February 21, 2013

An obligatory overview of the Academy Awards.

If you're into movies, and a group of industry types telling you which ones are the "best," you must love the Academy Awards.

And how can you not? To paraphrase Scott Aukerman, the stars will be out! And they'll dress nice and be all rich, while you're at home, squatting in filth, covered in dirty rags and saving your much-needed pennies. But at least you'll (presumably) have wine, while they have to drink from carefully hidden flasks.

The Oscars are never as enjoyable as the Golden Globes (which already barely qualify as "fun") but they're more prestigious and give Hollywood bigwigs one more opportunity to rub all over each other and brag about how wonderful the previous year in filmmaking was. Which we all dutifully watch, like common lemmings.

The main purpose of this event, however, is to provide good fodder for pre-show blog posts and online banter. This whole week, I emailed back and forth with Andrew Johnson of tezini.com, movie buff and Internet-based film critic. He's a Midnight in Paris fan, but I still respect his opinion. Which, believe me, takes a lot of effort on my end.

So head over to Tezini and check out our witty palaver, which includes a bevy of (as he put it) "hopes, musings and predictions." Do I mention Rush Hour 2? Of course I do!

And if you're really, really, really curious as to what I think about this upcoming batch of Oscars (besides that they kinda stink), here are my official predictions (only the good categories, of course). You can take them to the bank!*

* Note: Do not take these to any sort of bank.

Best Foreign Language Film - Amour
Best Animated Film - Wreck-It Ralph
Best Adapted Screenplay - Argo
Best Original Screenplay - Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director - Steven Spielberg
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Supporting Actor - Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Picture - Argo

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