There are some givens for this Sunday’s 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast: Billy Crystal will likely slay it with his usual humorous monologue and “safe” appeal; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close star Max von Sydow will continue his silent streak by not winning Best Supporting Actor, and Miss Piggy and Kermit will make for the evening’s best presenters. Aside from that, the telecast should offer more surprises than usual. Sure there are slam dunks like Rango taking home Best Animated Feature, and The Artist will probably win big in most major categories, but I suspect a bunch of upsets in the acting categories. Continue reading
I realize it’s weird, but the Oscar nominations announcement has been almost as big an event for me as watching the awards themselves. For decades, it’s been a ritual. I make my coffee, sit on the couch, and watch Good Morning America and E! as the news pours in.
As a kid, I used to tape the nominations and watch them when I got home from school. Without the Internet, I never had to worry about anyone spoiling the news. As years went on, my interest only peaked. I used to go into high school late on “announcement day” because movies meant so much more to me than Earth Science did. By college, I’d bring a beat-up Watchman (yes, I’m showing my age) and listened with headphones on in the middle of class.
For years, “announcement day” meant comparing my predictions to the always on-point critic Joel Siegel before the real ones were revealed. While the late great movie critic passed away in 2007, I’m always reminded about those special times during my younger days. Continue reading