Enjoy the Oscars. Enjoy film. Enjoy life.
This year, watching the Golden Globes blew my mind! Last month my roommate and I laughed at ourselves. As La La Land won all of their Golden Globe nominations we shouted and cheered and fist-pumped. Our enthusiasm trumped every other ceremony we had watched. We were deeply invested in the films.
Films are seriously thought-provoking, sometimes devastating, and sometimes exhilarating. They tell us stories about how the world works, and even make sense of our own stories. But, there is more than one way to engage with them. Take a break from the normal routine of everyday and celebrate life.
1. See a movie that’s up for best picture.
Go to the theater to see Fences and Lion. If you want to have a night in, Manchester by the Sea and La La Land are both available for purchase.
2. Listen to the songs up for best original song.
You can listen to a taste of the nominees here. Did you know that Lin Manuel-Miranda (writer of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”) is up for receiving one of these?
3. Consider the story behind the story by tuning into some director interviews.
While you are grocery shopping listen to an interview with playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) or Damien Chazelle (La La Land) on NPR’s Fresh Air. During your lunch break scan this LA Times interview with Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).
4. Invest in the actors and actresses.
Watch Stephen Colbert harass Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)—it’s not for this year’s movie, but it’s still pretty funny! Watch Denzel Washington (Fences) read greeting cards with Jimmy Fallon. Relate with Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) as she plays heads-up with Ellen Degeneres, or revel in (an oldie-but-a-goodie) Emma Stone’s (La La Land) epic lip sync battle.
5. Host an Oscars Party, complete with a ballot competition and Oscar statues. . .made of chocolate!
Print official ballots here. And, don’t forget to include the kids in the competition. They often have an astounding intuitive sense.Yes, Oscar-shaped chocolates are on the market! Snatch some up for an extra sugar kick to get you through the three-hour ceremony.
The Oscars air on ABC Sunday, February 26 at 7:30 CST
– K. Pastore