It’s almost upon us: Hollywood’s annual Valentine to itself, the Oscars. Let’s call the awards ceremony the original selfies, one that’s been going on since the Roaring Twenties, when booze was illegal instead of pot and talkies were the hard-edged new technological achievement. Within a few years, we will have 360 degree films with each member of the audience equipped with headphones and goggles as they’re taken on virtual roller coaster rides. Wonder how the Oscars will deal with that?
Before we get to the new age of Aldous Huxley’s “feelies,” let’s whisk just a few days into the future to Sunday, Feb. 22, when Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards. Harris may be doing penance for his shockingly bad performance in Gone Girl, a potential Oscar nominee that seems to have faded quickly into oblivion. Will he turn into this generation’s Bob Hope or even Billy Crystal? Or will he become renowned for presiding over a debacle, like Seth Macfarlane and David Letterman?
Millions of eyeballs will be glued to the set to find out and most will watch from the red carpet display of Hollywood beauties (female and male) parading their latest fashion crimes through to Harris’ f/x laden monologue and onto the early frequently inessential winners to the moment, hours and hours later, when the Best Picture prize is announced.
Readers of this web review column and listeners to Mike and Jean’s wonderful Good Morning GTA programme know that I’m a notoriously bad prognosticator of the Oscars. Seems I lack the popular touch—at least among the millionaires in southern California. Hey: I don’t tan, I molt. And I’ll likely be shedding skin on Sunday night as this year’s quite logical picks go down in flames.
This column, “Oscarmania,” is actually part two of my Academy Award picks. For fun, check out “Those Darned Oscars” posted three weeks ago for a number of my predictions on the major categories. I’ve stuck with all of those picks except for two.
First, my steadfast picks in which I predict a mini-sweep for Boyhood:
Picture – Boyhood
Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Actor – Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything
Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Adapted Screenplay – Inherent Vice (P.T. Anderson)
Original Screenplay – Boyhood (Linklater)
Cinematography – Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
Costume Design – Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood)
Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen)
Ok, I’ve decided to try to up my score this year so I’ve changed my vote in the following two:
Documentary Feature – Salt of the Earth should win but I’m changing my vote to the winner: CitizenFour (Laura Poitras)
Foreign Language Film – Leviathan should win but I’m changing my vote to the winner: Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Now, what about the rest of the picks? These selections are brand new:
Animated Feature Film – It’s ker-pow%$#blam***battle between Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The winner should be The Tale of Princess Kaguya but never mind.
And the winner is: How to Train Your Dragon 2
It’s funny and grossed more money last year than most of the countries in the United Nations
Animated Short ̵