My Emmy Predictions


It’s TV biggest night on Sunday! TV this past year was amazing and the categories are chock full of talent. There are a few categories that it is really hard to predict who the winner is. Well, here are my humble predictions in a few of the major categories.


Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

This category is the hardest to predict. We have Damian Lewis who won last year and had another great performance this year as SGT. Brody.  As this is Breaking Bad’s last year, will they give it to Bryan Cranston?  Jon Hamm nominated every year since Mad Men started, but has never taken home the gold. Even though I wish he would win, I think this years Emmy will go to House of Card’s Kevin Spacey. If you haven’t seen it, get Netflix and start binge watching. He is so good as the Machiavellian Congressman Francis Underwood.


Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC

Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC

Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC

Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

In my heart I hope Kerry Washington would win, because I am definitely one of Olivia Pope’s gladiators, but Robin Wright Penn’s portrayal as Clair Underwood in House of Cards is unstoppable. Again, binge watch if you can.  


The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Girls, HBO

Louie, FX

Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

Veep, HBO

I think the fact that I feel really awkward watching certain scenes of Girls is a testament to its realistic grit.  My husband thinks it will go to “30 Rock” as a capstone gesture.  We’ll see…


Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC 

I really don’t know about this category. I am going to say Jim Parson. I have heard BBT has had a good season.


Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO

Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO

Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Julia Louis-Dreyfus IS that show and steals every scene!


Adam Driver, Girls, HBO

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC

Ty BurrellModern Family, ABC

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC

Tony HaleVeep, HBO

Adam Driver also steals every scene he is in, and his performance either makes you laugh or makes your jaw drop.  Keep your eye on this actor’s career.


Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton AbbeyPBS


Game of ThronesHBO

House of CardsNetflix

Mad MenAMC

Ugh this is one that I just don’t know. I think it will be between House of Cards, Game of Thrones (Red Wedding anyone?) or Breaking Bad.  Categories like this underscore televisions high-quality productions, as opposed to yet another dreadful “Expendables” installment in theaters.  TV is definitely where it’s at.


Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk EmpireHBO

Jonathan BanksBreaking BadAMC

Aaron Paul, Breaking BadAMC

Jim Carter, Downton AbbeyPBS

Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesHBO

Mandy PatinkinHomelandShowtime

Another hard one.  Though I may be wrong, going to give this one to Mandy Patinkin.


Anna GunnBreaking BadAMC

Maggie SmithDownton AbbeyPBS

Emilia ClarkeGame of ThronesHBO

Christine BaranskiThe Good WifeCBS

Morena BaccarinHomelandShowtime

Christina Hendricks, Mad MenAMC

Kalesi hands down. This was her year. I hope she brings her dragons.  


Michael DouglasBehind The CandelabraHBO

Matt Damon, Behind The CandelabraHBO

Toby Jones, The GirlHBO

Benedict CumberbatchParade’s EndHBO

Al PacinoPhil SpectorHBO

I really wish Michael Douglas and Matt Damon could share this award. I just hope they do not split the vote.


Jessica LangeAmerican Horror StoryFX

Laura LinneyThe Big C: HereafterShowtime

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

American Horror Story: Asylum was revetting and terrifying. Jessica Lange was a huge reason why. Her performance  defines “Emmy worthy.”  


American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Phil Spector, HBO

Political Animals, USA

The Bible, History

Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

I am torn between Behind The Candelabra and American Horror Story: Asylum. Both are so different, but both were equally excellent in their respective genre.


James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Zachary Quinto was amazing. I cannot divulge more without giving out spoilers.


Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO

Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime

Again, I cannot divulge too much without giving out spoilers, but she was great especially when they fas forward a few decades.

I am really excited to see how this all unfolds on Sunday night! Will you be watching? What are some of your favorites?


My Oscar Recap


The Show

What did you think of the big night? Even though the reviews were mixed, I really enjoyed the 85th Oscars. Whether you deemed him appropriate or not I loved Seth MacFarlane and thought he did a good job. The opening monologue is one of the funniest I  have seen in years. Click here to watch it yourself.  I think Seth MacFarlane gave it his all and I was happy with the result. He had some good one lines throughout the show. Some might disagree, but I thought the Lincoln joke was funny and he recovered well, while it was not well received from the audience.  Like I said to many people, you have to like his stuff to really “get” him. To be honest I don’t think many people “get” smart comedy anymore.  He also wasn’t the cookie cutter host, which I appreciated. His song at the end of the telecast with Kristin Chenoweth was genius. Click here to see it.  There was one thing I was disappointed with and that was the tribute to Bond. I was under the impression that there was going to be a Bond reunion of sorts? Was I mistaken?  I did enjoy the musical numbers throughout the show. Click here to see my favorite.

