Well, just like the Golden Globes, I’m a total slacker. I should have posted something last week or a couple of weeks ago just to ask if anyone has seen some of the nominees. I was so happy last year. My “Oscar” friend and I had a fun time seeing most of the films, as we also were finishing up a ceramics class (not the one that won though – oh well!). I even loved the Tarantino film for fuck’s sake! (I never do! He’s too violent usually!)
Part of my joy in watching the films is seeing them in a DAMN THEATER. I’ve got two independent theaters within driving distance (one is 97 years old!) and we watch there whenever possible, especially the shorts. Last year I was enjoying the fact that I joined the Regal membership so I didn’t pay a lot for the ones that weren’t in the independent theaters I love. (21 bucks a month, unlimited movies. When theaters open up… I’m going to go see shit I’ve already seen just to get OUT.)
More Pandemic Precautions For 2021 Oscars
Also, I’m frankly worried about how the Academy really loosened their rules about how movies had to be released in the theaters to be considered for Oscars. I GET IT for the pandemic, but with Netflix & Amazon having a continual strong showing in the nominee list in the last several years, I’m frankly worried about us losing the community/collective experience of watching film together. Part of the reason why I loved Phantom Thread so much was the reactions of the complete strangers around me while watching. In Selma, the woman sitting next to me whispered her fear that “that young man is the next to die” not realizing she was talking about John Lewis (and yes, I whispered his name to her, and after the movie was over, had a discussion. A lesson on why based on history movies are important, and why it is VERY important they be accurate!)
Well, this year? I have no meal planned as of 11:30 PM on Saturday night. I’ve only seen two of the Best Picture nominees (and I fell asleep and do not remember the ending of Mank). However, I have devoured all of the Great British Bake Off AND The Great Pottery Throw Down episodes. I WILL be fully vaccinated next Wednesday! (I’m House Moderna, loyal to Queen Dolly! My only side effects were pretty sore arms and fatigue. But with spring allergies, I’m tired all the time.) But I digress because I’ve hit the tequila while writing this.
This Year’s Pre-Oscars Programming
While I’m recording the red carpet stuff on E! just in case something happens that goes viral on social media, I can’t stand Guilana on a good day so I’m totally watching ABC’s extended red carpet coverage if I watch. OK, I’ll have it on while I surf the web. Or play Animal Crossing (I’m behind). Maybe pop popcorn.
IF YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THE SONG NOMINEES PERFORMANCES, it is VERY important that you tune to ABC for the Red Carpet stuff well before the Award Show starts. They WILL NOT be performing on stage as they usually do. They will be doing it from a rooftop during the red carpet stuff. Honestly? VERY smart in a pandemic. They should have been advertising the shit out of this to kill E!’s hold on pre coverage. I believe the part with the music is the show on our guides called “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” which starts at 6:30 PM Eastern, 3:30 PM Pacific. This is when I’ll definitely be turning it on and I’ll check in here.
So, the earliest ABC starts showing stuff on the Oscars is 1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific. This is a pre recorded something. I’m recording it because they mentioned prepping for the show, and a retrospective on Chadwick Boseman (I still can’t believe he’s gone). E!’s coverage starts at 3 PM Eastern/12 PM Pacific with a “Brunch” but again, not sure it isn’t prerecorded. I don’t even think Ross Matthews is on anymore, so I don’t know if I care. I’ll try to check into the comments to see if you are watching.
Men In Tuxes Is Always Worth A Peak
I’ve seen some of the Oscars presenter line up. It looks good! I’m just happy with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. Them in a tux? I’m good, frankly. Harrison Ford is probably why I knew I was straight at a young age. Not the Han Solo Harrison, but definitely Indy. I had a poster in my room – let us just leave it at that. I’d probably put a poster up of Brad Pitt from Once Upon A Time in Hollywood if it was given to me today.
If you want to see the list of presenters we know about, and other background info, check out the Wikipedia page for this year’s Oscars. (I donate, so I don’t feel bad about linking it). Also of note, Tyler Perry is receiving the Jean Hersholt Award. I LOVE this for no other reason than it is an embarrassment to the Royal Family because HE PROTECTED OUR AMERICAN PRINCESS, MEGHAN MARKLE (see the Oprah interview or ask me in the comments). Plus, I saw the special or show about his grand opening of his studio.
Thought On The Nominations
While I’ve admitted that I’ve not seen many of the noms, I will tell you who I’m rooting for and who I predict will win. I’ve seen The Trial of Chicago 7 (pretty good, worth watching), Mank (I get it… Hollywood still loves Orson. It was good, but only because I watched Citizen Kane in my college cinema class. ROSE… BUD… :gasp, then dies: End scene.) Watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on the advice of a critic I follow on Twitter. Not nominated for Best Picture BUT IT ABSOLUTELY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. I can’t imagine anything better than Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman this year. My God, their acting left me exhausted and dazzled in a good way. I am going to be crying when Chadwick is talked about no matter what. Also, while typing this? Watched the animated shorts . SOME WEIRD SHIT was nominated for Oscars. I LOOOOVED Burrow, which was Pixar to no surprise. I’ll be buying it.
I should mention that the ceremonies will NOT be held in the same theater as usual, but at the historic Union Station Los Angeles (perhaps some parts will be in the Dolby Theater…not sure about that.. Google is undecided). The director of this year’s ceremonies is STEVEN SODERBERGH. Not only is he an Oscar winner who has directed multiple Oscar winners… he directed CONTAGION in 2011. I never watched it, but multiple weird mofos watched it early in the pandemic. It apparently was eerily accurate because they LISTENED TO SCIENCE. (Get your vaccines people, so next year I can be telling you how I saw all the nominated films in the theater. And after you get vaxxed, you still need to wear your masks, practice social distancing in public, and wash your hands.)