Lights, Camera, Oscars

Lights, Camera, Oscars

When I was little my father’s nickname for me was Sarah Bernhardt, after the French stage actress, not to be confused with the American comedian, Sandra Bernhard.

I was quite the performer, always acting, dressing up, and putting on neighborhood plays in our backyard. If only I had access to the incredible theater programs that they have now for children, I coulda been somebody. Coulda, woulda, shoulda!

When I got older I went to college for film and then after graduating took an acting class at Uta Hagen’s HB Studios in New York City where I was chosen to perform as Marilyn Monroe playing Cherie in William Inge’s play Bus Stop. Film and film production were reintroduced into my life in Aspen, of all places, where I worked for both the Aspen Film Festival and Aspen Production Services.

And now, twenty years later, I am going to Aspen Film’s annual Lights, Camera, Oscars party this Sunday evening at the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel and I’m going to blog about it to let you know what it’s like to walk down the red carpet and talk the film talk. Thanks to Aspen Film and Carbondale’s Crystal Theater I will be able to contribute to the conversation, this time.

So, let’s talk film. Here are my picks, what are yours?:

Colin Firth for Best Actor in The Kings Speech. What a beautiful story and film and Colin Firth, what’s not to love?

Christian Bale was “wicked” good as Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. If I look for nothing else, it’s great character development and I fell in love with fighter Micky Ward’s brother Dickie, despite his destructive lifestyle. I also became nostalgic for that beautiful Boston accent.

Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter. What can I say? She nails her role.

True Grit for Best Cinematography. Roger Deakins does an excellent job of capturing the greatest shots from the best Westerns and making them larger than life. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon also gave wonderful performances.

I choose Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, for Best Editing on The Social Network. They had me gripping my seat with anticipation, admiration and disdain.

As you can see, Black Swan was not one of my favorites, by a long shot. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis says, “Black Swan surprises despite its lusty or rather sluttish predilection for clichés,” and I couldn’t agree more.

As for the films I missed, they are in my Netflix queue waiting for a night when I don’t pass out at 9:00pm from blogging and family exhaustion.

So, what do you think? Should I line up a limo, borrow a dress and jewels from a local designer and go in style or should I keep it real and drive up in Vini-Man and walk down the red carpet alone? Or…better yet….come with me, you are invited you know.


    • Hello Meagan, it’s good to be a movie star, in ones own mind anyway. So many people congratulate me for being so successful with my blog but when I ask if they have actually read it, they usu. admit that they haven’t…yet.

  1. How fun! I wish I could go to a party like that, but I’ll just be home watching with my husband.

    I loved your picks, but I hope “Winter’s Bone” gets something. It was my very favorite of the year.

    • Hello Wendi, I have yet to see Winter’s Bone but it is in my queue.

      Watching the Oscar’s at home with your husband does not sound so bad either! I’m telling you what, if I had a choice between wearing stockings and high heel shoes or sweats and tiger slippers, you know which ones I’d choose!

  2. Daddy used to call all of us Sarah Bernhardt for all our drama and emotional behavior, not our acting skills!
    With that said, you do have good acting skills!
    I watched Oscars with Mommy, we were diapointed in the dresses and thought they tried to make the show to “hip” Was still wonderful to watch
    You didn’t like Black Swan??? I lOVED it…does that explain everything about me!?
    I would like to date Colin Firth!
    Did you dress up and go glamerouse? You look beautiful even in your hiking outfits……as you have a different one for every day!
    Love you
    PS they don’t have spell check on this blog!

    • Really Mouse? My little black sheep, black swan….black anything. It wasn’t just me performing?

      Other than the tearing out of the hair, I always think of us as being different from other sisters, less dramatic, less fighting, more trouble.

      I did dress up but felt like rebelling because I had a difficult day in town trying on loaner dresses from local designers. They told me to go home because my attitude needed adjusting. I went your kinda style….rock star in Nanette Lapore and high black boots and threw jeweled hairpins all over my curls. I don’t think anybody noticed. Invisible without you there to make me shine!! Why aren’t you here as my sidekick? I need you!


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