Cookie’s Corner: TV Timeout for Oscar Predictions & More Snow


sandra-bullock and cookieFROZEN, TUNDRA, CT – Hey, guess what’s coming on Sunday?!  If you’re in the Northeast.. more f*cking SNOW! I saw ‘BIG STORM!’ on the forecast as I was on the treadmill this morning and I nearly flung myself off in agony. But you know what?!?!? I’m an optimist…and I thought this week I’d share what I’m hoping for in terms of Oscar winners when we get the envelope (please) this Sunday.   (I mean… sure… I’m happy its gonna be March, but did you expect me to cover that ill named “March Madness?!?!”)

Though I’d be remiss if I were not to mention which of the nominated movies I’ve seen, and which I’ve haven’t. As seeing movies that aren’t rated G is a rarity (though I will say, The Lego Movie is assembled QUITE well for the enjoyment of all ages), there are a few I’ve seen and noted my take on the ones I’ve not.

American Hustle: Saw it, dug it, well developed flick creating empathy for each character.

Captain Phillips: Havent’ seen it; hate Tom Hanks, possible Pay-Per-View movie I may see twenty-minutes of before falling asleep on my couch

Philomena: Haven’t seen it, my mother saw it and raved about it, looks like a bunch of old ladies are in it, odds on not seeing it unless under duress

Dallas Buyers Club: Saw it, loved it, made me feel really hungry.

Twelve Years a Slave: Haven’t seen it, would like to see it, probably catch on PPV and fight an epic battle not to fall asleep on my couch, which would be no fault of the movie.

Gravity: Saw it on a, ahem, smaller screen, very impressed by the visual effects AND… THAT IS ALL

Her: Haven’t seen it, dig Spike Jones (whose name makes this a sports-related column), would like to catch it and likely PPV.

despicable_me_2 Meet The MattsThe Wolf of Wall Street: Saw it. Liked it. Made me wanna try ‘ludes.  Some lagging parts had me not understanding why EVERY Scorcese movie MUST be THREE HOURS LOOOOONG!!

Nebraska: Haven’t seen it, would like to see it. Harry K., my high school friend… well.. his Mom, June Squibb was nominated, so I will see this for sure.

Best Actor: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

COOKIE’s PICK: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
This is a tough one, but I think the Academy is gonna give it to the guy who lost a bazillion pounds for a film, and a pretty important one at that. I would note that Christian Bale is WAY overdue for an Oscar as well, and I’m sure McConaughey took Bale’s diet from when he cut weight for The Machinist.
Cookie’s Crumb: I’m suddenly hungry.

Best Actress: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
sandra-bullockgravityCOOKIE’s PICK: Amy Adams, American Hustle.  She won the Golden Globe for this and I think the Academy will follow here, as it often does.
Cookie’s Crumb: If Sandra Bullock wins for breathing heavy and screaming in Gravity, I will media blackout myself from these Academy Awards moving forward… FOREVVER!! BLACK HOLE!

Best Supporting Actor: Barkad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street).
COOKIE’s PICK: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.  Leto was good and also won the Globe for this. I don’t think the performance beats the others, but the Academy will give it to him for being skinny, AIDS ridden and in drag.
Cookie’s Crumb: Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street was MOST excellent. He is deserving.

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), June Squibb (Nebraska), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Lupita Nyong’o
COOKIE’s PICK: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle. What an incredible performance. I never saw The Hunger Games and could easily hate her for that teen crap that makes my stomach churn more than chick flicks, but her performance in American Hustle was a standout.
Cookie’s CrumbI would ABSOLUTELY be OVER THE MOON if June Squibb, my friend Harry’s mom won for her role in Nebraska. Unfortunately, she’s not that well known and I just don’t think it’s going to happen. If it does… you’ll hear me screaming from CT. And watch for my friend Harry on the red carpet with her. He’s been on all the other awards season walks with her and he makes the GREATEST sarcastic faces.

