The Oscar Project
I thought I'd try something different and take a look at the movies slated for release in theaters this weekend, and anticipate if any of them might be nominated for Oscars this year.
Ready Player One
Fortunately for me, I think there is a guaranteed nominee being released this week in Ready Player One. If the trailers I've been seeing non-stop for the past three months are any indication, it's a safe bet that Spielberg's latest film will win a nomination for Best Visual Effects. Since it is based on a popular book of the same name by Ernest Cline, a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination is an outside possibility, but I would say less likely than the effects.
I think it is safe to say that "Lou" is the first of the 2017 Oscar Nominated films I saw. This short film was presented before showings of Cars 3's theatrical release starting in June of 2017. Since I have kids that are the right age to love pretty much anything Pixar sends our way, we trekked out to see this one in the theater (actually as part of a double feature with Despicable Me 3 at the drive-in.
As with most Pixar entries into the animated short film category, this one quickly jumps to the top of the list and when I first saw it, I had a strong feeling "Lou" would take home the Oscar this year. The story is simple and easy to relate to. A bully on the playground is taking other kids' toys, he must learn his lesson with the help of...well, Lou. The characters are a little goofy, but at the same time very genuine with easy to understand motives.
When I first heard of this film, I was researching potential short listed nominees for a few categories in late 2017, around Christmas. I was instantly impressed and hoped it would receive a nomination.
You might think there wouldn't be much to say about a film that's less than five minutes long, but there are definitely some layers to pull back in this one. As I mentioned in the first post, I'm doing write-ups for each of the films nominated this year and "Dear Basketball" is the first one I completed, so please enjoy.
There is a long rambling story that I could tell about how I got to this point, but I'll try to give you the short version...
I've been looking for a personal quest for some time, something I can look forward to when the rest of life gets too hectic. I was inspired by the work of Chris Guillebeau who went on a personal quest to visit every country on earth before he reached the age of 35 (I think). He made it a few years back and has moved on to other things, but that idea stuck with me. My own quest had to be something that I was passionate about but that was also achievable with my current means.
For several years, even before hearing about Guillebeau, I had a dream to spend a year traveling the country, attending a sporting event on every day of the year. Seeing how I have a wife and kids at home and I'm not independently wealthy, that was a little out of the question, so I kept looking.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?