Thursday, February 22, 2007

My Oscar Picks...

So, I have never done this, but I thought it would be fun. I love movies so I decided to try my hand at predicting this Sunday's Oscar winners. Enjoy!!
Best Picture: Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.
Who will win: The Departed. Why? I don't know I've never seen the movie. I've heard good things. Maybe I should rent it...
Who I want to win: Little Miss Sunshine. That movie was awesome. I loved it. For some reason I love movies with dysfunctional families and this one just rocked. The best scene is when the little girl finds out she is going to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant and screams her tiny, cute head off for over a minute. Classic. Also, The Queen was great but many have argued that it feels more like a made-for-tv movie than a motion picture. That's the BBC for you.
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Peter O'Toole, Will Smith, and Forest Whitaker.
Who will win: Forest Whitaker. From the two-minute previews I have seen, he was pretty awesome. Plus, he won the Golden Globe and a SAG award recently, why not let him win the trifecta. The only downside is that he has been criticized for impersonating Idi Amin and not really "making it his own." Gosling has won critics over for his performance as a drug addict while teaching students.
Who I want to win: Ryan Gosling. He was great in The Notebook, and he is pretty. I feel he is to young and not known enough for him to win. Also, I think that Will Smith stands a pretty good chance. Plus. O'Toole has been nominated about a dozen times, so maybe he deserves this one. Could care less about Leo.
Best Actress: Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet.
Who will win: A British babe, or Helen Mirren. I'll take it either way. She was fantastic as Queen Elizabeth, but just like Whitaker, many think it was just an impersonation and no real acting talent. Whatever critics. She will win.
Who I want to win: Helen Mirren. She's awesome. Plus I do not think the Academy likes comedies so Streep is out. This is Winslet's fifth nomination so I would also like to see her win. I'm not picky, but again, it will be a British babe.
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Jackie Earle Haley, Djimon Hounsou, Eddie Murphy, Mark Wahlberg.
Who will win: Eddie Murphy. Not sure why, but I have a feeling. I don't really care.
Who I want to win: Alan Arkin because he shone brightly in Little Miss Sunshine. Great role for him, and he deserves a golden guy. Marky Mark should provide entertainment throughout. Wait, Ellen is hosting so it should be awesome. No need Marky Mark!
Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Hudson, Rinko Kikuchi.
Who will win and who I want to win: Abigail Breslin. How cute is she? Very. Way to go Abigail! Dakota who? That's right. She owned her role in Little Miss Sunshine. Plus, I have not seen any of the other performances, but how can you break the heart of an 11 year old with huge glasses and fantastic, but horrifying, dance moves? Jennifer Hudson might actually get the statue though, much to my dismay.
That's about it of the big ones. I think that in the director's race it will be against Eastwood and Scorsese. I love Eastwood, but maybe Scorsese can finally win and give up whining about it. I think that Cars will win best animated movie, although Happy Feet was a darn cute movie. As far as Achievement in Sound Editing? Well I give it to the dude's from Pirate's of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. That movie rocked, and the soundtrack is ballin'!!!
That's it. Enjoy, and if anybody wants to challenge me, let's do it! It's a bet. Be back soon.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Being 21...

My sweet new camera!! More about that later though...
So, I figured it was time to update. I have another website (myspace) that I update my blogs on more often, but I forget about this one. Well, on Wednesday, February 14, I turned 21 years old. It's pretty cool. I guess. I think that 21 is the last of the "big" birthdays. I mean, when 30 comes, nobody really wants it to, so they dread that day. I think, for some people, they begin to count backward after that year. Crazy.

Well, let's begin where I always like to: the beginning. My grandfather called me around 7:30 A.M. to wish me a happy 21. It was awesome. I'm not sure if he understood me, or what I said, but I am pretty sure I said thank you. At least once. Hannah, my sister, called me seven minutes after that, and was upset that she was not the first to call me. She too wished me a happy b-day, and then as soon as my head hit the pillow, my dad called me. By that time, I was wide awake and was nearing 7:45. I got up.

I went to chapel and my three classes, and was out by 4:00 P.M. Next, I ran over to Outback Steakhouse and waited for about 30 minutes for a table, and then Hannah showed up and waited with me. We waited another 30 minutes and got our table. We had a great dinner. Lubbock is strange in that you cannot make reservations on Sundays or on holidays. I never get it. There needs to be more eating establishments in Lubbock, but that is my opinion. After dinner, it was close to 7:00 and I had a meeting at 9. Hannah and I went to Wal-Mart because she was leaving on a school trip to Amarillo the next day. We got a few things, and she went home. By the way, it was snowing for my birthday! I have never gotten snow on my birthday, so that was pretty cool.

After Wal-Mart I went back to campus and it was a little after 8. I sat down on the computer and answered a ton of facebook and myspace messages. I find it fascinating that people go out of their way that one day of the year to talk or leave a message, but avoid you the rest of the year. Fascinating. After that, Holly and Tyler came over and we headed to the LST meeting. It was freezing cold by the way, and the roads were a little icy, but it was ok. LST ended around 11, and I went back home.

So, that was my b-day. It was pretty uneventful, unless you count the events.

Hannah got me the perfume With Love by Hillary Duff and I could not have been happier. It smells wonderful. I am in love with With Love.

Thursday and Friday and Saturday was work as usual. For Saturday, I got a special gift and got to work 11 hours. Yay me. I have noticed that it is a little hard to interpret sarcasm while writing. Lots of people have that wonderful ability, but I am lacking. I will work on that.

Sunday was the day to spend with dad and Kim's family. It was awesome. Homemade pizza (homemade anything) is the best.

Also, I got a sweet new digital camera. For some reason the pic is at the top of the page and not here . Oh well. There it is. It is awesome.
Mom almost killed me. I cut my hair. My hair was long. Long like half-way down my back long. I must have cut off a good six inches. I almost cried. It is not how I told her to cut it, but it will grow back. Locks of Love got a good donation!
So, that is about it. Yep, think so. Life is good. Not too boring. I would like to share with you all my new favorite quote and it is from the television show The Office:
Dwight: Why tip someone for a job I'm capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can and do cut my own hair. I did however tip my urologist, because, I am unable to pulverise my own kidney stones.
I like that. Heee! Crazy funny. Well, to me at least. So, The Office is pretty awesome. I like the randomness and quirkyness of the show. Also, I am so excited that Grissom is back in the original CSI. He rocks. I am disappointed that I have to wait three weeks for an all new House episode. Disappointing. Oh well, I'll live. Of course!! Well, that is about it for now. I will try to start updating daily...or weekly...or monthly...or whenever. It will happen.