A popular and potentially controversial host and popular films in tight races should give Oscar a ratings boost this year.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 24th, 2013. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
Here’s hoping first time host Seth MacFarlane treats the gig as if it will be his one and only shot and goes for the jugular. Great mock-musical numbers seem inevitable, but his usual brand of gross and absurd insult pop-mockery comedy will more than likely be criminally toned down unless he adopts a devil-may-care attitude and taunts the producers. I have a hunch the guy will take things surprisingly seriously (with polished laughs and one or two insults that fall flat) and there will likely be far too many Ted gags.
With MacFarlane as host and an unusually tight race in some of the major categories, this could be one of the more interesting years to watch. Argo seems the odds-on favorite despite some historical precedence working against it. I still think Silver Linings Playbook could upset and score Best Picture and Director, but I’m not betting on it, and my heart belongs to Lincoln. Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor are especially tough calls this year.
Seth MacFarlane was okay…but Daniel Day Lewis got the biggest laughs of the night
The overall telecast was painfully long (even more so than usual) and kept alive only by the live Tweeting I followed (thanks @PattonOswalt, the fake @Michael_Haneke, et al!)
There were a few genuine surprises (Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Ang Lee) though none that I could say I was actually pleased by
Ann Hathaway gave the most disingenuous speech
Jennifer Lawrence gave the shortest, cutest speech
Weird guys with long blond hair rocked the tech categories
Affleck got all teary-eyed as a winning producer making it sound like getting snubbed for a directing nod or staring in Gigli were akin to having overcome genuine hardship #HollywoodProblems
I scored 16/24 (okay, but not great) in my family Oscar pool
The Academy got at least one thing right this year...Billy Crystal is back, baby!
The 84th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 26th, 2012. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
It was nice to have Billy Crystal back – he was funny though a shadow of his former golden self. It was a fairly snooze-inducing night with no big surprises except for maybe the tinny microphones (an ironic sound design defect during a show that lavished undeserved gifts upon a silent film) and I eagerly switched over to The Walking Dead on AMC at 11pm.
I scored a strong 17/24 in my family Oscar pool. In the only categories I gave a damn about, I was 1 for 2 as A Separation took home a well-deserved statue for Best Foreign Language Film while Emmanuel Lubezki was royally robbed in the cinematography category for The Tree of Life by the guy from Hugo. Continue reading →
Anne Hathaway and James Franco are wondering, too, how they got the gig.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 27th, 2011. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
There were no real surprises this year. Anne Hathaway did her best, but to no avail, next to lifeless co-host James Franco, who appeared as if he hadn’t even shown up for rehearsal and couldn’t care less that he was there. Next year, Academy, give us a comedian. The speeches were nothing special, though who would’ve thought that of the two, Melissa Leo would’ve out “bat-shitted” Christian Bale? Meanwhile, after batting under .500 in my predictions last year, I rebounded nicely by scoring 16/24 correctly and regained my family Oscar pool crown. Continue reading →
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, March 7th, 2010. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars are announced.
Well, I scored a personal worst of only 11/24 this year (after a record shattering personal best score of 18/24 last year), but I’ve never been happier to have been so wrong. The right film actually won for the first time since, well, I don’t know when!
Highlights of the evening included:
A few genuine surprises in the screenplay categories and for foreign language film.
Hosts (Baldwin and Martin) who were actually funny.
No musical numbers spare for the humorous opening! (Though there was an annoying dance number for the best score nominees)
The humility, humor, and quiet heartbreak of Sandra Bullock who knew she did not deserve to win but was so sincerely thankful.
The humility of Kathryn Bigelow who knew she deserved to win (and made history in doing so) but also knew there are more important things and more important people to honor than films and filmmakers.