My Academy Awards Predictions

Oscar

Feb. 26 is probably the only night of the year that I will stay up late and watch TV.  The annual self love event (The Academy Awards) will be aired in all it’s extravagant glory. I love everything about this show. I know it’s shallow and contrived but I’m still a big fan, and I watch it to get some idea of what movies I might want to see in the future.

We haven’t seen too many of the movies nominated this year, saw a lot of trailers, though, but I’ll give you my take on what I think will happen on the big night.

The only movies we’ve seen were Moneyball and Midnight in Paris, the first was good (but it won’t win) and we really loved the second, but anything by Woody Allen is great in our books. All the hype says that The Artist will probably take home the Oscar with The Tree of Life a maybe.

The only category where we  have seen all the nominees is Best Animated Movie so I can speak with some authority. Just goes to show our level of sophistication.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Actually, I lie we couldn’t get through this one. Great animation. Poor story plot line, and way too frantic action scenes.Maybe the kids will love it but not too appealing to the more mature crowd. I hope this one doesnt win.

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

A sequel to the very successful Shrek series. Your typical Hollywood style animated movie. The animation is very good, as is the story, lot’s of great characters and Antonio Banderas is his handsome and sauve self as Puss. Might win but shouldn’t.

A Cat in Paris

A Cat in Paris

We saw this in French with no subtitles and with our poor high school French we understood one word out of 20. Still you could understand what the story was about. Fairly basic animation, old fashioned, but that added some charm. Probably won’t win.

Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

This also was not in English, Spanish with English subtitles. It has a unique style that makes it fresh and quite charming. The animation, again, was simple with a sort of  dreamy quality. The story follows star crossed lovers from Cuba in 1948 to New York, Paris and Las Vegas. It’s a sweet story, the music is great and there are even some “adult” scenes. This is Mike’s favorite to win.

Rango

Rango

A movie about an ordinary chamelion looking for excitement who gets more than he bargained for. He’s an endearing fellow with lots of bravado, voiced by Johnny Depp. The movie has a lot of elements of all the classic westerns like Fist full of Dollars, The Shakiest Gun in the West, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I even detected music from The Bagdad Cafe, a truly great movie itself. Great animation and good story, a really fun movie that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Obviously this is my choice to go home with the Oscar.

So there you have my opinion on what might happen on the big night. It,s only one small segment of the awards but I encourage you to check out these movies. They’re feel good movies that don’t leave you with a bad taste, they’re just pure fun.

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