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March 19, 2023 at 4:30 pm #1205357349
I really enjoyed the Oscars this year. I think this was easily the best show they have put on since 2020. The only things I really hated about the ceremony was the totally shameless in-show promo for the upcoming Little Mermaid and the unnecessary tribute to WB studios.
I do have one question about the ceremony though, where were all the “legacy surprises” we were promised heading into the show? I cannot recall anything during the show which honored the legacy of the films or actors who have won Oscars or the 95th anniversary of the Oscars themselves.
Considering this was their 95th anniversary, it felt like they barely did anything to even acknowledge it. Maybe they are saving everything special for a 100th year blowout.ReplyMarch 11, 2023 at 1:56 pm #1205343089
The Academy is deeply embarrassed by the slap. I don’t think they would approve of it being mentioned so many times in the telecast.
I happen to agree with you and hope you are correct. While it will be impossible not to notice Will Smith’s absence and silly not to address it, he does not need to dominate the evening either.
Considering how most of the nominees and winners must have felt being overshadowed by it last year, I doubt the Academy would let that happen again. Especially since some of the winners from last year were invited as a “mea culpa” of sorts, or an opportunity to get their proper recognition. I doubt those individuals would want to have their special moment ruined yet again by Will Smith.
I am sure Jimmy Kimmel will mention it in his opening monologue, but I doubt it will be mentioned any time after that. Heck, I would not be surprised if the Academy sent out a private memo to all involved requesting them not to mention it Sunday night.
I am sure all involved tomorrow night would like to have a distraction and controversy free evening. No matter whether the telecast turns out to be a complete shit show or not, I am sure those in attendance will want to celebrate what has been a pretty great year in movies and nominees, without anything overshadowing that.March 10, 2023 at 4:42 pm #1205342175
My final prediction for Actress in a Leading role is Cate Blanchett, TAR.March 10, 2023 at 4:35 pm #1205342167
^As they say, “it doesn’t matter whether you won or lost, it’s what you wore that matters” (my apologies, I do not know who exactly to attribute that quote to).
I do not remember off the top of my head who won Lead Actress or best film at the 2010 Oscars, but I sure remember the Givenchey gown Zoe Saldana wore on the red carpet that year.
Like stated above, it’s not a huge deal in the big picture, but it still feels like they are just trying too damn hard to be hip or cool. I am also of the mindset “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Is it too much to ask to have a simple, streamlined, telecast which honors the individuals and films nominated, without all the bells and whitstles they insist on adding to the show?March 10, 2023 at 3:02 pm #1205342090
On a separate but somewhat related note, the Academy has decided to do away with the red carpet heading into the Dolby Theater and replaced it this year with a champagne-colored carpet instead.
They are replacing a traditional red carpet that dates all the way back to the 33rd ceremony in 1961 (I did not know that fact prior to seeing this news).
This move seems to be on par with other reported news about the upcoming telecast, an effort to break away with tradition and try something new this year.
As a huge fan of the red carpet and celebrity arrivals (I always love seeing who is wearing what), I am kind of mum on this news. While it does not make that big of a difference in the big picture, I still do not understand the desire to break away from Oscar traditions. This honestly feels like something you would see at the People’s Choice Awards or the Grammy’s, and not Hollywood’s biggest and most prestigious awards night.
I just wish the Academy would stop trying so hard and remember who they are and what made them special in the first place, and simply stick to it.March 9, 2023 at 7:19 pm #1205340775
As stated yesterday, my final prediction is Austin Butler in Elvis. But honestly, I will be happy if any of the three frontrunners win on Sunday night.
I thought they all gave stunning performances and are all deserving winners. I actually cannot remember a year with an acting race where I would be happy for so many different nominees to win.
Although there is still a huge part of me pulling for Collin Ferrell. As much as I love the Oscars, I too am tired of seeing them reward the same old Oscar bait or biopic roles they always do. It would be nice to see an honest performance that is little more than true talent and ability being showcased. Or a role that is superbly acted without the benefit of being a biopic or Oscar bait. But no matter who wins, I will not hold any of that against them.March 9, 2023 at 6:59 pm #1205340753
Anyone wonder if maybe Halle Bailey and Halle Berry might present together and do some likely unfunny and overly long bit about how their names sound so alike and how everyone gets them mixed up? I sure hope not.
Realistically Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthey are likely presenting together to plug the upcoming Little Mermaid movie. I am guessing they will present whatever category they are assigned before ABC breaks to a commercial featuring the worldwide debut of the full-length trailer for the new Little Mermaid movie.March 9, 2023 at 6:47 pm #1205340731
Sorry, but I think it is a huge insult and disservice to not allow the previous year’s winners to present their respective categories, as the tradition has been. Call me old fashioned, but I am somewhat of a stickler for tradition, and this is one of my favorites in pop culture (or at least as far as award shows are concerned).
Good gosh, I am hoping we do not end up with Jessica Chastain presenting best sound mixing. Considering they are so gung-ho about emphasizing the craft categories this year, I would not be surprised to see something as fucking stupid as this.
