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Oscar Week – Part III

Oscar De La Hoya

No, not that Oscar.

So what do Vegas odds makers have to say about the Oscars? From what I can tell this is the year of the “Sure Thing.”

You have to go way down the Oscar ladder to Best Foreign Language Film to find anything close to a race where Biutiful has a slim lead over other entries in that category with only a 45% chance of winning.

On the other hand, this could be the night of the Long Shot.

The bookies did say the kid who won the Daytona 500 was a 225-1 shot. So maybe the stars can align for an improbable upset in the Kodak Theater and prove that nothing is impossible.

According to the folks at Intrade, here are the Oscar odds:

Best Picture: The King’s Speech (81%)
Best Actor: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech (95%)
Best Actress: Natalie Portman – The Black Swan (88%)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter (90%)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter (69%)
Best Director: David Fincher – Social Network (63%)

I have only seen one of the movies in the prime areas of the awards this year — The Coen Brother’s, True Grit. My sentimental wish is for young Hailee Steinfeld with her breathtaking portrayl of Mattie Ross, the stubborn young woman chasing her father’s killer in the Indian territories of Oklahoma.  She’s one of the long shots sitting in second place at 30%.

This year’s recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is award winning director, Francis Ford Coppola.

I am looking forward to the 83rd Oscars coming this Sunday night on ABC, with extras all evening at http://oscar.go.com/

Oscar week – Part Deaux

No, not that Oscar.

The 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony is this Sunday evening, live from Tinsletown. Historically there is usually a bit of pre-Oscar buzz surrounding circumstances in the main categories. Things seem to be quiet on the Oscar front..

That is until you get to a category most award viewers care little, if any, about. Yes, I’m talking about the Best Documentary Feature. As it happens something extraordinary has occurred in this group of nominees. I have actually seen one of the nominated films.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary filmed by an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker as he attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, the highly secretive and elusive London street artist. The film is as much about the cameraman, Thierry “Terry” Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash), the wild and crazy Frenchman who joined Banksy on many of his outdoor art campaigns.

For those of you with Hulu+, you can see Exit Through the Gift Shop, in its entirety. Consider this my recommendation.

So how has this rather benign documentary become so controversial for the powers to be over at the Academy offices? According to Media Bistro, a campaign of support for Banksy, in the form of drive-by street art, has been popping up all over Los Angeles for several weeks now. Academy Awards officials have officially declared that the artist known as Banksy will not be allowed entrance into the Awards show. Too bad — so sad.

I wonder if he will be allowed to paint the Red Carpet.

More about this story at: The Guardian.UK

Oscar week

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