A Best Picture Oscar Prediction (Sort Of)

I cannot believe the Academy Awards are here. Who even hosted last year? This year, Seth MacFarlane will either knock it out of the park or he will go extremely lowbrow. I’m going to go ahead and predict he won’t exactly fail as a host, but it will be a rough night. I’m just glad he’s a fan of old school musicals; it’s the only advantage he has. And let’s be honest, this year’s Best Picture nominees are all over the place, with almost half of the field focusing on a couple of dark times in American History. Out of the 9 nominated films, I only saw four; oh there will come a day when I will see all of them, but 9 is a steep number to spend all my money on. Here are the ones I did see…

Lincoln

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Now if you know Oscar voters (I don’t know any personally) they love a sprawling, epic period piece. Don’t worry, we’ll get to Les Miserables momentarily and the voters love true stories, even if they are so very slightly inaccurate. What’s not inaccurate about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance as Honest Abe. And I would say you’ll see Day-Lewis walk away with his third Best Actor award. The only other possibly guaranteed winner is Best Supporting Actor nominee and Grumpy Cat doppleganger Tommy Lee Jones, who won in the same category in for The Fugitive. Nope, Sally Field won’t win Best Supporting Actress and honestly, she was just so-so as Mary Todd Lincoln. Will Lincoln win Best Picture? I would say the odds are very good, like let’s go with it has a 75 percent chance of winning.

Les Miserables

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Here’s another sprawling, yet musical, story for older Oscar voters to salivate over. It’s the runner-up to Lincoln in nominations with 8, but it may not see but maybe one acting winner, Anne Hathaway. I mean how can you not look at her “I Dreamed a Dream” performance and not fall apart? Very cliche’ and very heartwarming, but she will mostly likely win Best Supporting Actress. Hugh Jackman would win Best Actor if Day-Lewis wasn’t in the mix; will we see a tie? Nah. It may win for many non-acting awards, but Best Picture? Not this time. Thank God for the separate Musical or Comedy and Drama Best Picture awards at the Golden Globes right? I loved it, but at the same time, the last hour was way too long. Sadly, most Best Picture nominees clock in at 2 and half hours. Here? 2 hours and 45 minutes. GAH! It was so long, I’ve forgotten most of it. But I won’t soon forget Russell Crowe’s singing voice.

Silver Linings Playbook

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I loved Silver Linings Playbook, and it’s the first of two Best Pictures that can upset Lincoln. Plus, it has an actor nominated in all major categories, however, I wasn’t impressed with Robert DeNiro or Jacki Weaver (both Supporting nominees as Pat’s (Bradley Cooper) parents. Were they good? Sure, but really, both of them? This film will probably catch the fancy of younger Oscar voters; it’s a love story, it’s an honest yet non-scathing look at mental illness, and it has Best Actor nominee Cooper and Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence, who was nominated two years ago for Winter’s Bone is tied with Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (didn’t see it) for the win, and I can’t really make a prediction without seeing Chastain, but since I only saw Lawrence, I’ll give her the Oscar. Now as far as Best Picture? Maybe. It’s modern, it’s gritty, and David O. Russell nabbed a Best Director nod. However, if one film can topple the Lincoln monster…

Argo

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I just watched Argo last night, and I thought it was fantastic. Bonus, it’s only 2 hours long! Another Oscar voter hook is true and political, but not too political. We all know the story of the 50 American hostages who were captured in Iran in 1979; those 50 were held for 444 days and they were released the moment President Ronald Reagan was sworn in. I didn’t know of this incredible story to rescue six US Embassy employees who were not taken hostage, and how a CIA operative orchestrated a fake movie (with the fugitives as the crew) to rescue them. The Canadian Embassy played a much bigger part in the rescue than was shown in the film, which served as a bit of controversy and gained Argo that “historically inaccurate” moniker. Even former President Jimmy Carter, who was held hostage in his own right as he could never secure release for the 50 left behind, went on record to point out the inaccuracies. Ironically, you hear Carter’s voice as the prologue rolls at the end of the film, which is a great punctuation mark. So Ben Affleck may not be nominated for Best Director, but Argo could pull off the ultimate upset by winning Best Picture.

