I saw this picture on Facebook today and thought it expressed exactly how I’m feeling this week!
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It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood gathers to celebrate the year’s best movies. I love everything about the Oscars. From the red carpet to the opening monologue to the actual presentation of the awards. I love pretending to be part of the fashion police and I love predicting who will win each award. I love the Oscars!
I am especially excited for this year’s broadcast. I am a HUGE Seth MacFarlane fan and I am so excited for him to host. His offbeat humor will be much welcomed to an often stuffy show. Will he sing? Will he dance? I can only hope. Whatever he does though, I truly hope that he is true to himself and makes some outrageous observations. Plus, there is also Adele’s much anticipated performance of “Skyfall,” for which she is nominated for in the Best Song category (she’ll get it no question). As an avid Adele fan I’m always eager to see her perform on any stage.
So, as part of the Oscar celebration, I thought it would be fun to share with you who I think will win tonight and who I think should win in 6 of the major categories.
Best 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
Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis. Um, did you see Lincoln? Clearly the man is a master of his trade.
Best Actress – in a Leading role
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuella Riva – Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Should Win: Fresh off the award circuit with several wins (Golden Globes, SAG, etc), Jennifer Lawrence definitely deserves this one. Although Jessica Chastain has been applauded for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, there is just something about the raw emotional performance of Jennifer Lawrence that will capture the Academy’s votes.
Best Actor – in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – Argo
Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Who Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones
Who Should Win: This is a really tough category. All of these men had a fantastic year. Really, any one of them could win. I loved Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings. It’s on rare occasion that we get to see him play such a vulnerable character. Though, Tommy Lee Jones’ role as congressman Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln was just as good. If either of these two men win. I will be happy.
Best 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
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Should Win: I know, I’m going against a lot of people this year, but I don’t think Anne Hathaway deserves this award. Not for this role. Was her performance good? Sure. She sang that song with raw emotion and it appealed to the audience the way a song should. BUT, if she gets this award it is only because she sang one great song. Nothing else about her performance in Les Miserables (all 15 minutes of her screen time) screams Oscar! Now, Sally Field on the other hand, deserves it. Her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln was beautiful. She developed her character and she became her character. She did a whole lot more than sing one good song.
Michael Heneke – Amour
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Who Will Win: David O. Russell
Who Should Win: This is also another tough category. Because of the major snub of Ben Affleck (Argo), there doesn’t seem to be a clear front-runner. I think the major contenders are Spielberg and Russell. With Silver Linings Playbook taking several of the major awards at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Spirit Awards my thoughts are that it has a good chance of taking this one. So, I’m going to go with David O. Russell.
Amour Life of Pi
Beasts of the Southern Wild Silver Linings Playbook
Django Unchained Zero Dark Thirty
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Should Win: Argo. How sweet it will be for Ben Affleck to walk away with a Best Picture award despite his directing snub. He deserves it.
Recently I had a friend order several custom made items from my Etsy shop, PoppyHill Baby. Her niece’s baby shower is in a couple of weeks and the theme is brown and pink. Naturally, she wanted everything – diaper motorcycle, lovey, and quilt – all to match the theme. Finding some of the items in the store was a little tricky, but we managed and I think they are all going to come together beautifully.
One of the great things about this custom lovey is that I learned a new technique that I may start using in my shop. It is the first time I have ever sewn an animal head onto one of my lovies! My friend is in love with bunnies, so when she saw this little guy in the store, she knew she wanted his head. I’ll admit that it was nerve racking cutting it a part, but now that it’s all sewn on I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. I’ve given this bunny new life!
She also ordered a diaper motorcycle. Honestly, I make peanuts off of a diaper motorcycle and my husband asks my why I still do them. Simple. They are so much fun to put together! Plus, it’s a challenging task to find the necessary items to fit a customer’s theme. The challenge to this particular one was to find toy links that would fit the pink and brown theme. And they MUST fit the theme – no exception. So, we worked together and found a pair of pastel yellow toy links that added just the right pop of color. But the cherry on top of this one is the classic Pooh bear that is riding the motorcycle. There is just something about his cute little curly hair and brown eyes that really fit the whole picture. So adorable!
I can’t believe that PoppyHill Creations turns 1 tomorrow!
I am so happy with the way things are going with my shop! Every day I get to work on something that I love. PoppyHill Creations has given be a wonderful creative outlet that lets me share all of my creativity with all of you. I am so thankful for all of your support and I look forward to another great year!
