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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Starting the Oscar countdown

On Monday, I’m starting a two-week Oscar countdown, featuring one Best Picture nominee every day and talking about its merits, its flaws, its likelihood of winning an Oscar, and whether any of its nominated individuals are likely to show up on Oscar night wearing something weird. This should be fun, and I hope many of you will chime in; we’ll be going alphabetically, starting with “127 Hours” (an odd choice for Valentine’s Day, but never mind). In the meantime, plenty of Oscar news is pouring in, including a charming new interview with Annette Bening (oh, just give her the Oscar, she’s earned it), speculation as to whether Melissa Leo has ruined her chances by launching an odd self-promotional campaign (I think probably not, but what do I know?), Roger Ebert’s Oscar picks (should you wish to fill out your ballot early; for the record, he’s predicting a “King’s Speech” sweep), and me convincing my vet this morning that he really should go see “The King’s Speech,” even though he thinks it will be boring. (The cat seems fine, by the way.)
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are keeping busy these days, what with rehearsals and shooting cute promo videos and cheerfully telling reporters, in Franco’s case, that he doesn’t much care if this is “the worst Oscar show in the history of the Oscars.” I’m still willing to give these two the benefit of the doubt, but I’d still rather see my favorite awards-show host (and surely the most literate awards-show host ever), Stephen Fry. Here’s a clip of him hosting the BAFTAs (the British Academy Awards) in 2006 (fun bonus: watch for glimpses of young Harry Potter kids). I feel certain that Franco and Hathaway will not be saying anything like, “Let the tiara of joy circle your brow, and the elastic pantyhose of festivity engirdle your most intimate parts.” But I wish they would. Enjoy, and we’ll talk more Oscars on Monday.

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