The Oscars are this Sunday, and I for one am woefully unprepared to make my picks in the annual bet I have with my friends. I have seen almost literally none of the films nominated this year, and I only have a few days left to get caught up if I'm going to stand a chance at winning the coveted prize of lunch at the local Chinese buffet. Thankfully, the tiny folks at Copycat Kidz have put together a highlight reel of sorts to cover the major players in this year's Academy Awards.
And All Was Right With the World
Here's some news you weren't expecting: Universal Pictures just called dibs on a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett
's The Secret Garden
, written by Lucy Alibar
and produced by Guillermo del Toro
So on the one hand, I'm getting a little worried about Guillermo del Toro's work schedule, but on the other, this project seems a perfect fit for the inclinations of all involved.
I'm feeling kind of chipper and awake this morning, and I think it's because the Oscar nominations were announced. As much as I believe they're just a meaningless mutual appreciation society for Hollywood types, every year around this time I get unspeakably excited about them. I think the Academy might be beaming radio signals into my head or something.
Last Tuesday, I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild
in the afternoon and Brave
in the evening. This resulted in A) me consuming far more popcorn than one probably should in a 24-hour period (but I don’t care, because it’s movie theater popcorn and I can’t be tamed
) and B) me getting completely spoiled when it comes to seeing movies with well-rounded female protagonists.
Seriously. My tolerance for arm-candy love interests assigned token tasks over the course of a movie so they can help the main character and have something to do while they look pretty *coughTheAmazingSpider-Man
cough* is now below zero, because these movies have given me two perfect examples of how it should
Seeing as this isn’t a review of Brave
, I won’t go on about how awesome a role model—or how awesome a character in general—Brave
’s Princess Merida is. But seeing Brave
so close together really made me think about where Hushpuppy, the protagonist of the latter film, fits in with her fellow female protagonists.