The Academy Awards, also known as Oscars Night, happens this Sunday, March 4. I’ll be watching. How about you?
Since I now live in the Los Angeles area, award season events, especially the Academy Awards, are annual TV events to watch at our house. The entertainment industry is big in our area, and that’s part of why I watch. Plus, I enjoy movies and TV programs. They tell stories, educate, and entertain, taking me out of my own busy life for a time. We also watch to stay culturally relevant.
The hosts, the openings, some of the speeches, and many of the dresses add to the interest of awards events. The red carpet entrances are also part of the fun. I become a critic of it all from my viewing vantage point.
We enjoy voting for the various categories. If you are looking for online forms to print for home use, here is one option: In Style Oscars 2018 Ballot
My friends and I have had parties over the years to watch together, as have many of you. After all, it is more fun to talk and share it all with others. The voting added an enjoyable competitive nature to the gathering. We shared appetizers and desserts.
One year, we dressed up representing our favorite movie of the year. We saw some very clever outfits. My friend and I both came as Shrek, not knowing we’d chosen the same movie.
We oooooohhh and ahhhh at beautiful dresses or raise our eyebrows in criticism over other dresses. Remember this dress (below)? And the “What Was She Thinking” Award goes to…
If I had to pick a dress, I’d prefer a soft pink dress. Modest. Flat shoes. This would be perfect.
Find your Oscar dress style with this fun little quiz: What Is Your Oscars Red Carpet Dress Style?
The night does get complicated. The hosts, presenters, and winners’ speeches often voice opinions on politicians or express points of view on controversial issues. That has taken the enjoyment out of watching for people. I still find it interesting to hear the different perspectives on current topics, leaders, and passionate causes.
Some celebrities walk right up to the line of decency in their comments. Some march right through that line. Some celebrities give amazing speeches that are touching, sharing about their journey and growth, meaningful work and relationships, and words of appreciation. I have really enjoyed many acceptance speeches over the years.
Some friends work hard to see nominated movies before the Academy Awards. We go see movies that interest us, or watch them at home. We like to see movies nominated for Best Picture, if they sound like we’d like them. I also like to see Best Animated Features, though I do some of that viewing on my computer.
Some nominated movies are just too dark, edgy, and troubling for me, so I skip those. I’m sure I’ve missed some outstanding performances. That is OK with me. Images I put in my mind are tough to get out, so I choose carefully. There is wisdom in wimping out for me, anyway.
Since December, we’ve seen and enjoyed…
Not many have been nominated for Best Picture, but they are all Best Pictures for us. And that’s what really matters to us anyway.
Whether you go to the theater or not, watch the Oscars or not, I hope you enjoy something that is fun for you this weekend.
And stay charming, my friends!
- Call Me by Your Name (didn’t see it)
- Darkest Hour (hope to see it)
- Dunkirk (didn’t see it)
- Get Out (didn’t see it – but thinking about seeing it)
- Lady Bird (saw it)
- Phantom Thread (didn’t see it)
- The Post (saw it; I hope it wins, but doubt it will.)
- The Shape of Water (didn’t see it)
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (didn’t see it)