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10 Jan

Seriously, you have no idea how much I love the Oscars. No idea. The Oscars are my Superbowl.

Oscar nominees are out now, THE ANTICIPATION IS KILLING ME!!

Since this is serious business, here are my hopes and my predictions for several categories of the 2013 Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

My Hope: Beasts of the Southern Wild

My Prediction: Silver Linings Playbook

Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)

My Hope: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

My Prediction:  Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffmann (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

I have absolutely no idea who will win that category.

Actress in a Leading Role:  Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

My Hope:  Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

My Prediction:  Toss up between Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Actress in a Supporting Role:  Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

My Hope: Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

My Prediction: Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Animated Feature Film: Brave, Frankenweenie, Paranorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph

My Hope: Wreck it Ralph

My Prediction: Brave

Directing: Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

My Hope: Beasts of the Southern Wild

My Prediction: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

My Hope:  Beasts of the Southern Wild

My Prediction:  This is a really hard call.  I think Life of Pi, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are all equally likely.

Writing (Original Screenplay):  Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty

My Hope: Moonrise Kingdom

My Prediction: Amour

southern wild

My favorite film for the year is Beasts of the Southern Wild, but I have a pessimistic feeling that it won’t get the Oscar attention I think it deserves.  I also think that Django Unchained will be largely passed over.  On the other hand, I think Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln are all going to get lots of love for the Academy.

What are your predictions for the 2013 Academy Awards?

Trial Day. Better Luck Next Time.

10 Jan

I didn’t post yesterday because I finally reached that point of tiredness where I was too tired for blogging. For me, that’s a big tired.


Today we had our trial. I lost. I’m not happy about that. I had learned my lesson from day 1 of trial college. I prepared hard for this trial. I worked hard. I practiced. I even took it upon myself to pick to be responsible for the parts of trial that are the most challenging for me (opening, direct exams) and took on those tasks.

The judge who was assigned to my trial had very positive things to say about my partner and I. In fact, the only criticism she had of our our trial performance was that I was a little late with one objection. We put on a darn good trial. But we lost. I guess you just have that sometimes, but it’s extra frustrating when you are being taught and putting into action skills specifically designed to be persuasive (even when the facts are not great), and then you don’t manage to win over 5 brooding high school kids.

I’m definitely glad I went to trial college. I learned so much. The teacher’s pet in me loved hearing that I was on the right track, and even that I had a good handle on several “advanced” trial skills. The eternal student in me loved hearing the constructive criticisms, so I know where I need to work harder and grow more. My only regret in addition to not winning the trial) is that trial does not come up all too frequently, so it will probably be a while before I can put these skills into real life practice. Now it’s back to the real world, back to the writing and thinking, and back to the assignments that have piled up in my absence.