“It’s Oscar Armageddon!” I shout at my fave pundit nemesis Tariq Khan as we face our final battle over predictions.
Last year I pummeled him mercilessly when he scooted out onto a thin, shaky limb for Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) and, of course, I turned out to be right. Now he blasts me gleefully over my Leo DiCaprio pick. I’m not ruffled.I feel (kinda, maybe a little, sorta) confident that Tariq’ll be gobbling Oscar crow late Sunday night. But Tariq really hits his mark here when he attacks my reasoning for dumping Lupita Nyongo for Jennifer Lawrence. It’s a great gotcha moment in this podcast. Uh-oh. Should I switch back to Lupita while there’s still time? Ummmm …. naw. Bottom line: I sense the same growing momentum for Jlaw in the home stretch as I did those years when Marion Cotillard and “Braveheart” ambushed the derby in the home stretch.