Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep Cosmic Pick Best Actress In August: Osage County

 

Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep, Best Actress Oscar Cosmic Pick for August: Osage County

The 2014 Winter Olympics have closed and the world is on to the next drama hook which is the 86 Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony.  The awards can be watched on ABC Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The Red Carpet event starts at 7:00 pm EST or 4:00 pm PST and runs for an hour and a half with the Oscars commencing at 8:30 pm EST and 5:30 pm PST.

The Red Carpet is sometimes more fun and creates more buzz and tweets than the actual Oscar awards.  The financial benefits of having a specific designer mentioned by a star on the Red Carpet can mean millions for the brand. The Red Carpet is FREE MARKETING.  Advertising dollars today are fragmented so determining the best ROI (Return On Investment) for promotion the concept of people tweeting, posting, pinning and sharing with their friends in social media what happens on the Red Carpet is of extreme importance to the stars and the brands they are representing on the walk.

 This year, Kantar Media estimates that a 30 second advertising spot will cost brands an average of $1.8 million during the primetime show.  Last year the 30-second advertising spot was only $1.65 million.  The show will be watched by several hundred million in the USA and more around the world.  Will you be there?  Who is your pick for Best Actress at the 86th Annual Oscar Awards?

Get an APP for that”  and watch on your phone if you won’t be close to a television, it’s going to be a great show!

 

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The coveted Oscars are always full of surprises and delights as we see the behavior of many different personality types.  The Cosmic pick for best actress is Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

Meryl Streep is a woman of poise and grace who has been nominated 18 times for an Oscar and has taken home the gold statue 3 times.  Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for 3 Oscars at the age of 23 and after the fiasco at the Golden Globes has shared that Meryl Streep is her favorite actress  The two create an interesting dynamic of the experienced and new in Hollywood with incredible acting talents!

How will Meryl Streep react if she wins the 4th Oscar for August: Osage County?  Well she be like my favorite Oscar win with Roberto Benigni in 1999 when winning for best Foreign film with “Life Is Beautiful” standing on the seat and shouting his excitement.   Or will Meryl take the win in stride as she wins her 4th Oscar tying Katharine Hepburn for most Oscars won by one actress.

Roberto Benigni 1999 Winner for  Life is Beautiful Best foreign film

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are 

  1. Amy Adams for “American Hustle”
  2. Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”
  3. Sandra Bullock for “Gravity”
  4. Judi Dench for “Philomena”
  5. Meryl streep for “August: Osage County” 

Meryl Streep is the Cosmic pick for Best Actress for her role in August: Osage County.  

August: Osage County  shows the vulnerable raw emotions of many personality types found in families all around the world.

The film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play by Tracy Letts.   Watching the riveting dysfunctional family yelling and degrading each other was reminiscent of watching Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”  The intensity, the reality, the total immersion into the anxiety of the situation will take you to an emotional place that either you can learn from or will be terrified because of the reality that is being portrayed.

Family mental issues sometimes seem to be the “Mothers” fault and Meryl Streep portrays is the the ultimate “mom mess” sharing absolutely no FUN with this dysfunctional family.    She says “I am truth telling and some people are antagonized by the truth.”    The dad, Sam Shepard drank and the mom, Meryl Streep, self medicated with pills to get through life with the children being collateral damage. The parents thought they were doing their best to provide for the kids and what they did was for them.

The film covers:

  • Depression
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Alcoholism
  • Incest
  • Resentment
  • Rape
  • Adultery
  • Aging

Love it or hate it August: Osage County has a message everyone can learn from.  The viewer will find characters and situations they can relate to and might even inspire some behavior modification from.

Meryl Streep provides an Oscar winning performance for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  

See you at the 86th Annual Oscars Awards on Sunday March 2, 2014 7 pm EST and 4 pm PST.

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Flight…….. Academy Award Winner?

 

Could the movie "Flight" sweep the Academy Awards?

No spoiler alerts here so feel free to read on. My husband and I walked out of the movie thinking it was an Academy award winning film.  "Epic" in terms of sharing the inside struggles of alcohol and drug abuse victims.   A powerful movie with 21st century "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" scenes.

Yes, I used the term victim, because people who deal with alcoholism have a disease.  The disease can be treated and if left unchecked it will be fatal.  The worst thing about alcoholism and drug addiction is that not only can the person with the disease kill themselves, they can also take the lives of innocent victims.

That being said let's look at the movie… Denzel Washington showed all his stuff!  One "moon shot" for those who are timid about nudity but that is it for Denzel! The actor has set a new bar in his ability to act and draw the audience into the character he is playing.  This movie, Denzel Washington, the cast and crew of "Flight" will be sweeping the Academy Awards in 2013. 

Watch the trailer again for clues as to the content of the movie……. this is NOT an action film. There is a powerful social message on the big screen delving into things that touch most human beings in the world today.  Images of your friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances will become alive as you are watching. You will be casting your own version of this movie with people you know and care about. 

A lengthy debate arose last week with a friend on facebook about how he did not like the film.  As we talked I realized his expectations from the trailer and Denzel Washington was an action thriller film and that is not, what the movie delivers.  My friend was offended by the first scene with full frontal nudity and it went down hill for him from there.  Spoiler alert….there is only about 3 minutes of nudity at the beginning of the film, then the movie sends us to many haunting social messages.   Realize it's coming and wait for it…. the  film message that will move you one way or another.

Many film makers and screen writers do have a specific agenda to make a statement about society and modify the way people think with their artistic creativity.  I believe this movie does that if you are someone looking to improve the judgmental way you think about those around you, this movie is for you.

Screen writer John Gatins and  "Cast Away" director Robert Zemeckis touch our emotions with many provocative themes:

  • Marriage
  • Family relationships
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Co-dependency
  • Honesty
  • Cancer
  • Fear of flying
  • Ethics
  • Cover-ups
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Recovery

Walk the ethical tight rope with Denzel Washington, Captian Whip Whitaker and co-star Kelly Reilly, Nicole a recovering junkie, as their lives intertwine and their addictions drive their actions.    John Goodman, a Dr. Feelgood character, Harling, is the stand up friend that will take care of everything and makes us laugh at situations that happen every day in the real world. 

Movie watching is an interesting sport. Sometimes you go to be entertained and just laugh and sometimes you end up reflecting on who you are.  Director, Robert Zemeckis, keeps us processing here just like he did in Cast Away. 

Memorable lines in a favorite movie create valuable content for social gatherins.  Important memorable line in Flight,  "Have I reached my life long limit of lies?  With just one more lie……"  There are so many people living lies the line is destined to be a classic.  See the movie to connect the dots to learn something about people and life in the 21st century.

Questions from the movie…. will you fly again? 

Should pilots take breathalyzer or drug tests before starting that engine?

What difference will this film make in the way you see life, engage with your friends?

The movie ends with asking "Who Are you? 

Denzel Washington, the cast and crew of "Flight" will be taking home many Academy Award's in 2013.

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