One is in Rabbit Hole and she is up for an Oscar for it. This movie is not popular at all at the box office and my friend and I were the only ones in the theater the night I saw it. Its subject matter is hardly entertainment for most. Instead, it is one of our biggest fears: the loss of a child. I had already seen the play and so I was emotionally prepared and focused instead on her incredible performance. She goes from raw, gut-wrenching heartache to completely encapsulating her grief to even some comedy and then out...out into the Rabbit Hole. A breath-taking performance.
I have seen four of the Oscar nominated movies: Rabbit Hole, Black Swan, The Social Network and The King's Speech (thanks Christian!!)...a record for me. However, I have missed Annette Bening's performance and The Fighter. I think "they" say the Oscar is a toss-up between her and Natalie Portman. I think Nicole Kidman should win. Give me a ballot! I would also vote for Colin Firth for Best Actor, The King's Speech for Best Movie. Supporting actors, unsure. I cannot imagine topping Geoffrey Rush's performance.
And, while talking about winning, I am going to try out a new pilaf recipe over the weekend. It is from The Fresh Market's magazine, "Inspirations". (For more on The Fresh Market, please scroll down to yesterday's post!) I am going to serve it with my fave kale salad pictured below and add in a little extra Golden Delicious apple for good measure! Enjoy your weekend!
Sundried Tomato Rice Pilaf (taken verbatim from Inspirations)
1 package Rice River Farms Multigrain Rice Medley, cooked according to instructions
1/4 cup TFM Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 package Baby Portabella Mushrooms
1 1/2 cups Julienne Cut California Sun Dried Tomatoes
2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated
While rice is cooking, heat sauté pan over medium high heat for 2 minutes. Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and quickly sauté, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, toss to combine mushroom mixture, cooked rice, and sundried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and serve. Serves 3-4.