Get your Downloadable Oscar Ballot here!

At the moment I’m on an Academy Award movie watching binge in preparation for the Oscar ceremony on February 22nd (Sunday night). Every year I do my best to get in as many movies and performances as I can to make the Oscars more interesting to watch. I find it especially helpful for the Oscars award show in particular, where the attendees tend to dress a little more boring and be a little less drunk than when they’re at the Golden Globes.  I don’t need to see any of the movies before the Globes to make that awards show fun to watch.

If you aren’t going to entertain me with your incoherent rambling or your baggy elbow length gloves, then I suppose you’ll have to entertain me with something a little less obvious. The actual films.  Hello Oscars.

So far so good for the movies this year. They’re much better than the Oscar nominated movies from the past few years. Except Birdman.  Birdman is so bad it will undoubtedly win Best Picture.  It’s right up there with Her.  Uch.   Benji.   Now THAT’S a movie.

As I do every year, because I’m a kind hearted person who wants to spit out a quick post so I have time to make a dozen antiojitos and other appetizers for Oscar night, I’ve made a downloadable Oscar Ballot that you can use at your Oscar party.  If it’s going to be a more intimate affair with just you and Twitter watching, you can print one off for that too.


Just click on the ballot to get the full sized printable version.  It’s a BIG file so it’ll take a bit to download. Just be patient, it’ll come up.




Or you can click here.

So let’s talk about these nominations a little bit.

Best Picture. Personally I thought Whiplash was the best movie I saw in this category. Which is ironic when you consider it was a low budget film made for about $12 in 12 days.

Best Actor.  Gotta go with Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything on this one. He was great.

Best Actress.  Julianne Moore is gonna win this and she should.  I hated, hated, hated the book with all of my heart.  I thought it was a good book it just depressed the  hell out of me.  It was worse than the first time someone called me ma’am.  In the words of Valerie Bertinelli in that classic television sitcom, Hot in Cleveland”, “Don’t ever call a woman ma’am.  Call her miss until she’s dead.

Best Animated Feature.  I haven’t seen any of these so I was going to go with Big Hetero based on the title. I thought it was hilariously ironic.   Upon further inspection it appears as though the title is actually Big Hero. So I’ll go with Boxtrolls.  Which is actually called Boxtrolls.

O.K. I’m sick of talking about movies I want to make antojitos now.

Have a good weekend and if you’re watching the Oscars enjoy, if not this was a really boring post for you.  Sorry ’bout that.


[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”5342563″]


  1. Robert says:

    I want your opinion on Into the Woods and The Grand Budapest Hotel. You should see The Boxtrolls, somehow it gives me the impression that is not the right length for the story but it’s so pretty in it’s own way

    • Karen says:

      Hi Robert. I haven’t seen Into the Woods. It’s one of the few I haven’t. It may be the only one actually! I fell asleep in The Grand Budapest Hotel lol. I think I would have liked it had I been able to stay awake through the entire thing but still … falling asleep in it isn’t a good sign. ~ karen!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Robert….Robert….now I know who Robert is.

    Why didn’t anyone tell me you were on here?

    I thought you were a secret boyfriend, a friend living in her scary basement or maybe in a sewer pipe in the nearby park, sitting with your legs crossed in a swag cloth.

    Holy shit, Robert. Pleased to meet you.

    My opinion on Into the Woods is that Meryl Street should look like that all the time. That’s it.

  3. Cynthia says:

    What about “Cake” with Jennifer Aniston. She actually acted in this one and the storyline was well-formed.

    She also found at least four new facial expressions apart from the one she used on Friends and in all her other movies.

    It was watch-worthy.

    • Karen says:

      Cake isn’t nominated for an Oscar so I didn’t discuss that movie. I did see it however I didn’t like it or her. I didn’t see anything remarkable about her performance at all and also noticed all of her typical Jennifer Aniston “quirks”. (mannerisms, voice inflections, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, lol etc.) So there you go. I’m sure a ton of people thought she was great. I know they did in fact. I’m just not one of them. ~ karen!

  4. Cynthia says:

    It was a book….a book? All along. Now I feel like a total dick. Who the hell is this guy on here then? This Robert? Just the Universe trying to mess with my mind.

    Did I take my noice pill this morning?

  5. Cynthia says:

    “Fury” with what’sisname…Brad Pitt. Great war story set from the viewpoint of the soldiers who worked the heavy tanks.

    “Unbroken” directed by his very broken, but well-managed-by-her-publicist wife Angelina Jolie. Who can spell Borderline Personality Disorder?

