Of all the categories I'm interested in tonight, the Best Picture is the most important one because 12 Years a Slave is not only an excellently made film, but it is very important and is the only film that can provide an educational perspective for schools... similar to Schindler's List. It seems so unfair to pit two movies like 12YAS and Gravity against each other because they both could not be more different than the other. At Awards Daily, I commented that AMPAS should consider creating a new film category such as, 'Best Alternative Cinema', were a film like Gravity, and Her, for instance, can be in a category with other genre films so that they can win outright on their own in a stand alone category. I believe it was just 15 years ago when AMPAS created Best Animated Film, so why not create another category for non-animated genre films? But I digress...
I have not watched the Oscars telecast in about five years. I can't tolerate the silliness of the show, most categories completely bore me, and as I just mentioned previously, the predictability of the ceremony pretty much has been foretold weeks before this finale event. So, why bother watching? I have come to enjoy and prefer following the show and the winner announcements via twitter and live active comments at the Awards Daily Oscar thread. So when the FF chat takes place tonight, I will also be on twitter, and at Awards Daily, I'll be multi-tasking like mad.
Whatever the outcome is for Michael's category, he has shown himself to be a respectful nominee and exhibiting excellent sportsmanship. It must be hard to be nominated consistently in all the top awards, but not take anything home. The worst was the BAFTA lost as they signaled to AMPAS that Michael's performance, while brilliant, was just too polarizing to favor and is only worthy of nominating. The Oscars will stay the course in the supporting actor category because it's safe and has been approved by precursor awards and the media... and plus, they'll feel good about their decision because after all, that is what is important, the group's comfort in their choice. I'm so glad this rotten awards season is over, I've never seen anything as bad as this.
This blog post will be updated with pictures of Michael on the red carpet, so please join us in the FF chat room starting at 7:30pm EST (4:30pm PST - past midnight GMT).
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