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Countdown to the Oscars: Just how many nominations will The Hobbit get?

Hello fellow movie lovers!  The holidays are come and gone, and many of our favorite shows are starting to return to television (Downton Abbey anyone???).  But it also marks the countdown to one of my favorite things of the whole year!

The Oscars!

As the Golden Globe nominations have already been made, the internet is abuzz with Oscar  predictions too.  Many people say that The Oscars is an old schoolers game, and that the Academy will follow suit and stick with their “Hollywood darlings” to win.  But I think in the last few years more and more wild cards have made an impact.  Just think Melissa McCarthy nominated for Best Supporting Actress last year in Bridesmaids!  Or the surprising inclusion of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, where he was nominated for Best Director, and Christoph Waltz took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Most of you know that I am an Oscar freak fanatic!  I love trying to guess who will be nominated and who’s going to win.  I even host an annual Oscar Party at my house!  It’s themed each year, full of wine and appetizers to die for!  All guests receive a ballot of all the nominees and must mark their winning selection before the ceremonies begin.  And then it’s pencil’s down!  I collect all writing utensils and replace them with a colored marker.  Guests check off and count how many correct selections they made and the top 3 people with the most right all win fabulous Hollywood worthy schwag bag prizes!

So with the slew of big films all releasing now, I thought I’d better get my butt to the movies!

Hollywood Darling and Tolkien Geek Nominee:  The Hobbit, 3D

Over the course of its three films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy won 17 Oscars, and was nominated for a total of 30.  I’d say that’s pretty good odds.  They made almost all the big categories, with director Peter Jackson earning his award for Best Director.  So what do we think will happen for this returning director and crew with their recent release of Part 1, The Hobbit?

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Sadly for Martin Freeman, I don’t think he’ll be nominated for a Lead Actor.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved him as Bilbo!  He did fabulously!  But, I think he’s up against too many Hollywood Heavyhitters like Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and Hugh Jackman.

I’m actually not so sure there will be any acting nominations, but let’s not rule out Ian McKellen as Gandalf for a Best Supporting Actor just yet!  He’s been previously nominated for the role, so it could happen.

Where I think The Hobbit is going to shine is in the special effects categories.  Let’s face it, they’re all well deserved!  The credits for this movie were intense when you see how many people were involved in the making of the film.  They had their own medical staff on hand!  And model makers for those Tolkien landscapes.  I’m expecting heavy nominations for The Hobbit in all Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Art Direction categories.  I think it’s going to also see nominations in the Costume and Make-up Categories.

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Who knew Tolkien dwarves could be so sexy?

Another thing Jackson does well is the musical scores and credit song.  Annie Lennox took home an Oscar for LOTR: Return of the King’s “Into the West” and Enya was nominated for The Fellowship of the Ring’s “May It Be.”  I would be quite happy for Neil Flinn to be nominated for “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.

With that said, I don’t think The Hobbit will take the win for Best Original song, assuming Adele is nominated for Skyfall, but it’s still a strong contender.  Good luck, Neil Flinn!

And lastly, Peter Jackson and his film, The Hobbit, will both receive Oscar Nominations.  I think Jackson stands a chance for Best Director again, but I don’t think the Academy is going to vote The Hobbit as best film.  There’s not many science fiction/fantasy films that have earned that title.  If you ask me, it’s going to go to a more acceptable indie flick like Silver Linings Playbook, or something more historic for the times like Argo or Zero Dark Thirty.  We shall see…

For more Oscar fun, check out this movie byte for more Academy Award Predictions!

And stay tuned for more of my Countdown to the Oscars!  Who do you think will be nominated this year?

The Guilty Pleasure of Trilogies

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It’s been happening for awhile.  Trilogies are sweeping the nation.  Whether it started with The Lord of the Rings or condensed comic book heroes made into movies:  i.e. Batman, Spiderman, trilogies are taking over.  Many of you have blogged about the summer hit film, The Avengers, and you know what I heard, they’re planning on making another one!  Which is great, except that before they do, they have to make the third Iron Man, the second Captain America and the second Thor.  Really?  That’s a lot of action heroes!  And yet, I know I’ll go to see them!

What is it about trilogies?  Why are they so addicting?  Sure there’s the need to know how the story ends, but that can’t be the only reason, can it?!  Whatever the must see/must read component is, here are a few of my favorites.

Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Trilogies of All Time:

1.  Indiana Jones

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Let’s face it, the man has one of the coolest theme songs out there! I wish my life was cool enough to warrant its use. I also wish I got to travel as much, save so many lives, and use a whip to swing from crumbly decaying buildings once in awhile, but that point is moot. Indiana Jones is the smart woman’s action hero. He’s intelligent, physically pleasing with his strong muscly arms and crooked smile, and I bet he even smells good. What made his trilogy so successful? I think it’s the legends: We’ve got lost arks, jungles and temples of doom, and the search for the holy grail.  Indiana’s quests are the quests of everyman: knowledge, adventure, and in most cases, women.

  1. Star Wars

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Even though they’ve created more Star Wars films, they’re still marketing them as a trilogy. But the best will always remain the original. It was cutting edge technology of its time and contained all the necessary components of a guilty pleasure film: coming of age tale, evil daddy issues, romantic interludes, wise mentor, space wars, light sabers, and wookies.

  1. The Lord of the Rings

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When this book series became a film trilogy, this story launched for the first time in awhile crowds of people waiting to get into the theater again. The films were so successful they released box set collections of extended cut films and people in my high school started wearing one rings around their necks!  That’s a hard core trilogy.

  1. The Twilight Series

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Say what you will about the Twilight Series, you can’t deny it’s successful storm sweep of book sales and movie sales. To my knowledge this is where the “Team So and So” became part of pop culture. Girls and guys were wearing t-shirts with Team Edward or Team Jacob, but you never see t-shirts saying Team Han Solo or Team Luke Skywalker, and why is that?! On a purely unrelated note, my favorite t-shirt of all time might be the college TV show Felicity tee that simply says “I choose Noel.” Which, some could argue was the starting point of all this “Team _____” business.  Just sayin’.

  1. The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

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If we’re recognizing Twilight, then you need it’s equally successful fan fiction spin off turned bestselling BDSM love story! Now that’s am impressive feat! Moms around the world, (including Marcia Richards’ mom – can you believe that?) are picking up Fifty Shades and falling in love with control freak Christian Grey and naïve little Ana Steele. Have you checked out this new risque series? Stay tuned for a co-review on the whole she-bang (pun intended) by Marcia Richards and I later this month.

  1. Anne of Green Gables

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Ok, things were getting steamy in here, and some of you I already know left me to go read Fifty Shades again, but we’re cooling things down a notch with the Anne of Green Gables trilogy, film versions consisting of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. If you’re going to make the third movie years after the other two, then this is how you do it, with the same actors, same character antics, and a happily ever after. Jonathan Crombie, I will always love you! And Anne, don’t ever stop writing!

  1. The Hunger Games

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Expect greatness from the newly released first movie, but the books are certainly taking over. Heck, they’ve become required reading in some schools! Can you believe that? Move over Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, Teacher’s got a new toy! What’s your prediction on the number of Katniss Everdeen’s who trick or treat at your house this year?

  1. X-Men

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While the X-Men films aren’t particularly my favorite, I was a routine watcher of the cartoon after school and therefore had to partake. Whatever lacked in the second film, was made up in the third, X-Men: Last Stand. And the special effects did let us get to glimpse all our favorite mutants! Except one, where was Gambit? Was I alone in missing my mischievous french/cajun with the gambling problem?

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

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I haven’t gotten to this trilogy yet myself, but it’s one more of the recent releases to have been adapted into film, and even Oscar nominated. It’s a regular title appearing on mens and women’s bookshelves and if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your opinion!

  1. Jurassic Park

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Saving the best for last, a total guilty pleasure favorite of mine, I wholeheartedly and unabashedly LOVE the entire Jurassic Park trilogy! Something about dinosaurs makes me feel like a kid again, even when I’m watching them chase down and devour other people. *insert childlike chuckle*   This trilogy was amazing for its special effects, bringing dinosaurs to life again and if Spielberg ever does make the fabled fourth film, I’m totally going to see it. P.S. My useless knowledge for Jurassic Park trilogy information won me a free shot at a game of trivia in South Korea! How random, you say? More like, how awesome!

 Those are my top 10 guilty pleasure trilogies of all time. What’s on your list? Did I miss any crucial 3 parters? What’s your favorite one? And of that trilogy, do you have a favorite film/book in the series? AND, what trilogy character would you dress up as for Halloween if you weren’t responsible for making the costume yourself?

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