Wednesday, February 8, 2017

27 Days of Oscar, day 14: #oscarproblems

This morning I found out that "Moonlight" which only started playing here in Oxford, MS on Friday will be leaving on Thursday. It showed here for only one week. Even "Swiss Army Man" played for a couple of weeks if I remember correctly. I guess I should be glad that it came to our small town at all.

This is a very interesting year for me in terms of Best Picture, considering I find both frontrunners to be masterpieces. The best films I've seen since 2011, when both "Black Swan" and "The Social Network" stunned me. But unlike this year, both of those films lost to "The Kings Speech."

Most years I end up loving one or two films and liking a bunch of others. And as the season goes on, my likes turns to disdain as the films I love generally end up with a consolation Oscars, and almost never Best Picture.

For example, I enjoyed "The Kings Speech" until it started to win prizes over "Black Swan" and "The Social Network." I kept saying that I needed to see it again, to be reminded that I actually liked it, but it never happened. And come Oscar night, I hated it.

And most famously, I can still remember seeing "Crash" long before it was even nominated for Best Picture and enjoying it. But today, my hatred for the film that beat "Brokeback Mountain" is fierce. Lionsgate even sent me a copy after it won. I am not even sure if I ever took the shrink wrap off the package. I would almost rather hate the film than watch it again and remember that it wasn't all bad. Or possibly even good.

This year, if things go as expected, either "Moonlight" or "La La Land" will win the prize for Best Picture, and I should be happy, right?

Here's the problem. The backlash towards "La La Land" has made me so frustrated that I find my ire desperately looking for something to blame.

I do not want that to be "Moonlight." Partly because I feel the "La La Land" backlash it coming from people who want "Moonlight" to win and has nothing to do with the film itself. (If "La La Land" was out of the picture, you can bet that "Manchester By the Sea" would be the brunt of the hatred.)  But mostly, because I loved "Moonlight." I LOVED "MOONLIGHT!"

So, what is the solution to my problem?  I MUST see "Moonlight" again to be reminded of the great piece of art that I know it is. And unlike years past, that will happen today.

On another note...

After watching "Land of Mine" yesterday and "Tanna" this morning, I've completed the foreign film category. I cannot wait to share with you what I've learned, not only about myself but about the Academy though the process of watching these 5 great films as well as interviewing some of the directors. (Still trying to work out a couple of more interviews before publishing. More on that soon!)

I leave you with two things. First this little video that has all of the 2017 nominated films featured in one supercut (although from the comments it seems that "The Lobster" is missing.)

And next, my list of films to see. We're getting there!! 13 days, 13 features (including "Moonlight!")

The List:

Fire at Sea
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Live Action Shorts
Documentary Shorts
Animated Shorts


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