2017 Oscar Nomination Favorites

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Joan Lunden

Joan's Blog / / February 24, 2017

With the Oscars a few days away, I wanted to share some of my favorite Oscar Nominations for this year. 


This is a real story that actually happened. The gentleman featured in the movie was actually able to accomplish tracking down and finding his mother, it is almost beyond belief. The movie is not only an amazing, spectacular, story but visually  it was thrilling and beautiful. This movie showcases a part of the world in India in a way that none of us ever get to see. 



I am always so impressed by Natalie Portman's talent as an actress. I think I feel even more impressed with her because I knew her as a little girl. Natalie was a fellow camper at an The Stagedoor Manor acting sleep away camp in the Catskill and performed together with my Lindsay. I remember sitting in the audience with Natalie's parents, watching the young girls perform, it is always striking when young kids grow up to be terrific actors and actresses.
When I saw Natalie in Jackie, I was blown away by how she literally gets into the skin of Jackie Kennedy. I was also just completely taken by the film Jackie because it not only took you back to a time in history, a time that everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing the moment when Kennedy was assassination, but it also gives you an inside look at President Kennedy's death from his wife's perspective. We all knew it must have been emotionally tortorous for Jackie, but you never got the inside look of what it was like for her to not only witness, but to hold her husband's head as he died. Not only was he gone, but her life as she knew it was gone— Jackie literally had to move out of her home, the White House, with her kids. Where were they going to go? What where they going to do? She literally shared the same thoughts that any one of us would be feeling but for some reason, just because she was in the White House, we assumed she never had to deal with it and her grieving was somehow different. But she did. And I never thought about it until I watched this movie. 


This is an unusual film because it is shot like a play instead of a regular movie. The acting performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are top notch. I also really enjoyed Steven Henderson, who plays the youngest son in the movie and takes the brunt of his father’s frustration with life. Their acting performances are nothing short of spectacular. You would expect nothing less. 

This is a heavy movie. What you are seeing is a slice of what live has been like in America for so many of the African American community, where they ask do I even dare to dream big? Do I even dare to hope for something great to come from this life? As life gets in the way due to alcohol, drugs, gangs, and arrests the chance to succeed has been robbed. The time they get to actualize their dream was taken away while in prison. I'm glad I saw it because it offered a different perspective on opportunity. I was fueled with compassion and shared frustration. 


Check out who wins this Sunday February 26, you know I'll be watching! 

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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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