Yes, I know the Oscars already happened but my Wifi was down so I wasn’t able to post my predictions. So I’m sharing them now, and you can have the benefit of passing judgment on past-pessimistic me.
I am referring of course to my belief that the Academy would go with the relatively safe pick of 1917 for both best picture and best director, while they instead went with Parasite, one of my two favorite twisted Korean dramas about conning the rich while struggling to avoid their creepy basements (check out Handmaiden). This makes Parasite the first foreign language film to win best picture.
I guess I should have had more faith in the Academy. Hard to believe this is the same voting body that gave the award to -Green Book- last year.
And you know how I feel about Disney.
Which is to say, everything else takes a backseat and your not so regularly scheduled programming will return at a later date (maybe tomorrow?)
So here’s the bracket:
It’s tearing both the internet and my soul apart, so I thought I would share it because misery loves company.
Let’s get down to brass tacks.
Round One Disney:
- Lion King v Tarzan: I love both of these but only saw Tarzan for the first time a few years ago, while I grew up with Lion King. And everything about Lion King is ‘modern classic’.
- The Princess and the Frog v Lilo and Stitch: Both movies I’ve seen only once, both I like quite a bit. I’m going to go with Lilo and Stitch this time.
- Tangled v Big Hero 6: I honestly don’t really like Tangled.
- Frozen v Moana: Moana wins handily.
- Aladdin v Hercules: I love Hercules but didn’t watch it much as a child (I don’t think we had it on VHS), while Aladdin is one of my all time favorites.
- The Little Mermaid v Pocahontas: I keep coming back t this one and keep surprising myself by picking Pocahontas. Guess I just can’t get over Colors of the Wind.
- Mulan v Zootopia: Agh, hard. The wonderfulness of Zootopia just can’t compete with something I sang along with in preschool and danced to at my first ballroom performance.
- Beauty and the Beast v Nightmare Before Christmas: Maybe not the way everyone would go but I’m not hugely fond of Beauty and the Beast, save Lumiere, Philippe, and Angela Lansbury.
Pixar Round One:
- Up v Brave: Kind of indifferent, honestly. Up has that one beautiful montage that puts it over the excellent animation of horses throughout Brave. I have my own priorities.
- Toy Story v Toy Story 2: Toy Story 2 was always too dark for me as a child and the one time I revisited it I was nonplussed.
- Coco v Cars 2: I’ve never seen Cars 2 and I don’t plan to.
- Toy Story 3 v The Good Dinosaur: Duh.
- Ratatouille v Bug’s Life: Why am I doing this to myself? Bug’s Life. The first film I ever saw in theaters. Sorry Ratatouille!
- Finding Nemo v Inside Out: Honestly either of these will probably lose to whatever it goes up against in the next round. Both disqualified! More memories with memo but I like Inside Out better as a film.
- Monsters Inc v Cars: Put that thing back where it came from or so help me!
- The Incredibles v WallE: The Incredibles is a masterpiece, Edna Mode is an icon and I am so hyped for the sequel.
Round Two Disney:
- Lion King v Lilo and Stitch:
- Big Hero 6 v Moana:
- Aladdin v Pocahontas:
- Mulan v Nightmare Before Christmas: All easy choices this time through. It’s the calm before the storm.
Round Two Pixar:
- Up v Toy Story:
- Coco v Toy Story 3: That hurt a little.
- Bug’s Life v N/A: That didn’t.
- Monsters Inc v The Incredibles: This fight went the other way when i did it yesterday.
Round Three Disney:
- Lion King v Moana:
- Aladdin v Mulan: Sobbing.
Round Three Pixar:
- Toy Story v Toy Story 3:
- Bug’s Life v Monster’s Inc: To whoever created this sadistic bracket: Who hurt you?
Round Four Disney:
- Lion King v Aladdin: UPSET (in many senses of the word)
Round Four Pixar:
- Toy Story 3 v Bug’s Life:
- Aladdin v Bug’s Life: ARABIAN NIIIIIIGHTS
Just glad they didn’t put in Peter Pan or Lady and the Tramp because then I might have jumped from the window.