In the late 80’s when VHS players became reasonably priced, I, like many others, bought one and began turning my living room into a nightly mini-theater. My husband and I would put pillows and blankets on the floor in front of our 25″ TV and pop in one after another of our favorite horror movies and also every new release we could get our hands on. I would often rush to the video rental store on new release day so I could see them before anyone else – but these days it’s hard for me to give my attention away towards watching an entire movie.
Once upon a time Oscar night was a special event for me to watch all of my big screen friends in all their glory, but I can’t even tell you the last time I watched them- though I’m sure Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep were nominated for something in that year.
While I think I only saw two of this years nominated movies, (The Help and Rango) I decided to watch this years Oscars and see how all of my old friends were doing. I will admit to watching the “speed version” on my Tivo, skipping all commercials and acceptance speeches for movies I didn’t see. I always enjoy watching the video montages, but this year’s didn’t strike me in any way of being anything I hadn’t seen before. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cirque de Soleil performance but felt like Billy Crystal’s banter as host was somewhat recycled.
I was very happy to see Octavia Spencer win the Best Supporting Actress award for her role of Minny Jackson in “The Help” as I’d read the book (loved it!) and also really enjoyed the movie. I liked seeing a dashing (and still hunky at 82) Christopher Plummer win his first Oscar and also seeing the magical Meryl Streep take home her 3rd – putting her into an exclusive threepeat winners club which includes only Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only one actor – Katharine Hepburn, has 4.
I have friends that told me how much they enjoyed The Artist, and now that it’s won Best Picture of the Year, perhaps I will make a point of seeing it. Did you see it or any of the other nominated movies? Did your favorites win?