    Agree totally on The Theory of Everything with the fascinating Eddie Redmayne. He has a great future and his bone structure and eyes are beautiful.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Karen, maybe I was just sucked in by her willingness to look bad and overweight.

    • Karen says:

      No you probably liked it. I just didn’t. I definitely don’t think she was Oscar worthy so I don’t know what all the hullaballoo in the press about her not getting a nomination was. ~ k!

  7. Sandy says:

    I really liked Boyhood, I thought the way they seamlessly tied the years together was great. I’m still trying to decipher the ending to Birdman.

  8. Nancy says:

    So happy to know someone else thought Her was awful. Really awful. Birdman was weird and depressing, but not even close to the level of awful that Her was.

  9. Cynthia says:

    No, you don’t know me Robert. Karen has been quoting from ” Robert’s Rules of Order” in relation to some votes we had on new posts. Things like what she eats, when and how much.

    I foolishly assumed that aforementioned Robert was a fan of this blog or a secret friend.

    When I saw your very first post this morning and thought the famous Robert was in front of me. I lost it a bitl

    She was referring to a book the whole time. Don’be scared. 🙂

    • Heather says:

      Cynthia, can I get you some coffee? I’m sorry you figured it out – I was enjoying the banter.

      • West Coast Nan says:

        I haven’t figured it out, can someone explain it to me? I am very confused… I did not see any of the films up for nomination so can’t comment on your choices, but antojitos sound yummy about now!

        • Heather says:

          West Coast Nan,
          You need to go back to Cynthia’s original comments about “Robert”. It’s a whole other discussion going on totally unrelated to the post topic. Cynthia thought that the Robert who Karen keeps referring to was a real person when all along Robert is a book. So when a Robert posted here she thought it was THE Robert and some funny comments went back and forth until Cynthia realized the errors of her ways.

          Apparently Cynthia is now sleeping – so I am assuming she is on the opposite side of the world from us.

          All good fun.

        • Cynthia says:

          I’m in Australia.

          I have now seriously hijacked the whole ‘Nomination’ post as made it into a ‘Robert’ post.

          I truly am a very naughty fan reader and apologise profusely to our leader/girlfriend Karen.

          I will also punish myself on her behalf by not having a cupcake for breakfast.

          I will have a scone or a huge Anzac biscuit instead. (Australian traditional biscuit made with oats, sugar, lots of butter, golden syrup = yummo)

  10. Amber says:

    So glad you hated Birdman, I thought it was worse than that creepy movie about Nazi serial killer misogynist Swedes. At least that movie didn’t pretend to be about human beings. Hated, hated Birdman. Loved loved loved The Imitation Game. Even though I’ve never seen Kiera Knightly be truly sincere, I have a thing for Benedict… and the Game was damn good 🙂

    • Kristin Ferguson says:

      Have you seen Pride and Prejudice–the 2005 Kiera Knightly version? I disliked her until I saw that film and now I am forever a fan. I liked the film the first time I saw it, but loved it the second time, and could happily watch it every week.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Hey Amber, I have a thing for Benedict too and I’m sixty-frickin’-three! Oh dear does that make us a couple of “Cumberbitches”? If you haven’t, make sure you see his Sherlock series . . . they are really good.

      • Amber says:

        I loved Sherlock! So much that I recently made a tea cozy from a pattern created after that super tight purple shirt he wears sooo well in Season 1. “Purple Tea Cozy of Sex”, Ravelry.
        You just want him to lose a button… num num num

  11. Nicole says:

    Boyhood. That movie hit me hard. I saw it in the summer and I continue to think of it often. I thought its idea was genius and its execution was a marvel.

    I’m wondering if maybe appreciation of it cuts along the lines of whether or not you have kids yourself ?

    • Larraine says:

      I can only speak for myself, Nicole, but no kids and I thought Boyhood was amazing. I’m in my early 70’s, if that helps in charting the demographics around your theory. Boyhood was one of only two movies I actually stirred myself to go out and see — the other was Interstellar. Imax, of course.

  12. Jacquie says:

    Thought the Theory of Everything was excellent, don’t see how anyone else could win lead actor. Also the make-up through the aging process of the characters was great.

    Grand Budapest I switched off after about half an hour. Just couldn’t get in to it.

    Whiplash was a good film but not worthy of an Oscar nomination IMO, was surprised when I read that it was.

    They’re the only ones I’ve watched although it’s a shame that the lego movie wasn’t nominated for animated feature although I think that’s just snobbery on the behalf of the Academy.

  13. Tigersmom says:

    I still laughed at your post even though I won’t be watching the show.

