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Oscars 2013, Your Time is Here

This year was, quite indeed, a great year for the movies. More times than not, I sat on the edge of my theatre seat in great anticipation for what was about to unfold in front of my very easily distracted eyes.  This even includes a twice interrupted viewing of Zero Dark Thirty, of which the projector froze twice. So what am I hoping for with the impending arrival of the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony? Well, mostly I’m hoping that Seth McFarlane keeps his jokes offensive and the crowd roaring, Jennifer Lawrence wears something  other than a dress that looks as though the bust could double as a BB gun, and that Daniel Day Lewis let’s somebody else win for once. Really dude.

Aside from those small requests, I’m hopeful and content with any and all contenders the academy sees fit for the naked gold man, whom I assume is called Oscar. Except, I’d also really prefer if it didn’t go to Hugh Jackman either, as it is he just irks me.

Where am I going with this, you ask? I just want to point out, again, that it has been an awesome year at the movies. Aside from Taken 3. That is. Because I don’t like to drink or socialize on the regular, movie watching is pretty much my part time job, and this year, they really put me to work. For starters, I never anticipated a quasi-romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper to completely overwhelm me to the point where I was at a loss to describe what made the movie so, well, moving. Also, after being dragged to the theatres, quite reluctantly, to watch what was, according to me, a boring historical movie about the capture of a now evil dead guy, it was I who could not shut up about Zero Dark Thirty, or Jessica Chastain’s performance, for weeks. Skyfall, might just have been the best recent Bond movie of yet, and then of course, there was the brilliance of, Argo fuck  yourself.

So, Mr. Oscar, whatever you have in store tomorrow for us I’m sure will be alright with me, as it should be the rest of the world. However, Hollywood 2013, you have a lot to live up to.

And I’ll be watching you.


Who are you picks for the Oscars?

Oscar season is hear, so it’s not just sports fans who are looking at odds and making their picks. Of course the Super Bowl is all the rage this week with the New England Patriots and the New York Giants getting all the attention, but between that and March Madness, the biggest event for people who like to bet is probably The Academy Awards.

This year, the huge favorite is “The Artist” which definitely qualifies as a unique and extraordinary accomplishment. Who would think that a silent film would be generating all the Oscar buzz in the 21st Century?

If you do some research on the odds, this film is definitely a huge favorite, though “The Help” nabbed a big award last night, so perhaps you might see a long shot emerging as a real possibility as well.

Between the Oscars and thee Super Bowl, this is a huge season for betting and online games and office pools. People get into the mood to play and then it spills over to other games. People get the games fever and then go online to search for more action like bingo. To know more about the latest updates and offer on free bingo, visit super free bingo sites. People who got o Vegas to bet the Super Bowl definitely end up playing all the table games as well. And people who get geared up for their Oscar pool get the buzz for fantasy sports as well.

So do you research, and even if the Best Picture category seems locked up, all the other awards will be harder to predict.

Pick the Oscar winners with Richard Roeper

If you’re entering an Oscars pool, you probably want to watch this video and get Richard Roeper’s picks, as his track record is pretty good. He picks the 24 main categories.

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Eric Hynes has a good article in Slate celebrating the quiet performances that make loud, Oscar-winning ones possible. Meanwhile, Bullz-Eye covers Academy Award upsets they’d like to see along with 10 movies the Oscar nominees don’t want you to see.

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John Krasinski* The smart and likable John Krasinski of “The Office” may be out of the running for the Captain America movie though his agent appears to be keeping busy. I take it some fan boys didn’t think he was sufficiently ultra-muscular or traditionally handsome or something enough for the role, but I find that a bit weird — especially considering that Steve Rogers starts out as an ordinary guy and it’s not Krasinski’s McLovin or something. He’d be a good choice and I hope they change their minds.  The other reputed candidates aren’t as well known to me, but the guy from the “Tron: Legacy” trailer certainly doesn’t strike me as anything too special based on what I saw there.

* It used to be that winning the best picture Oscar had major repercussions at the box office. At least for the so-far low-grossing “The Hurt Locker,” that might not be the case, though I’m sure it’s DVD sales will be a lot better than they would have been otherwise. The Iraq war drama appears to be caught in the crossfire between theater owners and studios over DVD releases.

* The show has taken its share of critical lumps, but Sunday’s Oscars did just fine in the ratings.

* Jim Emerson on the latest self-destructive move of Variety. Why do newspapers of all stripes seem to think that increasing prices and decreasing value is the way to salvation? I’d really like to know how that’s supposed to work.

