Fewer people are watching The Oscars, as this was the worst TV ratings performance since 2009. Still, Neil Patrick Harris was excellent as the host and his opening number had a planned interruption from Jack Black who went on a singing rant of everything that’s wrong with the movie business – too many superheroes and mindless sequels to start.
Still, it was cool to see an original film like “Birdman” take top honors.
I have to admit I was expecting a more entertaining Oscars show with Seth McFarlane handling the hosting duties. He did fine despite what the haters on Twitter said, but it’s still The Oscars, and much of the show can still be very boring. I switched over to watch “The Walking Dead” and the Showtime Sunday shows instead.
But, with the popularity of Oscar pools and betting on the winners, plenty of people were still glued to the screen waiting for the announcements. That’s not surprising, as the huge popularity of football has a lot to do with our desire to bet on sports and the exploding popularity of fantasy football.
There were plenty of surprises on Oscar night to keep everyone excited. Things got started with Christoph Waltz winning for Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” He definitely was not the favorite, with Nate Silver and others having him as the third most likely winner in the category with Tommy Lee Jones as the favorite. So right off the bat, many had a miss in their Oscar pool, while a few had a huge early win to start the evening.
Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence were favorites, so that had to reassure those who were less adventurous in their picks, but the Best Director and Best Picture results definitely had to blow up most pools. Ang Lee was a big surprise. As for “Argo,” it did pick up steam with people like Silver picking it to win, and the snub of Ben Affleck by the Academy may have even helped its cause. “Lincoln” was an excellent film, but I didn’t leave the theater thinking it was a lock for Best Picture. Daniel Day-Lewis was probably the biggest lock of the night, as his portrayal of Lincoln was inspiring.
So next year I think I’m finally going to enter a pool so it’s a little easier to sit through some of the contrived dance numbers and lame jokes.
When all the dust had cleared, all that was left were fake smiles of the losers and P.R. people promoting why you should see nominated films yet again. Nevertheless, there were awards that should’ve been handed out for only the best of reasons.
1. Best actress in a bout with gravity – Jennifer Lawrence. She could beat out a dozen teens trying to kill her for food in the “Hunger Games,” but she couldn’t walk in a dress without eating Oscar stairs. She got the last laugh taking home Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” but I guess being hot and coordinated was too much to ask.
2. Best Actress who left her headlights on – Anne Hathaway. Anne made an impression that only Mr. Skin could truly love. The only thing perkier than her upper chest region was the 9 year-old in the audience who probably asked her parents “Was she good enough to be the main actress likes me?
3. Best Host who was damned no matter what – Seth MacFarlane. Word is the senior members in the audience thought he was crude and unfunny. Of course, he got to be clowned by the 81 year-old William Shatner and made out with 66 year-old Sally Field. You’d think he’d get free AARP membership just for that alone. Check out the reaction shots from his “We saw your boobs” song and you’ll see why he needed an escort to his car.
4. Actor who will be referred to as “Mr. Meryl Streep” – Daniel Day Lewis. Winning an Oscar is great. Winning twice is exceptional, but winning three is just showing off. The uber-method actor is the Phil Jackson of acting right now. He’s one superhero role away from making people hating him for just being that good.
5. And the Who can get fired on Oscar night goes to…. – The Onion employee who tweeted a highly offensive comment about Quvenzhane Wallis. Quvenzhane is 9, cute and was nominated for Best Actress. The twittersphere unleashed their fury at the Onion and they rightfully suspended/reprimanded the employee in question. He or she is anonymous now, but people are already calling for their identity to get an additional pound of flesh (with dipping sauce and a biscuit).
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.