It’s Oscar Weekend! Let’s Dance!

First: QUEEN IS OPENING THE OSCARS. I love this. I’m already taking guesses as to which song they’ll do. In my head I hear the opening a capella voices of “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” but just the name of the song will make people uncomfortable. Which I get, but man, that’s a great song.

USA Today:

“If you’re ever heard Queen’s music, I think this will be something that will invite you in in a really great way,” says producer Glenn Weiss. “The music is so well-known that this to us became a really great way to open the show and not be traditional like a normal awards show and depend on things like a monologue.”

So, it’s a really great way to do stuff! That’s a lot of words to make something sound not exciting at all. What you should have said was WATCH, because QUEEN WILL ROCK YOUR BUTTS OFF. ‘Nuff said.

Last night I decided Melissa McCarthy should win Best Actress for her amazing, understated performance as Lee Israel in Will You Ever Forgive Me? (I tend to root for whichever person I’ve most recently seen.) I’d choose her over Glenn Close just because the movie as a whole is better than The Wife. In my most humble opinion.

So, who do you think will win in the major categories? Or any category, since they will, thank Goddess, all be broadcast live? Here’s my list, followed by the name of the person I think should win. This is based on my usual habit of having seen about half of the movies.

And I’m not going to watch Vice, a film about Dick Cheney. TOO SOON.


Best Movie, I mean Picture: A Star is Born. Two popular performers doing a great job, a popular story, and music. I’d love to see Roma take it. I’d guess Green Book, but I think the Academy will shy away from the controversy the movie has generated)

Best Actor: Christian Bale. They’ll think it’s his turn, and he gained all that weight for the role. I’m fine with that.

Best Actress: Glenn Close. It’s time for this oft-nominated actress to get an Oscar already. I’d go with Melissa McCarthy, but if Yalitza Aparicio wins, I will stand and cheer. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Olivia Colman win though? They’re all so great! You too, Lady Gaga!

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliot. People love that guy, and he’s been around a long time. I’m fine with that. Mahershala Ali and Sam Rockwell have Oscars, and Adam Driver is just starting to hit it big. Richard Grant is incredible, but not many people have seen his movie. This is an amazing field of talent.

Best Supporting Actress: Marina de Tavira. If Roma wins any major award, this is the one they’d choose. It would be roundly praised, and they wouldn’t have to feel like they’re taking a risk by giving Best Picture or Actress to, you know, a foreign movie. On Netflix. That may be the question. Is the Academy ready to acknowledge the existence of Netflix? I’d give this to Rachel Weisz because I love love love her and she should get one already.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón. I know, I said they’d only choose one for Roma. Going out on a limb here. He deserves it, and I don’t know if the Academy is ready to give the Oscar to first-time director Bradley Cooper.

Also, what song will Queen open with??

 

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12 Responses to It’s Oscar Weekend! Let’s Dance!

  1. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Somebody to Love is probably my favorite Queen song. Fat Bottomed Girls would be fantastic, but I’m going to predict a medley of Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, and maybe We Will Rock You? Don’t Stop Me Now would also be a fun song to open the show.

    I have zero predictions on the awards. I don’t think I’ve even seen any of the nominated movies. I might try to watch Roma before the awards. The woman nominated for Best Actress in that has never been in any other movies, so I would be absolutely thrilled if she won. I mean, how awesome would it be to be in your first movie, then GO TO THE OSCARS.

    I’m so glad they decided to air all the awards. Watching the behind the scenes people win is my favorite part!

    • hotspur says:

      Your medley sounds like exactly what they will do! Maybe with about 10 seconds of Who Wants To Live Forever in there. And Don’t Stop Me Now would be a brilliant choice… at the 3-hour mark.

    • taoreader says:

      Yeah, I think you’re right about the song choices. Of course they’re going to do We Will Rock You!

  2. hotspur says:

    Wow, of the eight Best Picture nominees, I’ve only seen Black Panther. This is a first. Maybe over the weekend in honor of the Oscars, I’ll see The Favourite? I will bet A Star Is Born wins. Here is what will win in every category. Did I hack Price-Cooper-Draper to set it up? No, I live in Hollywood, so I just know:

    Best Picture: “A Star Is Born”
    Lead Actor: Christian Bale, “Vice”
    Lead Actress: Glenn Close, “The Wife”
    Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
    Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “Vice”
    Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
    Animated Feature: “Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
    Animated Short: “Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
    Adapted Screenplay: “A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
    Original Screenplay: “Vice,” Adam McKay
    Cinematography: “Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
    Best Documentary Feature: “RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen
    Best Documentary Short Subject: “A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
    Best Live Action Short Film: “Skin,” Guy Nattiv
    Best Foreign Language Film: “Never Look Away” (Germany)
    Film Editing: “Vice,” Hank Corwin
    Sound Editing: “First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
    Sound Mixing: “A Star Is Born”
    Production Design: “The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
    Original Score: “Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
    Original Song: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
    Makeup and Hair: “Vice”
    Costume Design: “The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
    Visual Effects: “Ready Player One”

    Incidentally, I have seen none of these except First Man (certain to seize Sound Editing!).

    • hotspur says:

      Oops crap, I meant Sam Elliott in Supporting Actor. Tao’s reasoning is correct.

      • hotspur says:

        LAST-MINUTE REVERSAL OF MY REVERSAL! I now think I only want Sam Elliott to win, and Mahershala Ali will actually win. I also am switching the Animated win to Spiderverse.

        I’m also swinging away from Christian Bale, and declaring Rami Malek will win.

        Oscars start in 5 minutes!

    • taoreader says:

      I really hope First Man wins something.

  3. nastyemu says:

    This is my third or fourth consecutive year where I saw almost all of the best picture nominees. That never used to happen. I didn’t see Vice or Roma. Green Book is probably going to win but I wish The Favourite would win instead. It was awesome. More movies with duck races please.

    • taoreader says:

      I’d love to see Olivia Colman surprise everybody and win Best Actress. She’s so great in everything she does.

  4. Tracey says:

    I think I only saw A Star Is Born and Black Panther. A Star Is Born started out really compelling but I think it faded out halfway through, to the point that I didn’t even feel emotional about the ending. Honestly, I think Country Strong did that concept better. I didn’t even know Melissa McCarthy was nominated until I saw her on the cover of a magazine in the grocery store check out. I haven’t heard anything about the movie she is nominated for. I feel totally out of the loop on movies.

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