Tuesday, February 23, 2010
For Your Consideration...Oscar Fever
This is the time of year when I dust off my glamourous duds and prepare for my annual Oscar Party. I used to have big parties. I would invite all of my friends and family and everyone would have a ballot and whoever got the most right would win a prize. I remember one year when the prize for "least correct" answers was a VHS recording of Mr. T's "Be Somebody or Be Somebobody's Fool."
Oh, the Good Old Days.
When the kids left home, we would plan trips to where they were and enlist their friends in our annual homage to the film world. And when we couldn't be with them, we would confer over the phone during the event.
Now it's just the significant other and me (and the dogs), but we will still honor the day (March 7), dress up, pop some bubbly and continue the competition.
What do you think about the Oscars?
Do you care?
What do you think about 10 films being nominated (this actually dates back to early Oscar years when this was the usual practice)?
Do you attend an Oscar Party?
Since I won't be, I thought I would give you a leg up and share some of my Oscar pics with you and the wisdom behind them.
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Here is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. This is definitely his year.
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock
Hard to believe she will beat Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep (who embodied Julia Child), but she is popular in Hollywood and has some star moments in the film so she will get the nod, much as Julia Roberts did for "Erin Brockovitch".
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
He has won every other award for his role in "Inglourious Basterds" so why not this one?
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique.
Same as above.
Best Animated Film: Up
It's also nominated for Best Picture so Best Animated Film is a no-brainer.
Best Foreign Film: The White Ribbon
Much buzz on this one.
Best Song: Have absolutely no clue. They all sound awful.
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow.
No woman has ever won the Best Director award so now is the Academy's chance to right that wrong.
(Did you know that Kathryn Bigelow was once married to James Cameron who directed "Avatar?")
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
I stuck my neck out in my blog called "What I know for Sure" saying this will win, so I am sticking with it. And in my mind, despite the buzz for "Avatar," it IS the best picture.
So there you have it.
You will have to work out "Best Documentary Short" and "Achievement in Makeup" and the others on your own. I don't want to give it all away. I may be watching the event with my husband and dogs, but I still want to win!
Now I need to go pick up the tuxedos for the poodles!
In the meantime, here are currently released Oscar contenders on DVD available at the library.
The Hurt Locker
Best Actor (Jeremy Renner)
Julie and Julia
Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
Best Animinated film
Best Documentary feature
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Best Animated feature film
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen