It’s that time of year when Hollywood takes a little time out from earning massive amounts of money to pat themselves on the back.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for awards season. The dresses! Who doesn’t love to see the awful ones? I’m looking at you Laura Flynn Boyle at the Golden Globes circa 2003:

No, this isn't an audition for swan lake

The wacky, rambling, nonsensical, touching (Tom Hanks, Philadelphia) speeches! The little movies that could! The blockbusters that suck but nobody wants to say anything! I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for all of it.

I like to see the movies that are nominated so I can pick my favorites. I’ve had a lot of catching up to do this year, as I just haven’t made it to the movies much.

This weekend I started playing catch up by renting “The Hurt Locker“.

Holy crap. I don’t think I need to see anything else. It’s amazing.

Full disclosure, I haven’t seen Avatar, but I’m not sure how it could possibly top this film.  And it certainly kicks the crap out of Up In The Air (which I have a soft spot for, as it was filmed in my hometown).

Watch it.

There are a couple of disturbing scenes (don’t say I didn’t warn you) but nothing gratuitous.

As I make my way through the major contenders I’ll hopefully find more that I like.

Any personal favorites?