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Ya’ll ready for this?

Here they are. The best in show:

arrival1ARRIVAL | Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers

fencesFENCES | Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers

hacksaw-ridgeHACKSAW RIDGE | Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers

hell-or-high-waterHELL OR HIGH WATER | Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers

hidden-figuresHIDDEN FIGURES | Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers

la-la-landLA LA LAND | Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers

lionLION | Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers

manchester-by-the-seaMANCHESTER BY THE SEA | Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers

moonlight2MOONLIGHT | Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

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Welcome to my annual pre-show recap PLUS a printable lists to help make your movie watching experience more enjoyable.

There 32 days until the Academy Awards on February 26 and there are 62 nominated movies so you can easily see all of them if you aim for two a day. Let’s go!

Here’s where I am at… it’s not great.

  • The good news is I saw and LOVED La La Land. It’s up for 14 nominations.
  • The bad news is that I am waaaayyyy behind on movie watching this year. I’ve seen 4 out of 62! (La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, 13th and Moana)
  • The good news is I am really excited to see all of the Best Picture noms – Especially Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
  • The bad news is I am surprised to see Mel Gibson is back on top … but I like Andrew Garfield.
  • The good news is Emma and Ryan, my favourite on-screen couple, are both nominated!
  • The bad news is I have only seen 2 out of the 9 Best Pictures. Manchester by the Sea was wonderful and I love Michelle Williams but I can not support Casey Affleck.

My goal is to see as many of the Best Picture + Best Actor /Actress + Supporting Roles as possible. That’s 15 movies. Again, I’ve see 2.

I did a quick Netflix and iTunes search and here’s what I found so far – I haven’t search all of the movies.

  • 13th, Zootopia and The Jungle Book are all on Netflix (Canada) – I watch the documentary 13th yesterday and it was excellent.
  • Captain Fantastic, Hell or High Water, Deepwater Horizon, Sully, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, Kubu, Life Animated, The Lobster, Jim The James Foley Story and Florence Foster Jenkins are NOW available to rent on iTunes.
  • You can purchase Piper and La Femme et le TVG on iTunes for $2.99.
  • Arrival and Moonlight are available on iTunes January 31.
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Trolls, Nocturnal Animals, I Am Not Your Negro and Loving are available on iTunes February 7.
  • Doctor Strange and Allied are available on iTunes February 14.
  • Fire at Sea is available on iTunes February 14.
  • Jackie and Moana are available on iTunes February 21.

Here we go! Game on.

Let me know what movies you’ve seen and want to see.

Let me know your predictions.

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The Academy Awards are ten days away! Ten! Before we pop the popcorn and the bubbly, I thought it’d be fun to check in. How is everyone doing?

A conversation with my sister – one of the only other people I know who watches more nominated movies than me:IMG_4872

Good point. Why do the Oscars not have BEST KISS… y’all remember this golden moment from the 2005 MTV Movie Awards right?

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But back to the Oscars, first, lets rewind…

Here is my previous status report from January 18 (one month ago):

58 Movies nominated (I’ve seen 13.5 – halfway through What Happened To Miss Simone?)

Movies I have already seen: Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Cinderella, Creed, Inside Out, Room, Sanjan’s Super Team, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, The Martian

8 Best Pictures (I’ve seen 5) : Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant

My favourite so far for Best Picture: Brooklyn!

My fingers and toes are crossed for: Sylvester Stallone!

Biggest surprise: Creed. I loved it. LOVED it. I have never seen a Rocky movie before but it did not matter. Michael B. Jordan, enough said.

My goal is to see all of the Best Pictures + Best Actors/Actress + Best Supporting Actors/Actress. Meaning, I still need to watch: 45 Years, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Joy, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Trumbo

The movie I really want to see: Mustang (Foreign Language Film). I read this and am intrigued.

The movie I don’t want to watch but will watch: Mad Max: Fury Road

Number of movies I watched since the nominations were announced on Thursday: 6.5

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And here is my status report from today, February 18:

58 Movies nominated (I’ve seen 30)

8 Best Pictures (I’ve seen 8) : Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant

My favourite so far for Best Picture: Brooklyn!
My prediction for Best Picture: Spotlight or The Revenant or The Big Short… I don’t know!!!!

My fingers and toes are still crossed for Sylvester Stallone but he better thank Michael B Jordan this time.
My prediction is Stallone will win however, Tom Hardy was very good. (Bad but good, you know)
Leo will win (like there is any doubt) and yes, I think he deserves it.
My prediction is Brie Larson, which I am very okay with but I may ugly-cry if Saoirse Ronan wins.
And my prediction for best supporting actress is a toss-up between Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander. I would like to see Alicia get it.

