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I may, or may not, watch the Academy Award ceremony this evening. It seems that the films that I am rooting for rarely win. I have to admit that I can usually count on one hand the number of times that I go to the movie theater in the course of a year, and I have only seen two of the films that have won nominations this year.
Usually when I am visiting family in Columbus at Christmas, we will go to see a movie, and when I am in Mexico Alejandro and I may go to the movie theater. This year at Christmas we went to see "Joy" which garnered Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar nomination. I didn't like it. I thought it was tedious, and I really didn't care that much for characters. While I was in Mexico City this winter, Alejandro, my blogger friend Kim, and I went to see "Brooklyn". I had not read anything about the movie, and I was not aware that it had been nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress. (I had never even heard of its lead actress, Saoirse Ronan.) We all agreed that the movie is superb in every way... the story, the acting, the photography are all excellent. I am rooting for it to win, but knowing my track record, it probably will not.
I already have a favorite for next year's Oscars. While Alejandro and I were in Columbus last weekend we went to see "The Lady in the Van". The movie is based on the true story of an eccentric, homeless woman who parks her van in the driveway of London playwright Alan Bennett. (Bennett wrote the original play, as well as the movie screenplay.) The movie is at turns funny and sad. Maggie Smith... whom I love as the dowager countess in "Downton Abbey"... gives a stellar performance. She definitely deserves an Oscar nomination. The problem is, will the Academy remember the movie when the time comes to make nominations for next year's award ceremony? We shall see.