Report from Louisiana: Oscar Movie Marathon

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Report from Louisiana: Oscar Movie Marathon

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT — My grown son and I have a tra­di­tion where each year we go see all the Oscar nom­i­nated movies: at least those in the main cat­e­gories. We don’t always mas­ter this com­pletely. Last year I don’t think there were any we wanted to see, but Usu­ally we see most of them before Oscar night.

Hol­ly­wood has become so politi­cized and every­one has an agenda so I don’t usu­ally even watch the awards cer­e­mony itself. I can’t stom­ach watch­ing the Hol­ly­wood elite lec­tur­ing to me. But I do enjoy watch­ing movies, so there’s that.

Any­way, we haven’t seen too many yet this year. So far we’ve seen Dark­est Hour, Phan­tom Thread, Star Wars: the Last Jedi (is that even nom­i­nated for any­thing? I have no idea…), and Three Bill­boards Out­side Ebbing, Mis­souri.

Regard­less of how the movie is, the point of this, and the fun of it, is that my grown kid and I get to spend the after­noon together doing some­thing we both enjoy.

The first movie we saw in our quest this year was Dark­est Hour. I thought Gary Old­man was fab­u­lous as Churchill and as soon as we walked out of the the­ater I looked at John and asked, “How is that not an Oscar win­ning performance?!”

He look at me as if I had two heads, blinked, and said, “Because Daniel Day Lewis.”

So the next movie we saw was Phan­tom Thread and I under­stood what he meant. But my heart is still with Oldman.

Phan­tom Thread was lush; the cos­tumes were beau­ti­ful, the set­tings ele­gant, and the story engag­ing. And no ques­tion that Daniel Day Lewis was totally immersed in his character.

Our most recent film was Three Bill­boards and here I found my favorite. Frances McDor­mand is sim­ply an amaz­ing actress and while I wanted her on screen every sin­gle frame, Woody Har­rel­son and Sam Park­man were ter­rific. Park­man absolutely must win his cat­e­gory as sup­port­ing actor. The movie is very dark but there are comic moments; the main rea­son to see this one is McDor­mand. It’s def­i­nitely her best role since Fargo.

Next on our list is I, Tonya. We are watch­ing these in no order what­so­ever; our deci­sions are based pri­mar­ily on what is show­ing where and when.

After each movie we linger over a long lunch and share our thoughts and revise our predictions.

In the end, it doesn’t mat­ter who wins what; I’ve already won by get­ting to spend a few hours each week with my grown kid and I’ve seen some great movies as well.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — My grown son and I have a tradition where each year we go see all the Oscar nominated movies: at least those in the main categories.  We don’t always master this completely.  Last year I don’t think there were any we wanted to see, but Usually we see most of them before Oscar night.

Hollywood has become so politicized and everyone has an agenda so I don’t usually even watch the awards ceremony itself.  I can’t stomach watching the Hollywood elite lecturing to me.  But I do enjoy watching movies, so there’s that.

Anyway, we haven’t seen too many yet this year.  So far we’ve seen Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Star Wars: the Last Jedi (is that even nominated for anything?  I have no idea…), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Regardless of how the movie is, the point of this, and the fun of it, is that my grown kid and I get to spend the afternoon together doing something we both enjoy.

The first movie we saw in our quest this year was Darkest Hour.  I thought Gary Oldman was fabulous as Churchill and as soon as we walked out of the theater I looked at John and asked, “How is that not an Oscar winning performance?!”

He look at me as if I had two heads, blinked, and said, “Because Daniel Day Lewis.”

So the next movie we saw was Phantom Thread and I understood what he meant.  But my heart is still with Oldman.

Phantom Thread was lush; the costumes were beautiful, the settings elegant, and the story engaging.  And no question that Daniel Day Lewis was totally immersed in his character.

Our most recent film was Three Billboards and here I found my favorite.  Frances McDormand is simply an amazing actress and while I wanted her on screen every single frame, Woody Harrelson and Sam Parkman were terrific.  Parkman absolutely must win his category as supporting actor.  The movie is very dark but there are comic moments; the main reason to see this one is McDormand.  It’s definitely her best role since Fargo.

Next on our list is I, Tonya.  We are watching these in no order whatsoever; our decisions are based primarily on what is showing where and when.

After each movie we linger over a long lunch and share our thoughts and revise our predictions.

In the end, it doesn’t matter who wins what; I’ve already won by getting to spend a few hours each week with my grown kid and I’ve seen some great movies as well.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.