Kids Are All Right


Sunday is the 83rd Annual Academy Awards presentation. This, according to my husband, is the super bowl of awards shows. We will cozy up next to the TV and eagerly wait to see our favorite movie stars in all their glam and bling.

I am married to a movie junkie and thus we have seen most, but not all, the nominated movies. This was a dry as desert year for good movies until November and December with the flood of good movies held back until the end so they would be fresh in the minds of the Oscar committees. The movies nominated for best picture are:

Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

The movies I did not see were: Inception (although my husband did), 127 Hours (sorry, just couldn’t sit through a couple of suffocating hours watching someone cut off his own arm), Toy Story 3 (just missed it—don’t know how), and Winter’s Bone (must not have received much play here—don’t know much about it). However, two movies stand way above the others to the point that I don’t see how the ones I missed could come close to competing. Black Swan and The King’s Speech were outstanding. The Fighter, The Social Network, and True Grit were also excellent movies and would be strong contenders in any other year. All three were well-directed with excellent performances from the actors and above all very entertaining; all hallmarks of an award-winning movie. I must say that even though The Kids Are All Right was an entertaining movie with a touching story line, I just don’t get all the hype. I don’t feel it belongs in this year’s lineup.

The Black Swan and The Kings Speech are both riveting movies. There are scenes from the Black Swan that are so vivid and dramatic that they will stay with me forever. It is a very powerful movie and gives an excellent view into the competitive world of dancing. However, my vote for best movie is The Kings Speech. It also has some very touching and compelling scenes. I can’t explain why but I came away from the movie with a good feeling. Perhaps it was watching a world leader overcome a personal handicap, or the fragile but growing relationship between King George and his therapist, or the fascination with the British royals, or maybe it was the fly-on-the-wall view of major events prior to World War II. Whatever the reason, I just loved The Kings Speech.

The nominees for best actor are:

            Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, James Franco

My vote goes to Colin Firth not just because I so loved The Kings Speech but his acting and charisma is what makes the movie come alive.

The nominees for best actress are:

            Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams

Natalie Portman is my favorite here. Her descent into madness is so convincing I don’t see how she was able to keep her sanity during the filming of this movie.

The nominees for best supporting role are:

Christian Bale, The Fighter; John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone; Jeremy Renner, The Town; Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right, and Geoffrey Rush, The Kings Speech.

Although I would like to go with Geoffrey Rush, I think Christian Bale will win it for his complete transformation in this role.

Finally, the nominees for best supporting actress are:

Amy Adams, The Fighter; Helena Bonham Carter, The Kings Speech; Melissa Leo, The Fighter; Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit; and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom.

Most critics are saying it will be a fight between Melissa Leo and Amy Adams both from The Fighter but I think these two will cancel each other out. Helena Bonham Carter might get caught up in the wave if The Kings Speech sweeps much of the awards. However, my favorite is Hailee Steinfeld. At fourteen, this is her first movie but she holds her own with last year’s best actor winner Jeff Bridges. She was a delight to watch portraying innocence and grit at the same time. If she doesn’t win, I nominate her as girlfriend for my 13 year old grandson. She is tall (5ft.7in.), beautiful, intelligent, and athletic; all a perfect match for my grandson who is tall, good looking, intelligent, and athletic.

So pop a big bowl of popcorn and grab a favorite drink and join me beside the TV to watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, February, 27th at 8 EST. Check back next week to see if I got any of these right.

NOTE—A bit of trivia:

Q.        Who won the most Oscars for best actor?

A.         Nine men have won twice:

  • Spencer Tracy (1937,1938)
  • Fredric March (1932, 1946)
  • Gary Cooper (1941, 1952)
  • Marlon Brando (1954, 1972)
  • Dustin Hoffman (1979, 1988)
  • Tom Hanks (1993, 1994)
  • Jack Nicholson (1975, 1997)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (1989, 2007)
  • Sean Penn (2003, 2008)


Q.        Who won the most Oscars for best actress?

A.         Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars.