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Countdown to the Oscars: Prediction Time

There’s only one more week until awards night.  The countdown has officially begun.  How many of the nine nominated films for Best Picture have you seen?  I’ve managed to catch five of the nominees!

And now it’s time to cast your ballots, Ladies and Gentlemen!  We’re having an Oscar Party here on The Happiness Project!

And you’re invited!

The Schwag:  The commenter with the most correct Oscar picks from the below categories wins

  1. Copies of all the delectable Oscar Party appetizers featured on next week’s blog.
  2. AFandago Gift Card to be used at the Cinema of your choice!
  3. A schwag bag fit for the stars filled with extra goodies!

And the Nominees Are:

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln – *Who I think the Academy will pick
  • Silver Linings Playbook – *Jess’s pick
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) – *Academy Darling
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  • Qvenzhane’ Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) – *Who I think the Oscar will go to
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Denzel Washington (The Flight) – *I’d be totally happy with him winning – impressive flick!

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) -*Let’s face it, she’s most likely to take home the Oscar.
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions) – Would be very happy for Helen to win!
  • Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin (Argo) – *Who I think the Academy will choose…maybe.  I’m most torn on this category.
  • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) – *Jess’s pick

Best Original Writing

  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) *Jess’s pick
  • John Gatins (Flight) – *And the Oscar goes to…
  • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

To see trailers, the full ballot list, and more Oscar buzz, go to ABCnews.com!

It’s totally fine if you haven’t seen the nominated films, just guess!  Cast your votes below in the comments section!  And just for fun, let’s all gush about what we’d wear to the red carpet!

Joe and I from the 2010 Oscar Party - Nooo, if we actually went to the Academy Awards, he would not be allowed to wear jeans.  And I have something even more fabulous planned for this year!

Joe and I from the 2010 Oscar Party – Nooo, if we actually went to the Academy Awards, he would not be allowed to wear jeans. And I have something even more fabulous planned for this year!

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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