I'd like to thank the Academy...
Okay, obviously I did not win an Oscar, but I feel like I should get some kind of award for spending 15 hours of my life watching 6 1/4 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture.
I enjoy movies, but I don't see as many as I would like. Every year when Oscar season rolls around, I can only check off one or two of the Best Picture nominees. So, this year, I set myself a goal to see them all. It seemed reasonable at the time, before I realized what I was up against.
Through a combination of Netflix, pay-per-view, and actual movie theaters, I watched:
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
1/4 of Joker (maybe on a different day, I would have stuck it out, but, frankly, I was in no mood).
I have not yet seen Little Women or Ford v Ferrari, so the following opinions do not apply to those movies.
Here's my take on the ones I did see:
- They are quite male. But you knew that;
- They are replete with egos. Husband egos, military egos, actor egos, rich guy egos, mafia egos. And, dare I say, the real life egos of the two directors who thought they needed 3 hours 29 minutes and 2 hours and 41 minutes, respectively, to tell their stories.
- They have plenty of violence. War violence, emotional violence, gangster violence, animal-on-human violence, interpersonal violence. Lots of people get shot, and I wouldn't be surprised if this year set a record for Best Picture stabbings. Very stabby.
Congratulations to all the 2020 winners, and here's hoping that next year's crop of Oscar contenders is a little less...exhausting.
In case you missed it, here is Saturday Night Live's Melissa Villasenor's musical take on this year's best picture nominees: