Liveblogging Oscars Night – Updated with Results

(this one writ by our Alexa)

Finally! I wait every year, not patiently, for the Academy Awards, and this is The Big Night.

Do you love movies as much as I do? I have only seen a couple of the movies nominated, but it’s fun to watch the celebs on the red carpet (their hairdos and even more, the hair-don’ts), the jewelry and pero Dios mio, the dresses!) who can resist the glamour, the decadence, and so much Shiny Stuff only once a year? Not me.

My aunt and I like to watch together. Our big activity in the winter months to see all the movies before the awards, but not this year. Yes, since you asked, we do make a big production of it, and wear our best dresses to eat appetizers and get blasted drinking a pitcher of Oscar’s Big Night (recipe below). This year, we can’t be together. My husband’s taste in movies trends toward car chases or paranormal activities . . so I’m hoping there are some Meese who like movies?

Seth McFarlane (best known for an animated series on dysfunctional families (Family Guy is allegedly a postmodern Simpsons with some South Park flavor in the mix) is the host of this year’s awards. I’m not a fan but he was pret-ty hilarious on Jimmy Fallon’s show, in a Puppy Predictions skit. (Okay, you got me. Jimmy as a host would have been amazing.) Without further adieu, here are our nominees.

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo: WINNER
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark ThirtyWho will win?

    Lincoln is the odds-on favorite, but I think Argo could be The Little Movie That Can.

    Who will win?
    I’ve only seen three (Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook. I don’t have a particular favorite in this category . . . and since it’s always the last award at the finale of 3+ hours of TV, I’ll be tipsy if I’m awake.

    Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis: WINNER! (Lincoln)
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables )
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Denzel Washington (Flight)Who will win?
    Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Who should win?
    Can I just say Denzel Washington was pitch-frickin’ perfect in Flight? What could have been a so-so couple of hours was an amazing roller coaster ride as Denzil crash-lands a commercial 737, becomes an instant hero, is stalked by the media, and cannot escape his inner demons and self-loathing, no matter how he tries.

    Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Jennifer Lawrence: WINNER! (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)Who will win?
    This one’s a toss-up between Naomi Watts and Jennifer Lawrence.

    Who should win?
    If I admitted being a betting woman, my money’s on Jennifer Lawrence.

    Quvenzhané Wallis is the most adorable, irrepressible six-year-old sprite of all time, and I really liked Beasts the first time I watched it.

    Later on, it occurred to me that this is a film with some rather obvious stereotypes about poor black folks in Louisiana. An old theme in the history of literature, the tragic mulatto in this movie is a young child.

    Actually, she’s Hushpuppy to me, and yeah, she is The Man). Very bright future, if Hollywood can resist exploiting this precious, talented little sweetheart’s age and color.

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role


  • Alan Arkin (Argo)
  • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  • Christoph Waltz: WINNER! 2 shots (Django UnchainedWho will win?
    Alan Arkin.

    Who should win?
    Alan Arkin. The Ben Affleck snub still stings.

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)
  • Anne Hathaway: WINNER (Les Misérables)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  • Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)Who will win?
    I haven’t seen any of these.

    Who should win?
    What do you think?

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Eastern time.


29 Responses to “Liveblogging Oscars Night – Updated with Results”

  1. 1 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I have been listening to dear Korel on KGO radio, and, at least according to him, the consensus does not seem to be favoring Mr. Sethy.

    Whoever the hell he is. ; 0

    I hear Mr. Day-Lewis won Best Actor. I don’t know if I can view the film—Spielberg gives me a rash— but I flail to find a better actor currently working, anywhere.

    My question, from old-fartville: did any film nominated this year offer anything even nearing the power and insight and pain and artistry of this three-minute clip?

  2. 2 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Sethy broke the Oscars for true. he should never get an invite in this town again. (he’s the creator of an adults cartoon series on TV, “Family Guy”) which is so not funny.

    i regret that none of the films i’ve seen had any power, insight or artistry. a few were painful to watch.

    still, we called ’em for the most part, and none of our picks were favored.

    hope i didn’t break your further? hahaha,

    • 3 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Seth is a cartoon man?

      Jesus wept. ; (

      • 4 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        he is. tonight, he pretty much killed his career otherwise. from DeadSpin:

        9:42pm: McFarlane just fucking HATES the audience. Tom Shales won’t approve. By the way, if you add beard stubble and horrible teeth to Seth, he could easily pass for Ricky Gervais’ cousin. Affleck comes out and offers McFarlane a snide “maybe you can turn the show around” comment. I’m telling you… these movie people treat TV people like they’re fucking mutants.

        • 5 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          Then again, we have to ask ourselves: are, maybe, TV people, actually “fucking mutants”?

          Take the serial wife-killer who recently shouted “I didn’t kill her!” as he was led from the courtroom.

          Wasn’t this man, perhaps, a TV mutant, who, from watching too many TV shows, believed that you absolutely should shout out such a thing, as you left the courtroom, ’cause that’s what they always do on TV; transferring, then, TV, to his Real Life?

          • 6 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

            Drew Peterson? yes, exactly. i think you’re entirely correct, mi abejo. we live in an era where “change of venue” and juror selection are irrelevant because of Facebook, Twitter, the viral dissemination of news. Nancy Grace and colleagues have made lucrative careers out of trial by media.

            you remember Dr. Steven Miles, don’t you? from our NION days, even before, he understood exactly the corrosive effect of torture and violence on society. if we replace the word “torture” with “violence,” same effect, no?

            Americans have kept the reality of torture far from consciousness. Although we are steeped in fictional torture, we are nearly insensate to the reality of torture. We are unfamiliar with its techniques, its effects on individuals and civil societies, and with how widely it is used. Fictional governmental torture is usually depicted as occurring in developing countries.

            Robert Jay Lifton described a phenomenon from post-atomic bombs attacks in Hiroshima.

            I came upon the idea of what I call “psychic numbing,” at first I called it “psychic closing off,” in trying to understand what Hiroshima survivors were describing to me. They would say such things as, “the bomb fell” — or they would describe the experience they had:

            “I saw this array of dead and dying people around me. And I saw everything, but suddenly I simply ceased to feel anything.”

            Some used the metaphor of a photographic plate that was overexposed. It was as though the mind was shut off. And I came to call that psychic numbing

            add the internet and the media to this mix, and we are indeed fucking mutants. the first human beings on earth who have never actually seen anything for the first time.

            We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed. Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building. Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting.

            I can’t recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn’t immediately reference to a movie or a TV show. A fucking commercial.

            You know the awful singsong of the blase: Seeeen it. I’ve literally seen it all, and the worst thing, the thing that makes me want to blow my brains out, is: <b?The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can't anymore. (Gillian Flynn)

            perhaps i’m too cynical, mi abejo, but i believe we are actually mutants.

            • 7 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

              My old and valued mentor, who sometimes appears on this blog, and who schooled me, many decades ago, even before I was bearded, used to say, then, long ago, “mutate and survive.”

              And with this, she was right.

              Life-forms do not get anywhere. Unless they mutate. To get better.

              But not all mutations, get to the better.

              Here in the age of the tubes, even as we have this wonderful gift with which we can reach out to all the humans on the planet, we can also cocoon in it so that nothing is, really, truly, Real.

              We can retreat into darkened rooms, as so many of the mass shooters have done, and there learn, and there learn to become desensitized to, the killing of human beings. Upon a screen. Making it so much easier, to then kill, in Real Life.

              Which is why the US military employs these very same darkened-room games, to train its killers.

              We can cleave ourselves to people who flash weekly, or daily, upon our TV screens. And we can come to believe those TV lives are Real. As Real as, or even more so, than the drab, plodding lives, we actually Live. That they are Us. The TV people. That their lives, and our lives—between them there is No Difference. And so we behave, on our Real Life screen, as they do, on the TV screen. And so, like Mr. Peterson, we, at the appropriate TV moment, will—must, ’cause that’s how the TV people do it—shout out.

              We can learn from TV shows like 24 or NYPD Blue that when a human being is tortured, it is because he is Guilty. He is Evil. He is Unrepentant. And, without torture, he Will Not Talk. And, if he Will Not Talk, then Innocents—Little Children—surely, they shall perish. And that torture was therefore Necessary, in order to Stop the Plot. A Plot in which Innocents, surely they would Die. No other way, would possibly do. And from this we thereby Know that torture, in Real Life, is, in any and all cases, Justified.

              And so on. And so on.