Out of the remaining Best Picture nominees, Zero Dark Thirty has the buzz to possibly steal some awards and as usual, Quentin Tarantino’s only win for Django Unchained will be his Original Screenplay. And Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhané Wallis may be cute, but I doubt she can win Best Actress. Nevertheless, who knows? All the odds makers will really be kicking themselves if the 9-year-old pulls off an upset.

Happy watching!
 

 

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Dance Moms: Water Water Everywhere!

(mylifetime.com)

(mylifetime.com)

I usually have TV watching conflicts on Tuesday nights, however, last night’s State of the Union address knocked out a lot of primetime network programming and I was able to enjoy Dance Moms in all its glory. And this was one for the books. A promo showed Candy Apple Candy hitting Abby with her oversized purse and I could see lots of water being thrown at Cathy by both Abby and Jill. Plus, the promo promised a “90-minute” episode, and although all the mayhem didn’t unfold until the last 5-10 minutes, depending on you are, it was one hell of a show. Emphasis on the word “show”.

I’m sure fans of the Lifetime reality series are wondering why it took so long to show a semi-physical fight between the Moms. There are plenty of verbal dust-ups every week, but this one was different. Simply put, Abby was at her wit’s end with everybody and it set off a series of unfortunate events.

But let’s do a bit of a recap. After Abby yelled at Chloe last week for dropping her hat in the group number that won, Mom Christi promptly packed up and hauled out of the dressing room and she hauled out of venue with Chloe in tow yelling at the camera people the whole time. So this week’s pyramid showed Chloe at the bottom with the word “suspended” scrawled at the top of her picture. The Moms discuss whether any of them had spoken to Christi and even Kelly couldn’t get her to return texts or calls. With Chloe out of the picture, Abby decides to award Nia and Paige a duet with Maddie and Kendall both doing solos. I’m really over Kendall and her Mom Jill. I’ve never been a fan, because Jill has always tried to brown-nose her way into Abby’s heart, despite Abby calling out Kendall every friggin’ week for mistakes. Plus Jill is a notorious shit-stirrer, and I pray she gets rid of the blond look soon. UGH!

Also, now that Chloe is out of the picture, Abby decides to bring back internet sensation and “it” girl Sophia Lucia and her Mom Jackie. Sophia came in when Abby replaced all of her team few episodes ago and she’s a really good dancer; dare I say, a lot better than Maddie. But when the regulars all came crawling back, Sophia disappeared and she suddenly disappeared on this episode. We learn Nia is having a great deal of pain in one of her feet and wouldn’t you know, she does have an actual condition that has Holly doubting whether or not Nia will be able to compete in Detroit. Meanwhile in Ohio, Cathy decides to continue competing with her all-male team (cop out!) as she’s still determined to beat Abby. I miss Vivi-Anne, the human prop, however, Vivi has been pegged into a new role on the show, a sounding board for Cathy. Boring! I wonder what Vivi thinks about sequestration?

It’s competition day and Cathy decides if she can’t beat the ALDC on stage then why not beat them on transportation. She arrives with her dancers in a stretch, black limo truck and of course starts berating Abby before they even get in the door, and Abby’s mood is not good and she tells Cathy to go to hell. One of Cathy’s Dance Dads (?) then gets in Abby’s face and of course Abby points out none of Cathy’s dancers are from Ohio. Peck-peck-peck! The love fest carries over to the ALDC dressing room when Holly decides to give Abby a little piece of her mind (she calls her “evil”) which prompts Abby to immediately pull Nia and Paige’s duet. Yes, Abby made a snap decision based on Holly’s attitude. After all the competition is over, Maddie beats Cathy’s dream boy Gino and Cathy’s dancers, ahem, beat the ALDC’s group number. UH OH!