Best Animated Film:  The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises
COOKIE’s PICK: Despicable Me 2. In this case the sequel beats an already good movie.
Cookie’s Crumb: Frozen was a deceptively advertised movie for the previews and I took one of my boys to see a f*cking princess movie. If he’d have asked, I’d have been fine, but he didn’t. Disney owes me some goddamn coin. A*sholes. If The Lego Movie were out in time in 2013, it would have slaughtered every other film it ran against. Yea. It was THAT good.

And with that, I’m going to continue to shop for a dress for the gala occurring on my couch(likely fleece as it’s supposed to snow here, again), and drink up in a continuing effort to up my tolerance.

Come back tomorrow for someone who we all have come to tolerate, Junoir Blaber.

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Cookie, like 7 fifths of the MTM staff, was brought in by The Franchise (Angry Ward). They met sitting near each other at a NY Rangers game. She's our Angelina Jolie in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" - by day the fetching wife and young mother of two little boys; by night the hot, sports fanatic that mixes in triathlons and X-Treme sports with her love for the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, NY Rangers and... Denver Broncos. She is, like most of the rotation, more than a bit sassy, bakes like nobody's business and is one smart... Cookie. She too, needs to be in a bikini as often as possible.
  • Amy2ndRow

    Cookie, I work at Disney and play rugby with Jillian Brooks. Great article but what was confusing about the ads for Frozen?

    • Cookies Corner

      Amy2ndRow… there wasn’t anything ‘confusing’ about the ads. The trailer that was played in heavy rotation before the movie’s release was INCREDIBLY misleading. The trailer featured a TON of focus on Olaf the Snowman and a miniscule amount on the fact that the movie focused on the two sisters. Olaf’s role in the movie was a minimal one and Disney put out a trailer which did not accurately represent the movie and was designed to attract a greater male audience.. and it was done DECEPTIVELY. This is akin to Disney putting it’s hand in my pocket and helping itself to the ticket money. Disney admitted this ploy to attract more boys to the movie as much in the media.

      I felt LUCKY that my older son wasn’t with us and luckily my younger son was OK with it for the musical (gag) parts of it.

      Like I’ve said to others, I’d have NO problem taking my son(s) to every princess movie they ever wanted to see, buying them the Disney princess dolls, whatever they wanted. But taking them to a movie they thought was about one thing and it was about something else… well.. scamming a kid is really not right.

      • We walked in on a maul here!

        • Cookies Corner

          Get a grip. It’s a discussion. You’ll have to keep fantasizing about girl fights as you’re ass to cheek with some hairy guy in a scrum.

          • Whoa! Cookie! Grab a Snickers…. You’re like an angry Betty White right now!

          • Cookies Corner

            I don’t like Snickers and I’m not THAT f*cking old.

      • AngryWard

        Say, whatever happened to Jillian Brooks anyway? I was hoping that she would get me a job writing ad copy. Amy and Cookie, you’re both kinda right about Frozen. The trailers did (at least the one I saw) make it seem more like a movie about this nutty snowman and some forest adventure. It was definitely a princess movie, though a good one. It will win the Oscar easily. My daughter saw it three times fer crissakes. If anyone is getting a refund, it’s me.

        • Rumor has it that your daughter saw it three times but you saw it 5 times.

          • AngryWard

            No comment.

          • jgclancy

            I know AW isn’t buying that many overpriced movie tickets so he must have a Chinese bootleg copy making that ” 5 times” number probably way too low.

          • Cookies Corner

            But how many times have you seen the ‘Sing Along’ version?!?! Hmm? HMMMMMMM?!?!?!

          • AngryWard

            Let it go, Cookie. Let it goooo. Let it goooo.

          • jgclancy

            Reply of the day , AW!

  • toby12

    I thought Wolf of Wall Street was an hour too long and other than that, it was like watching Good Fellas on Wall Street. Did you work on Gravity?

    • Cookies Corner

      toby12.. agreed there were parts of Wolf that were filler and could’ve been cut for sure.

