It’s day 69, I couldn’t resist the first title. It’s just too good. And it won’t ever be that number again.
Liz just showed me the book she’s reading on her kindle, she says it’s getting really good, and she’s 69% done with the book! The coincidence!
August: Osage County. It’s late, so I’m not going to do a full-blown review on the movie, but we watched an awards screener of it tonight. And man. It was pretty damn good peoples. I had my reservations here and there, but they were suuuper minor. It’s not a film I think I’ll get very passionate about campaigning for. I don’t feel like shouting from the rooftops that you should go see it. BUT…it’s really fucking good. Meryl Streep is amazing, if not too amazing for her own good here and there, Julia Roberts is some of the best I’ve ever seen from her, Juliette Lewis is wonderful…the whole cast is wonderful. But the REAL star of the movie is the fucking script. Holy bejeezus. It’s phenomenal. Seriously.
It’s the first movie of the awards season that I’ve seen, so I don’t really know how the rest of the race is shaping up, but August: Osage County is an obvious contender in every major category at the Oscars this year. Which is, I suppose, why I’m finding myself not completely head over heels in love with the movie. It’s an *obvious* choice in those categories. Meryl Streep is in major position to win best actress, for example, but it’s just such an *obvious* choice to give her the statue. I know that saying that diminishes her performance, which doesn’t seem fair. She was legitimately fantastic. I can’t imagine who could have possibly done better in the role without someone proving it to me. I guess what I mean to say is, I feel the fault lies with me in that I expected her to be exactly the way she played it, and she therefore didn’t surprise me.
Tracy Letts winning an Oscar for adapted screenplay? I can get behind that shit 1000%.
And you know what, I haven’t seen anything else yet, so you may even see me whole-heartedly jump in the bandwagon that is sure to form for this movie.
Here’s to hoping, though, that there are still some surprises out there in the movies this year.
PS- also: it was extremely satisfying to have the first movie we watched for the awards this year live up to its hype. That has not been the case the past couple years, to say the least. To say the most: I fucking hated the last two awards seasons (save Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and maayyybeee The Descendents). Ugh…just looking at the lists on nominees from the last two years makes my stomach hurt. Argo can “argo fuck itself.” —so many f-bombs when I’m tired…sorry. Night night!