There was a time that I actually made an effort to see at least a few of the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards. Like The English Patient. It seriously should have won the most boring movie EVER award. Yet it won 9 Oscars! John and I considered leaving, but I had a charlie horse in my foot and couldn’t walk. We did make it through the entire movie, watching a burned soldier lie on a stretcher, wrapped like a mummy. Turned out ten years later we discovered that burned patient was The Dark Lord Voldemort, which did not surprise me in the least! Finally, it made sense.
- The Artist Odds 1-5 I saw this preview several times waiting to watch other movies. It’s a black and white silent movie which makes it just artsy fartsy enough to win. Right out of the gate, this is the best bet of the night, but you’ll only make forty cents on two bucks.
- The Descendants Odds 3-5 This movie has a director popular with Oscar, as well as handsome George Clooney. The music was Don Ho-ish which nearly made me hysterical at the Angelika, thinking back to our Hawaiian vacation where my mother joined in with all the hula dancers – not dancing – but singing. Overall, the movie was a bit slow. Oscar loves slow which makes this a favorite.
- War Horse – Odds 7-5 I did not see this – I don’t do sad animal movies since Where the Red Fern Grows in 1974. I get teary just thinking about those hunting dogs. But Oscar loves Steven Spielberg, and my friend Harold Green said War Horse was fantastic. So I give this one good odds. Would be a good Trifecta pick.
- Hugo – Odds 3-1 This movie looks great; however I have not seen it. I’m not sure how I missed it, although until recently, I thought it was animated. It has an Oscar favorite director.
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Odds 5-1 Loved the book! Haven’t seen the movie. I’d give it decent odds just knowing Tom Hanks is in it.
- The Help Odds 10-1 Loved the book. Enjoyed the movie. Way too mainstream (i.e. normal/popular) to win Best Picture. Although I think the woman who played Abilene has a decent shot at Best Actor.
- Midnight in Paris – Odds 20-1 This was a fun, cute movie that somehow I managed to see. Owen Wilson is always fun and cute. It was way too fun and cute for an Oscar.
- Moneyball – Odds 30-1 Haven’t seen it, but I think I would like it, so I doubt it will win Best Picture.
- The Tree of Life Odds 30-1 Never even heard of it; therefore, best long shot of the day.