Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The King's Speech vs. The President's Speech

Early yesterday morning the Oscar nominations came out. Meg and I try to see all the movies nominated for best picture, and so far we've seen six of the ten. We still have to see Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Fighter, and The King's Speech. We should be able to knock these four out before Oscar night no problem. 

I'm on record as saying Inception was my #1 film of 2010, but Christopher Nolan wasn't nominated for best director, so I'd say it has little chance of winning the Oscar. Looks like it's a two way race between the social network and The King's Speech. There's a lot of buzz about The King's Speech right now, and I wouldn't be surprised if it pulled the upset. After Meg and I have seen all the movies, I'll do a post on my Oscar picks.

In a different kind of theater, we also had the State of the Union last night. I thought Obama gave a good speech. I especially liked his theme of winning the future. It wasn't your typical SOTU address, but as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. Our politicians have been getting carried away with the standing ovations in recent years, so I was glad to see them dial it in a bit last night.

I loved the whole date night thing. I'm sure they'll go back to the old seating chart next year, but I was actually proud to see our politicians come together for a change to do the right thing. The most poignant moment of the whole night was seeing that empty seat in the Arizona delegation. Here's to seeing Gabrielle Giffords where she belongs at the next State of the Union.


  1. absolutely Tim - hopefully Obama didn't stutter as much as George VI

  2. I enjoyed the experiment and the optimism as well. Hope she gets back in the chamber soon, that's going to be a powerful moment.

  3. I really liked Inception. What did you think of The Fighter?

  4. Good point. I thought it was a great speach too.

    I long for the time when we can once again go to that many movies. I am so behind in my viewing of good film

  5. Inception was the best of the year. As a Canadian, Obama does indeed seem inspiring. I love a good leader, regardless of his politics. We haven't had a really good leader in Canada for a very long time. Adequate but no one inspiring.

  6. I envy you your commitment to movie viewing. I just can't seem to muster the energy to go and end up watching everything after it arrives on the shelves of my local rental store, if then.

    I also can't seem to muster much excitement about politics, although I do pay attention, my disbelief outweighs any inspiration I may have been inclined to feel.

  7. Tim, you are inspiration for going to movies. I am serious. I love movies. But recently couldn't find time to go there. I desperately need to see King's Speech and Inception. I am not sure about Black Swan. I am afraid it is cheesy.

  8. David: Love him or hate him, Obama is a smooth talker

    Chris: You're right, it was an optimistic speech.

    Laoch: Haven't seen The Fighter yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll like it-I'm a sucker for a good boxing movie. Have you seen it? If so, what did you think?

    James: Lots of movies after the kids go to bed, and my wife and I still agree that dinner and a movie is a great date night.

    dbs: My ignorance of Canadian leaders is staggering.

    Nari: My wife and I watch most movies on DVD-we actually prefer watching at home. We do get to the theater to see nominated movies that won't be out on DVD before the Oscars.

    Olga: Inception is a great time, and I'm really looking forward to seeing The King's Speech