I am a new year resolution kind of guy. I never used to be, thought that kind of thing was for girls. But the last few years I have sat down in the early days of January and scribbled a few things down. Some have been hard to attain, some have been conveniently forgotten but some I have been slightly more successful with. A couple of years ago I wrote down 'cinema'.
I was frankly bored of missing out on conversations amongst friends about movies, I read, well read (past tense*) a lot of books, but never got to see many films for reasons I'm not sure off. So the last few years I have been a regular at the big screen and now I am a Netflix
member too so I can also catch up on the stuff I missed.
Last year I was particularly proud of myself (I'm easily pleased) when the Oscar nominee's came out and I had seen nearly all of the films nominated. This year has been the same. Last Sunday I saw Syriana
, a film about America's involvement in the oil industry. Was good and George Clooney is up for the 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role.'
I'm not naïve enough to know that the best films or actors actually win The Oscars
, but I"m looking forward to sitting down this evening to watch the 78th Academy Awards in the knowledge that I know what they are talking about and can have my own opinions. Based on the nominees
, here are my
thoughts on how the little gold statues will be handed out tonight:Update Sunday 10.25pm. Winners in red below.
Best Film: Crash Crash
Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain
) Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
Charlize Theron (North Country
) Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
George Clooney (Syriana
) George Clooney
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner)
Steven Spielberg (Munich
) Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)* I want to think about why I don't read nowhere near as many books as I used too. Lots of reasons probably, no commute anymore, the dreaded internet, I buy too many magazines. It's a mystery though and it appears on my 2006 new years resolutions.