Besides the sickness, there is another reason I'm either reading a book or watching a movie in all my spare time. It's hard to do anything else when I literally have myself tied down with sheets lest I bug my agent this week with a daily "What's happening now?". There was a little movement with the manuscript last week, though nothing concrete. The last I talked to my agent she sounded very positive and hopeful and was off to see what she could make out of the positivity. So I'm sitting tight. Michael, as you may remember from previous posts, has a horror of being uncool and has told me to refrain from anxious phone calls or silly emails in which I say things like, "Hey Hol, how's the weather on Fifth Avenue?" when what I really mean is, "What's happening already?!" And for God's sake, don't actually write anything like the latter. Just BE cool. And I'm thoroughly obeying him, meanwhile devouring distracting entertainment like a tonic.
So here's some of the tonic I've been devouring, organized into completely subjective and ridiculously pretend Oscar categories.
Most inspiring DVD for pursuing the writing dream 'til I die: Miss Potter. Ooh, this is a good one. Rene Zellweger plays the slightly eccentric, very proper-yet-independent author who convinces me that I will not rest until I'm able to buy a farm in the English country with my book earnings - or some dream equally true to my own life - and it was the first time I wanted two characters to rebel against 19th century propriety and just say I love you already! Also, I've never seen animation add such a subtle charm to a film. No girl should marry a man who isn't willing to talk to her imaginary rabbit. That scene was too sweet.
Favorite song downloaded to my iTunes so I can remember how it made me feel in the movie: Currently Love You Til the End from P.S. I Love You. What do you think comes first: A great song? Or the movie that makes the song great? I'm sure it's a combo, but there is just something about those songs that evoke the emotions you felt in a great film. Also recently added to my iTunes: Thinking Over from Raising Helen and When You Say Nothing At All from Notting Hill. Songs from movies are almost always my favorites.
What I'm looking forward to the most: The nominees are: Hugh Jackman. I think he's a classy choice for host. I'm not expecting humor a la Billy Crystal or even Jon Stewart, but I'd so much rather look at him all night than Whoopie. The speeches. I like to see who can avoid all cliches - no comment on how heavy Oscar actually is, and no "I should have prepared a speech". Because, yes, you should have. I want poetry, tears and/or laughter, and the appropriate balance between humility and celebration. (Good luck with that). The people. That's really the best part I suppose - so many of our favorite entertainers in one place, all dressed up prettily. I like to watch them react to each other. I love it when they can make each other laugh and cry and cheer. But the winner is: The music montages. I want to hear dramatic soundtracks with clip after clip after clip of the movies I've loved. I really like that part. (But not without the rest).
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