I have seen all the movies for what I consider the top five awards that I am going to see. Creed and Trumbo left the area before I had a chance to see them. I'm making the choice not to see The Hateful Eight. I just don't think I want to spend three hours of my life watching a gross movie, especially since I doubt that Jennifer Jason Leigh will win Best Supporting Actress. She's got tough competition.
Having said that, I am going to try to watch a few of the films nominated in other categories and I'll tell you about them as I go along. In the meantime, here's a couple of the last of the top five nominees:
Even without seeing Trumbo, I can narrow the field down to two actors and my vote leans toward Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. I think the Academy is going to give it to Leo as a make-up win for all the times he's been nominated and deservedly (in my opinion) never won. Anyway, the film is set in the 1920s and is based on a true story about a Danish man who became one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne did a magnificent job of portraying the psychological torture such individuals must face, especially in those days. Alicia Vikander was great as the spouse who tries to stay supportive. The costuming and the sets are beautiful. I liked this movie.
In Carol, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett give wonderful performances as two women who find love with one another. The movie is set in 1950s New York City. It is based on the semi-autobiographical novel called The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. Blanchett plays Carol, a rich socialite going through a rough divorce. Mara plays Therese, a young shopgirl. The two meet by chance and are embark on a friendship that soon leads to more. The movie was beautifully shot and the costuming was magnificent. The pacing of the film might be considered slow, but it was beautiful to watch. I really liked it.
Until next time...