So, my favorite awards show of the year is coming up next weekend: The Oscars! I'm very excited, even if I haven't seen any of the movies. And I don't feel the need to binge watch the movies before the show either. I have neither the money, time or emotional strength to get through all the Best Picture nominees in a week. 12 Years a Slave
alone will probably take a month to get over emotionally. So that's just not going to happen. I will, however, watch them all on my couch whenever I get them from Netflix. That way I can go to the bathroom during the super uncomfortable parts.
But is doesn't mean that I'm any less invested in the show. I love watching the dresses and the speeches and the random awards for best sound editing. I especially love watching the producers try to make said award entertaining to those not in the sound editing business, which is pretty much the whole world minus about 20 people. The producers try to spice things up with random announcing pairings and pithy dialog. Remember the whole Kristen Stewert glowering episode? Or Will Ferrell announcing Best Makeup in blue face? Good times.
I even love the terrible hosts. I think I'm the only one who found Anne Hathaway and James Franco amusing, if only by appreciating the train wreck that was happening in front of me. And Seth McFarlane? Totally hilarious! Sure he was low brow and talked a lot about boobs, but that's just a normal day in my household, so it felt familiar. Every year, after the awards have been handed out, the reviews of the host comes in and there's always at least a few haters. But I feel like its a thankless job and if the host can make me laugh at least once, we've both won.
Then there are the acceptance speeches. Now, the Oscars tend to be more reserved than other awards shows like the Golden Globes or the MTV Video Music Awards, but fun stuff can still happen. Like Sally Field screaming "You like me!" or Jennifer Lawrence falling down on her way to the stage and then saying she only got a standing ovation because she fell. (Man, J Law gives good speech. I don't know if she will win again this year, but I hope she does because she amuses me.) And Inevitably, someone from the best foreign language movie or best short film or one of the smaller categories will drop an f-bomb and cry. Ahh, good times.
In the past, child free years, the husband and I have celebrated the Oscars in many different ways. Sometimes we go to a viewing party or a gala, which is always fun, even the year I was on crutches. But my favorite years are the ones where we stay in and make food that goes along with each movie nominated for Best Picture. For instance, the year Moneyball
was nominated, we made hot dogs. But the themes are not always so easy. That same year Hugo
was also nominated and the best we could come up with was Brie, since it took place in Paris. I should probably mention that we put very little planning into this menu, usually deciding it the day of the awards. And we have rarely seen all of the movies, so we have to rely on what I've read on entertainment blogs (which is a lot) to help us figure out what to make. And we rarely get through all of the food we've made because there are always at least seven movies nominated and only two of us! But it combines two of my favorite things: movies and food! However, this year is looking challenging. What does one make to go along with Dallas Buyers Club
? Or 12 Years a Slave
? Or American Hustle
? Philomena? Her? Nebraska? Captain Philips? The Wolf of Wall Street?
Seriously, what? I need some help here guys! Help me plan my Oscars menu! Hit up the comments and I'll blog about what we decide on!