Yes, it’s that time of year again when award shows appear and Hollywood turns out to make some cringe worthy speeches. You can find the list of nominees here: Oscar Nominations 2020. The main reason I’m posting is that several nominations, and the only ones I actually care about tie into some of my recent posts.
Adam Driver is up for Best Actor for his role in Marriage Story, a particularly depressing look at a failed marriage. However, I give Adam kudos because he was brilliant in it and deserves recognition for his breakdown scene alone. My recent post The Rise of Ben Solo is obviously connected to his role in The Rise of Skywalker, but it is focused on Adam’s acting abilities, what he brings to his character, and his charity. If you feel so inclined to root him on, perhaps giving something to his charity in honor of his acting would be highly appropriate given that the charity is Arts in the Armed Forces, and it’s an Oscar race. See my post for the GoFundMe drive that is currently up to over $81,000 as of 1/13/2020.
And, last but not least, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is up for original score, sound editing and visual effects. Truly we can all agree that John Williams needs to win this, as his music has touched us all whether we are Star Wars fans or not (we are!). His scores are good enough that one should either listen to them on their own, or train their ears/brain to pay attention to the music as one watches the movie. His scores are one of the best reasons to go see Star Wars films in a theater as you get to experience the music as it was intended to be experienced. Another earlier post of mine, The Rise of Skywalker & John 15:13, touches on one of the main themes of the movie, and of the Star Wars franchise; Redemption. Pay attention to the score behind the scenes as that redemption plays out.
Anywho, that’s really the only picks I’m paying attention to this year… let’s hope we get out of the Oscars without a new scandal to occupy everyone.