Mr. Darcy and I set out on a mission.
Maybe it was my bright idea and I dragged him along (willingly) but regardless, the thing to remember about me is when I say I am going to do something, I do it. I can be kind of relentless like that.
And so we saw all ten of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated films.
We almost didn’t make it. We had one final film to see and the Oscars were Sunday. It was Friday night and the movie times for “127 Hours” were 9:30 or 6:50. The earlier time meant we’d have popcorn for diner (nutritious!) while the later time meant we could eat a real meal but I ran the risk of falling asleep (as 10:30 seems to be my witching hour). As we went back and forth weighing our options time was ticking away so we just said fuck it and got in the car thinking we’d get burritos and hide them in my bag. But then Mr. Darcy started waxing poetic about this ham sandwich at the deli down the street so I switched directions and we ran around the store grabbing food so we could rush back to the car. Every minute counted! So of course some jackass decided he needed to block the only exit from the parking garage, backing up 5 cars, while he waited for a man to unload his groceries (at a snail’s pace) so he could have his parking space. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy and I debated who a bigger ass- the guy in the car blocking everyone and choosing to do so while stopping everyone from exiting or the shopper who was moving slowly all the while fully aware that cars were backing up. Mr. D had his money on the shopper while I was adamant that the driver was the true asshole. But then again, I live my life trying not to inconvenience people unnecessarily and might not be the most balanced judge of character on this.
But really the true dicks of the night turned out to be the group of manner-less fucktards who let the door to the movie theater close in my face AFTER I held the door for them at the parking garage with absolutely no thank you or acknowledgment whatsoever. Really assfaces? REALLY?!
The point of this post is supposed to be that we saw all ten films which is no small feat. But as my sister pointed out, we are childless and thus, have more free time. Look. We were on a mission. Missions require full focus and follow through. And we delivered.
I liked all ten of them but my top three were “Black Swan”, “The King’s Speech” and “The Fighter”. I was surprised at how much I liked “The Fighter” and Christian Bale whom I have expressed my disdain for repeatedly. He did a great job and I was just relieved he replaced his stupid Batman voice with a Boston accent. It was great to see Melissa Leo win for supporting actress. Her portrayal of the mom in that film was really awesome. Though I was secretly rooting for Amy Adams.
Everyone kept talking up “Black Swan” and I worried it could not live up to the hype. But holy crap that movie got in my head! So suspenseful and twisted and dark. I jumped a few times and grabbed Mr. Darcy’s hand. Every time I thought I had it figured it out, they switched it up. Congratulations to Natalie Portman on her win. She’s come a long way since “Beautiful Girls”.
I went to see “The King’s Speech” not really knowing what it was about except that Colin Firth was in it. And since Colin Firth is one of my pretend boyfriends, of course I was excited. It was such a great story about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and courage. I thought about it long after it was over and I don’t mean I fantasized about Colin. His Oscar was well-deserved (and his acceptance speech so humble and charming). I was surprised that the movie was awarded Best Picture but glad that “The Social Network” didn’t sweep the Oscars like it did the Golden Globes.
Did you have a favorite?