I don’t watch the Superbowl. I’m not against it. I just don’t watch it.
I don’t watch the Emmys, the Grammys, or the Golden Globes. I don’t watch the World Series or the Masters Tournament. I’m trying to come with other TV events that everyone watches then dominates water cooler conversation the next day, but I’m drawing a blank. Probably because I just don’t watch big TV events.
Like the Superbowl, I’m not against them, I just don’t watch.
There’s two major exceptions. The Academy Awards is one of them.
I at least started watching was when I was in third grade. I know this, because that was year Anna Paquin won and her hat irritated me. I may have watched before that, but that’s my first specific memory.
Every year since, I’ve cleared my schedule to make sure I’d be homework/work/activity/chore free to watch. I start at 3pm PST and flip back and forth between E! and TV Guide Channel to get all of the pre-show coverage. Throughout the broadcast I update my scorecard. I read all the reviews the following day. I talk about it for the following week.
Here’s the funny thing. I’m not that into movies or movie stars.
In fact, I’m so not into movies I think I saw about 10 movies total in all of 2010. That includes a double viewing of Harry Potter (AWESOME!). Also Twilight and Leap Year (not awesome).
A movie maven I am not.
That’s why I wanted to challenge myself to watch all ten Best Picture nominees. This year seemed as good as any. After all, I hadn’t see one of the nominees (see above for my refined taste) and I wasn’t opposed to any of the nominees (I don’t think I could have made it through The Reader).
Unsurprisingly, I don’t have quite the vocabulary to critique these films, so I’ll be following the below rubric. I doubt my results will match the actual Oscar results, but that’s not why I’m watching.
Balloons on a Bookmark Scientific Evaluation:
Awesome Actors: x/25
I’m not looking for pedigree, here. Disney Channel, ‘90s sitcom, WB… this is what I value.
It’s pretty simple: I like movies that I can follow without getting lost.
Ugly Cry: x/25
I’m not a crier, so bonus points if a movie gets me to tear up/laugh/gasp.
Visual Appeal: x/25
I love pretty movies… fifty percent of why Father of the Bride is one of my favorite movies is house.
Points for any interest I had in the movie prior to watching it. I work in marketing, so I feel it’s important to give credit where credit is due.
Lingering Thoughts: x/10
If a movie leaves you life changing ideas, this is a very good thing.
If a movie leaves you with unanswered questions, this is a very bad thing
Unexpected Expectations: x/15
If a movie exceeds my expectations, it’s good.
If it fails, it’s bad
Movie Poster: x/5
Food is good and makes movies better.
General Viewing Experience: x/5
Overall Thoughts: x/45
Overall movie… anything that doesn’t fit in elsewhere.