Los Angeles

Oscar Pop Quiz

Sharpen your pencils Oscar fans!  The Academy Awards are on this Sunday night and The Wry Home is having an Oscar pop quiz.  With a prize.

I LOVE this show!

I almost saw all of the best picture nominees.  Missed Whiplash and Selma, but made it to the others.

My quiz is in only six of the categories.  Whoever gets the most answers right, will get a little Oscar goodie in the mail.  Just jot down your answers in the comments section at the end of this blog post by 6pm on Sunday EST.

The categories are as follows:


American Sniper

The Theory of Everything



The Imitation Game

The Grand Budapest Hotel



I am between two movies that start with a B.


Marion Cotillard ~ Two Days, One Night

Reese Witherspoon ~ Wild

Felicity Jones ~ The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore ~ Still Alice

Rosamund Pike ~ Gone Girl

I know Julianne is the favorite, but I am leaning towards another…


Steve Carell ~ Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper ~ American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch ~ The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton ~ Birdman

Eddie Redmayne ~ The Theory of Everything

He deserves this one!


Meryl Streep ~ Into the Woods

Laura Dern ~ Wild

Patricia Arquette ~ Boyhood

Emma Stone ~ Birdman

Kiera Knightly ~ The Imitation Game

12 years of devotion, well done.


Mark Ruffalo ~ Foxcatcher

Ethan Hawke ~ Boyhood

J.K. Simmons ~ Whiplash

Robert Duvall ~ The Judge

Edward Norton ~ Birdman

My movie crush is in this category.


Alejandro G. Inarritu ~ Birdman

Richard Linklater ~ Boyhood

Bennett Miller ~ Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson ~ Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum ~ The Imitation Game

His creativity should win him an Oscar.

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I missed The Judge and Two Days, One Night toobut more snow and freezing temps could lead to some weekend on-demanding.

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Good luck.  Enjoy the Academy Awards.  Check my Facebook page (link below) at 7pm Sunday EST for my Oscar picks.  I will announce the winner(s) in my blog post next week.  Please check-in so I can get your e-mail to send you the gift!

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Abbot Kinney ~ Venice, California

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Abbot Kinney is one of my favorite streets in LA.  I discovered it in 1994 when I was pregnant with our daughter.  Avoiding traffic on the highways, I took surface streets to get to my OB from Manhattan Beach.  Culver Blvd to Lincoln Blvd, left on Washington, all the way across Abbot Kinney, a right onto Main Street and into Santa Monica.  Hal’s and Joe’s restaurants were on Abbot Kinney back then (and still are) in addition to some yoga places and a few stores.  Not a lot in those days.  A grittier version of Venice.  But that has changed!

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Indie retailers and a great stretch of home design and gift stores have opened up on Abbot Kinney.

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Chariots on Fire had this adorable dog in the doorway, and Tumbleweed and Dandelion displayed graphic prints and hydrangeas.

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Strange Invisible Perfumes (on left) just renovated their beautiful store and A + K had cool Pantone chairs.

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Flowers are everywhere!  In doorways, window boxes, in stores…

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It is a great place to spot celebrities.  Last trip, we ran into Brittany Snow.  This time, we saw Taran Killam from SNL.  Autograph (or selfie) jackpot!

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The whole street is not even a mile long.  It is a feast for the eyes with great people watching and store after store that I want to go into.

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There are some fabulous restaurants on Abbot Kinney.  Tasting Kitchen, Gjelina, Abbot’s Pizza, Axe and, our old favorite, Joe’s to name a few.

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We were visiting LA under the guise of looking at colleges…  But Grace and I found a good two hours to leisurely spend on Abbot Kinney wandering in and out of stores.

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You (meaning me) basically want to buy everything.  It was hard to get me off Abbot Kinney, but the bribe of a delicious snack and a granita at Urth Caffe on Main Street in Santa Monica got me behind the wheel.

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For any Urth Caffe fans ~ the first Urth was right around the corner from our house in Manhattan Beach.  A tiny, rented storefront in the early 1990’s.  Manhattan Mudd coffee is named after this location.  I was there every morning before my commute to Beverly Hills, giant Manhattan Mudd in hand.  We love visiting them every time we come to LA!  Any other Urth Caffe fans out there?


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