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Ready for the Academy Awards?

Awards Ceremony at 7 EST and 4 Pacific on ABC.

Awards Ceremony at 7 EST and 4 Pacific on ABC.

The Academy Awards are Sunday evening February 22nd this year, and if it weren’t for my kids, I wouldn’t have seen hardly any of the nominations. Flipping through the list of all the nominees at this link, I had to get all the way down to Hair & Makeup to see a flick I’ve viewed–Guardians of the Galaxy. Then a bit further on I see the Lego’s Movie song “Everything Is Awesome” getting the nod. Just seeing the title gets the tune stuck in my head again.

I find myself wondering if other people are in the same boat as me or if I was exceptionally sheltered last year. What would I have seen if my husband hadn’t been deployed for six months? If we hadn’t moved to the Netherlands shortly after his return?

Photo from the NY Daily News at embedded link.

Photo from the NY Daily News at embedded link.

Tops on my see it on DVD list is “Birdman” because I’ve been keeping an eye out for Michael Keaton since Mr. Mom and his stint as Batman. Frequently I like to read the book before seeing the movie, though I’ll make an exception for American Sniper since my husband is a soldier. Since my book club is reading “Wild” I’ll wait till after we discuss that to see the film. Maybe we’ll watch it together?

At the very bottom of the list I spot one more nominee I’ve seen. You can probably guess what it is–for Visual Effects? That’s right. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Nearby is another film I can watch with all the kids, “Into the Woods” starring nominee for Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep. How many nominations has she had anyway?

Documentaries aren’t usually a category I watch, but this year I will anxiously wait to see if “Virunga” wins. The movie is about the last mountain gorillas in the world, the park rangers who try to protect them, and the dangers of rebels and industry working the Congo Mountains. Having recently visited our educational in east Congo (Future Hope Africa), there’s a vested interest on my part in that particular award.

The lack of Redbox, Direct TV and such in Europe will put a serious dent in my movie watching for the next few years, so let me live vicariously. What will you be renting from the Academy Awards Nominees?

P.S. –View the 2015 Academy Award Winners here.

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Kristin King is an author, publisher and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and the first novel in the  Begotten Bloods Series is “Cain’s Coven.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Other

 

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Most Nominated Actors in 2015 Academy Awards

Photo credit Sipa Press/Rex via The Guardian.

Photo credit Sipa Press/Rex via The Guardian.

When I heard that Meryl Streep received another oscar nomination, I immediately wondered how many of those she’s had. So I looked it up–19! She’s won three times (so far) for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (based on a book) “Sophie’s Choice” (based on a book) and “The Iron Lady” (screen play based on Margaret Thatcher’s biography).

Who else has multiple nominations? Robert Duvall has the next most with 7 nominations and 1 win (so far) for “Tender Mercies.” As an octogenarian, Duvall also has the distinction of being the oldest supporting actor every nominated by the Academy.

Julianne Moore received her 5th nomination this year, and Bradley Cooper and Ethan Hawke each received their 4th nomination (according to Wikipedia which was updated with this year’s information). Cooper is on a run and notable because he’s been nominated 3 years in a row now.

Edward Norton garnered his 3rd nomination this year, but Marion Cotillard’s 3rd nomination is more noteworthy because it highlights the fact that she was the first and only actor (so far) to win an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.

Meanwhile Reese Witherspoon is 1-for-1 with her first nomination and win for “Walk the Line,” and I find myself hoping she’ll make it 2-for-2 with her portrayal of Cheryl Stayed who penned the real life survival story entitled “Wild” that my husband and I are currently reading.

Other return nominees include:

Laura Dern 2nd Nomination

Keira Knightley 2nd Nomination

Benedict_Cumberbatch 2nd Nomination

Mark Ruffalo 2nd Nomination

This is the first of a short series of posts this week leading up to the Academy Award’s Ceremony on ABC this Sunday, February 22nd at 7pm EST. For more information visit the Academy Awards 2015 homepage. Next up is the first time nominees.

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Kristin King is an author, publisher and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and the first novel in the  Begotten Bloods Series is “Cain’s Coven.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Beyond the Book

 

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