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A Tiny Recap. 

I have to remind myself that with I need to consider getting a TV connection with my internet provider. This is the 3rd year where I either had an issue catching the broadcast or just used Twitter for the updates.

I haven’t been online much. I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate 3 with my little brother and a friend. We’ve had 3 night sessions so far, running from 6pm to Midnight. My brother’s on vacation for the week. Since we’re doing the “Dark Urge” run (which has your character pushed to cause bloodshed, though one can fight against it), there’s been tons of laughs over some of the choices made and my responses to the outcomes.

Taking last Friday off from work, I used it for an Oscar catch-up over the week. I watched American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Past Lives, Killers of the Flower Moon and Poor Things. By the end of it all, the only Best Picture Nominee I missed was The Zone of Interest.

On Oscar Night, just before the broadcast, I put in my picks in over at ABC.com. They locked in at the start of the broadcast, and that was basically how I followed along during the gaming. By the end of the night, I ended up with 15 correct guesses and 8 bad ones. Not bad at all, I don’t think. Most of the incorrect ones were the short film / documentary entries – I didn’t watch any of those and threw out guesses. I also had Lily Gladstone over Emma Stone for Best Actress. Although I didn’t fully care for Poor Things, there was no overlooking that both Stone and Ruffalo really threw themselves into it. I also had Past Lives picked for Best Original Screenplay and Barbie picked for Best Costume Design, which I really should have reconsidered given the look of Poor Things.

I also didn’t get Best Sound. I thought Oppenheimer had that locked, but whatever The Zone of Interest did, it caught the Academy’s attention. I’ll find out when I finally watch it.

Best Song was a toss up. I knew it had to be one of the Barbie ones, I just thought it would be “I’m Just Ken”. At least Billie Eillish has another Oscar under her belt.

I still have to watch all the acceptance speeches, but both Downey’s win and the Godzilla Minus One win are the ones I’m most delighted about. Godzilla’s never won an Oscar up until now, so I know the VFX team (along with Toho) are extremely proud. The Ally McBeal fan in me is over the moon with Downey’s rise over the years. He’s a testament to what change and a little love/support can do for anyone.

So, here we are, on a New Year of Cinema. May everyone discover a new film that moves them!

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