Ye Olde Academy Awards Running Commentary Thread

Otherwise known as the Cranky Oscar Party.


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Will likely miss the show this year (am traveling), but...

HS's picture are my predictions:


Picture: Slumdog Millionaire (dark horse: Milk)

Director: Danny Boyle (dark horse: David Fincher)

Actor: Sean Penn (dark horse: Mickey Rourke)

Actress: Kate Winslet (dark horse: Meryl Streep)

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (dark horse: Josh Brolin)

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (dark horse: Viola Davis)

Original Screenplay: Milk (dark horse: Wall-E)

Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire (dark horse: Doubt)

Animated Feature: Wall-E (dark horse: Kung Fu Panda)


I think Hugh Jackman will do a good job as host.



Well, well

FearlessFreep's picture

Every prediction was right.


Damn, I'm good.

HS's picture

Unless, of course, I secretly work for Pricewaterhousecoopers in the ballot-counting department.


Oops, it's not a secret anymore.


HS, who actually had every intention of trying to catch the show whilst in New Zealand until today, when he simply forgot all about the show.  Feh.

Come on...

Otm_Shank's picture

...did you find a way to past-post these, or what? :))
Not that they weren't pretty predictable this year. The only one that was really up for dispute was Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke.
Hugh Jackman did do a decent job, although the musical numbers were a bit annoying. I knew that "The Musical Is Back" number had Baz Luhrmann written all over it even before I found out he created it.

Sean Penn didn't deserve that oscar

Rajah's picture

Mickey Rourke may have messed up his career in the past but he never went full retard like Sean did in I am Sam.

Oscar Party Thread

MadNessMonster's picture

Is there anybody in hear?

There's me

FearlessFreep's picture

Anyone for karaoke?


This may end up being a bit of a wash.

MadNessMonster's picture

As my family would rather bond over Wii than watch the Awards.  Oh well.  Hooray for DVR.


Wulfgar's picture

Able to post.


Friggin PC.



~No, my young padawan; this one is mine.~


oh great

Wulfgar's picture

i now have a 20lb cat on my shoulder.


~No, my young padawan; this one is mine.~


Feeling sick.

Wulfgar's picture

Plus this is pretty boring.


I gotta crash.




~No, my young padawan; this one is mine.~


Ben Stiller looked good

Rajah's picture

like an old gum chewing hobo

Ben Stiller was as funny as tuberculosis

Coaster's picture

What the hell was he trying to do?  God that sucked. 

Oh! He was making fun of Joaquin Phoenix!

Coaster's picture

Clueless Coaster.  And hell, I had even seen that f'd up Letterman appearance. 

Still, knowing that, it still was far from funny. 

So who accepted for Heath Ledger?

Xur's picture

Xur no haz TV. 

His family did

Coaster's picture

Father, sisters.

Some Oscar Party This Turned Out to Be

Coaster's picture

By the time I showed up, the cute (and only) girl already left.  The cool guy gets sick and crashes.  Now it's just some guys watching the tube, drinking diet sodas and gobbling stale chips, and saying, "The Oscars really suck this year."

Boy, it's just not like in the Good Olde Days. 

(Shakes her little fist)

MadNessMonster's picture

I was bonding with my family!

Anyhow, I can't have been the only Crankylander who went "Squee" at the "Pinapple Express" guys getting baked with Janusz Kaminski.

The good old days?

FearlessFreep's picture

The Oscars, like everything else, were never as good as they used to be.


I've missed the party for obvious reasons...

TMundo_in_Brazil's picture's good to be with family as they've been here long before I finally showed up.

How was Hugh Jackman as host?

HS's picture

I bet he did much singing and dancing.  Was he funny?


I don't care how many oscars Slumdog got

Rajah's picture

I probably won't go to see it.

I'm with you on that one, Rajah.

RidingFool's picture

I've slummed enough in my life that I don't need to see the slums of Mumbai (or, Bombay, for you former Empire Loyalists).

Yes he did.

MadNessMonster's picture

And he was quite good.  It was a lovely show all-around.  I especially liked how the acting awards were presented; very ceremonial.

I'm 50/50 on the outcome...

jennamay's picture

I was really glad that Slumdog Millionaire won for best picture, but was a bit upset that Waltz with Bashir didn't win for best foreign film (it was amazing!)... I guess I'm not the only one who thought so...

I'm a bit more upset...

MadNessMonster's picture the fact that "Bashir" was shut out of "Best Animated Feature".  It's an old, old issue but the Academy simply doesn't "get" independant animation.

(And "Wall-E" and "Dark Knight" and "Tropic Thunder" needed more love too but that's been said.)

I´ve been told that S-Dog was good, but not Oscarworthy...

TMundo's picture

However, I´ve also been told that none of the films nominated were all that worthy either. (can you tell i haven´t seen any of them yet?)

anyway, has anyone seen anything that´s slipped under the radar that should have been nominated?  I´m a fan of films like Slaughterhouse 5, Memento, psychological stuf with innovative directing techniques.


Hugh amused the hell out of me.

Wulfgar's picture

I enjoyed his performances; lighthearted and witty they were, with a dash of goofy.




~No, my young padawan; this one is mine.~


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