Leslie Trippy wins Sierra Sun Academy Awards contest
The Academy Awards are over, all the Oscars have been given out, and the cast and crew of “Slumdog Millionaire” are still probably celebrating somewhere… Which means that the results are in for the Sierra Sun’s Red Carpet Academy Awards contest, in which our readers competed to see who could pick the films, actors, directors and songs that would win Oscars this year.
With a near-perfect score of 16 out of 18 possible points, Leslie Trippy of Truckee took home the top prize ” a stay at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, and the glory of being the ultimate local movie buff.
The Sierra Sun’s Paul Raymore caught up with Trippy via e-mail to find out a little more about her passion for film:
Sierra Sun: You must be a movie lover, what got you so into film?
Leslie Trippy: I got into film in college in Oakland in the early ’70s and my love of the cinema (and theatre) grew from that starting point, although I can remember me and my family going to movies in the ’60s and I always enjoyed the movies during that time, as well. I think it’s interesting that there is so much that goes into making a truly outstanding movie other than some decent roles for some decent actors. (i.e. the screenplay, direction, art direction, cinematography, sound mixing, editing, musical score, etc., etc.)
SS: What was your favorite moment from the Oscars ceremony?
LT: I anticipate the Academy Awards (“Oscars”) every year for a variety of reasons, and not just the pure decadence of it all. This year it seemed less contrived and more personal, maybe because Hugh Jackman (multi-talented AND eye-candy!) interacted with some of the nominees, and others, near the front of the stage. There were several unforgettable moments this year: Tina Fey and Steve Martin did a pretty funny bit; Heath Ledger’s family accepting his Best Supporting Actor award (which I also predicted!); Sean Penn’s Best Actor award acceptance speech, and guiltily… Hugh Jackman and Beyonce doing an awesome, old school song-and-dance, in top hat and tails and sexy smoothness.
SS: A score of 16 (out of 18 possible points) is pretty good. What categories/questions did you get wrong? And what movies/actors/etc. did you pick that didn’t win?
LT: For this year’s Oscar ballot, I knew it would be very hard to choose winners due to three of the five movies nominated for Best Picture being incredible film experiences (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “Milk”, and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and all the actors/actresses nominated in both primary and supporting roles being beyond extremely talented and versatile. My strategy is always to look at the ballot like a racing form from the track (horse race track, that is)… Who are the actors up against? What other awards have they won? That sort of thing… Picking the best film is always difficult in a good year, and I just got lucky with that this year. I also have to have two ballots: one to “win” with and the other to pick my choices “from the heart.” I was surprised, this year, that one of the categories I missed was Best Foreign Film! Normally, I always get that one right as I really enjoy foreign films and was more into foreign films when I first got into film, than American film. I really thought “Waltz With Bashir” from Israel would win! It is an interesting, animated film about a timely matter ” war in the Mideast. But, I did not see the Japanese film that won, “Departures”, so I was slightly handicapped there… I also got the Best Original Song wrong (another one that I normally get correct), but I still think that “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” should have won over the other song from that movie that was played at the very end: “Jai Ho.”
SS: If you had to make your own personal picks for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director, what would they be and why?
LT: As far as who I think should have won the major categories this year: “Slumdog Millionaire” was the right picture at the right time to win. It was a film of hope and redemption, something we all need during these depressing economic times. I also think the right actor, Sean Penn, won Best Actor this year. He is one of the great actors of our generation and he literally became Harvey Milk in the title role of the movie, “Milk”. Even though I have not seen “The Reader” yet, I also think Kate Winslet is very good at her craft and she deserved to win this year, too. I would have liked to have seen Gus Van Zandt win Best Director for “Milk” for the magical way he re-created the ’70s in S.F. (mixing vintage footage with modern footage) and his ability to coax stunning performances out of a very talented ensemble cast.