Oscar Predictions 2013

It’s that fabulous time of year again! The time where we reward actors and actresses again and again for doing their jobs by handing out tiny, gold naked statues. I realize awards shows are slightly ridiculous (as if their insane paychecks weren’t enough of a ‘thank you’) BUT I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I LOVE THEM! I love mercilessly judging the dresses as they go down the red carpet. I love cringing at all of the awkward moments that occur in those three hours because let’s face it- most actors are cuh-razy pants and it’s amazing to watch.

DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THIS? COME OOON.

This one is from the Golden Globes a few years ago, but it is still one of my favorite things to watch. Ever.

Now, I don’t want to brag here, but I am KIND OF good at predicting these winners. I mean, I’ve won things (small prizes like Starbucks gifts cards and an assortment of libations but STILL). So, I decided to let you in on my predictions for this years awards show.

Here’s a nice little printable ballot we will be using: Oscar 2013 Ballot

Best Picture: Lincoln OR Argo. I am torn… I will have to go with my gut the night of.

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Best Director: Steven Spielberg- poor Ben. Robbed.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence- this one is a toughy. Some people say Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) has it in the bag. Others, Emmanuelle Riva (Amour). All of these ladies were amazing- but I am going off of the SAG Awards and Golden Globes on this one.

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Best Actor: Come on. Daniel Day-Lewis. Every. Time.

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones

Animated Film: Brave

Foreign Film: Amour

Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln? Shot in the dark here…

Costumes: Anna Kerenina

Original Song: Skyfall

Score: Lincoln because it’s John Williams?

Documentary: Searching for Sugarman

Documentary (short): Open Heart

Makeup/Hair: The Hobbit

Production Design: Les Miserables

Editing: Argo

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Sound editing: Zero Dark Thirty

Sound mixing: Les Miserables

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Short Film (Animated): Paperman

Short Film (Live Action): Curfew

There you have it! I hope I don’t lead you astray here. Good luck!

-ashley

Also- watch Part 2 of the “Between Two Ferns: Oscar Edition”. It’s funny.

“Zero Dark Thirty. Is that a movie about Chris Brown?” Amazing.

Between Two Ferns: Oscars 2013

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Movie Reviews in a Rush: April Edition

Before I even begin this post, let me be the first to admit- I am no movie expert. I, along with several of my friends, work “in the industry” and I do tend to watch as many movies as I can get my hands on. That is where my expertise ends.

That being said- I would love to share with you my new favorite weekend activity: Solo Saturday Matinees. I head up to the Arclight theater in Hollywood or the Los Feliz 3 Cinema down my street for a discount matinee. I try to see the movies that are off the beaten path (or movies that my husband would probably have no interest in seeing). So far- It’s been a hit or two with a couple of misses mixed in. I know it’s difficult to really “judge” a movie because everyone has different tastes. What I think to be very hilarious might not make you laugh at all. So, take these reviews with a grain of salt. I WILL avoid spoilers, and hopefully give a broad overview that can help you decide whether or not to see them for yourselves.


Title: Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

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Synopsis: Britain’s leading fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) is flown to the Yemen to create a fresh water fly fishing stream/lake in the desert in an effort to boost the country’s moral. The Prime-Minister’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) gets involved and sees it as a great PR opportunity and hires a consultant (Emily Blunt) to oversee the project. They face obstacles, they might be in love, Emily Blunt’s boyfriend (who was sent overseas to fight in the war) might be dead or he might be alive..so on and so forth.

I don’t really have much of an opinion on this one. It was just kind of…there. I laughed maybe once or twice, and I wasn’t really passionate about the story. I thought the acting was great (Emily Blunt is one of my favorites) but other than that, there isn’t much to say. It’s light-hearted and nice. That’s pretty much it.

Final Verdict: It’s a renter

Title: Jeff Who Lives At Home

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Synopsis: Jeff (Jason Segel) is a late-twenties-something who lives at home in his mother’s (Susan Sarandon) basement. He is pretty lethargic and lazy, but is absolutely obsessed with signs, fate and finding his purpose in life. Coincidentally, he also smokes a lot of weed. His mom is pretty miserable and lonely at her job, etc. She sends him on a simple errand and from there, he crosses paths with his arrogant brother (Ed Helms). The stories start to intertwine as they all search for where they should be heading in life.

Pros- The acting was really great. Judy Greer is awesome as Ed Helms’ wife and speaking of Ed Helms- he plays a total jerk which was a nice change from his usual goofy characters. I thought the plot tied up nicely and overall, it was a charming movie. Again- it didn’t have a great impact on my day, but I enjoyed it. So far, this is my favorite “Solo Saturday Matinee” experience.

Final Verdict: Good for a matinee or a rental

Title: Damsels In Distress

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Synopsis: A group of girls (Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Carrie MacLemore) set out to improve the general standard of living at a grungy, typical American university. They take the new girl (Analeigh Tipton) under their wing as they set out to socialize with boys and counsel a group of deeply depressed/suicidal students. They all go through various relationships with guys at the university, and of course this causes jealousy and anger.

I really, really wanted to like this movie! Strong female leads, interesting director and the like. It is possible that I am just really dense, but I didn’t enjoy this movie. I think it was supposed to be some sort of social commentary, but I’m not sure. The jokes were off-balance and even though the acting was not bad, it just didn’t flow. Portions of the movie were heavily stylized, but then something else would creep in and throw it off again. The character’s dialogue seemed too perfect for me (like a lower-grade Aaron Sorkin script) and I just didn’t really care if any of them ended up happy. Again, maybe I am absolutely missing the point here, but I just didn’t identify. I do think it’s one of those movies that you either love or hate- so I am sure there will be several of you who love everything about it. I hope that is the case..if you HAVE seen it and want to share your thoughts, I would love to hear them. I felt like I was missing something. I HOPE I was missing something.

Final Verdict: No thanks

Title: The Five-Year Engagement

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Synopsis: Violet (Emily Blunt- told you I am a fan) and Tom (Jason Segel- also round 2) are a newly engaged couple trying to figure out the best way to start their lives together. They both have blossoming careers, friends and family and they aren’t too sure how to fit all of those pieces into a marriage.

Pros – I thought Emily Blunt and Jason Segel were ultra-charming together. Alison Brie and Chris Pratt are also hilarious. Huge kudos to Alison Brie’s British accent as well- spot on. Overall, I really thought the casting was perfect. I had a friend with me on this outing, and we both laughed A LOT.

Cons – It was a bit too long. I think they could have cut 30 minutes out and it would have been perfect. I can’t give a romantic comedy 2+hours of my time unless it’s Notting Hill and then for some reason I am hooked from start to finish. I don’t know that I should be proud of my love for Notting Hill.

Final Verdict: Worth a watch!

There you have it! May is looking pretty promising as well.

Avengers, Dark Shadows, Moonrise Kingdom… Good month for movies!! Also, I feel a very strong pop culture breakdown post coming your way with the release of the sure-to-be Oscar bait: Miley Cyrus in LOL. If you haven’t seen this trailer… well, it’s a movie. That some studio paid millions of dollars for. I just… Yeah.

Go ahead- watch it here. Fave line from the trailer: “Every year it’s weird going back to school, but here we are just going with the flow. Trying to love, and laugh out loud. Which is nice ’cause my name is Lola, but everyone calls me Lol.”

You’re welcome.

Thanks for reading!