Biggest surprise: Ex Machina – I had no desire to watch it but it was actually really good.
Most embarrassing movie I endured: Fifty Shades of Grey

I saw all of the Best Pictures + Best Actors/Actress + Best Supporting Actors/Actress.

I saw every movie that got more than one nomination.

The movie I really want to see (still): Mustang (Foreign Language Film)

Movies I will try and squeeze in: Shaun The Sheep Movie, Boy and the World, Mustang

Number of movies I watched since the nominations were announced on Thursday, January 14: 23Oscar Noms 2016 copy

Let me know your favourites and predictions. Enjoy the show.

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Got your list ready?

58 Movies nominated (I’ve seen 13.5 – halfway through What Happened To Miss Simone?)

Movies I have already seen: Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Cinderella, Creed, Inside Out, Room, Sanjan’s Super Team, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, The Martian

8 Best Pictures (I’ve seen 5) : Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant

oscar_best_picture12 Nominations for The Revenant

10 Nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road

7 Nominations for The Martian

My favourite so far for Best Picture: Brooklyn!

My fingers and toes are crossed for: Sylvester Stallone!

Biggest surprise: Creed. I loved it. LOVED it. I have never seen a Rocky movie before but it did not matter. Michael B. Jordan, enough said.

My goal is to see all of the Best Pictures + Best Actors/Actress + Best Supporting Actors/Actress. Meaning, I still need to watch: 45 Years, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Joy, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Trumbo

The movie I really want to see: Mustang (Foreign Language Film). I read this and am intrigued.

The movie I don’t want to watch but will watch: Mad Max: Fury Road

Movies you can watch on Netflix (Canada): Cinderella, The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window, The Hunting Ground, What Happened, Miss Simone, Winter on Fire, Ukraine’s fight for freedom

Number of movies I watched since the nominations were announced on Thursday: 6.5

Best description I’ve heard about the movie The Revenant: “It’s like Kill Bill, but in slow motion, in the woods, with animals”. 

How’s your score? Any predictions? Will Leo win? 

Here are some handy reference material I made to help y’all keep score. Game on. Oscar Noms 2016 Oscar Noms 20162 Oscar Noms 20163

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why did i cancel the cable?

I love my Netflix, I do. We cancelled cable a few years ago because we’re North End hipsters that don’t need to pay for old-school silliness. Okay, not exactly true. We actually cancelled cable because we hate reality T.V. (except Project Runway and Amazing Race of course) and felt our money was better spent bumping up the internet speed and watching what we really want to watch online.

For the most part, it’s been great. We invest our time in quality T.V. … not really less T.V. (I should probably admit I watch waaaay more T.V. than Mike) … but good T.V. and all is fine and dandy for 346 days of the year. What about the other 18 days you ask? Well, we are quickly approaching major events – events near and dear to my leisured-heart: The 2014 Winter Olympics and The Academy Awards. What is a sport/hollywood junkie like myself going to do?!?

Last year, in a moment of desperation, I signed up for cable in February just to watch the Oscars. Besides the 10 or so hours the Oscars dragged on, we barely watched cable and cancelled it shortly after. I thought about doing it again this year but things did not end well with our cable provider in March.*

Hopefully I will figure out an online solution for the Olympics and Oscars … or at least invite myself to someone else’s couch … but in the meantime, here are the movies you need to cram in before March 2.

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Oscar Noms 2014-list

As for my (amateur) take on the Oscars? I am guessing American Hustle will pick up steam and dominate; I am halfway through 12 Years a Slave and can not comment; I didn’t love Gravity as it made me uncomfortable and I could not imagine why anyone would put themselves in that situation. Space? No thanks. Captain Philips was better than expected, Dallas Buyers Club was good; I really want to see Her, and still need to watch Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street. I am mad Fruitvale Station was denied. I am also sad Emma Thompson didn’t make the cut mostly because she’s hilarious. I though Blackfish would be in the documentary category but maybe SeaWorld killed that idea. I think Jared Leto has a good chance and this would make be happy because Jordan Catalano** will always have a special place in my high school heart. I am not sure of Leonardo’s performance in The Wolf of Wall Street but I’d like to see him win because I have still not recovered from his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape loss twenty years ago!

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a little Jordan Catalona

So if you are looking for me between now and March 3, I will probably be in front of some sort of electronic devise. xomeg

* Long story short, some dudes dressed as half-ass Bell employees came by a few months later to “follow-up” and inspect my home – me being street-smart, did not let them in and called the cops… turns out my instincts were right and they were not real Bell employees. I have no idea how they got details on my Bell account, but I am not interested in that drama again.

** I vowed back in November, I’d dye my hair red and dress like Angela Chase for a week if Jared Leto wins. Let’s see what happens.