Did you enjoy the show last night?  Do you think Seth MacFarlane did a good job?

The Winners

I was beyond elated that Argo won Best Picture! Like I have said in a previous post, it really is a superb film and I glad it has gotten so many accolades this awards season.  Ben Affleck is so humble when he accepts his awards. I just love it.

The only surprise wins for me were Ang Lee for Best Director and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. I am really glad Ang Lee won. I haven’t had a chance to watch Life of Pi, but I hear it was an epic film. I am actually not that surprised Christoph Waltz won, but I thought Robert DeNiro was going to get the win. I think he and Tommy Lee Jones might have split the vote.  As the rest of the main categories go, I was satisfied with who the Academy picked.  I really do need to see Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and Django in Chains as soon as they are available for home viewing. Click here to see a full list of last night’s winners.

Did your top choices win last night?

The Red Carpet

Let me just start this off by saying I was super disappointed in the red carpet last night. I really find it annoying that during the last 60 min of coverage, they cut off E! from having a red carpet interviews.  Instead, you are left to listening all the hosts talk about the looks or going over to the ABC red carpet coverage, which I am sorry to say was just sad. I  normally don’t like to write negative things on this blog, but that coverage was awkward and boring.

The fashion trend for last night was metallic, sparkles and light colors. Again, I don’t want to be negative, but I was disappointed in the fashions. It’s the biggest night of the year in Hollywood and I really think the stylists and stars could have done better. There were few jaw dropping styles.  I can say that for me there were definitely more misses than hits. Here are the looks I enjoyed.


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I just love Jennifer Garner and I thought this Gucci gown looked lovely on her. The color looked great on her and the back is what makes this dress so great. Well done!


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Jennifer Hudson looked amazing in this Roberto Cavalli gown. I love the blue. It looks great on her. I also liked her hair and jewelry. I think she could haven’t gotten away with a little more color on her lips though.


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This Dior gown was meant to go to the Oscars. I am not going to lie it’s not may favorite look on Jennifer Lawrence ( maybe I would love it more if it was in a different color), but it is Oscar worthy and it did look great on the stage.


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Jessica Chastain was by far my favorite head-to-toe look of the evening. The Armani Prive gown she chose was made for her. It looked so lovely against her hair color. She looked amazing last night!


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This was a risky dress, but it is flawless on Naomi Watts. She looks so sophisticated and modern in this Armani Prive gown. Well, done!

What did you all think of the red carpet? What were your favorite looks?

Hello There Oscar!


One of my favorite days of the year is soon upon us….Oscar Sunday! I really don’t do anything big. I sit in front of the TV from the pre pre red carpet coverage until the end of the awards show.  The last few years my friends and I started a Facebook viewing party. About 20 of us get on a thread on Facebook and comment from the red carpet coverage until the end of the show. We do it for most of the big awards show to prepare for Oscar night. It really is a lot of fun. My husband has also starting putting out a food spread for us. He figure since I do that for him for football games, he will do it for me on my Super Bowl. This year I also got my favorite champagne to drink during the telecast. Moet bottles will pop when the red carpet begins!

My dream is to one day host a massive Oscar viewing party at my house. I would love to plan the menu around the Best Picture nominees.  With year nominees my friends and I came up with a fun menu. This is what we came up with so far. Maybe you can help us to fill in the blanks.

Argo: Persian Grapes. Click here for recipe. A typical desert from Iran.

Amour: Heart shaped sugar cookies. Click here for recipe. The movie is about undying love.

Beast of Southern Wild: Crab Boil. Click here for recipe. It seemed that was all they ate during this movie.

Django Unchained:

Les Miserables: Loaf of Bread. Click here for recipe. The reason why Jean Valjean was imprisoned. He stole a loaf of bread to give to his starving nephew.

Lincoln: Oysters on the half shell. They were served at his second inaugural dinner.

Life of Pi: Tiger Pie. Click here for recipe

Silver Linings Playbook:

Zero Dark Thirty: Chicken Biryani. Click here for recipe.

