I like to watch the Oscars – most of the time.
Sure, I find the ceremony boring at times – there really are
too many televised categories – and if I don’t have a dog in the fight for best
picture, I’m usually less inclined to watch until the end.
Still, there’s something fun about watching Hollywood’s
elite get dressed up for the evening and pretend not to be mad when they lose
an award to someone else.
This year I have seen most of the nominated films – so I’m
not behind the curve on that front – and I’m really interested in the best
actress category (I can’t decide if I want Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica
Chastain to win). And yet, still, I’m not all that excited about the Oscars.
First off, I’ve already decided that I’m switching over to
watch ‘The Walking Dead’ live during the ceremony. I will watch the beginning
of the show and the end of the show – but I can’t wait to watch ‘The Walking
Dead’ tonight. Not only is Merle reuniting with the people he just tortured,
but Andrea will meet up with the people she thought abandoned her – right after
The Governor dropped a walker bomb on them. That’s just good television.
Second, while I find Seth MacFarlane entertaining – I’m
guessing he’s going to be kept on a short leash (and I’m predicting at least
one ‘Ted’ appearance). The Oscars are too staid to really let a funny comic do
what he wants. They should stick with safer choices – like Billy Crystal.
Third, while I liked ‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Lincoln’
and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ -- I didn’t fall in love with any of them to the point
where I will be disappointed if one of them fails to win. They’re all good, but
they weren’t my favorite movies of the year. That honor goes to ‘The Avengers.’
Sue me, that movie was all kinds of awesome.
Fourth, the Academy really should cut down on some of the
televised categories – because there are a whole pile of them that no one cares
about. Okay, the people competing in the fields care – but they’re the only ones.
Finally, I honestly don’t think there will be that many surprises
in this year’s ceremony. Daniel Day Lewis, Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathway
appear to have three of the big four awards sewn up. Sure, there’s always a chance that
Robert De Niro and Sally Field will sneak in for a nostalgic win – but that
probably won’t happen.
The only real toss-up is the best actress category – where I’m
genuinely torn. Chastain and Lawrence were both amazing this year – and it
would be great if they could tie – but I’m guessing that Lawrence is going to
walk away with the award. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ was just too dark for some people.
So, in the end, I’m excited to see the dresses and the best
actress category – but I’m more excited to see ‘The Walking Dead.’
Anyone else think this year’s Oscars are going to be boring?