I watched the Oscar nominations this morning on television (the Academy always announces that they’ll be at 5:30 a.m. PST, and they’re always at 5:38; why is this, Academy?) with a purring cat on my lap, which is a nice way to ease into the day. But things were very different this morning from typical Oscar nominations announcements. I don’t know how many of you get up early to watch them — I wouldn’t, if it wasn’t my job to do so, but maybe some of you on the East Coast see it — but typically it’s a very no-nonsense event. Somebody, usually the Academy president, tersely introduces some cute Hollywood starlet, and the two of them quickly read the major categories, without any messing about. This year, Oscar host Seth McFarlane came out, gave sort of a mini-monologue (I would have written some of it down but hey, it was 5:30 a.m., and the cat was in the way), introduced Emma Stone, the two of them did some cute banter, and just as I was wondering if maybe the “Les Mis” cast was going to come out and sing, they finally announced some nominations. Along the way, they did some editorializing as well (such as observing that all of the Supporting Actor nominees are previous winners) — also something I don’t remember ever seeing. And . . . I don’t remember, in past years, the best song nominees being announced live (I could be wrong here), but this year they were announced — perhaps because McFarlane himself is a nominee? (For a song in “Ted”; he looked genuinely tickled.) Anyway, the whole exercise, usually so canned, was actually entertaining and energetic, which is a first in my years of watching, and perhaps bodes well for Oscar night.
January 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM