While in most people's worlds, there are 4 seasons in a year, in mine there are 5. Winter, spring, summer, fall, Oscar. Oscar season for me starts in early January when the critics prizes start being handed out, followed by the Golden Globes, the start of Sundance (which has nothing to do with the Oscars, but it gets me all geeked up for movies again), the SAG awards, and then, the night before the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards (which usually gives out the awards for the people who truly made the best movies of the year but will probably not be recognized on Oscar night).
Ever since I was a kid, the Oscars were a big deal. It used to be on or around my birthday which made it extra special. When I was younger, we had a tradition of ordering Chinese take-out and watching together as a family. As I grew up, I felt this was no longer cutting it and we started doing theme meals complete with fancy printed out menus (lamb chops for Silence of the Lambs anyone? Whoopi pie in honor of the host?). We also filled out our ballots and bet pennies (which became nickels, then quarters, and now it's a $5.00 winner takes all that has expanded to family and non-family members). I loved the show and soaked up every minute of it, dreaming of the day that I would become a famous producer and mentally writing my acceptance speech.
Now that time has passed and I realize that event planners cannot, in fact, win Oscars, I still try and keep the tradition alive each year. Menus are made, fancy dinners are planned, and ballots are filled out. We try to see as many of the contenders (in all categories) as possible and this year we're getting there (thank you, Olympics, for forcing the Oscars to be moved back several weeks this year, giving us more time to see everything). Here's what we've seen so far:
- Up in the Air
- Crazy Heart
- Julie & Julia
Next up we've got Inglorious Basterds at home, The Hurt Locker on its way, and The White Ribbon lined up. We're also considering seeing Avatar again because, hokey dialog aside, it is unlike anything I've ever seen and I'm not sure if I was even able to fully digest it the first time around. Yes, I'm hiding a major geek in this body.