Yeah yeah yeah I know there are a million newsites, commentators, critics, blogs, radio shows, podcasts, men, women, children, sentient mammals and all other manner of energy talking about Oscar shit. But, hey, you expect us to start a pop culture blog a week before the nominations and not at least mention them?
So here are our top thoughts on yesterdays announcements:
- Expanding the Best Picture category has definitely meant the Academy is giving more nods to big budget pictures as well as the usual “art house” picture.
- Like Matt Damon staring at an empty cupboard where stacks of unsold signed copies of Jersey Girl and cutouts of J-Lo were once stored I found myself shouting “Ben Affleck’s been robbed!!” when the Best Director nominations were announced.
- Christopher Nolan is one of the great film making talents of his generation, and possibly two or three generations before him. And just like one of the greats of his own generation, Marty Scorcese, it feels like he may be waiting thirty years for a pity Oscar when his best work is perhaps behind him. Nothing for Inception two years ago. Nothing for Dark Knight Rises now. Criminal.
- No major Oscar nods for Skyfall is proof Bond will never win an Oscar for anything other than crooning or lighting.
- I was never a fan of Anne Hathaway until I saw her in Brokeback Mountain, when I saw her act rather than perform. Of the two films she could have been nominated for I can’t help feel the sleek, sensual energy she bought to Catwoman in Dark Knight Rises should have been recognised as much as her upcoming performance in Les Mis. But Les Mis is more Oscar friendly than Batman ever will be regardless of how soulful the performance.
- It was fantastic to see two small budget, big heart films make it onto the slate with the likes of Lincoln and Life of Pi. Big hopes for Amore and Beasts of The Southern Wilds but would put my wife’s savings on Lincoln winning.
- Robert De Niro should get some sort of comeback award let alone Best Supporting Actor given some of his recent efforts.
- If Zero Dark Thirty wins then half the audience will give a 5 minute standing ovation for the troops and half will sit in silent judgement.
- When I was nine I was learning not to play with my junk in front of guests and keep my finger out of my nose. Huge props to Quavann…..Queevin….Quovan…..to that nine year old girl in Beasts of the Southern WIld for her Best Actress Nod. Lets hope she’s not burnt out by 14.
- Finally Seth MacFarlane made me excited to watch the ceremony for the first time in about 12 years with his performance at what is usually the driest of dry press conferences. Having the balls to crack a Hitler joke and call out Harvey Weinstein? Good call getting the guy who is so rich and powerful from making a living offending celebrities he doesn’t have to worry about offending anyone.
For what it’s worth here is my tips for major winners:
Best Picture: Les Miserables
Best Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress: Naomi Watts
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Who knows? I wouldn’t put money on any of them. I would put money Seth MacFarlane wins the people’s choice award for Most Refreshing Host though…