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Countdown to the Oscars: Will Les Mis Stand Les Chance?

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With eight Oscar nominations, Les Miserables stands just behind Lincoln as the popular choice candidate for 2013’s Academy Award winners.  Having already done quite well at the Golden Globes, earning Best Picture in the Musical/Comedy genre as well as honoring both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway with new statues of their own, I’m torn!

Usually, when an actor or film is nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, this skeptical fan always watches for “The Curse of the Golden Globe!”  Sometimes, winning a Golden Globe can just about guarantee that you will NOT win an Oscar.

However, Les Miserables won Film of the Year at the AFI Awards!  And, it’s also a well known assumption that musical nominees do very well at the Oscars…

What’s a girl to go by?!

Les Mis, if you haven’t heard about it, is the tumultuous story of Jean Valjean, a paroled prisoner who tries to start over in life with a new identity, righting his wrongs by caring for an orphaned child.  Constantly in the crossroads, a military officer by the name of Javert suspects Valjean as the prisoner who got away.

Meanwhile, around the corner, the French Revolution is brewing in the city streets.  Les Miserables is a love story, between a parent and child, between a man and a woman; it is an inspiration for a better life, better world, and new beginning.

So where will it win? 

I JUST DON’T KNOW!!!

Seriously.  As phenomenal as the music is, I can’t honestly give this film my vote for winner in any of the key categories.

I know. I know.  Don’t hate me!

You know what I’m going to root for?  I do hope that Les Miserables takes the win for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.  Gracious, aren’t I?  But it is a very, very well done musical and the performers are talented singers.  I think the team that worked on assembling the sound to be spot on deserves beau coup credit!

But as I stated before, I don’t think Les Mis will take home an Oscar for Best Original Song.  Added in to the already phenomenal set list, theater and composing royalty joined forces to create the nominated, “Suddenly” – a song written to describe the paternal love Valjean feels after rescuing Cosette the orphan from the shifty innkeepers she’d been living with.  Take a sneak peak!

Beautiful song!  But will it hold up against Adele’s nominated “Skyfall”?  I’m betting on her.  But the Academy could go old school on me and prove me wrong.

Now I’d like you to take a little trip to Logic Land with me. 

Earlier, I stated how I wasn’t so amped about 9 year old Quvenzhane’ Wallis‘ nomination for Best Actress being that it seemed an affront to say the BEST acting job of any female in the last year was a child, and not perhaps an actress who had trained, researched, and practiced her craft for years.  And I guess I’m getting picky again, but Anne Hathaway’s Best Supporting Nomination is tough for me to root for when she dies so early in the film!  *Sorry, minor spoiler!*

One can’t deny her rendition of the critically acclaimed “I Dreamed a Dream” is powerful!  I read that Hathaway lived on two squares of oatmeal paste before filming in order to lose 25 pounds for her impoverished character, Fantine.  That is impressive.  And probably very bland. 

Despite my frustration for a “worthy” candidate, I fully admit I could end up eating my words come award day.  Hathaway and her co-star Hugh Jackman have both been Oscar hosts in the past!  This could put them in a very good light by the Academy, especially since they even performed together on the Oscar stage in 2009!

Hugh Jackman

Anne Hathaway and co-host James Franco – Who could forget the Academy’s attempt to Youth-inize the Oscars?

Note:  Anne doesn’t come in to the dance number til about 4:00 minutes, so zoom ahead as desired!

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What do you think?  Are you rooting for Les Miserables?  Am I being too picky over the nominees?

 

 

 

 

 

And the Oscar for Best Writer Goes to…

Welcome to the 83rd Academy Awards!  If you missed the second most watched television event of the year, here are the highlights!

The hosts, James Franco, staring off into space, and Anne Hathaway, giggling so much and trying to be slapstick though no one appreciated it.

Melissa Leo wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in "The Fighter" and curses on stage in her enthusiasm!

Presenter Kirk Douglas takes his sweet time on stage hitting on Anne Hathaway and Melissa Leo, who coincidentally walked off stage with his cane, while he walked with his hand holding her very "tightly".

Colin Firth made every woman's dream come true by winning the Best Actor role in the same film that took Best Picture, The King's Speech!

The food I made for my Oscar Party! Cucumber stuffed cherry tomatoes, bacon wrapped apricots with smoky honey barbecue, and a wine marinated antipasto platter!

I wish you could read this napkin better. It says, "Dinner is Poured."

The day went by very quickly, as did my whole weekend.  Amidst the rushed grocery shopping, dish cleaning, counter wiping, gift assembling, and cooking *whew* I was able to completely restart my story, beginning the book in a totally different place and adding more dialogue.  Woohoo!  I read the first page to my mom and best friend and asked for feedback on whether or not it hooked them.  Generally, they both really liked it, but did give me one place I could embellish the relationship between characters more intensely and that was appreciated.  So that gives me exactly one hour after work tonight to madly edit the first page, print it out, and mail it in to the writing contest at the Writers Institute conference I’ll be attending in April.  Nothing like a little deadline madness to tell your procrastination pixies to buzz off!  If they’re flying around your work space, please take time to check out Kristen Lamb’s Blog, she has helped me immensely with realistic goal setting, hooking your reader, and gives FREE advice on what to watch for in your story that may make an editor pass on your project.

Since I’m still in a celebrating mood from my Oscar party, “Cheers to Writing Weekends!” that also involve your BFF making asparagus soup, squash risotto with gorgonzola, and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and your BF helping chop blocks of cheese and doing the dishes!  Yay!

Monday  Mash-up:

I actually had some time to get back into reading blogs by you wonderful fellow writers!  Here are my favorites from the past week!

Jillian sparked up a great debate on the mash-up of classic literature with sci-fi themes.  What do you think about this new wave of publications?  Check out her post, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer Seriously?

Discovered through Freshly Pressed, C C Lester, had a great post on the times she argued over whether she was a writer, or an author, or neither at all.  In the end, it was having a loyal reader that meant the most to her, but she’s certainly struck a chord with many of us so check out her post, So am I an Author Yet?

Wendy Matheson just kicked off Women’s History Month for me in her entertaining post, Strength, Thy Name is Woman! It details many inventions that are often accredited to men, but were actually made by women.

For your laughing pleasure, The Hack Novelist writes a letter to the guy holding a conference call in a crowded Starbucks cafe’.  I think he eloquently pens what we would all be thinking.  8 Pages and the Conference Call

I’ve also been following the very funny Mark, from Mark My Words as he battles the unemployment offices, takes on the world of freelance writing, and has to fire his maid and buy clothes at a second hand store.  Well… you’ll see.  Champagne Wishes on a Sparkling Water Budget

Happy writing and reading, friends!  Tell me about your weekends!  What writing goals did you accomplish?  If you found some great blogs this week, what are they?  I’d love to cheer you on and check out the posts you love!

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