As for this year’s nominations, it was a down year for me in terms of viewing films in the theater. I was only able to see one of the nominated films, Gravity, but it’s difficult not to be aware of the others, especially with the advertising saturation on television. The one I would most like to see, and may yet before the awards come, is from one of my favorite directors, Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska. I’m not a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio or Joaquin Phoenix and so Wolf of Wall Street and Her aren’t on my short list. Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks and 12 Years a Slave, however, are the others I would like to see. As far as what I would consider favorites for best picture, Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle, I haven’t felt that compelled to see them just from the advertising and so I’ll probably wait to take a look at them when they come out on video.
One of the things I like to do in February is to review some recent Oscar winners and nominees for best picture. In addition I’ve accumulated some films that celebrate Black History Month and, as always, there will be the occasional A and B List films along with my E List recommendations. Finally, in exactly four weeks I’ll be reviewing the Academy Awards presentation on March 2nd. See you then.