Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunday Salon - February 26

Welcome to Sunday Salon, the Oscar edition. I know what you're thinking - "why is she even talking about the Oscars, she's repeatedly said that she doesn't see movies until they come out on DVD?" Well, yes, that's true. But I do love to watch great movies and I am totally going to an Oscar party tonight so I need to get my head in the game. Plus, for a change, I've actually seen quite a few of the nominated movies.

Of course, I'm excited to see who will win in the best actor, actress and movie categories. Seriously, though, if the story is no good, not even George Clooney or Ryan Gosling can save the movie. Well...maybe they could but no one else. Luckily for the two of them, they got to star in "Ides of March" this year, one of the movies nominated for best adapted screen play. Which is my very most favorite category.

This year's nominees in that category (the others are "Hugo," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "Moneyball," and "The Descendants") are in good company. Previous  winners include "It Happened One Night" (Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert - if you
haven't seen it, you definitely should - it was the first screwball comedy!), Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," Steinbeck's "East of Eden" and "The Grapes of Wrath," and Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." The list of all previous winners in this category positively makes my heart go pitter-patter - there are so many great plays and screenplays I have yet to read. To be honest, not all books and screenplays that have been made into movies were nearly as good as the movie they were made into. But there had to be some kind of a great beginning there, right? So someday soon, you might notice that I'm reading Upton Sinclair's Oil!  - you may know it better by it's movie title, "There Will Be Blood."

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