It's been several years since I've had any interest in watching the Oscars. Last night was different. I suppose because I've seen six of the ten nominees for Best Picture and still want to see three of the remaining four. 2010 must have been an unusually good year for movies for I rarely have seen that high of a percentage of the nominated shows.
I was thrilled that The King's Speech won Best Picture and that Colin Firth took home the Oscar for Best Actor. Very well deserved. If you haven't seen the movie, you should. I had one reader of Write Thinking say she was hesitant to see the movie because of the R rating. I would say that most people can overlook the rating. There is some foul language but it is used in such a different way that I didn't find it offensive. Foul language in most films (as in life) is simply laziness, and I am often offended by that.
Anyway, as a writer, I love it when I am transported by story to another time or place or circumstance. The King's Speech did that for me as did Toy Story 3. Go on. Admit it. You cried in Toy Story 3, right? True Grit was a great remake, and Hailee Steinfeld is a remarkable young actress. The Social Network was rather fascinating, and I wish I knew how accurate it was.
And as long as I'm talking about being transported by story, I've got to mention The Hunger Games. I'm currently listening to this YA novel in audio book. I am completely captivated. I hope it is as good all the way through (not just this book but the series) as it is in the first five chapters.
So what books have you read and/or what movies have you seen recently that transported you?