And the Oscar Goes To…

“And the Oscar goes to…” is what we’ll hear a lot tonight.

Tonight is Oscar night!  For years now I have enjoyed this biggest night for actors in movies. I always look forward to the broadcast, who is wearing what, and who will win.  Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume, Best Song, Best Director, Best Picture.

I have loved movies for a long time — especially the older ones.  So celebrating those involved in them is fun for me. I enjoy the glitz, the glamor, and seeing the winners often be genuinely surprised and touched by winning.

I remember the year that Halle Berry won and how amazed she was.  I have watched the clip of when Sally Field won and she was truly moved as well.  And there have been numerous others through the years.

It will be interesting to see who wins this year.  Many of the nominees say it is an honor to just be nominated, but I would imagine they would love to hear their name called.  An actor’s career is certainly impacted when they win.

This year I haven’t seen very many of the nominated movies – just one, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”  This was a great mystery based on a very popular book which we went to with several family members — all of whom had read the book. I hadn’t so I was glad to sit next to someone who could explain a few points. But it is quite violent and not for everyone.  I am glad, however, that I saw it.

Several of the nominated movies that I haven’t seen and want to are “The Help,” and “The Descendants,” and “Moneyball.” There are some great nominees this year from all of these movies! It will be interesting to see who will win.

Not seeing many movies at the theater has been the case for the last several years.  With a young child, it is more difficult to go out to see something.  So we wait until they appear on video.  As a result, we often don’t get to watch these Oscar-nominated movies until after the awards are given out.

Sometimes I agree with Hollywood and the Academy on what is “the” movie or cast of the year and other times I don’t.  In 2005, an amazing movie about forgiveness, love, and giving people second chances was released.  It was called “The End of The Spear” based on the book of the same name.  This movie was a true story of Christian missionaries, yet the powers that be said almost nothing about it.  It is a movie that will truly move you.

I enjoy movies that speak to me as that one did, but I also enjoy movies that are just plain funny!  Like “Grownups” — with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade.  This movie reminds me of my childhood and the fun and crazy things we used to do.  And these five guys are just plain funny — they play well together.  My husband and I just laugh each time watch it.

And, as my family knows, I love musicals — “The Sound of Music,”  “Grease,” “Hello Dolly,” “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn,” “South Pacific” and the list goes on.  Each of these has something very memorable to me about my family and friends.  And, a few like “South Pacific” also have a message — this movie has a song about prejudice and that it is taught and something that shouldn’t be.  I enjoy singing to all of the songs and could probably quote each movie word for word.

My favorite movies are the oldies  — like “To Catch A Thief,” “Roman Holiday,” “North By Northwest,” and “All About Eve.”  These classics have become some of my favorites which I enjoy watching over and over again.  Cary Grant was the ultimate in class and a fine actor so I like almost all of his films.  Other actors in these movies were Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Bettye Davis, and Eva Marie Saint.  All of these actors were great and enjoyable in numerous roles.

When I was in college, I took a film class which was very interesting. It was great to study different kids of movies and learn what it takes to make them.  We studied westerns (“Stagecoach” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”), science fiction (which I don’t remember), and film noir (one of my favorites). One of the best movies ever made in the film noir genre, in my opinion, is “Double Indemnity.”   Very well made and well acted by Barbara Stanwyck (from Big Valley) and Fred McMurray (from My Three Sons).  I highly recommend this movie.

There are many movies which I also enjoy for a variety of reasons — some because of the interaction with the characters, the friendships, and others because they are romantic — “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Waiting to Exhale,” “Return to Me,” “The Bodyguard,” “Sex and The City (1 and 2),” “The Notebook,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Love Actually,” and “Casablanca.”

I also like suspenseful movies/mysteries such as “A Time to Kill,” “Rear Window,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The Lincoln Lawyer” among others.  These have been well acted and were very interesting to me.

And, there are many others which I haven’t mentioned in this posting.  I don’t have the room to list all of the movies that I have enjoyed for whatever reason.  I enjoyed watching “Cars” with my son — that was lots of fun.

No matter who wins tonight, I will enjoy the show!  Because, it is the Super Bowl of acting and movies.  Truly a magical night.  I hope you enjoy it too.

I wonder what some of your favorite movies are. Please share them with me and our other readers!