Everyone else can have Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Arbor Day, Mother's Day and Super Bowl Sunday to me they all fail in comparison to my FAVORITE day of the year the day when all of HOLLYWOOD dress up and celebrate, OSCAR DAY! I too join in the fun by dressing up and spending the day in front of my TV watching the per-show, the red carpet (who doesn't like checking out the gowns) and the post show. This year was a little different, I got to spend the day watching the nominated shorts at a local theater for the second year in a roll so let me start with a look at the nominees-
The oscar went to Curfew Directed written edited and starring Shawn Christensen. The only US nominee story about a suicidal man who gets a call from his sister asking to watch his niece for a couple of hours. Happy it won.
My other favorite was a strange french film called Death of a Shadow Directed by Tom VonAvermaet and Ellen DeWaele. A story that is hard to explain let me just say that I will never look at a crime scene in the same way again as the lead character took photos of past/future? death as art.
Then there is Henry a Canadian film directed by Yan England. All of these shorts were dramas but this one seemed the saddest for it was about something we all fear, getting old and forgetting your life and who you are.
and there were two tales about kids the first called Asad from South Africa directed by Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura. A young boy learns from an elderly man how to fish in order to keep him from joining his friends in piracy. At the end he has his first catch but I'm not going to ruin it for you.
Finally there is Buzkashi Boys from Afghanistan directed by Sam French and Ariel Nasr. A sweet and sad story about two boys, the son of a blacksmith and an orphan who dream of being more when they grow up.
The oscar went to Paperman directed by John Kahrs from the US. A nice romance about a man working in a office building and tries to contact the girl who is in the building across the street. Magical paper airplanes make it a delight to watch.
From the creators of The Simpsons we get Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare directed by David Silverman. At her day in daycare Maggie must save a caterpillar turned butterfly from her nemesis the one eyebrow baby.
Next is Adam and Dog directed by Minkyu. A lonely playful dog comes across a newly created world's first man. No Dialogue but nice to look at.
And Head Over Heels directed by Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly from the UK and my favorite. A long married husband and wife live in a unusual way. Strange but sweet :)
Finally there is the shortest film to ever be nominated called Fresh Guacamole directed by PES. At only 2 minutes a entire story about a unseen person make the snack out of unusual items including a light bulb as the green pepper and poker chips in place of those darn potato chips that ALWAYS break while dipping.
As I was saying Oscar Night is the best night of the entire year and I really enjoyed it this year from all the nominees to the show itself and especially its host. As soon as I heard months ago that Seth MacFarlane was going to be the host I knew I was going to like the show because I like him (even better then the TVseries and movies he creates). MacFarlane did what a host should do for such a important hollywood event, he sang, danced, told jokes, some were controversial, but all in all a perfect.
The show itself was fun to watch. As I long time fan an viewer I have to admit I haven't been this happy about what I saw, now 2 days later and still thinking about it, in a long time. The theme of celebrating the music of film, the guests and the emotion of it all was as magnificent with glitz and glamour.
In a year where I actual really like ALL of them I want to congratulate the winners. And to Mr. Ben Affleck I have to say 15 years ago (When I started to actually pay attention the the Academy Awards and 1st year I saw all the nominated movies) you won for "How do you like them apples?' beating "I'm the King of the World!" yet Titanic went on to win best film over nominee Good Will Hunting leading me to believe that if one wants a best film oscar one should hire Victor Garber (Whom I have loved since playing Mr. Andrews master shipbuilder of Titanic) to portray a real life person, foreign preferable. Just saying:)
In conclusion even my sister who is NOT a fan of Award shows enjoyed Seth MacFarlane and in her own texts "He seemed really comfortable!Total package! Plus Shatner."
It was a good 24 hours and as The Host and Kristin Chenoweth sang their final comedic song I laughed cried and started to count the days (363) til the 86th Academy Awards!!!