Starting tomorrow, please enjoy 25% off everything in my shop!
I’ve noticed there is quite a trend with different geometric patterns, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Using color palettes inspired by St. Patrick’s Day and Spring, I tried out all kinds of new patterns – argyle, waves, lattice, etc. I especially love the Shades of Orange pack as it really makes me think of spring and summer. Maybe because I’m looking outside at cold, cloudy and windy weather right now…ha ha ha.
I realized over the crazy holiday season that I’ve gotten away from one of my favorite things to do – critique movies and TV. A few days ago I FINALLY got out to see Silver Linings Playbook. I mean, it’s only been out since Christmas. This movie is nominated for just about every major award from the Golden Globes to the SAG Awards to the Oscars, with Jennifer Lawrence walking away with the Best Actress award in two of the three. Of course, she’s a major contender at the Oscars and we will find out on February 24th if she beats out Jessica Chastain (nominated for Zero Dark Thirty) for Best Actress.
Now I can finally see what the hype is all about.
Silver Linings Playbook is about Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, and his struggle with managing his bi-polar disorder. Pat is released eight months after a court mandated stint in a mental hospital after an incident with his wife and her lover. He has every intention of rebuilding his former life including his relationship with his estranged wife. All he thinks he needs is positive thinking and exercise – forget the meds.
Enter Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Recently widowed, Tiffany is a mess. She is self-destructive and she’s okay with it. Tiffany pretends she doesn’t care about the world around her, when the truth is that she’s struggling to hang on. It’s only when Tiffany is re-introduced to Pat at a dinner party, that the two find a connection that only they can understand. Their lack of filtered conversation is all too real and almost immediately they understand what will set the other off. As they train for a ballroom competition, Pat learns how to take responsibility for his actions and how to be there for someone else. Something that he had forgotten.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence definitely deserve the award hype that they are receiving. I’ve seen several of Cooper’s movies over the past three years or so (after the Hangover) and I definitely think this is his strongest performance to date. Cooper’s portrayal of Pat’s intense struggle with himself are incredibly believable. You can really see the “crazy” in his eyes as he falls apart and the desperation for the people in his old life to accept him back into their society. You connect with how much Pat wants to change the way his is, he just doesn’t quite know how.
Likewise, Jennifer Lawrence has most definitely deserved the awards she’s already won (Golden Globe and SAG). A previous nominee for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence has already proven to us that she can act. She is effortless as she convinces us that Tiffany is walking train wreck looking for that special something out there to help reel her in. Thanks to some amazing writing and directing, Lawrence’s “Tiffany” is a real woman who I know I can definitely relate too. Who hasn’t experienced moments of pure desperation that turn into horrible, regretful decisions?
What enhances the story are the amazing supporting characters. Pat’s father, played by Robert DeNiro, clearly has his own mental health issues. DeNiro’s performance is the best he’s given in years. He embraces the obsessive compulsive disorder of his character and creates a man struggling with his own mental eccentricities as well as finding a way to understand his son’s mental issues. The only way that Pat Sr. knows how to connect with his son is through the superstitions that he believes, if carried out properly, will lead his precious Philadelphia Eagles to victory. One of those superstitions being that Pat is the teams good luck charm.
Meanwhile, Pat’s mother, played by Jacki Weaver, holds the family together soothing her husbands eccentricities and her son’s break downs. Not to mention, Chris Tucker’s role as Pat’s friend from the mental hospital who continuously “escapes” is a bright spot in the cast that adds to the idea that everyone has their own version of “crazy.”
Silver Linings Playbook is an unlikely rom-com about how two people find within themselves and each other how to deal with putting their broken lives back together. It’s a beautifully written piece that exudes raw emotions that connect the audience with what these characters are going through as they find new life after tragedy.
I’m often bored with the same old cookie-cutter Valentines that you get at Target or Wal-Mart or where ever else. So this year, I decided for my son’s class Valentine’s Day party that I would design something unique. Boy, did I hit a creative wall. I probably spent at least $20 on scrapbook paper and stickers for Valentine cards and I didn’t end up using a single one.
Instead I took one of my current clip art images and re-vamped it in to an adorable Valentine’s Day card. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait for Jax to take them to school (not that 3-year-olds care about what’s on their Valentine cards…but still).
I also think that they show how much I have grown as an artist over the past year. It’s crazy to think that this month PoppyHill will turn a whole year old!