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The big day of the Oscars is here, and I have to ask you: Are you excited? If you aren’t necessarily a movie connoisseur, that’s OK. There’s always fashion, celebrity interviews, and the dynamic co-hosting duo of Anne Hathaway (gorgeous!) and James Franco (double-gorgeous!) to look forward to.
But, as an overwhelming amount of bloggers and media outlets have been giving their predictions of who will win for what category, I figured I would like the opportunity to relay my every hope and wish for the Oscars this year. To be honest, I am sure most of the predictions that are being made will turn out to be true. But, what I want should count, right? No, of course not, but I’m still going to sit on my couch with my hands clasped in eager anticipation for my favorites to win!
Here’s who and what I really, really want to see take home a pretty golden statue (and for a complete list of the nominees, go here!):
1. Best Actress: “Blue Valentine,” Michelle Williams: This is probably one of the most underrated films acknowledged at the Academy Awards this year, but man, what a tearjerker. I saw this movie with three girlfriends, because we were drawn to see the movie because 1) Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off in it and 2) it’s a move about marriage and the loss of love, which is every woman’s fear, right? Right. Which is why we left the theater in shock, questioning the institution of marriage itself. The movie is powerful because it made four 20-year old women think about something that is so far into their futures. You may watch Williams’ role in the film, and end up blaming her for everything that goes wrong with her marriage to Ryan Gosling. But, she masters the role of a woman willing to say “No” to what’s just not working for her any more. I know Natalie Portman is the favorite for her hair-raising role in “Black Swan,” but hey, Michelle and I go way back to her Heath Ledger days!
2. Best Picture: The Social Network: The fact that I am sitting at a computer blogging, and surfing the Internet with a Facebook tab open should be reason enough for why I want this movie to win. I am a product of the Internet-fueled generation, in a good way, of course! People may think that a movie on the fast-paced success of a a social networking site is ridiculous, but Facebook, Myspace, and even Xanga, have had such powerful social impacts on any one who owns a computer these days. Jesse Eisenberg also perfects the role of founder Mark Zuckerberg. He’s wonderfully and adorably nerdy–and who can resist that smile? Let’s pay homage to the Internet, and acknowledge what Facebook has done for us: given us a resource to post (and stalk) pictures, keep up with friends, and tell every one we know, virtually or realistically, just how exciting our lives can be.
3. Best Actor: “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth: OK, so I didn’t see this movie. But, you know why that’s acceptable? Because I saw Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (he was also nominated for an Oscar for his role last year) and he was phenomenal. I have followed his career for a while, mainly because I find him to be one of the most attractive older men in the movie business. He always plays the shy guy, with the quiet demeanor. In “Love Actually,” he literally gets his heart broken by his wife who cheats on him with his brother. But, he falls in love with a Portuguese woman who can’t speak English (insert the heart-wrenching sigh, here). In “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” he comes off as a pompous prick, but really, he’s just upset because Hugh Grant had an affair with his wife–as if this guy couldn’t handle any more bad news. But, again, he learns to love the curvy Bridget Jones, just as she is! So basically, this nice guy deserves an award! Since he’s the front-runner for this category, I think my dream of him winning will come true. Now, if only I could find a way to get him to leave his wife…
4. Best Animated Feature: “Toy Story 3″: I realize I may be coming off as a five-year old right about now, but let’s face it, you are never too old for a Pixar film. Shockingly, (HA!) this movie made me cry,too. How could you not, when a group of plastic friends is fighting to save their lives from a psychotic pink teddy-bear? I mean, when the toys were in danger of being burnt to death at the junkyard, I nearly lost my wits. The bottom line is that the third installment of this animated trilogy was better than the first two: it was clever, it appealed to adults, children, and stubborn teenagers alike, and pulled at your little heartstrings. Pixar never fails to deliver, and this has to be my favorite animated film since “Finding Nemo.”
Who do you want to win tomorrow night, lovelies?