The Academy Awards By Bev Freeman


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I had to skip Dinner & A Movie this time because I was determined to see most of the Best Picture nominees and I saw 7 out of 9.. .woohoo!

First I saw "Lion", which I had high hopes for since it was about a little boy from India who gets separated from his family in a train station. It was an interesting look at separation issues, unfamiliar languages, the international adoption process, relationships, and coming home. Unfortunately, it was a little slow moving. Then we got out and it was too early for dinner so we went to Friendly's and I loved the Hunka Chunka Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae which was fabulous!

And the next week I saw "Manchester by the Sea", which was sad and thought provoking. Casey Afleck did a good job as the uncle who had to serve as the guardian of his brother's son. It was more of a "Guy Movie" with not as much about emotional issues and had a practical ending, rather than a happy ending.

And on the Saturday before the Oscars, I saw both "Moonlight" and "Hacksaw Ridge" on Pay for View. Moonlight was a very "dark side" movie dealing with drugs, prostitution and crime. It was well done, but a bit depressing. Hacksaw Ridge, on the other hand, was inspiring! Based on a true story, it was amazing to see one man rescuing 73 people. Then there was the actual Oscars show with Jimmy Kimmel and his bus tour guests and the screwed up close when "La La Land was pronounced Best Picture and then changed to "Moonlight".. ..surprise!
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Marshall! Ali in "Moonlight"
BEST ACTOR -Casey Afleck in "Manchester By The Sea"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS -Viola Davis in "Fences"
BEST ACTRESS - Emma Stone in "La La Land"
BEST MOVIE - -La La Land", no make that "Moonlight"
BEST DIRECTOR - Damien Chizell for "La La Land"

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