So: the happy tidings. I wasn't sure if a blog was the best place to announce this, given that I have good friends who still don't know, but the news is already seeping through cyberspace, so what the hell: R. and I are now engaged. I asked her the weekend before last, she said yes, and we're looking tentatively at a wedding in October. I'm happy, she's happy, and everyone else is blowing each other up.
I'll save the story about the economist for another time. As for the Oscars -- the ceremony has come and gone, but here's the prizes I would've given out if I were in charge:
Best Movie Released in 2002: Mai's America Best Older Movie Not Released in the U.S. Until 2002: Y Tu Mamá También Most Overrated (By Critics): Sunshine State Most Overrated (By Audiences): My Big Fat Greek Wedding Most Overrated (Made-for-Cable): The Laramie Project Most Overrated (Online): anything by Mark Fiore
Silliest Controversy: the furor over Barbershop Best "Bad" Movie: fear dot com Best Movie I Watched on an Airplane: the seat-belt instructions
Worst Movie I Watched on an Airplane: Serving Sara Worst Movie I Watched Anywhere: Robin Williams: Live on Broadway Worst Movie by a Good Director: Hollywood Ending Best Movie by a Bad Director: I'm saving this spot for Unfaithful, which I still haven't seen
Best Movie That Gave Me a Cameo: Sean Connery Golf Project Least Convincing Scene in Which a Character Rebuffs an Accusation of Child Molestation: About a Boy Good Story/Silly Message Award: Signs Good Story/Lousy Effects Award: Spider-Man Unexpectedly Good Performances: Adam Sandler, Punch-Drunk Love; Brendan Fraser, The Quiet American Best Cinematography: Sex and Lucia Best Editing: Femme Fatale Best Choreography: Russian Ark Best Stunt: Russian Ark Best Installation: The Girl on the Train in the Moon