It’s over quickly so paychecks come faster. Football fans either get to cheer on their favorite team in the most intense game of the season, or get closure on another season of double-digit losses. There is a whole day of the shortest month dedicated to celebrating love. And when it comes to arts and culture there is not a more wonderful time of the year with the Grammy’s and the Academy Awards just two weeks apart. It’s easy to see why February is such an exciting month.
The Grammy’s are the culmination of the many other music award shows that occur throughout the year, but for movie fanatics the Academy Awards, it’s the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the World Cup combined.
The Best Picture nominees are almost all set in a different time period, and as per usual they all depict complicated, deep, gut-wrenching relationships. All of them can bring you to tears. The best among them can also make you laugh.
For the first time in years, there is no clear front-runner in the Best Picture category. I saw Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Descendants in the same evening, and I can honestly say that everyone in those theaters had their hearts broken, their deeper emotions dragged out into the open, and their souls pieced back together by the charming moments that made them laugh while tears streamed down their faces. Talk about fabulous films.
The Help may be a disappointment to book fanatics, but the film also has the ability to move audiences. Although the film’s nomination came as a surprise, Viola Davis more than deserves her Best Actress nomination for her role as Aibileen Clark. And after winning at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, she may be the force to reckon with for Meryl Streep, the supposed favorite for her role in The Iron Lady.
Then there is the ever-sizzling combination of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, both nominated for Best Actor. Either could win the Oscar for transforming themselves into characters the audience could connect with and view as someone outside their big name. But if it comes down to it, which it might not after the awards and attention Jean Dujardin is receiving for The Artist, Clooney will beat out Pitt. Clooney is a member of the aforementioned cast that will break a heart with charm, wit, and endearment. He could win for his last moments with his dying wife alone, and that comprises about one minute of the film.
My favorite nominee this year, and possibly the most shocking, is the actress that will be the 84th Academy Awards raunchy sweetheart. Who thought Melissa McCarthy would get nominated for her role in Bridesmaids? The film is hilarious and launches the female right to stereotypically male humor, but I do not think anyone saw Oscar nominations in the crude yet frilly ensemble’s future. Cheers to Melissa. Who knew bullied Megan who wanted to throw a Fight Club themed bridal shower had it in her?