So I started this year's watching the Oscars with high hopes and a goal of watching at least 30 of the 61 films with one or more nominations. And then Mr D got taken off a plane by paramedics, spent a week stranded in pain in Chicago, then surgery and time recovering, several health scares and I found out I had a huge dental infection that resulted in an extraction and lots of days fighting the pain of having a hole scraped out in my jaw.
And yet, I managed to meet my goal on watchings, even without (unfortunately) getting to see all the Best Movie nominees or getting to a cinema. I'm sad that I still haven't seen The Artist or Hugo (yeah, I know, this is why I feel a bit of a failure) but on the other hand, I'm glad the roadblocks along the way made me watch some movies I'd never have thought about seeing otherwise.
Also although I've seen 32 of the 61 movies (for a full list of the 61 movies with nominations click here), unfortunately because life got in the way and frantic sewing for the Sew Weekly challenges, I've only managed to blog reviews for 16 of them. Could do better on this one next year Tempest...
My favourite movies of those watched were A Better Life (I loved this movie, it was difficult to watch at times but Demián Bichir and his co-star José Julián were absolutely outstanding. I would say this movie was easily better than the 3 films up for Best Movie that I watched - The Help, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball), Drive, Tuba Atlantic, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Hell & Back Again.
But these are my hopes for wins tonight (not necessarily my predictions, because many of those would disagree with who I'd want to win):
Best Picture: now I have to admit I haven't seen The Artist (I reckon I'm the only person in the world not to have seen it....but I am worried that it might be like Mamma Mia for me, everybody saw that before me and raved about it, I absolutely loathe it, it ruined Abba for me!) but I'm going to be rooting for Hugo simply because I love Asa Butterfield as Mordred in Merlin. I know, not a fantastic reason....next year I will make sure I watch all the Nest Movie nominees like I did last year.
Leading Actor: Now, had I not watched A Better Life, I'd have been rooting for Gary Oldman....but now I'm torn as Demián Bichir was absolutely outstanding. So I think I'm going to have to hope against hope for Demián Bichir.
Supporting Actor: Without a doubt, I shall be crossing my fingers for Christopher Plummer in Beginners....he was sooooooo good, but I suspect I'll be thwarted.
Leading Actress: I reckon Meryl Streep will get this for her Iron Lady but as I couldn't support anything to do with Thatcher I'll be hoping blindly for Viola Davis in The Help (though I loved Michelle Williams in Drive, for which she didn't getting a Supporting Actress nomination, but she did get a Leading Actress nod for My Week With Marilyn).
Supporting Actress: It's quite interesting, I found so many things wrong with The Help as a movie and didn't really enjoy it except for the fabulous fashions, but I did think that the acting from Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer was pretty special.....so I'll be wanting Octavia Spencer to get the Oscar here.....and can't wait to see what she's wearing on the red carpet.
Animated Feature: I am a little torn between Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rango, but for it's slightly more surreal and cerebral slant I'll cheer for Rango.
Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2 - surely Harry Potter should get something at this last ditch attempt, a total crime that Alan Rickman didn't get a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Costume Design: The costumes in Anonymous were absolutely gorgeous. I have to admit I took quite a few screen caps of the costumes worn by Elizabeth 1 and the Earl of Oxford's wife and these may well inspire some of my Sew Weekly challenges later in the year, particularly this jacket:
Documentary Feature: Hell and Back Again, although Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory should possibly get it too for a sort of lifetime achievement award type thing.
Documentary Short: Incident in New Bagdad (yes I'm a biased Brit)
Film Editing: The Artist
Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 (hope against hope and even in spite of Ron and Draco's middle-aged beer bellies at the end) but I suspect The Iron Lady grr will win.
Original Score: The Artist
Animated Short Film: Slightly weird that all but Pixar's La Luna have actually been available for the general public to see (La Luna won't be in cinemas until June as a short before Brave), so of the 4 I was able to watch I adore The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
Live Action Short Film: Without a doubt Tuba Atlantic. Though I suspect The Shore might get it.
Sound Editing: Drive
Sound Mixing: Moneyball
Visual Effects: No contest for me (though I suspect there is for others) Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the fact that Andy Serkis didn't get an Oscar nomination himself is a crime.
Adapted Screenplay: I'm torn between Ides of March and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy but will probably be British and plump for John Le Carre's original adapted by Bridget O'Connor, who sadly died in 2010.
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Right need to go now, Live on the Red Carpet is about to start on E! and I need to get ready with my pencil and sketchpad to make copious fashion inspiration notes :)