-)

  5. I still haven't seen any of these movies except Les Mis. I'll have to go check which ones are in the theater..and which ones might be on Netflix. I think I better see Lincoln fast if Daniel Day Lewis is going to win Best Actor; having only seen Hugh Jackman in Les Mis, I am rooting for him.

    But who will win best dressed? That is the real QLCS question.

    Happy Saturday all,

    1. Di,
      You can get Beasts and Salmon Fishing as Rentals. You would like both of those.
      See you Monday!

  6. Donna, there are actually nine movies nominated, you left out a wonderful movie - Life of Pi. I agree there were some great movies this year - we saw six of the nine, but the one I could see again is Les Miserables.

    See you back here Monday morning.

    1. You are right!!! I will go fix that. I hear Life of Pi is excellent but have not seen it.

  7. I'm always WAY behind on seeing nominated movies. Well, to be honest, I'm WAY behind on seeing ANY movie... I always say I plan to see such and such, but never do, until long after the buzz has died. (Do I admit here that I still haven't seen Les Miz?? My ALL-TIME FAVORITE MUSICAL!!! (I think deep down I'm afraid it will ruin the love I have for the stage versions...)
    BUT, BUT, I was sick yesterday and rented Beasts of the Southern Wild. Almost chose Argo over it but figured my husband would like to watch it with me, so I went with Beasts.
    It's still sitting with me, lingering...which may say a lot about the movie in actuality. Right now, though, I can't say I loved, loved it, but I can say the performances from both dad and daughter were fantastic.
    I want to see Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi, and, I think, Zero Dark Thirty (but knowing me, probably won' I now admit I've never seen Saving Private Ryan, although I desperately want to, but I'm afraid of the opening scene???)
    Okay, I've admitted too much.
    Can't wait for your fashion recap!
    Have a great weekend,

    1. Elizabeth did you read the review Stephie wrote here on the blog about Les Miz.
      It was the most beautiful review ever. She has been in Les Miz and has strong emotions about it....
      AND she LOVED the movie.
      Get out there and see it! You will love it. I promise.

    2. Pushing the Like button -- Stephie's review was wonderful

    3. Elizabeth, the opening scene in Private Ryan had me sobbing so hard my throat hurt. I could never watch it again and if that is war, I don't understand why any woman would want to be on the front lines let alone any man.

  8. So I'm the prude in the group--I couldn't watch Silver Linings again. The use of the f word had me cringing at times. Such a good story, especially since there is mental illness in my extended family and they really showed some the family dynamics surrounding mental illness well, but the language. Yowzers!

    Someone can worn me if Argo or Zero Dark Thirty contain a lot, too. Save me the trouble. :-)

    1. I think it's very difficult to find movies without some language.

      IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) website is a good place to do some checking. They have a section where there is Parental Guidance about what the movie contains.

    2. I understand about the swearing see...I am careful to protect my children's ears...but to be honest...mine are accustomed to hearing it at theaters. Last night the preview had the most swearing I have ever heard in a preview. The movie we saw was rated 'R' so I guess they could get away with 'r' rated previews. (The swearing preview shocked me.)

      I think even PG-13 movies are allowed one 'F' word.

      You are best off waiting until these movies come on network television so you are spared the swearing. It's my only safe bet with the kids.

      You should be fine with Lincoln and Les Miz.

    3. Hi Autryville :-) I just checked IMDb about Zero Dark Thirty and they said it has 60 f bombs.

      I just saw Quartet with Maggie Smith and other "older" actors and there was 2 scenes with the f word. And one was by Maggie! I was a little surprised, but it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the film 60 or 70 would bother me for sure.

      My kids have told me, about certain films, that I would only want to see ________________ (whatever the movie) in a TNT version! HA! They know their mama well.

  9. Autryville-- the Plugged-In movie review website is the best, imo, for letting you know exactly how much language is used in each film, as well as exactly what other things may be issues to viewers. I've used that site for years and they've saved me from many a movie-going disaster. :) (I, too, can't handle much language.)

    Find them here:

  10. Les Mis is the only one I've seen. I don't get out much. LOL

  11. I've only seen Les Mis. I only know about Hushpuppy from you. I've got to see these movies! I usually have to wait until they are on DVD. I'll be back on Monday to see what you have to say about the fashions.

