And the Oscar goes to...

I sat aflutter waiting for my favorite actor’s name to be announced. I was at the edge of my seat.

“These are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama role: “Sam Rockwell,” “Woody Harrelson,” “And the Oscar goes to” Sam Rockwell!”

“Yes,” I cheered with joy!

The Oscars were held March 4, 2018. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2017 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. I prepared myself to watch this event unfold on TV, as I always do.

I am a big fan of the Academy Awards. I love watching movies and I have seen many of them; for instance, “The Godfather,” which won for Best Picture in 1973 (one of my favorite quotes in The Godfather is, of course, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse…”); “The Deer Hunter,” also won for Best Picture in 1979, and I love the scene in the bar where they’re singing, “I love you, Baby!”; and “Jaws,” winning Best Sound in 1976, and my all time favorite quote in “Jaws” is, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Although I did not watch all of the movies that were nominated in 2018, one movie in particular I did see was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you see it. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for this picture.

I try to keep up with the movies that are shown, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. But, as I got prepared to watch the Oscars, I knew I had to plan in advance. By that I mean getting all my chores done, homework, and any writing that needs to be completed. I don’t want any interruptions during the day and time during the Oscars.

For instance, I don’t want my phone to ring, and if it does, I will not answer it. The same goes with text messages; I will not answer any of them, and if a fire were to break out, I would probably ignore that, too!

My children know better not to talk to me or even look at me, and if I see one of them approaching me, I immediately put my hand up, gesturing them to stay away! I expect myself to give full attention to the Oscars.

I love the fashion, glamour and seeing all my favorite actors and actresses. Viola Davis looked stunning in a hot pink gown and matching handbag, with her hair pulled back, and with glossy lips, looking so youthful. Nicole Kidman strolled down the red carpet in a royal blue dress with a slit in front and bare shoulders, and with both hands gracefully grasping on to her waist. I thought her lipstick was maybe a tad too red for the dress color she chose, but that’s just me (hmm, am I sounding like a fashion critic?). Sandra Bullock almost looked like a statue posing so elegantly.

Jane Fonda is one of my favorite actresses. I remember her in the movie “Barefoot in the Park” with Robert Redford, he is another one of my favorite actors (I used to fantasize that I was Jane Fonda in that movie). Jane was a presenter at the Oscars in 2018, and she looked amazing. She is 80 years old!

Woody Harrelson is another favorite actor of mine. I remember him on “Cheers,” a TV sitcom. But he is best known for his portrayal in the movie “The Glass Castle,” a book I read last year and also was made into a movie.

It amazes me what these actors can do. The Oscars are a day to honor these extraordinary performers and their roles in movies. I admire them and the work they do. People travel from all over just to get a glimpse of one of their favorite actors.

I’m only 26 miles away from this event sitting in front of my TV waiting to see one of my favorite actors. Sometimes I imagine myself walking the red carpet looking glamorous, posing for pictures, smiling, waving to my fans, but then reality sets in! Well, I can still dream.

And the Oscar goes to “The Shape of Water,” winning best picture for 2017!

Yolanda Reyna is a member of the writing class at Norwalk Senior Center.

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