Get yer liveblogging here. I will be live-blogging the Academy Awards for the 3rd straight year starting with the Red Carpet arrivals at 3 PM Pacific time today and continuing until host Jon Stewart calls it a night. Comments will be welcome. But leave your uninformed opinions elsewhere. This will be an unglamorous view of the Oscars for Industry people who already understand all the inside jokes (and for those who aspire to know). Come for the cynicism. Stay for the subversion. — Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily
Pat the insider from LA predicts… Trying to predict who will win the Oscars: my filmaker friend Pat, who works in L.A., wrote this long review of all of the movies that ever happened in 2007, and his thoughts on what will win and what should win. He’s sends this out every year and boy it’s thorough….
Between this time last year and now I saw 227 new movies (not including tons of short films). Of that number 70 were released in 2007. I must say this was an exceptional year for films. I cannot recall the last time I was excited to see something almost every weekend. Not all of that excitement was rewarded, but here you go with my top ten and a short explanation of each to follow. — Living Tater Tot
Oscars go all arty farty. In his culture column this week, Brent Bozell explored how the Academy Awards have trended dramatically toward nasty art films that are not embraced by the masses. This is quite a contrast to a new anti-Oscar of sorts: the Dove Crystal Seal, issued by the Dove Foundation, which awards movies for being family-friendly. Brent notes that the standards are different, that a film can be a great artistic achievement and not be good for children, but the Oscars used to go to family films at times, and that’s not so true now. — Tim Graham, NewsBusters
Who should win. And who will. …although he’s still considered the barometer for film quality standards, Oscar will surely be back this year with his latest disappointments, when he’ll send those “should-have-beens” to the world of movie mediocrity. So, without further adieu, I present to you my picks – I mean, the rightful winners – as opposed to those of Oscar’s. A hint? Expect “Atonement” to take home Best Picture. Eugh. — Daniel Peleschuk, Blast magazine
Oscars degustation menu. Here is what I am planning to make for the … big night … my favorite movie out of all the nominees: Juno. I don’t know how many years I made baked Alaskas for our Oscar night shenanigans, but it was a lot. Finally, about 2 years ago I gave up. Last year I made a very interesting Basil Ice Cream with chocolate shavings which wasn’t even tied into a movie. That’s kind of a shocker to me. This year, for Juno, because of a certain bit of dialogue (”Like the city in Alaska.” “No.”) I’m rolling out the old favorite, baked Alaskas. — Mary Claire
Oscar’s Obscure Category. Forget best picture. How can any of us judge what should win the Academy Award for best editing? Hollywood editor Mark Helfrich walks us through well-edited scenes from this year’s five Oscar-nominated films. — Slate V