I was going to rant about the snow, but it's not going to help. It's snowing whether I like it or not, and by the way, I don't. We have yet another major storm coming tonight and it's supposed to dump anywhere between 6-10 inches here in southeastern Connecticut. I don't pay that much attention, but we must be hitting some kind of record here for snowfall.
Anyway, snow means school cancellations and early dismissal (like today) so I got caught up on the Academy Award nominations for 2011. I am pleased to announce I've actually seen a couple of the movies. It helps that an animated motion picture actually made it into the best picture category because I saw "Toy Story 3" and it's nomination gives my movie going in 2010 some credibility. It was actually a beautiful coming of age story, and I'm sure it struck a chord with any mom who faced their teenager heading off to college last fall or in the next couple of years. It definitely pulled at the emotional heart strings.
I also saw "The Town," a rental, and that was very good but I have an affection for Ben Affleck and Boston, and this flick featured both so liking it was a given. It did not get the nod for Best Picture but several of the supporting actors were nominated. "The Kids are All Right" was another rental, and frankly, I didn't get it. I like Annette Benning, but thought the movie was so-so. The movie was about the kids of a lesbian couple who find their biological father. All things considered, the kids were all right when the movie started and they were still all right when the movie ended, and nothing much changed in the middle.
It doesn't count, but I have "Inception" and "The Social Network" in a pile of movies I have yet to watch. I've wanted to see "The Fighter," but so far no luck getting someone to see it with me. Mark Wahlberg/Boston, yes, there's a common thread.
"The King's Speech" led the field with 12 nominations, and I haven't seen it along with lots of other movies. Namely last year's winner, "The Hurt Locker." Actually, I'm doing pretty good this year, because I was just looking at the winners from 2009 and realized I didn't see any of those, but I have "Slumdog Millionaire," "Milk," "The Reader," and "Frost Nixon" in the pile of movies to be seen too. Somehow I always think I'm going to while away a cold, snowy winter day catching up on movies I haven't seen, but it doesn't happen, and that pile grows.
One of these days I'll catch up. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the Oscars, and the winner is....? What do you think?