Academy Countdown

Movies have always been a love of mine. From the summer drive-in double headers to the afternoons seeing two or three in row, the big screen has called to me.

For past few years, aside from the Covid pause, I’ve tried to see all of the Oscar nominated films thanks to Regal Theaters’ Best Picture Festival. This year is no exception. Sometimes I get lucky, and some or most of the films I’ve seen throughout the year make it into the running. This year the count was three:

  • Elvis;
  • Avatar: The Way of Water; and
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

The hubby and I went to see Tár this past wet, windy, and rainy Friday. On Sunday, I rented Women Talking. This evening I’m watching All Quiet on the Western Front. The remaining four I’ll get to over the next few days, mostly via streaming. The last will be Top Gun: Maverick, which I’ll see on the Big Screen.

Of the ones I’ve seen so far, Everything Everywhere All at Once is currently my top choice to win. Michelle Yeoh is my pick for best female lead, with Cate Blanchete a close second even though I slept through the first 30 minutes of Tár.

In my humble opinion, I’m not sure why Elvis and Avatar are up for Best Picture. They were good movies, but most definitely not Oscar material. I’m curious to see if any of the films I’ve yet to see will take my top choice spot, or just be enjoyable to watch.

Which are your top choices?

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