Unless they are planning on some amazing surprises similar to what they did in 2009, I am not interested. Especially considering this is the 95th anniversary of the Academy Awards, you think this year more than most they would want to honor tradition and what makes (or at least use to make) the Oscars so prestigious and special.
I said this before, but the more I read/hear about this year’s telecast, the more I am fearing it is going to be an absolute disaster. Never thought I would say this, but maybe it is time for ABC to pull the plug on broadcasting the show and allow it to go to a streaming service where it can hopefully flourish (the SAG Awards sure did well online).
Every time I hear about the Oscars now I cannot help but think of the old Don Draper remark from season three “I saw somebody throw a loaf of bread off the back of a truck. It was more dignified.”
I sure hope that is not the case at the end of Sunday night.March 8, 2023 at 6:01 pm #1205339178
^Count me in too when it comes to being disappointed by this news. I was really hoping to see Lady Gaga singing on Sunday. I did not mind the song “Hold My Hand” and would have enjoyed seeing her perform it live.
I had to edit this post from it’s original version as I was under the mistaken belief Lady Gaga would not be in attendance at all this Sunday. Thankfully, she will be there to accept if “Hold My Hand” happens to win Best Song. I hope she walks the Red Carpet as well as she always shines there.March 8, 2023 at 5:53 pm #1205339169
It needs no explanation or lengthy post, so my final prediction for Actor in a Supporting role is Key Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All At Once.
(Although I will not lie, a huge part of me is rooting for Brenden Gleeson).March 8, 2023 at 5:44 pm #1205339161
My final prediction for Actor in a Leading Role is Austin Butler, Elvis.March 7, 2023 at 7:35 pm #1205337462
This whole forum has turned so nasty throughout the years it’s sad to watch. What I used to login to see and discuss Oscars and movies has just turned completely vile and disgusting.
This is not what I signed up for and probably after this awards season I’m logging off. It’s supposed to be fun and just has turned into complete dog mess.
It’s not that serious; it’s a golden statue everyone is going to be okay.
We should all strive to be better.
Sorry to hear you may be leaving. Judging from your post, it sounds like you have been a longtime member here (possibly with a different name in the past). I can understand your frustration with certain aspects of being a member here. I would encourage you to consider staying as there are a ton of great members here and great conversation (which I think far outweighs the few negative members and stans here).
And do not ask why, but it always feels like the Lead Actress thread in the Movies forum brings out the worst in many members, and certainly this year more than most. That is the main reason I often avoid this thread, as it often feels like it could spin out of control at any moment, as it did today.
On a separate note, how in the world is this thread 31 parts long already? That has to be a record of sorts for an individual awards season. I love discussing awards as much as anybody, but struggle to understand how there is that much to discuss about one single category. Honestly trying to read some of these threads in the Movies forum this Oscar season has been downright exhausting. Thankfully most of this will come to an end this weekend.March 7, 2023 at 6:34 pm #1205337361
^I know it seems like it was years ago already, but Kerry Condon just won the BAFTA Award for supporting Actress literally three weeks ago. I know the SAG Awards were the last major awards before final voting began, but I am sure people did not simply or completely forget about Condon, especially those who already voted for her at BAFTA.
I also believe Academy members did not simply or completely forget about the Banshees of Inisherin. I have an incredibly hard time seeing them going home empty handed on Oscar night. At this point, I have a hard time seeing McDonagh (and the film) winning OS. If they are going to reward Banshees, Supporting Actress is where it will happen.
My gut has told me all along Angela Bassett is not winning Supporting Actress. I could be completely wrong here and she may win, but the events of the past three weeks have made that seem very unlikely.
My final Prediction for Actress in a Supporting role is Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin.March 7, 2023 at 5:49 pm #1205337197
The way Samuel L Jackson is a permanent fixture every year
LOL, I was thinking the same thing with Salma Hayek Pinault. I do not know if she is there every single year, but it sure damn feels like it. Considering she is neither an Oscar winner or generally regarded as one of her generation’s greatest actresses, I do not get the desire to have her present so much.
Looking over this list, there is no one I am really that excited to see this year. Feels like more of the same old as usual, which really worries me.
I sure hope the “surprises” they have in store this year are worth the wait and make this a special show. Judging from the list of presenters so far, this show looks like a disaster in the making, on par with last year’s all-time worst telecast. Boy, do I hope I am wrong about that.March 6, 2023 at 3:50 pm #1205335260
What is the connection between Halle and Michelle, not being white?
You are on the right path, as Halle Berry was the first (and still only) woman of color to win Lead Actress at the Oscars. Michelle Yeoh would be only the second woman of color to win the same award.
While I understand the symmetry being implied, I agree with Boomer, let’s stay away from trying to set up special moments with presenters and possible winners. The chance it could backfire and blow up is always possible. If you need an example, look no further than 2021 with their intended “tribute” to Chadwick Boseman. Could that have ended up any more embarrassing or humiliating for them?
I love the idea of Halle being on stage when they present Best Actress, but if so, please do it as a part of a special presentation, like the one she was involved with in 2009.
Speaking of Lead Actress, I am surprised they have not announced Jessica Chastain as a presenter yet. I hope she can attend to present.Not now