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Leslie complained about a lot of the movies this year. She said they were all depressing. I didn't have a problem with Million Dollar Baby being depressing. I just thought it was poorly written (yet the screenplay got a nomination) and couldn't believe Eastwood won an Oscar for best director (and he cost me my pool, since I picked Martin Scorsese). Using Morgan Freeman to narrate has been done, the music Eastwood used didn't work (using evil music when the dirty boxer got into the ring was so corny), and a few of the characters were silly. But I was happy for Hilary Swank, who was amazing in that role (and beat out former San Diegan Annette Bening for the second time).

After Leslie commented on Closer being about a bunch of losers, I said, "You have to like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That wasn't depressing." She said, "Yes, it was, and all those people in it were so flaky."

One couple at the party talked the entire time. We kept turning the volume up on the TV. Another lady was knitting.

I heard one couple complain that Million Dollar Baby and The Aviator won so many awards. They talked about all the films released and how just two movies winning so many awards wasn't fair.

I wouldn't have a problem with that. The problem I had was that my favorite movie of the year, Sideways, only won one award (best adapted screenplay, which was from the book former UCSD student Rex Pickett wrote). And I hate the fact that I picked 13 winners correctly and lost my pool by one pick.

I guess there was one person more upset than me after the Oscars. Martin Scorsese.

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