The Oscars: A Night of Profound Beauty

oscars-2013It’s the night many of us wait for all year. It’s a night dedicated to art in some of it’s highest forms. Whether you tune in to admire the art of fashion, cinematography, music, or animation, the Oscars have something that speaks to each one of us. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate all the varied and higher beauties of this life. International author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy says, “My sense of the beauty of the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something to be desired.” Tonight’s Academy Awards are about more than glitz and glamour, the event is a representation of beauty, including dedication, diligence, and passion, that characterizes holiness.

As we join together to celebrate beauty and artistry tonight, who do you think deserves to win? Who demonstrates the height of fashion prowess?

Here are my picks!

So far, no one beats Jennifer Lawrence or Octavia Spencer in fashion prowess.

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Best Picture – Life of Pi or Django Unchained. Life of Pi demonstrates incredible cinematography, remarkable CGI, and a profound story/message. Django has it all—creative genius, rockin’ original score, impeccable acting performances, and sweet visual effects—all qualities that constitute a best picture in my opinion.

Best Actor – Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Denzel Washington. All actors became unrecognizable in their roles.

Best Actress – Jessica Chastain or Jennifer Lawrence. In different ways, each actress took me on a journey of emotion, proving depth and skill.

Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz. In a word: brilliant.

Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver or Sally Field.

Animated Feature Film – Frankenweenie. I love anything and everything Tim Burton.

Cinematography – Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi). The camera work in this flick effectively portrayed a surreal and almost magical plane of consciousness.

Costume Design – Joanna Johnston (Lincoln). I felt like the actors almost eerily resembled the photos I’ve seen of Abe and Mary–largely due to the accurate costume design.

Directing – David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook). Every performance was top notch from the smallest to the largest role due to high caliber direction.

Film Editing – Tim Squyres (Life of Pi) or Dylan Tichenore and William Goldberg (Zero Dark Thirty).

Make-up and Hairstyling – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).

Music – My only question is WHY were the composers of Django Unchained NOT nominated? It’s the only score I remember from any movie this season, and it was absolutely amazing! So it has my vote… even though it’s sadly not nominated.

Writing Adapted Screenplay – David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook).

Writing Original Screenplay – Wes Anderson and Roman Cappola (Moonrise Kingdom).

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