Monday, February 26, 2007

The Award goes to....

I just finished watching the Oscars. What a marathon...There were so many surprises - but all in all I was slightly bored. Maybe I wasn't terribly invested in many of the movies. usually Oscar Night is BIG deal for me. I am a shameless lover of the dresses and tears and the men who thank thier momma's. I loved that Little Miss Sunshine got best Screenplay -- proving that the small scenes and human truths and HUMOR! make just as compelling viewing as war movies. And Alan Arkin's speech was wonderful -- that the world has so embraced a movie shamlessly about hope and laughter says alot about the world's longing for more of such things. Loved it.

And while Pan's Labyrinth got screwed in a couple of areas - it was great to see them win so many of the technical awards. Mexican filmmakers and artists have a lot of reason to be hungover and happy today...that's for sure. Scorses for Director was no surprise but I didn't think The Departed would take home Best Picture. I loved loved loved the songs from Dreamgirls - I thought that was amazing. And Al Gore--- funny guy and a man on a mission. Too Bad the US didn't see this side of him eight years ago.

Ellen Degenerous was okay -- pretty vanilla. I like Jon Stewert better. Ready for Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whittaker to fade away for a little while.

My guess - and I didn't see the movie but Notes On A Scandal probably deserved more than it got -- but again, I think it comes down to Maureen's theory about art by women for women...

But the real awards have to go to Mark Whalberg, Leo DeCaprio and Clive Owen and Cate Blanchett's dress -- wow!! WOW!! What eye-candy. Oh! And George Clooney's hair - so beautiful. Leo DeCaprio is seriously coming into his own and Clive Owen cleans up real pretty. But oh Marky-Mark...

However, that said -- it's award season for Romance Authors too. Lots of finalists getting announced in Feb and March. The RITA's, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, Cataromance Reviewer's Choice just to name a few. And since this is my party and I can brag if I want to -- FAMILY AT STAKE won All About Romance's Best Series Book of 2006!!! And it's a finalist for Cataromance Reviewer's Choice Award for best Superromance of 2006!

However with the AAR award came a fairly damning question regarding the sad state of catagory romance this year. Either way - I'll take it and you can read all about it and my answer to that question at www.likesbooks.com. It's great website if you've never been there.

I'd love to hear what you guys think about the state of catagory romance...I know lots of you are writing it - but what did you think of it as readers? And of course feel free to wax poetic about Mark Whalberg or George Clooney's hair...

7 comments:

Sinead M said...

The sad truth of my life is I couldn't stay up past 11:30 and missed the end.
The sadder truth is I didn't miss much.
Is it a bad thing to admit I have a girl crush on Cate Blanchett. Wow! she always looks amazing and uber-elegant. Loved Reese as well(never thought I'd say that), but for me. Clive Owen and Danial Craig were the height of gorgeous for the men..
AS for the awards, loved Alan Arkin, and that Pan's got a couple so early and then missed out on best foreign film.. WTF.. although I shouldn't really comment, as I didn't see the winning movie.

Everything else was kind of blah!

Maureen McGowan said...

CONGRATULATIONS to Molly on the AAR best category romance award. Well deserved...

The Oscars... Lots to say... I've heard the winning foreign film is amazing. I meant to go before the show but didn't make it. maybe I'll go today....

Pan's Labyrinth not winning best foreign language film was a shocker. As was Alan Arkin's win. Very happy about Little Miss Sunshine and the writing award. Love how it combined drama and comedy and didn't have any "gag" scenes. Everything that happens in that film is important. Not a wasted word.

I think Helen and Forest deserved their wins but with all these lesser award shows leading up to the Oscars these days, it makes for a bit of a let down when it becomes so predictable.

I overall enjoyed the show, though. It was "quieter" than other years, but I was entertained... (doesn't take much)

Kimber said...

Sinead,
I've met Cate Blanchett and yes, she deserves a girl crush. The nicest person (at least to me). Oh, and I LOVE the way she always plays up her rather large feet (have never met a woman with such large feet). She usually wears eye catching shoes.

Congrats to Molly! Well deserved!

Sinead M said...

Kimber, you met her. I saw her live at the Toronto film festival and while I missed her feet, I did notice how almost blindingly pale she is.
and considering I'm really, really pale too, I thought she looked amazing.
Plus, and let me expand on my girl crush here... she is lovely looking, but more than that, she is an actress, in the same way Kate Winslet is an actress.
We see them at award shows, always elegant and gracious, but they don't put their home lives on display, and don't seem to chase publicity..
Love them..

Christine said...

Congratulations Molly!! I couldn't find the comments on the state of cataromance. I'd love to see what people said about it.

I didn't watch the Oscars this year. I haven't for the past few years to be honest. I'm happy for the winners, and actually watched The Departed Saturday night. Love it! Love how real it felt. Little Miss Sunshine is next on my list.

Molly O'Keefe said...

watching the pre-awards show I heard that at 31 Kate Winslet has been nominated 5 times!!!! That's totally nuts!!!

Amy Ruttan said...

Congrats Molly on AAR! That's awesome. Bummed now I miss Clive Owen, since I didn't watch the Oscars. I lurve him.

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