For my readers and followers who don’t know me personally or don’t know me well, this is my favorite time of year. My grandchildren just had Christmas, my sons have the Super Bowl and my husband has the Barrett-Jackson car auction around this time. Me, I have the Oscars.
The Academy Awards has been a special night for me since I was twelve, and I watched Louise Fletcher receive her award for best actress for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It wasn’t just her personal thank you to her parents, but her entire speech. It was amazing. The following year when Rocky won everything, I was hooked. I’ll be the first to admit the ubiquitous saturation of celebrities (not to mention the definition of celebrity) has tainted the event a bit. The magic of the red carpet in front of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the spotting of movie stars waving to fans, used to be a rare and special occurrence. The pomp and circumstance decorated with the glamour of Hollywood in the 70’s and 80’s and the special treat of Johnny Carson hosting had me on the edge of my seat every year. The 90’s brought Billy Crystal and I dare anyone to debate me on a better Oscar host. He was so good, I could watch his opening monologue and go to bed happy (I didn’t), he was that incredible. These days, I must admit, I have to watch the evening’s festivities with my goggles made of nostalgia obscuring my view, but I still wouldn’t miss it.
I married my husband in June, a couple months after we started dating. So, the following March, I believe the Oscar’s were late that year, I woke up and told him about my obsession with the awards show. That day, Sammy, a man who didn’t watch much television, let alone awards shows, realized he married a crazy lady. I kicked him out of the apartment and instructed him not to come home or call me for the entire day. This will be our thirtieth Oscars and he will be nowhere near our home. Haters are not welcome.
I’ve had some fun Oscar parties, but my favorite years were when me and my kids ate Chinese take-out on the carpet and watched the show. That was our family’s tradition. Last year, our tradition changed as I paid homage to Alejandro Iñárritu. Up for best picture and director for the second year in a row, I had to make a Mexican fiesta. This year to celebrate the diversity of the nominees and films, I’m making a smorgasbord of deliciousness to represent each film. Some dishes are clear like: New England clam chowder to represent Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Tandoori Chicken to represent Lion, a black and blue steak known as, Pittsburgh style in the restaurant industry to represent Fences, something freeze-dried to represent both Hachsaw Ridge and Hidden Figures, maybe a dessert. The choices are endless for Hell or High Water because Texas is a culinary delight. I’m leaning toward a Tex-Mex shredded BBQ brisket enchilada with sweet tea. Or, maybe frozen margaritas, since that is where they originated. I haven’t decided what vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, local and sustainable delicacy to make to represent La La Land or do I have any ideas for the other movies. I’ll share pictures and my recipes as I create them or find good ones to duplicate.
Even though I can’t invite all of you to my party, you can still be part of the fun. Go to this website, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/movies/oscars-2017-nominees-ballot.html fill out then print the first page of that ballot and scan or mail it to me. The person who gets the most correct will win an Amazon gift card so you can buy lots of ebooks from self-published authors.
Scan and attach to an email: email@example.com
Mail to: Erotic Book Café, 875 S. Estrella Pkwy #6653, Goodyear, AZ 85338-8567
Chances of winning depends on how many enter. In case of a tie, the category, Documentary Feature will break the tie. If there is still a tie, the prize will be divided amongst the winners. I must receive your ballot by Feb. 20th and it needs to have your name and an email the digital gift card can be sent to.
P.S. As I’m writing this post, A flash message on my computer just told me Mary Tyler Moore has died. I am saddened by that news. My favorite movie of all times is the Sound of Music; however, my favorite drama is the Academy Award winning film, Ordinary People. Mary Tyler Moore’s performance is amazing and so is Jud Hirsh’s. If you’ve never seen it, check it out.