Who is ready for the Oscars?!?! I know I am! This is my Superbowl. Every year, I plan a menu and watch in my pajamas. I haven’t missed a year yet, even the year I was in Reno (ordered room service for that one). In recent years, I try to see as many of the Best Picture nominees as I can – although after the lingering trauma of watching The Revenant, I now proceed with caution when something is fairly violent and graphic.
A food website I follow often offers up a complete menu for each Best Picture nominee, and I would often use that to inspire my own “based on the movies” ideas. (This year, not really inspired by them. The Lion inspired Indian recipes seem too complicated) Sometimes we just try to have a nice meal we might not make for ourselves otherwise. This year we are having a cheese fondue appetizer and salmon with some nice sides. What are you planning for your Oscar feast?
THE RED CARPET COVERAGE:
Actual Red Carpet coverage starts on both E! and ABC at 2:30 PM. E! will have airing before 2:30, but in my experience it will be interviews with movie critics, stylists, etc. ABC has some sort of show profiling the nominees. Check your local listings.
I used to watch the E! Channel every year, and I’ll do some just to catch glimpses of the outfits, but I can’t fucking stand Ryan Seacrest and Guilana Rancic makes me itch. I miss Kelly Osbourne and Ross Matthews desperately! Ross is going to be there but I loved the Kelly/Ross combo so much. ABC is increasing their red carpet coverage in competition, with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, and Michael Strahan. Yes, that Michael Strahan. I don’t know what the fuck they are thinking replacing TIM GUNN with a former football player. I didn’t even like him with Kelly! Nina Garcia will be a contributor though.
The award show season has already had some interesting fashion choices. I was so pleased that Nicole Kidman got away from the awful pale pastels at the SAG Awards and wore a bold green that made her look years younger. Too bad the dress itself was ugly. I hope she picks something bold and beautiful for the Oscars. I’m also hoping she wins, although it is a long shot. Here is hoping some people don’t play it safe!
Jimmy Kimmel is the host this year. He won’t have to contend with the Oscars So White controversy of last year (something Chris Rock handled brilliantly in his opening monologue), but he will have to juggle keeping things light and moving along while every acceptance speech has the potential of blowing up social media if things go political. This Jimmy isn’t my first choice or my favorite James/Jimmy. That honor goes to Fallon, but he stunk up the Golden Globes ballroom badly, so who knows, Kimmel may be the next Billy Crystal.
Oh, the musical performances will hopefully be stellar with Sting, Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Noriega, and John Legend. John will be singing two songs from LA La Land, the whitest Jazz movie made since the original Jazz Singer, and if Lin-Manuel’s song wins, he becomes an EGOT!
Let’s get to the important stuff. I’ve watched a good number of the nominees this year (even saw the Animated and Documentary shorts!) There were some I have purposely decided not to see, for several reasons. My top two favorites? Hidden Figures and Lion, hands down. Everyone should see them. Moonlight is a close third, but I am not sure everyone would like it.
And the nominees are:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jones
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
I know not everyone is as obsessed as I am, but the rest of the nominees can been seen on the Oscars website. If you are having people over and want to print a ballot, I really like Vanity Fair’s, as it is one page. I haven’t decided on all my votes yet. I will share those in the comments.
Have fun, hope to see you at the Oscars!
Edited to add this Halle Berry photo.