2013 Oscar Picks

I know, I know… you all have been waiting with bated breath for my Oscar picks.  I understand and appreciate you waiting, with that said…. let’s get to it, shall we!?!

Side note…. I have only seen ONE movie in the last year…ONE, it is one of the movies nominated “Les Miserables” (like you are surprised.) However, I will say with only seeing one of the movies, I still feel as qualified as anyone else to prognosticate!

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams in The Master

Sally Field in Lincoln

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Helen Hunt in The Sessions

Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook

And the Oscar Will Go To….

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Best Supporting Actor:

Alan Arkin in Argo

Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln

Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

And the Oscar Will Go To:

Tribeca Film Festival screening of 'New York Minute'

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts in The Impossible

And the Oscar Will Go To:

190258-jennifer-lawrenceBest Actor:

Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix in the Master

Denzel Washington in Flight

And the Oscar Will Go To:

Daniel-Day-Lewis

Director:

Michael Haneke for Amour

Banh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ang Lee for Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg for Lincoln

David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

And the Oscar Will Go To:

Steven-Spielberg

Best Picture:

Amour

Argo

Bests of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserable

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

And the Oscar for Best Picture Will Go To:

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Join me for my Annual Oscar Facebook party beginning at 6PM on Sunday night, if last year’s caddyness is any indication, it should be fun!

Friday’s Hero ~ 2.22.13

This has been an emotional week for me.  Thursday marked the three-year anniversary of my mom’s passing and that date is always difficult.

I can remember as a kid being confused when my mom would tell me about how much she hated certain dates, one of them being the day my brother Tom passed away, I get it now.

With the emotion of the week, I started thinking about stand-ins.  People who, while never equipped to BE the person we are missing, step in at times when they are needed to surrogate that role.

My brother and Aunt have become my stand-in for many of life’s important conversations that I used to have with my mother.

Others have stepped up too.

I remember just a few months after my mom passed, I had a job interview for a position that I really wanted.  Up until that day my mother had always given me a pep talk going into any interview I may have.  On this particular day, I didn’t have that…. and I needed it.

The only person that I could think of who could fill that role for me at the moment was my friend Donna Baribeau.  I stopped by to see my friend on the way to the interview and she did exactly what I needed, she loved me, she encouraged me and she sent me on my way to GET the job I wanted.

A total God moment happened, a few days later, when Donna and I were in the car together when I got the call offering me the job.

We all have instances when we need a stand-in.  Someone who can be the voice of the person we need encouragement from, someone who will just be there for us.

The stand in is a role that has no defining perimeter, no guidelines, no rules.  The stand in gives us all the opportunity to be that hero to someone when they need it…. often times unexpected and unsolicited.

I saw a video a few weeks ago of a stand in (or group of stand ins)  that summed it up nicely.   Imagine being the bride who loses her father just weeks before her wedding, that father/daughter dance takes on a whole new meeting.  Until the stand ins take over.

Thank you to The Stand-In, the Hero of the Week!

Life’s Playist… Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

otis-bwLife’s Playlist… Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

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Interesting tidbit, I did my student internship at the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, GA.  Otis Redding’s daughter Karla was one of my mentors there.

Back in those days I had yet to be “tamed.”  One day after pushing her buttons as far as I could push them, Karla came to my desk and said “McDonald’s NOW!”

Over french fries and a Coke, Karla tamed me beneath the Golden Arches and watchful eye of Ronald McDonald.