|All alone at the Oscar Movie Marathon!|
|US/Canada Peace Arch: Children of a Common Mother|
We also had a great time, discussing the pros and cons of each picture. By and large we agreed with each other’s rankings, with some minor disagreement; we agreed on the best picture and the bottom three. To arrive at our ratings, I made a matrix of the following criteria for Best Picture: screenplay, acting, directing, cinematography, and meaning. Bill and I cast our votes and I added our scores for each movie and divided by two. Our joint votes yielded Lincoln as the Best Picture with the following other awards we, surprisingly, agreed on. Here they are with the Oscar nods on the next column:
Best Picture Lincoln Argo
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva Jennifer Lawrence
Best Director Steven Spielberg Ang Lee
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sally Field Anne Hathaway
Best Screenplay Argo Argo
Best Cinematography Life of Pi Life of PI
50% is certainly not a very good score. I guess we belong to the secondary audience, the sexygenarians who are partial to history coming alive as in Lincoln and old folk tales like Amour. We were definitely not among the young hopefuls who loved the bipolars’ love story, Silver Lining Playbook, although Jennifer Lawrence was our second choice for best actress.
There is a definite effort to make the Oscars appeal to the young with Seth MacFarlane as host, and movies such as Life of Pi and Django Unchained. But the Red Carpet moments were, as usual, fun to watch with people voting Jennifer Lawrence as both best and worst dressed. I loved Reese Witherspoon’s electric blue and Jessica Chastain’s nude-like ensemble. A high moment was the teary-eyed Best Picture acceptance speech of Ben Affleck who got snubbed for the Best Director Award. Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her gown as she walked up to the stage to accept Best Actress Award. But the audience stood in ovation and she quipped, ‘You are just standing because I fell…’. The dichotomy was best highlighted by songs from classic divas Shirley Bassey and Barbara Streisand and young stars Jennikfer Hudson, Norah Jones, and Adele!
|view from out room at Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel|
We actually watched the Oscars in the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel where we met Claudine, my second daughter who arrived from Calgary to attend a 2-day conference. We drove from my eldest daughter Trisha’s home in Kent, Washington for 2 ½ hours plus a 30 minute wait at the border. For the first time I noticed that the Arch bears the phrase, ‘Children of a Common Mother’. It gave me chills. Trisha and Claudine, where they are, and my youngest April, in England…that is where I should be!
Actually, we will be in Calgary in July to be with Claudine as she delivers my fifth grandchild. And then we hope to go to England to see April and her beau Clint! After that, we will hopefully be in Phoenix in Stage 4!