what I’m watching: Oscar edition


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A few nights ago I had a mountain of laundry to fold and some quality time to spend with my husband. We’ve been so busy this week with Listen to Your Mother auditions, unexpected work loads, and just the crazy busyness of life with kids that we both needed to chill for a night.

I spend forever browsing Netflix before I can decide on what to watch. I need to make sure that the time I’m spending watching this movie or that show is time well spent. The kicker is, I spend so much time browsing, neither the laundry nor the movie get folded or watched.

My husband, on the other hand, looks briefly through the first few movies suggested, pulls up Good Will Hunting and presses play.

Our relationship in a nutshell.

We’d both seen it before, more than once, so it was the perfect mindless entertainment to get me through the laundry folding and him through…not folding the laundry. I’d forgotten what a wonderful film it was, couldn’t fathom that it was almost 20 years ago, and my God, can you believe Robin Williams isn’t with us anymore?

Oscars well deserved, boys.

I didn’t watch the Oscars this year (we don’t have cable, and someday we will get a digital antennae, but that day has not come). And I’m not sure if I really saw any of the Oscar-nominated movies other than Inside Out (did it win? I haven’t even checked). But I know you CAN watch loads of Oscar-nominated movies on Netflix! (exclamation points!!!)

Silver Linings Playbook

silverliningsposterI mentioned this in another Netflix recap, but it’s such a great film. Jennifer Lawrence’s jiggly boobs still make me uncomfortable though. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, and Best Supporting Actress Jacki Weaver; with Lawrence winning for Best Actress.




Forrest Gump

forrest jump movie poster netflixThe tale of a simple-minded man who leads a remarkably event-filled life won six Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects (I remember the absence of Lieutenant Dan’s legs being a HUGE deal), and Best Film Editing.







The Prince of Egypt

prince-of-egypt-movie-poster netflixIf you’re looking for a different animated film to watch with the kids, this Dreamworks film won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the hit “When You Believe.”








American Beauty

american beauty movie poster netflixThis is one of those films I was dying to see, but when I dragged my husband – then my boyfriend – to see it, he was probably all, “What in the ever-loving HELL.” But then the movie won five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography, so I felt redeemed.







Black Hawk Down

black hawk down movie poster netflix

I’m not a huge war movie buff, but I di end up watching a lot of war movies, thanks to my military-obsessed husband. Black Hawk Down won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing, and if you don’t blink, you’ll get to see a sweet little Orlando Bloom in his pre-Legolas days.






Inglorious Bastards

inglorious bastards movie poster netflixSpeaking of war movies, this Quentin Tarantino film makes me squeamish, but it’s worth it. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Waltz, and Best Original Screenplay. Waltz was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.






Training Day

training day movie poster netflixDenzel Washington won Best Actor for his turn as a hardened, dirty cop, while Ethan Hawk continues to be in need of a shower.









To Kill A Mockingbird

large_5xvdKU9Xlw12ZIH9hyXWIaKJHITIn honor of the late Harper Lee, I’m going to round this out with Gregory Peck and To Kill A MockingBird. Peck won for Best Actor. And now we are all sad.








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  1. I just watched Good Will Hunting with my daughter last week – one of the blessings of your kids getting older is the increasing quality of the entertainment you can watch together!
    (Not that Spongebob SquarePants wasn’t awesome.)

    Inglorious Basterds hurts my heart but it’s so so good. And horrible.
    Like humanity. Still worthy of redemption.

  2. Wow, these pulls took me back! Like, to an era when I actually watched movies. NICE.

    I’m dying to see movies from this past year that I missed, like SPY and THE MARTIAN. I know Netflix will bring them to me when it’s time…

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