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Oscars Hangover (Contest)
Monday, March 13th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Kandi Candelas!

For the first time in a long time, I was very excited about watching the Oscars. It used to be a thing when my daughter was young. We’d plan finger foods and I’d let her stay up on a Sunday night while we watched awards show. In advance, we’d try to watch as many of the nominated movies as we could so we could feel invested in the awards.

That tradition fell away. Life happened, but also movies didn’t grab us the same way they used to. Something changed or maybe we just got older and the magic faded. Last night’s Oscars was something I was invested in because of one movie.

My family and I watched this together. When the credits rolled at the end, I turned around to my family excited as I hadn’t been in a long time and asked them what they thought. “Mom, it’s weird.” “Hot dog fingers?” “Good acting, but too many things going on.” Ever since that first experience, I’ve been the silent super-fan, stalking the awards shows (Golden Globes, SAG) because I knew this one was special. Hot dog fingers? Why not? Weird? Hell, yeah. A gazillion threads all stitched together to make a movie that reveals something new to me in every scene every time I watch it. I bought a DVD copy so I could rewatch it whenever I want. And you need a big screen to catch the details, the clues they laid about what was coming.

So, last night, I watched the red carpet with my dd, critiquing the dresses and drooling over the hotties (did you see Idris?!).  When the Oscars was set to come on, my cable went from ABC to something else. Nooooo! To watch it live, I would have to pay $69 for a month of the service. I retreated to Twitter and found one streaming link after another that showed me bits and minutes and I texted my dd throughout the night as my fave, EEAAO, racked up well-deserved praise and awards. By the time the night was over, it had won in every major category—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Script, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing! I was so joyful. Not because I was right (which I was), but because I sooooo want more movies like this. Ones that make me think, that give me a visual orgasm, that have characters I can love, and a story that’s real and relatable while my fantasy-loving heart is taken on a wild ride.

This morning, I feel like I have a hangover. After last night’s high, and the time change, I am dragging butt. But I’m still excited and happy, and now I think I need to buy an EEAAO movie poster to tape to my door like I used to do.

So, my question to you today, for a chance to win a download of one of my books, is…

Is there a movie you’ve watched that got you that excited? Did you follow it and the cast, hoping everyone else jumped on the bandwagon to make it a success?

8 comments to “Oscars Hangover (Contest)”

  1. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · March 13th, 2023 at 9:53 am · Link

    Watching the Oscars was a family ritual in my house too, but I’m so out of going to movies the only thing I tune in for is the necrology. I think the last movie I hoped people would make a success was Black Panther.

  2. Cindy
    · March 13th, 2023 at 10:23 am · Link

    When I was in high school, I took drama classes. I was in a theater group. Later, I started going to NYC. And my 2 BFFs were big on movies. We went to a lot of them. Consequently, I was into all the award shows.
    As I got older and progress took over, all the local movie theaters disappeared. Now to see a movie involves 4 hours of bussing. Not worth it. I lost track of current movies and have no idea who these current actors/actresses are. Plus, staying up late didn’t work since I had to get up at 3:30. The award shows no longer interest me.
    To answer your question. Yes. That movie was The Godfather 1. 1972. Paid 2 bucks to see it first run. Bought the book the next day and had it half-read by that night when I went back to see it again. Loved Michael… followed him and Talia Shire and the rest. Then we got part 2… Wow. Just wow.

  3. Colleen C.
    · March 13th, 2023 at 12:46 pm · Link

    I watch movies here or there… tend to invest more of my time with books!

  4. BN
    · March 13th, 2023 at 9:55 pm · Link

    can’t think of any

  5. Debra Guyette
    · March 14th, 2023 at 4:50 am · Link

    Maybe for the Harry Potter series of movies.

  6. Kandi Candelas
    · March 14th, 2023 at 7:41 am · Link

    Like you we used to watch, but then I didn’t feel like the people who should win didn’t win. I got disappointed in them. I really still am.😔

  7. Beverly
    · March 14th, 2023 at 7:18 pm · Link

    There was a time I loved watching these awards shows. Unfortunately, I got away from them due to the fact I don’t see current movies anymore and each year the nominees are ones I’ve not heard of or know. But I wax happy to see Jamie Lee Curtis win for her role in her movie. I’ve always enjoyed her work.

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 20th, 2023 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Not really. I’ve enjoyed plenty of movies over the years but I don’t care if they win awards or not.

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