I realize that how much you enjoy any given Oscars show is in direct proportion to how many of the movies you’ve seen. And, since Chris and I have had kids, our movie-going has waned considerably (unless you count movies like “Doug,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and any Pixar film). However, I’ve always enjoyed the Oscars.
In college, I had a friend who would drag me to every single “Best Picture” movie throughout January and February so we’d be ready at Oscar night to cheer the right one. Those were high-movie-watching, high-Oscar-enjoyment years.
And at The Register, we used to print out the ballots from the paper and run a huge Oscar pool. Which meant that, despite the fact I’d rarely seen any of the movies in those years (since my kids were just babies, and babysitters were expensive), I still loved the Oscars because I had money riding on everything. That made it fun to watch even if I haven’t seen the movies — suddenly I reeeeeeally cared who won for Cinematography!
These days, Chris and I tend to see at least three or four of the movies nominated, and now I “work” the Oscars — which really means I just man the phone from home while my colleague Mari is on the red carpet. She’s our entertainment reporter at Lifescript, and covers all the big entertainment events with her press passes. And I’m the social media editor, so, together, we’re on the phone all night, while I help her tweet out her observations and get her pictures up on our Twitter stream, Facebook fan page and the Health Bistro blog. She’s a lot of fun, and she makes awards nights very entertaining.
So this year, I’m paying attention again, and am excited about some of the movies because I’ve actually seen a couple!
This morning, in fact, I was reminded of our discussion here on the blog about Don Draper and other men who don’t really do it for me when I heard a few more women swooning over Colin Firth — he would have been a good one for that post, because I recognize that I’m out of step somehow with him. Every woman I know seems to love him, but I don’t get his appeal.
Anyway, what will you be doing Oscar night? Watching? Not watching? What movies or actors/actresses are you rooting for?
And, speaking of movies, don’t forget to list your favorite 3 of all time on this week’s 3 for Thursday (or at least the ones you’ve watched so many times you have the lines memorized!). I have to think of mine, too — I know one for sure.