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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


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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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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Her. Have you seen it?





With only one movie left to watch of the 2014 Best Picture nominees*, I thought I’d write about my favourite (so far). Valentine’s day is this week and I think Her is the perfect love story – I laughed, I cried and I truly believed in the relationship between Theodore and Samantha (his operating system). The movie is set in Los Angeles, which is the same location as another favourite movie of mine, 500 Days of Summer. With the beautiful and hazy pinks and oranges, I felt like I was watching the whole movie behind an Instagram filter plus, the set design made me drool.

Need more convincing? Here is the write-up, straight from the official websiteSet in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

Happy Valentine’s Day. xomeg

* I still need to see Nebraska, but of the other eight, here is the list in order of my favourites: 1. Her / 2. Philomena / 3. The Wolf of Wall Street / 4. American Hustle / 5. Dallas Buyers Club / 6. 12 Years a Slave / 7. Captain Philips / 8. Gravity

All images from http://www.herthemovie.com