  12. I'm playing catch up with my Oscar movies. I've seen Les Mis (a lot of times...Im a musical junkie and the fact that they all sang live and not prerecorded amazes me. Love it. Every. single. bit.)

    I watched Beasts of the Southern Wild and while it was a good story and I cried and I like the way it was told and I love Hushpuppy...I wasn't in awe. I did like it though.

    Life of Pi was amazing. The story was a good one but it was just a beautiful movie to watch. I would watch it again and again. I fell in love with the characters and just watching it...amazing to me. So gorgeous.

    Lincoln was on tv the other day but I didn't catch the beginning. The few minutes I did watch I was confused about the lack of vampires. I guess I can't watch parodies before an actual real life story. Oops.

    Planning on seeing Django tonight. I love Quentin Tarantino and have high hopes although I've heard the violence level is high. But that's how he does things.

  13. I loved Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Bastards....I love QT's creativity. For some reason...Django just does not interest me. But tell me if it is good. I might change my mind.

    The music in Beasts really made me like the movie more.

    I will watch Life of Pi soon.

    Thanks for your comments.

    1. Django was great! Violent though.

  14. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Well, I've run out of time and have only seen six of the nine nominated movies. I fit in Zero Dark Thirty at the last minute (tonight!) and, while parts of it were hard to watch (especially the first half hour), I think it was really well made. Jessica Chastain is intense and powerful in her role. Loved Les Miz, Argo and Silver Linings. While Daniel Day Lewis WAS Lincoln and I did enjoy the film, I didn't think it was as good as the others. As for Life of Pi, the book was great, but the movie kind of dragged for me.

    As always, look forward to your fashion recap! :)

    Mary Z

  15. Anonymous11:30 PM

    Oh, and Naomi Watts was fabulous in The Impossible and Denzel did great in Flight. Both movies were gripping and such a peek into the private hell some people life in - or have lived through.

    Mary Z

    1. You have seen so many!
      That's fantastic!

    2. My daughter loved The Impossible. She said it made her cry more than Terms of Endearment and Legends of the Fall combined (her two favorite cry-movies).

  16. There is some speculation that some of the Academy voters will give it to Argo to insult the omission of Ben Affleck as best director for Argo. Wouldn't surprise me.

    1. I thought the same people nominated...and voted. I will look into who does the nominating.
      Perhaps they thought....five did better.

  17. I have seen all nominated for best picture but two, Amour and sadly, Les Miz. I love movies. I really enjoy QT movies , but Jango has a scene so violent that I had to close my eyes and could have sobbed right in the theater if I hadn't stopped watching and calmed myself down. I can handle a lot of language and violence in movies, but that is one I can't watch again. Too far QT, too far for me.
    Please somebody who like BOTSW tell me what spoke to you about this film? Hushpuppy's performance was fantastic and carried the film, but the story?? I really disliked it.
    Loved Argo, the hair, the glasses, the politics and hostage crisis. It took me right back to my youth watching the news and waiting for the birth of my first child. Ben Affleck with long hair. I knew the outcome of course and still got caught up in the tension of the film.
    Lincoln was fantastic. DDL was not present, only Abe was on the screen.
    I read Life of Pi a few years ago and wanted to see how they could put that story on screen. It was well done. Some scenes have incredible photography, magical to watch. Worth seeing but the story comes off better in the book so my advice is to read it first.
    I loved Silver Linings Playbook. Loved the acting by all the major players, especially Robert Deniro. This movie touched me deeply. The topic is so timely. I won't get political here, but just consider seeing it for a truly touching and uplifting story about the challenges some people live with every day.
    Still want to see LM. Looking forward to See how Seth M handles the Oscar stage and the fashions.

  18. Well I don't expect Seth to handle the fashions I just want to see the fashions!

  19. What I liked about Beasts;
    Quvenzhané and her daddy as actors.
    Unique look at different culture
    The music
    The voice overs
    Michael Jordan jersey as Mom.

    1. the jersey was sweet and sad, wasn't it?

  20. Django was quite the movie intense and strange in pure QUinten fashion. Loved it!

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