And The Winner Should Be…

February 26, 2012


Or Zookeeper? 100 years from now the genius of Zookeeper will be realized, man.

So, listen, we all have different feelings about the Oscars…often not great, sure, but there’s something unmistakably alluring about whole thing.  Maybe it’s just trying to identify the “best” movie, maybe it’s trying to identify what will win through examining the odds, maybe it’s just waiting for it to be over so you can huff and pshaw and proclaim that, “Everyone knows the best movie of the year was Bloodrayne: The Third Reich.”

Well, let’s play, shall we?  For this week’s Weekly Question of the Week: Who should win, and who will win, who should have been nominated in tonight’s Oscars?


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30 Comments on “And The Winner Should Be…”

  1. topiclessbar Says:

    I would be happy to see Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and Terrence Malick win. And Woody Allen for screenplay cause, you know, he’s Woody Allen.


  2. She's a Maineiac Says:

    Best picture: Hugo Best Director: Scorsese
    Animated Film: Rango
    Best Actor: Clooney
    Best Actress: Close
    Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
    Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill

    (it should be noted that I have not actually seen any of these films and I always get the winners wrong)


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Initially I thought Hugo, because it’s Scorsese, and the film is a love-letter to Hollywood, but then I remember that The Artist is entirely a love-letter to Hollywood, while Hugo is only for part. And Hollywood does enjoy the love letters to themselves.


  3. Life in the Boomer Lane Says:

    The Descendants: Best picture (but I didn’t see The Artist)
    George Clooney: Best actor in a lead role.
    Octavia Spencer: Best acctress in a supporting role
    Viola Davis: Best actress in a lead role Best Video


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Betting against Meryl Streep? Streep playing a major historical figure? I thought, to save time, they should have just mailed her the Oscar as soon as she was cast in the part. Although, she at no point takes a slushee to the face in it, it’s true…


      • Life in the Boomer Lane Says:

        I see now that I was delusional. But seriously, when I saw her playing Thatcher, I said I think they should just give her an Oscar that says “Best Actress in Any Role Whatsoever Including A Non-Cartoon Animal Even or An Inanimate Object,” and have that be a permanent award and then don’t give her any more so that other people can have a shot at it..


  4. Elyse Says:

    They’re still making movies? Don’t they go straight to DVD?


  5. gojulesgo Says:

    Second Hub is singing with Kermit on the E! preshow, which means everyone wins.

    But also my other BFF, Michelle Williams, for Best Actress, should win (along with Melissa McCarthy).


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Unrelated: The first time I ever saw E! network, my wife and I were on a road trip and wound up at this horrible motel. It was so cheap that the door wouldn’t lock, and we wound up pushing a chair in front of it to brace it closed. Then we turned on the TV and it was on E! and it was something so trashy we couldn’t believe it. With the added context as my introduction, the E! network makes me feel dirty just thinking about.


  6. becomingcliche Says:

    Harry Potter for the clean sweep (Cleansweep? Get it?)


  7. sj Says:

    I…have no idea who was nominated for anything this year.


  8. tomwisk Says:

    Haven’t been to a theater since I don’t know when. Most of the newer releases I see are on HBO. I can only judge from what the news and entertainment shows put on. If Gary Oldman is nominated he should win for being one of the most versatile actors since DiNiro. I’d like to see The Artist win because it’s an homage to an era when films made you use more of your brain.


  9. Lenore Diane Says:

    I hope VIola Davis wins. I first saw her in an episode or two of Judging Amy. She was fantastic in those episodes. FANTASTIC!!! I’ve been a huge fan of hers since then.
    Best Picture? Haven’t seen any, but I am drawn to The Artist. I hope to see it soon. I love the idea, and I love the fact that a ‘silent’ black and white picture can make it in today’s society. Love it.


  10. MJ, Nonstepmom Says:

    We watched Ides of March last night & liked it – is that nominated ?Prob’ly not, it was good. Oh, & I liked that movie done in blac & white with the cute dog. Not gonna lie, I only watch the red carpet; though I’m not sure why cuz its so self-important…maybe i need to start another book. Do they have award shows for those?


  11. thesinglecell Says:

    I’m delivering a bit of an aside. My coworker passed out a form so we could predict winners. I saw, in the category of Best Original Song, a tune from the Muppet movie that was out a little while back. I misread the title. It’s “Man Or Muppet,” but I read it as “Man On Muppet.” I’m fairly sure that’s a whole different awards show. That said… it has my vote!


  12. Jackie Cangro Says:

    Maybe we should also vote on whether or not Billy Crystal will be a better host than James Franco and Anne Hathaway from last year.
    I’d give Billy the theoretical statuette even before it airs.


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      I’d say certainly think it’s safe to say that Crystal will have less of a “Psh. This is so lame” attitude than Franco. (To be fair: I didn’t watch it, but that seemed to be the consensus)


  13. AMomentinEternity Says:

    ! am afraid this is a shameless and tawdry attempt to solicit readers for my new blog. And reading some of your posts I may have found the right place to try it on. Since you came up Byronic, see my first post for a bit of wasted Byron, you might be interested. I am leaving the comment here as I have a nice little ditty on the OSCARS on the site, It’s THE SONG FOR GOATS. Not sure on etiquette for this blogging stuff as I have never done it before. I am old, I am old and I wear the bottom of my trousers rolled.

    Good Luck

    From the Shamefaced to the Shameless


  14. Blogdramedy Says:

    Hey! I’m good at this stuff…let me see…

    Best Picture – “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer

    Directing – “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius

    Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”

    Actor in a Supporting Role – Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”

    Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

    Actress in a Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

    Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

    Writing (Original Screenplay) – “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen

    Animated Feature Film – “Rango” Gore Verbinski

    Art Direction – “Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

    Film Editing – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

    Cinematography – “Hugo” Robert Richardson

    Costume Design – “The Artist” Mark Bridges

    Documentary (Feature) – “Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

    Documentary (Short Subject) – “Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    Foreign Language Film – “A Separation” Iran

    Makeup – “The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

    Music (Original Score) – “The Artist” Ludovic Bource

    Music (Original Song) – “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

    Short Film (Animated) – “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

    Short Film (Live Action) – “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George

    Sound Editing – “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

    Sound Mixing – “Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

    Visual Effects – “Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

    Do I get a special prize for getting them right? 🙂


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