Monday, May 2, 2011

Traditions: The Oscars

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Matt’s brother Andrew loves all things cinema.  He went to film school in L.A., and really knows his stuff.  For the lasts several years, we have gotten together with Andrew and Emily to watch the Academy Awards.  We print out ballots from the official website, assign various point values to the categories, make our picks, and enjoy the show.  We are pretty chill in our festivities, but there are all kinds of cute ideas on the Internet for Oscars-themed food and décor should you want to go all out in your own celebration.  This probably isn’t a very young family friendly tradition, but the show airs late anyway so it would be easy to celebrate post-bedtime.  A fun way to include your kids might be to view some of the animated movies together, and let them cast their own best picture votes in that category.  You can report back with the winning film at breakfast the next morning. :)

A few of my favorite favorite nominees and winners:
Cars (Full Screen Edition)Up (Single Disc Widescreen)Monsters, Inc. (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Knowing that the awards show is approaching always encourages Matt and I to watch the nominated pictures.  Inevitably, there are a few that we don’t care to view, but that comes with the territory I guess.  The website www.kids-in-mind.com is a great resource for screening movies for your family.  Matt & I use it all the time for movies that we are not sure about, even for ourselves.  The site gives each movie an objective score of 0-10 (and an explanation of that scoring) in three categories: sex and nudity, violence and gore, and profanity.  You have to be careful about spoilers as you skim through, because the explanations can be thorough.  In fact, it is sometimes funny what they deem as material for each category, but like I said: thorough.  You may or may not agree with the all of assessments, but either way the site is a helpful tool in making informed choices for your family.

Wait!  Before you leave- Coming soon to a theater near you… Cars 2!  Yay Yay


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