* Howard Stern can be funny, but this item and accompanying clip, about his and cohost Robin Quivers’  nasty, idiotic reaction to “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe’s career prospects reminds me of what made me dislike him rather strongly back in the day– it’s not just the nastiness, it’s the fact that he doesn’t have a damn clue what he’s talking about. Or is it the case that John Goodman, Chris Farley, John Candy, Victor Buono, Dom De Luise, Nick Frost, Jonathan Winters, Jonah Hill, and countless other, admittedly mostly male, actors who are in the fat-to-obese category have had “no” careers over the last several decades?

Not that overweight actors, especially including severely obese ones like Ms. Sidibe, shouldn’t try to lose weight if they want a larger selection of parts and a longer and healthier life, though it’s always vastly easier said than done. Still, it’s definitely not true that she will “never” work again if she stays at her present weight. She’s already got work on Showtime.

* In Hollywood, imitation is the sincerest form of success envy. And so, it’s possible that Warner Brothers may be looking at the huge first-week success of “Alice in Wonderland” and thinking about going to meet the Wizard. One thing is true — as wonderful as the MGM classic is, the weirdness of the very long series of books has barely been touched by the movies,


Oscars ’08: The show must go on

The Academy Award nominees were released this morning, and if nothing else, they only further proved just how worthless this year’s Golden Globes really were. Most of the categories filled out as expected, but there were a few surprises, including Best Picture and Best Director nods for “Juno,” a Best Actor nod for Tommy Lee Jones, and Sean Penn’s crapfest “Into the Wild” getting almost completely shut out; save for the deserved nomination of Hal Holbrook in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Check out the nominees in all of the major categories, and then click below to read the full list. I’ve also attached stars to my predicted winners, so come back and let me know what you think.

“Michael Clayton”
(*) “No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell & the Butterfly”)
Jason Reitman (“Juno”)
Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”)
(*) Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”)

George Clooney (“Michael Clayton”)
(*) Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”)
Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”)
Tommy Lee Jones (“In the Valley of Elah”)

Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”)
Julie Christie (“Away from Her”)
Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”)
Laura Linney (“The Savages”)
(*) Ellen Page (“Juno”)

Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James”)
(*) Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Charlie Wilson’s War”)
Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”)
Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”)

Cate Blanchett (“I’m Not There”)
Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”)
(*) Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”)
Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”)

Christopher Hampton (“Atonement”)
Sarah Polley (“Away from Her”)
Ronald Harwood (“The Diving Bell & the Butterfly”)
(*) Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”)

(*) Diablo Cody (“Juno”)
Nancy Oliver (“Lars and the Real Girl”)
Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”)
Brad Bird (“Ratatouille”)
Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”)

“Beaufort” (Israel)
(*) “The Counterfeiters” (Austria)
“Katyn” (Poland)
“Mongol” (Kazakhstan)
“12” (Russia)

(*) “Ratatouille”
“Surf’s Up”

“American Gangster”
“The Golden Compass”
(*) “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
“There Will Be Blood”

Roger Deakins (“The Assassination of Jesse James”)
Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”)
Janusz Kaminski (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”)
(*) Roger Deakins (“No Country for Old Men”)
Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”)

Albert Wolsky (“Across the Universe”)
Jacqueline Durran (“Atonement”)
(*) Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”)
Marit Allen (“La Vie en Rose”)
Colleen Atwood (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)

“No End in Sight”
“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
(*) “Sicko”
“Taxi to the Dark Side”

Christopher Rouse (“The Bourne Ultimatum”)
Juliette Welfling (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”)
Jay Cassidy (“Into the Wild”)
(*) Roderick Jaynes (“No Country for Old Men”)
Dylan Tichenor (“There Will Be Blood”)

(*) Dario Marianelli (“Atonement”)
Alberto Iglesias (“The Kite Runner”)
James Newton Howard (“Michael Clayton”)
Michael Giacchino (“Ratatouille”)
Marco Beltrami (“3:10 to Yuma”)

(*) “Falling Slowly” (“Once”)
“Happy Working Song” (“Enchanted”)
“So Close” (“Enchanted”)
“That’s How You Know” (“Enchanted”)
“Raise It Up” (“August Rush”)

“La Vie en Rose”
(*) “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”

“The Bourne Ultimatum”
“No Country for Old Men”
“3:10 to Yuma”
(*) “Transformers”

“The Bourne Ultimatum”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”
(*) “Transformers”

“The Golden Compass”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
(*) “Transformers”

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