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Oscar week

February 22, 2011

Oscar Wilde circa 1890

No – not that Oscar.

I’m talking about that little gold-plated statuette that Hollywood’s elite, and not so elite, want to wrap their tinsletown paws around in recognition of film triumph.

I’ll admit it publicly. The Academy Awards are a guilty pleasure and have been for quite some time.

There always seems to be some kind of controversy at the awards, whether it was Bard Renfro’s absence from the “Memorial” at the 80th awards, or question of ownership for Heath Ledger’s statue at the 81st, or back in 1972 when heavily favored Marlon Brando won for The Godfather. Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an actress pretending to be Apache, in his place to accept the award. She told the attendees that Brando refused to accept his Oscar because of the poor treatment of American Indians by the film industry. Her short speech garnered a round of boos from the Hollywood crowd.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “Best Picture” award.  Last year the field of nominees was expanded from five to ten films.  Nominations for this years best picture are:

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

Best Picture will either be King’s Speech, Facebook, or Rooster Cogburn. (I like True Grit to win, as a late fan favorite.) James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host Sunday night’s ABC broadcast of the 83rd Academy awards which begins at 8 ET/5 PT.

 



“My friend James Cameron and I made three films together – True Lies, The Terminator and Terminator 2. Of course, that was during his early, low-budget, art-house period.” ~Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1998 Academy Awards

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