The 84th Academy Awards. Did you watch them? I’ve skipped a lot of Oscar shows in recent years, but having Billy Crystal return as the MC plus my desire to see The Help do well where nominated drew me to the sofa for three hours on Sunday night. Crystal’s song about the nine Best Picture nominees would, of course, have been enjoyed more if I’d seen all nine movies. I’ve seen four but I will see more of them on DVD in the future.
There are some novelists I know whose internal editor not only changes the way they read books but the way they see movies. Their brains are busy analyzing how the stories are told, and they never go deep into the movie itself.
One more reason I’m thankful I’m an intuitive writer. It is so much easier for me to suspend reality for a couple of hours in the theater and enter the story world of the writers and actors and directors. Yes, I still often anticipate what will happen next, but it doesn’t spoil it for me. One reason, I guess, that I can watch the same movies over and over and love them just as much the 50th time as the first time. (I’ve even started a Pinterest Board of movies I can watch again and again.)
Do you love movies, too? What was your favorite movie from 2011?
Bet you can tell from these photos what my favorite 2011 movie was. I would have loved to see it sweep the Oscars, but that was impossible since Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were up in the same category. I wanted Viola Davis to win for Best Actress, but I’m not surprised Meryl Streep won for The Iron Lady; she’s amazing.
Huge congratulations to Octavia Spencer, who won for Best Supporting Actress (Minny in The Help). Well deserved.