27 Days of Oscar: Day 1

So here we are!  Less than a month away until my favorite day of the year.  Not my birthday, not Christmas...the Academy Awards.

A reminder for previous readers and a quick explanation for the newbies.  Back in the day I was inspired to do a series of pieces, some long, some short, inspired by AMC's 31 Days of Oscar.  The problem, there were only 27 days until the big show...I'm sure you see where this is headed.  Alas: 27 Days of Oscar were born.

Technically I should have started yesterday as Day 27 usually ends on Oscar day...but this year the recap the next day will have to suffice as the 27th day.

I will chronicle my journey to watch all of the nominated films as well as my opinion of each category.  Many of my colleagues are more focused on Best Picture...which is great...so I will try to focus (as usual) on the other categories.  I'm planning to go in depth for the foreign films for Awards Daily as well as do a special piece on the "Before" trilogy, with my wonderful interview with Julie Delpy as the centerpiece.

Hopefully Rick can jump in here as well as he has had some great insight on this year's race.

So...I have 18 features and 14 shorts to see before the big day.  Here they are.

Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
The Wind Rises
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
The Grandmaster
The Invisible Woman
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The Book Thief
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger
Lone Survivor


Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Avant Que e Tour Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)The Voorman Problem

Finally I want to say a little something about Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Back when PSH won his Oscar for "Capote" I was a little disappointed because I felt as though Heath Ledger was the truly deserving actor.  And when Heath passed away and won for "The Dark Knight," I couldn't help but think how he would never win again.  Over the years I softened that opinion and appreciated what PSH did in "Capote" much more.  And now we have lost him too.  And had he not won then he wouldn't have an Oscar either.  Two incredible actors lost.  One to prescription drugs and the other, more than likely, to heroin.  The other day I became incredibly overwhelmed thinking about all this and seeing in comments (I know, I know...I promised not to read as many this year) debating the worthiness of people's grief about his death due to the cause...and sometimes criticizing his acting but saying it was still a loss.  Addiction is very complicated.  Being a performer, who experiences many highs and lows is hard as well.  Put the two together....  It is just very painful to think about having had experience with addiction in my own life.  Needless to say, I hope his family can find an ease for their grief.  And that everyone remembers that we should all be on the same side and remember they have a heart.


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