By Serena Renee Dupuis: Educator and Chifferobe Correspondent
So, you survived the holiday season and finally have some time for yourself. Sure, you would love to don a cloche hat and mink coat and head out to the always fabulous theater – however, the holidays have seriously depleted your bank account. What’s a gal or guy to do? Well, luckily for all of us awards season is here along with an impossible amount of movies to watch. Your wallet will also be happy because snuggling on the couch with a loved one, pet, or cozy blanket to indulge in some glitz and glam is also free. This week we have the People’s Choice Awards airing Wednesday night at 9:00 PM on CBS and the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night at 8:00 PM on NBC. There is also the bonus of some hilarious women hosts including Anna Faris, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Free snuggly comedy? Count me in!
In the not too far future we have the Super Bowl of award shows to look forward to. The 87th Annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 22nd at 8:00 PM on ABC. I love everything about award shows: the guilty pleasure of celebrities, the amazing fashion, and of course, the movies movies movies! For me, movies are my vice. I escape for two hours, without thinking about the rest of my life, it is my form of meditation and I enjoy it so. This year I am especially happy as a vintage lover because there are a number of period pieces up for nominations. Do yourself a favor and before cuddling up on your couch to watch the awards drag yourself out in the cold to see one or all of the following options out there.
The Theory of Everything (2014):
The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones tells the story of Stephen Hawking from his wife Jane’s perspective. This movie touches upon quite a few decades so just watching and yearning for the fashion is an enjoyable activity. I encourage all to see this movie if ever thoughts of how difficult relationships are pass through their minds. Jane Hawking is an astounding woman that deserves as much praise as Stephen Hawking. See it, relish in the hope, and buy some 1970’s frocks.
The Imitation Game (2014):
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley tells the story of Alan Turing. This movie is set in England during World War II. The storyline is interesting, the wardrobe is gorgeous [I do love a high-waist pant and suspenders], and the character development is heart-wrenching. This movies focuses Alan and his team of cryptoanalysts trying to crack the German secret coding of messages. If you appreciate history please see this movie, and next time your computer acts up you may just have a little more patience.
Selma starring David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo tells the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s world-changing march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. This movie has not been released worldwide just yet but keep your eyes peeled. The clips I have seen look stunning. Please see this movie and remember how treasured all people are.
Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone is not a period piece but I am throwing it in the mix because it is all about the theater. This movie is a phenomenal and relatable look behind the scenes. The movie is shot at St. James Theater in New York City. The acting is striking and the music has a definite vintage vibe to it. If you have a love of theater or dance or live performances in general please see this movie.
As much as I would love to talk about movies all day I am going to leave you with these top four selections. Grab a friend, cocktail, or both and head out to your local theater for some winter relaxation. Then, after you’ve done your grueling part of watching a movie or two snuggle up for some more viewing pleasure. Before you know it awards season will be over and spring will be just around the corner!