I really think Argo will win Best Picture. Daniel Day Lewis will take Best Actor and Anne Hathaway will take Best Supporting Actress.  I don’t think the other big categories have definite front runners. I think Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Chastain might split the vote  in the Best Actress category. I am very excited to see who will take home gold on Sunday!

Click here for your own printable ballot.

Do you do anything special for Oscar Sunday? Who do you think will take home gold on Sunday?

SAGS Recap

The Winners

We had fun again last night, watching the SAGS red carpet and awards show with all my Face Book awards junkies. I personally thought the telecast was a little dull. Argo’s win for best ensemble was the highlight of the night for me. I think Argo is now the front-runner to win Best Picture at the Oscars. I loved how surprised and humble Ben Affleck was in the acceptance speech.

After last night’s win Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway should start working on their Oscar acceptance speeches. The rest of the acting categories, I believe are still up in the air as to who is going to come home with the Oscar. Who will win Best Supporting Male and Best Actress in February? Will it be Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) or Alan Arkin (Argo)? Will is be Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) or Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)?

What are your predictions for Oscar winner this year? What Oscar nominated movies have you had a chance to see?

The TV portion had a few surprises. For once this awards season, we did not see a Homeland sweep in all the categories. It was really nice to see Downton Abbey win for Best Drama ensemble. I am glad they recognized out going shows like Breaking Bad and 30 Rock with acting awards for Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Were you surprised by some of the winner in the TV portion of the awards?

For a more detailed recap of last night’s show click here for this great Los Angeles Times article.

Red Carpet

I always like the SAG red carpet a little more than other awards show, because I feel that since it’s not as “fussy” of an awards show, the actors can have more fun with their outfits. I thought the fashion was really eclectic this year. Even though, black and blue ruled we did see some pastels, prints and glittery metallic. Another trend on the red carpet was the side swept  Veronica Lake”esque” hair. I did enjoy a lot of the looks but, these three were my best dressed of the night.

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Helen Hunt just dazzled in this platinum beaded mermaid  gown by Romona Keveza. She kept her make up natural, which was perfect with such an elaborate gown. I only wish she had put a little bit more color on her cheeks. I just adored the sexy beachy waves in her hair.


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Jennifer Lawrence was a knock out in this Christian Dior Haute Couture blue gown. She wore this dress very well. She knows what looks get on her body and I love that. It’s nice to see that, because there were so many ill-fitting gowns last night. The rest of the styling was perfect, the red lips and side swept hair is perfection.


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Marion Cotillard makes it look so effortless. Considering she was feeling under the weather. She still looked beautiful. When I first saw this gown, I didn’t love it. I loved her hair, makeup and simple jewelry, so that is why I gave it a second look today. After looking at the pictures, I changed my mind. I really love this Dior Haute Couture gown. I love the contrast of the white and blue. The skirt is beautiful. I like the shorter length in the front. I am really glad I gave this dress a second chance.

Click here to see all the red carpet looks from last night.

Who was your Best Dressed last night?

Awards Season Has Arrived

With the Golden Globes this Sunday, The SAG Awards are on January 27 and the Academy Awards nominations being announced yesterday, we can safely say that Awards season is in FULL SWING!! I try to see as many of the nominated films as I can, especially those in the big categories. I know I won’t be able to see all of them, but I hope to see Zero-Dark-Thirty, Beasts of the  Southern Wild, Amour (this is for curiosity, because I think it took Argo spot for direction) and Silver Linings Playbook soon.

These are the nominated movies that I have been able to see. These are my 2-cents on the movies. Now know that I am just an ordinary cinema lover and these are my personal opinions.

Lincoln was a great film. I have always have found that part of our American history very compelling. This movie was not a Lincoln bio pic. It really chronicle that last few months of Lincoln’s life, the ending of the Civil War and most importantly the passing of the 13th Amendment.  It was a great insight look, at the workings of our government during that time. It was like watching a West Wing episode of  the1860s.

The acting was absolutely superb. No matter how big or small the role the acting was really out of this world. Daniel Day-Lewis in my view has the Oscar in the bag for his portrayal of our 16th president. He was Lincoln. From articles I have read he really embodied that role even off camera. He stayed in character the entire time of the shoot. As part of their preparation for the role of President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln) spent a period of time exchanging text messages in character. Tommy Lee Jones was great as Senator Stevens . I wouldn’t be surprised if he took home a statue for supporting actor. Sally Field was not in the movie very much, but she owned every scene she was in. She is definitely a contender for best supporting actress.  James Spader (W.N. Bilbo), David Strathairn (William Seward),  Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Lincoln), John Hawkes (Robert Latham) and Gloria Reuben (Elizabeth Keckley), in my opinion all gave award-winning performances in their respective roles.