Now are you telling me the producers didn’t make Cathy go in the ALDC’s dressing room to gloat? I mean wouldn’t it have been a better moment if was out in front of all the fans? The fight starts with Abby “accidentally” throwing a little water at Cathy thinking the “witch would melt” so Cathy decides to rare back and barely wallop Abby with her purse. Whatever happened to slapping and hair-pulling? Lots of cursing ensues and then Jill, who brought Kendall to Candy Apples after Abby wasn’t impressed, unleashes an entire bottle of water at Cathy’s dry, brittle hair, to which Cathy responded, unsuccessfully, with another purse swing. Is it over? No. Abby then calls up her mother to relay the events and Melissa starts panicking, telling Abby about high blood pressure and she thinks she’s going to have a heart attack. GASP! So the episode ends with disbelief and Abby exiting the dressing proclaiming she’s had it.

What’s next? Christi returns and Abby doesn’t drop dead. Until then…

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Bye Bye Pope Benedict And Those Wacky Grammys!

I’m sure you’ve already seen an extreme influx of Pope retirement jokes, but it’s true, Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years on February 28th. And he just joined Twitter a few months ago. Too much pressure right there. Now do I care about the Pope? No. However, this news is a big deal considering Benedict had only served about eight years. The only Pope I ever knew before Benedict was John Paul II, and I totally watched his funeral. Wait, did I say I didn’t care? Okay, my joke on the situation, the Pope got tired of extending the warranty on the Pope Mobile. So if you are still thinking about what to give up for Lent, you just got served! Pope Mobile for life.

"Screw you guys, I'm going home!"

“Screw you guys, I’m going home!”

Moving on, I watched the Grammys in bits and pieces because it was a cluster fuck of a TV watching/recording night. At first, I planned to watch the Christmas episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but then I kept a watch on Twitter and I was missing some Grammy stuff, so I switched over during the commercial breaks. Finally, I said “screw it!” and I set my DVR to record the Thompson clan on a rerun. I had planned to DVR Downton Abbey all along because The Walking Dead returned last night, but I kept finding myself switching over to the Grammys when I could. I know the Oscars are on the 24th, so why not air the Grammys on the 17th? I don’t why I just thought that because I would’ve been faced with the exact same dilemma minus Honey Boo Boo. Everyone, whether they like a Frank Ocean or a Fun., has an opinion on the Grammys. I wish all these music fans would understand the Grammys are always horribly flawed. Sure, you’ll see the expected nominees i.e. Kelly Clarkson (won, but I hope she hires a stylist stat!), Adele (won, oh what the hell happened to her basic black look?), and yes, despite her manic, steam punk opening number, Taylor Swift did win a non-televised award for her The Hunger Games soundtrack collaboration with The Civil Wars in the category, “Best Song Written for Visual Media” ?????? I’m really over Taylor Swift, and while I’m at it, I don’t get the fascination with Mumford & Sons, who won Album of the Year for Babel. I understand pop music continues to change but I’m not a fan of a random group who probably won’t win anything next year. And although I’m sick of “Hey Ho”, I can tolerate The Lumineers. Call me fickle. While I’m on the subject of things I’m sick of…this photo from the ceremony…

We get it already!

We get it already!

My lesbian card may be revoked, but this was funny for about a minute, then it spread like wild fire, and I was sick of it after two hours. But I can’t wait to see what the One Million Moms have to say. My other observation, Portia de Rossi is SMOKIN’ HOT these days! Lord have mercy! And I’m sure we can all agree, this photobomb should’ve won something…

Yes! (cnn.com/getty images)

Yes! (cnn.com/getty images)

Now one moment I missed, was The Black Keys, who also won, performing with the Preservation Hall Jazz musicians from New Orleans and…Dr. John (also a winner!) in a get-up that would beat George Clinton on his best day…*watch this video asap since it will be yanked off YouTube soon!

Oh, and Ellen lost to a fellow sister, Janis Ian, in the Best Spoken Word Album category. And Carrie Underwood (won) wore some sort of hologram, projection screen dress. That was NOT a Grammy moment. The best moment I got to watch was a super group tribute to the late Levon Helm that included, Elton John, Mavis Staples (WERK!), Mumford & Sons (eh), Zac Brown (ZBB won!) Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes (they were robbed!), and T. Bone Burnett. And of course they performed “The Weight”. And of course, I can’t find a video, legal or otherwise, of the performance. Damn! The other neat moment, Prince presented Record of the Year to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used To Know”, now that was a fair award situation. Maybe the Grammys aren’t so flawed after all.