By Erica Cooper
Forget Christmas, which can depress or annoy many of us… it is also the beginning of AWARD SEASON in movies!
Long time TamaraTattles.com readers know that I’ve blogged both The Voice and The Oscars (among other award shows) here. Frankly, The Voice got to be too much, especially those 3 days a week runs. I still feel guilty for crapping out on T and not blogging it… but it was for the best for me personally. I couldn’t keep up. I watched last season despite no blogging responsibilities, but the current season I’ve not really watched for personal reasons.
A Few Suggestions
However, I’m still obsessed with the award season and I’m grateful that Tamara is giving me an outlet to be excited and express my opinions. Oscar night comments on this site are so damn fun. I will never not love the Oscars. I plan theme meals around that day. For the past 4 years or so, a friend of mine and I have tried to see ALL the Oscar Best Picture nominees at least, and we usually see at least one of the “short” categories (best short documentaries, best short live action, and best short animated). Because they’ve shortened the timeline this year, we’re ALREADY planning our attack.
Honestly, if you do nothing else, find your local independent theater and watch at least ONE of the short categories. They are always mind blowing. If you have time this weekend, check out a nominee from 2017 on Netflix, Heroin(e). I still mention this when talking about the opiod crisis, etc. 2017 was a great year – I think you have to buy it and not rent, unfortunately, but the winner that year Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405. I thought Heroin(e) was going to win, but was so pleased when it won. It is about an artist named Mindy who has mental illness (anxiety, depression, and some psychosis) but is a beautiful artist. Also worth a look.
Unlike past years, I’m having a hard time pinpointing films I think should be nominated for Best Picture, except for Rocketman. The oddsmakers don’t seem to be fans, but seriously, if you haven’t seen it… DO. It is fucking magical and so much better than Bohemian Rhapsody. Full warning, if the movie and Taron Edgerton don’t get the kudos they deserve, I’m gonna be mentioning it in every blog entry.
So, these are the award shows I typically make a point to watch.
Dates For This Years Award Season!
Nominations: December 9
Show: January 5
Nominations: December 11
Show: January 19
Nominations: January 7
Show: February 2
Nominations: January 13
Show: February 9
Yes, I’m one of those nerds who watch the BAFTAs, the UK’s version of the Oscars. They usually feel a bit more serious, but sometimes a good indication of how the Oscars will go. In the past, they’ve had Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley (AbFab!) host. I’m SUPER excited that this year it will be Graham Norton! He has the GREAT talk show. You can find clips on YouTube, but it is best to watch it completely. He’s on BBC America sometimes, if you have access. The BAFTAs should also be on BBC America, but set your DVR. If they air it live, it will be at a weird time. Also, this year it is on the same day as the Super Bowl, so I’ll probably just watch it after work on Monday.
If you haven’t already heard, the Golden Globes may be bleeping a LOT this year, especially with our current political climate, because they are BRINGING RICKY GERVAISE BACK!!! I’m looking forward to it, even though again, I’ll have to record it!