Les Miserables, was also a very moving and beautiful film. I have never seen the stage production and I read the book (abridged version and more than likely cliff notes) ages ago. With that said, I was detached from the story for a while, I really didn’t have anything to compare this movie too. I know there has been some criticism that the actors sang while they filmed. I thought it worked well. The performances that really stand out for me are Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Samantha Barks (Eponine). My only big complaint, is that even though physically Russell Crowe fit the part of Javert. His voice wasn’t on par with the others (Sorry Russell).  I think and I hope that Anne Hathaway runs away with the Oscar. Her emotional scene when she sings, “I Dreamed A Dream” in my opinion it is probably the best performance this year. It’s acting at it’s very best.  It broke me in half. I was sobbing like a baby. I almost stood up and applauded at the end of that scene.  I think Les Miserables is going to win big in the production categories. The costumes and the sets were all such a key piece to the movie. It is almost like they were a characters in and of themselves.

Argo, what can I say if you haven’t seen it run, run, run to see it. It was the best movie I have seen this year. It was so well made. The story, the production, the sets, the acting were all top-notch.  It is very hard to make a modern-day historical movie. Most of us lived through that time. I was very young when the Iran hostage crisis was going on, but I do remember things from that era. My husband commented how he had all the Star Wars figurines in Ben Affleck‘s (Tony Mendez) character son’s room. At the end of the movie they had side by side comparison of the real life images from the Iran hostage situation and the movie still shots of those same images and they were exactly a like. You couldn’t tell which one was real-life and which one was from the movie. I really enjoyed how they started the film with a brief, but detailed history of what led up to the hostage crisis. It set up the movie very well. I would call this more of an ensemble cast but, the award worthy acting performance in my opinion is Alan Arkin (Lester Siegel). Even though his role is small. He owned every scene he was in. Many of his lines made the movie so memorable. Ben Affleck does a superb job, but unfortunately, he was not nominated for an Oscar.  I am glad this real-life story was made into a movie. It was riveting. Even though, I knew the ending I held my breath the entire movie. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope this picture win’s Best Picture (you all know how I feel about his Oscar snub for direction). It was just so damn good. Well, done Mr. Affleck.

Click here to see the full list of Academy Awards nominations. What do you all think? I think a lot of people were snubbed, especially in the direction and best actor categories. Click here to see EW article on snubs.

I would really love to hear what were your favorite movies this year. What are your predictions for this awards season?

My 2013 Golden Globes Predictions


Here are my predictions (in bold) for Sunday night. Let’s see how well I do!

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on the Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Director

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Taratino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Foreign-Language Film

Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
Rust and Bone  (France)

Best Animated Feature Film

Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“For You,” Act of Valor, Monty Powell & Keith Urban
“Not Running Anymore,” Stand Up Guys, Jon Bon Jovi
“Safe and Sound,” The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift. John Paul White, Joy Williams & T Bone Burnett
“Skyfall,” Skyfall, Adele & Paul Epworth
“Suddenly,” Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best TV Series, Drama

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom

Best TV Series, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Cecile B. DeMille Award

Jodie Foster

What are you predictions for The Golden Globes this year?


An Open Letter To Mr. Ben Affleck

Dear Mr. Affleck,

Let me begin by congratulating you on the six Academy Award Nominations Argo received today. Argo is honestly the best movie I have seen this year. Not only that, but it is one of the better movies I have seen in a long time. Everything about your movie in my opinion was perfect. Even though, I knew how the story ended you had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Argo, was just riveting. With that said, I am outraged that the Academy did not recognize you for direction. I have seen some of the movies in that category. Hands down, I believe you deserve not only a nomination, but also the Oscar.  Your movie was the best in my eyes. It is hard to find a movie that has all the elements that Argo executed so beautifully. Your movie, made me do all of the following:

  • Laugh
  • Cry
  • Feel pride for my country
  • Gave me a history lesson
  • Scared the crap out of me
  • Kept me in suspense
  • Left me with hope

When the movie was over our entire theatre stood up and applauded. Thank you for showing the world Argo. I will be rooting for it this entire award season. Good luck!


Marisol- An ordinary cinema lover