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Oscar Picks 2012

I am a movie fan. It is one of my favorite things to do — to go to the movies, experience new worlds, watch great performances and marvel at how did they do that? When I was younger, I liked more of the “popcorn” movies that are big hits. Now I find myself being more excited by Academy Award fair. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed “Mission Impossible 4” and “Fast Five” but those movies don’t stay with me, or touch me, the way others like “The Descendants” do.Poster-Oscars-2012

Here are my picks for the top 6 awards. And in case you question my judgment, I won the Oscar Pool last year, and have gotten close a couple of times in previous years too. I am an avid movie fan, even taking a few movie vacations where I go to the movies every day that I am off.

Best Picture

The nominees are: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse

I have seen all except for: Extremely Loud and Moneyball. It is really a 2 film race here — The Artist and The Descendants. I would put my money on The Descendants, more of an actor’s movie than the other one, and because it is drama versus something lighter like The Artist. The Help could be an upset. Final pick: The Descendants

Best Actress

The nominees are: Glenn Close
(Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis
(The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep
(The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams
(My Week With Marilyn)

Michelle and Glenn’s movies were barely seen. No so, for Rooney Mara’s “Dragon Tattoo” movie. But since she is a newcomer, the nomination is a win itself for her. Considering that Viola has won all the awards leading up to this one, I think she is a sure thing here. Meryl Streep could be an upset.

Final pick: Viola Davis

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Winter Entertainment Roundup

If you haven’t noticed, I follow entertainment pretty religiously: movies, TV and music. If you want to know what’s hot, or what’s not, people usually ask me. If I haven’t seen/heard something, I usually have read a review of it. Below are reviews of recent movie, DVD, and CD releases. Let me know your thoughts on them too.

Michael Jackson “Immortal”
The soundtrack to the MJ’s Cirque Du Soleil show of the same name features slightly remixed and edited versions of all his big hits, as well as songs from the Jackson 5 too. Some of the songs are in medleys, and include dialogue from Michael from the videos. A good souvenir for the show, comes in 2 versions, with the deluxe one having more songs. Grade: B

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
There’s life left in this franchise after all. Was anyone really asking for another one? But Tom Cruise is smart, and has recruited a new director and new costars for this latest installment. The action sequences are excellent, you will be asking yourself, how did they do that? A very enjoyable popcorn movie. Grade: A-

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