Ever a fan of the quixotic project, I have decided to watch all of the films nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Oscars this year.
Accordingly, we had a very film-focused weekend. We watched five of the nominations, even cancelling Valentine's dinner to stay on schedule, favouring instead hotdogs and chocolate chip cookies in bed. (Sorry Nuraghe.)
I ended up seeing several films I would never ordinarily consider watching, two of which were brilliant. (I mention no names yet, as I will be announcing our household Oscar predictions on completion of the project. James knows more about film then anyone else I know, and I'm loving our little committee discussions at the end of each viewing.)
We're also planning to take the morning after the ceremony off work, so that we can stay up all night to watch them. I'm usually gutted to have to go to bed whilst it's all going on. Although I did watch them a couple of years ago at a bar in Brooklyn, and saw local boy Martin Scorsese collecting his Academy Honorary Award, which was ace.
I also really enjoyed reading the Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio issue over the weekend. The John Hughes article is a must read for those, like me, who grew up on his films.
(PS: I'm dreading having to go and see Avatar. It's not my cup of tea at all. Ugh.)