    • Heather says:

      I’m with Tigersmom. Enjoyable post although I have not seen a single movie. The comments were the best – especially Cynthia and Robert.

  14. Cynthia says:

    It’s my bedtime now Heather and coffee will interfere with my noice pills.

    I will, however, dedicate my morning latte’ tomorrow to you guys and the acadamy awards.

    I even got so excited I forgot we were meant to talk about only movies nominated for awards.

    I wonder if there is a noice pill for too much excitement. Nah!

    ….and where’s Robert gone. Just like a man, just when you start to get to know him, he buggers off somewhere.

    • julie says:

      Cynthia honey….love your comments, but you gotta learn to click the reply button in the box with the message you’re replying to! Then you’ll get an email notice if someone answers and we’ll all be able to follow your delightful (if slightly confused) conversation….
      Love ya! Really!

  15. Maryanne says:

    Just what I was waiting for….,the ballot!
    Thank you.
    Now all I have to do, before my party, is clean my house, put all the “stuff” away,
    Food shop, and cook.
    But the ballot is done. Thanks to you!!

  16. Nancy says:

    Oh, good; I’m not crazy. I didn’t like Birdman and turned off The Grand Budapest Hotel halfway through. Other members of my family LOVED these movies. I enjoyed all the other nominated movies, but especially loved Whiplash, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. I’m hoping Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore win.

  17. Allison says:

    I haven’t seen most of the movies, but I can comment on the animated features since those are about all I see nowadays. (I have a 3 year old and a 7 year old so it comes with the territory.)

    Boxtrolls was lovely to look at, but I’d really just deem it a cute storyline. Big Hero 6 and How to Train a Dragon 2 were actually very good movies as far as plot lines go. I really have trouble choosing between the two. I think I’d just *barely* pick Big Hero 6 over Dragon as there is some great character development of Hiro. Dragon has a good story, and tugs at heart strings, but is a little more predictable than Big Hero 6.

  18. LazySusan says:

    I loved the cinematography in Grand Budapest Hotel, and the set design was to die for – the colors, the feel of it all. They did such a good job of it that both my husband and I agreed that the hotel, itself, was a main character in the film. We couldn’t make it more than 15 minutes into The Lego Movie. Haven’t seen any of the others yet, but am looking forward to The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. I’d watch anything by Benedict Cumberbatch, he’s just that good. Can’t wait for Sherlock’s season to start again here. I’m not familiar with the actor in The Theory of Everything, but I’m not surprised he was nominated and might win. Playing a character with a physical disability is almost a sure Oscar win for an actor. I look forward to seeing the movie, though, because the subject matter, like with Imitation Game, is just so interesting. We always watch the Oscars, being unabashed fans of the movies, so will be joining all of you for the event this Sunday! Thanks for the ballot, Karen!

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Have fun!

  20. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Karen, thank you for posting the ballot again this year. My sister and I will be all day watching four of the nominated films, so I can’t comment on most of them but I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel, for the cinematography and the story line was humorous and entertaining, as well as all the cameos. Whiplash was hard to watch but I loved the ending. Definitely Oscar worthy. Ick on Birdman, I felt itchy the whole time watching it and hated the ending, felt like an acid trip. Selma was also hard to watch but was excellent.

    Really looking forward to seeing The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Not sure I want to see American Sniper but it’s part of tomorrow’s lineup, as well as Boyhood. I live for movies!

  21. barbee says:

    Read your post last night-woke up with a compulsion to have an Oscar party. Just finished the Hollywood sign for the buffet-I blame you.

  22. Pam says:

    Well, I loved Birdman and Boyhood and think they’ll both win big. I’d say Birdman for director and Boyhood for best picture. I thoroughly enjoyed Grand Budapest but don’t think it’s worthy of best picture or director awards, but maybe set design, art direction or something like that. The Whiplash trailer look so good, but it also looks really intense and a bit angry and I haven’t been in the mood for that energy. Foxcatcher was really good and quite creepy. Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo were amazing in it. I’d like to see Imitation Game, but I am one of the few who don’t find Benedict Cumberbatch appealing so I can’t quite drag myself to the theater for it.

    Thanks for the ballot, Karen. Did you put your giant Oscar statues out?

    p.s. Her was one of my favorite films from last year!

  23. Celia says:

    I’m surprised no one has come back with this:

    DIDN’T YOU SEE IDRIS PRESENT AN AWARD LAST NIGHT? I immediately thought of you, Karen, when I heard his name, and I wondered how you were reacting to his appearance. Or maybe I shouldn’t ask. It’s private, I’m sure!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Art of Doing Stuff