Focus and My 2016 Oscar picks and predictions!


I’ll start with just a few thoughts and observations. 
I have really poor focus. I mean, duh, I’ve known that I’ve had severe adhd nearly all of my life, but I’m only now starting to realize how much it effects my emotional well-being. My brain is constantly worrying and ruminating, and nearly anything can trigger a disturbing train of thoughts. 

I know I’ve gone through periods of time in the past where I have gone all gung-ho over being mindful, but I am realizing that the more I write and talk about it, the more accountable I can hold myself to actually practice it. 

  
My current mantra is to “be present.” 

So If you see me worrying or tearing up or hear me start sentences with “I should have,” or “it’s not fair” – I give you full permission to slap me (softly).

Now on with happier thoughts. 

It’s my favorite time of the year! 

And this year I actually feel quite prepared. Matt and I have been very diligent about watching as many Oscar nominated films in anticipation of this weekend. 

That’s right, the Oscars are this coming Sunday, and I fully plan on dressing up in a fancy dress and eating a bunch of cheese and sparkle water while cheering on celebrities. 

If I’m completely honest, the films I saw were not as good as I remember in previous years, and I’m pretty sure many of my favorites won’t win- but it’s still something I enjoy indulging in. 

Anyway, lets get on with my picks. I planned on writing out explanations for all of these, but I ran out of time, and anyway this is mostly just for my own record. 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

My favorite: Ex Machina

The Winner will be: Spotlight

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

My favorite:Room

The winner will be: The Big short

Directing

My favorite: The Revenant 

The winner will be: The Revenant

Cinematography

My favorite:The Revenant

The winner will be: The Revenant

Animated Feature

My favorite: Inside Out

The winner will be: Inside Out

Supporting Actress

My favorite:  Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

The winner will be: Rooney Mara, Carol

Supporting Actor

My favorite:  Tom Hardy, The Revenant

The winner will be:  Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Best Actress Leading Role

My favorite: Brie Larson, Room

The winner will be: Brie Larson, Room

Best Actor Leading Role

My favorite: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

The winner will be: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Picture:

My favorite: The Room

The winner will be: The Big Short

And there ya go. 

I just finished a long walk with Stevie and now my car won’t start so I’m going to spend the rest of my day focusing on the good things. Like this beautiful Austin afternoon. 

    

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