Basketball is not one of my favorite sports. I admit it. That said, I do like the prospects of friendly competition between myself and Pesto (my husband). Those brackets really get me excited and then choosing between state and private schools, akin to choosing between Democratic and Republican candidates.
While my interest in basketball is feigned, my interest in the Oscars
isn't. This isn't just about the elegant evening gowns and sleek tuxes,
which bring pleasure to my eyes. For me the Oscars symbolize the joy that film brings–transporting me to another place, inducing intense feelings. (I commonly have to bring a lot of tissues….) Celebrating the Oscars has been fun, but arguably this wasn't the case when I first moved to NYC.
I was not raised in a film, let alone movie family. We never frequented the cinema. Too often I was out-of-the-loop on many conversations when it turned to film. Quickly I realized that New Yorkers like their films, and if I was going to stay I would quickly have to adopt this language. Adopt it I did! So much that I even taught a course on film and politics.
Since we lack a flat screen tv, Pesto and I will convene at a friend's home to watch the Oscars. We will "vote" using paper ballots. Of course to "maximize" your chances of being correct, this requires one view the top contenders. Unlike March Madness, I am obsessive about this. An unprecedented number of nominees appear in the "Best Film." To date I only have seen 4/10. In contrast, I am better prepared to cast a vote in the best female lead, having seeing 3/5 films. Since there are only 18 days left, I think I will likely only be able to squeeze in one or two more films.
Today's piece in the New York Times features gorgeous photography of the Oscar nominees Oscar Nominees.
Will you be watching the Oscars and/or March Madness? And, how well-versed are you?