Oscars Without Opinion

For most of my adult life I have loved going to the movies. By the time the Oscars would come around I had seen all the nominated movies and plenty of others I thought should have been nominated. I would watch the awards and scream at the TV when movies I loved did not win and screamed when movies I did love won.

Then came the pandemic. Like all the world, I could not go to the movies. Then after a year, movie theaters reopened. I did not go. Now two years on I have still not been to a movie theater. Not that there are not movies I want to see, but the idea of sitting in a room with a bunch of other people to watch something that I could watch on my giant TV at home seems unappealing.

This year I had not watched one movie that is nominated. I realized this the other day so I watched The Banshees of Inisherin. I enjoyed it, but was not blown away. Today I had lots of house work so I decided to watch a couple more nominees. I picked ones that are free on one of the many streaming services we pay for.

The first one I watched was Elvis. It was very good, fun, but also not blown away. Tonight I am watching Women Talking. I find it to be my favorite of the three I have watched. But it is a small and intimate picture that probably shows well on a TV watched alone.

I am not sure if I am going to bother watching the Academy awards. I am sure the highlights will be enough. Then I can watch the winning movies.

If you had asked me forty years ago if I would ever stop going to the movies and loving movies and the Academy Awards I would say, “Not on your life.” This is probably one of the biggest manifestations from the Pandemic for me. It is not the worst thing.

2 Comments on “Oscars Without Opinion”

  1. beth says:

    i still love going to movies, always have, though only at home during pandemic. one thing i absolutely love to see each year are the documentary shorts and live action shorts that are nominated. they are always incredibly well done and often very moving. i’m not a huge fan of animation so don’t usually go to those shorts.

  2. Nancye Bryan says:

    Dana, Since Sam & I met in the early 60’s, movies have been a big part of our life together. Since the beginning of COVID that has changed. There’s one movie we watched within the last several months on friends’ recommendations, CODA. Won big time last year. On Netflix. Cannot say enough good things about it. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you’ll give it a try.

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