      While I didn’t work on Gravity… i will say the SFX were spec-f*cking-tacular.
      If the film doesn’t win for Special Effects.. it was robbed.

      • We couldn’t agree with Toby more. Scoresnoozee is the most over-rated director since Tarantino.

        • WestCoastCraig

          you’re dead to me now.

    • Different Matt

      Toby you’re spot on. Wolf of Wall Street was the same movie as goodfellas. They just swapped out the violence and replaced it with sex ( a fine switch in my book). It was way too long and we’ve seen it all before from Scorsese.

  • jgclancy

    I was going to say this is a down year for the Academy Awards then looked back over the last five years of the Best Picture category and realized that no one has really made a high caliber must watch over and over again future classic movie in a long, long time. I’m rooting for Sandra Bullock not because she was any good but because I just like her….sorry Cookie. I’d vote for Sandra Bullock breathing heavy too.

    It’s too bad I won’t be able to enjoy a Taco Bell (Sandra Bullock’s tie in-nice) Waffle Taco while I watch the Oscars since they don’t come out until March 27th .

    Go Aztecs!

    • Sandra Bullock looks like Dave Donnarumma, a guy we’ve known since 2nd grade. She is unwatchable.

      • jgclancy

        Now I’m really hoping she wins.
        P.S.–who Photoshopped the pictures of Tall & Short Matt above…they both have way too much hair! I also have to toss in that I was watching F Troop for a moment while channel surfing and think that if they remake it again Short Matt would make a perfect Corporal Agarn.
        Let’s talk NHL when we start the playoffs in…..JUNE?

    • Cookies Corner

      clancy.. i appreciate your honesty on your feelings where Bullock is concerned. In my book.. in that movie…she sucked. She deserved an Oscar for that football movie about Michael Oher.

  • AngryWard

    Didn’t Christian Bale win an Oscar for “The Fighter?”

    • Cookies Corner

      You are correct sir. That was a Best Supporting Actor oscar he won there.

  • Big Blue 56

    Nothing about the Rangers beating Chicago last night?? Come on Matts!

    • Chicago Fan

      9 of the 18 skaters for the Hawks played in Sochi. They were tired.

      • Was the sun in their eyes, too? We’re just asking – because the Rangers had a gaggle of players in Mother Russia as well, including their starting goalie – who was on the bench as the 2nd string goalie held you to one goal. #JustSayin

        • Different Matt

          Great win last night for the Blueshirts. Talbot was outstanding.

          • butch gorings nostrils

            And the Islanders won a tough one without Captain Tavares against the Leafs!

    • DJ Eberle

      Not to mention the Sabres are about to win their third straight tonight against the Sharks!

  • Junoir Blaber

    12 years a slave will win best picture to make up for snubbing its lead actress and the golden globes snubbing so Hollywood doesn’t look as racist as it is.

  • SAF

    I’m rootin for your friend’s mom Cookie, I thought June Squibb should have gotten the best actress nod, not a supporting nomination, as she was that good and she was the female lead. Yes she did not get as much screen time as Dern and Forte, but she was phenomenal in every frame!

  • AngryWard

    Cookie, that photo of you reminded me that you were sticking your tongue out in public way before Miley Cyrus was.

  • Yankee Joe

    Cookie baby that is hot!!!!! You need to meet me and Sandy!!!!!!! MUTTS LOST!!!!!!!!!!

  • WestCoastCraig

    I’ve never felt more like a foreigner than when I watched Despicable Me 2 in silent, abject shock at how incredibly unfunny and phoned in the whole thing was…was Gru even in that movie? All I remember was those stupid minions falling down, or wearing a dumb hat, and apparently that’s all it took for the entire theater–grown ups included–to laugh their asses off. Look! It’s wearing a silly hat! HAHAHAHAHA!

    • AngryWard

      Let it goooo. Let it goooo! I’ll be in LA before you knowwww!

      • WestCoastCraig

        We’ll let it blossom, let it flow!

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