I’m a big fan of following your dreams and being the best you can be in whatever area you choose. Some say that one of the key parts of being human is having culture – and art plays a big role in culture. Penn State Abington professor emeritus of integrative arts, Moylan C. Mills, has chosen to dedicate his life to studying film, theater, opera and popular culture. I admire his decision and am a little jealous (how fun does that sound?!). It’s easy to forget, living in our University silos, that there is more to the world than the current project/thesis/dissertation/paper/etc. and that other people in different fields are doing great work, too. Of course, I wouldn’t exactly define the Oscars as obscure, but you get the drift.
The nominees have been released, and experts around the country, including Dr. Mills in this link, are predicting the winners. I’m making a (totally non-expert and mostly random guessing) list of my winners in a few categories here. I’ll revisit in March and see who won: me or Dr. Mills. I hope you get a chance to relax and take part in an American cultural tradition on Sunday, March 2nd.
- Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave (emotional period piece? Classic Oscar)
- Actor in a leading role: Leonardo DiCaprio (because he should at least have at least one win in his fabulous career!)
- Actress in a leading role: Amy Adams (red heads unite)
- Actor in a supporting role: Barkhad Abdi (root for the underdog)
- Actress in a supporting role: Sally Hawkins (though I’ll always be a Jennifer Lawrence fan)
- Animated feature film: Ernest & Celestine (loving the art style)
- Directing: Alfonso Cuaron (for that scene in Gravity)
Looking forward to watching all of the movies that I haven’t seen yet, especially in the Documentary, Foreign Film, Animated Short, and Live Action Short categories. I know Catching Fire wasn’t nominated… but if you’re playing along, “may the odds be ever in your favor”.