              So let it be written. So let it be done.

              Until we mutate. And survive. ; )

              • 8 mieprowan February 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

                This is also what’s wrong with porn. It’s not clear to me, though, whether desensitizing is the worst thing television does. Another argument is that this inundation of virtual violence works to keep humans subdued, afraid to act.

                • 9 alexadiaz27 February 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

                  video games have also have a corrosive effect, in my opinion. i remember the day after 911, picking up my Amy at the sitter’s and ((gasp)) they were watching television.

                  one little boy couldn’t stop giggling. i asked him what funny, and he baby-talked something about people who get killed in video games always get back up, and the 911 victims who jumped from the towers were going to get up any time now. scary.

                  • 10 mieprowan February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

                    It’s perhaps a mistake to assume everyone reacts the same to any given medium. Some people have stronger boundaries than others, and kids are still developing that.

                    I get burned out eventually on anything and anybody that isn’t at least as interesting as reading a halfway decent novel, so I find it difficult to understand people who don’t read much. It’s not really possible to get seriously involved in all these new media forms and reading also, unless one’s time is pretty much one’s own.

                    It does seem that the more work a person puts into any kind of media creation, the less anyone pays attention to it, given a level field as to publicity. Takes too long to absorb something complex. The preference is to zoom along and be known as someone who is familiar with all the cool stuff. Memes are an ultimate form of this. Remember when it was difficult to find anyone who knew what “meme” meant?

                    • 11 alexadiaz27 February 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

                      YES!! i do!! this is so true. and yet another echo from Stephen King’s The Stand is true online:

                      “Show me a man who reads books, and we’ll have much to talk about. A man with no books is a dangerous enemy.”

                  • 12 mieprowan February 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

                    Your comment about reading doesn’t have a reply option, so I’ll leave this here.

                    I haven’t read anything that has really grabbed me lately. Some good stuff, nothing that knocked me out of the park.

                    My mom thought Wolf Hall was the best thing ever, so I read that. It’s certainly well done and I do like historical novels and the period is interesting. All that intrigue. Le plus ca change..I’ll probably read more of Mantel’s work, though I generally prefer fiction with different pacing.

            • 13 mieprowan February 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

              And even with all this removal, holed up securely in our lairs, humans so easily express the primitive fear of Other. If we can’t mutate out of that, we’re toast.

  3. 14 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    my first question: why Sethy MacFartlane? we could have had Jimmy Fallon. having Jimmy Fallon is something i think about more often than i should.

  4. 24 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    i haven’t been this disappointed since the unintentional incineration of lobsters, Christmas dinner of 2011.

    you know how it feels when you’ve made plans to do something special, and every damn thing goes wrong? like those blasted LobsterGrams (one of Oprah’s Favorite Things), and our Christmas dinner year before last. i don’t even eat lobster, but my family loves it so i saved up my couch change. i wanted them to have a special dinner.

    well, i have to say, that was a kitchen catastrophe. no directions. no picture. nada. i didn’t mean to scorch the damned things. nevertheless, i did. it was slim pickins for Christmas that year. i’ll never live it down.


    • 25 mieprowan February 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      I saw that happen once to someone I once knew. A different version. He was making some elaborate thing with fresh crab claws, that involved cooking the crab shells down, reducing them into some kind of roux or whatever it might be called. This was a long project.

      Then a friend of his showed up unexpectedly and he got distracted and forgot to ask anyone to watch the sauce, which was close to finishing reducing. All was lost.

      He started to get mad at us for not noticing, and then gave up and invented an entirely different recipe for the crabmeat on the spot. I was duly impressed, and learned something about hanging out with cooks 🙂

  5. 26 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Now wait just a dern minute.

    Are you telling me some nominees from the most recent film by knuckledragging kitschmeister pasty stupid flaccid white boy Quentin “Nigger-Nigger-Nigger” Tarantino actually won Oscars?

    I certainly hope that, in celebration, Quentin was then dumped, naked and alone, into South Central, at 1:00 a.m., and there required to Tourette-spew his “Nigger-Nigger-Nigger” filth, into every passing face.

    • 27 alexadiaz27 February 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      i know, it sucks. it’s rewarding gratuitous racist slurs. QT wouldn’t get away with it in the real world, and he should never get a pass on it, in my opinion. let alone gold statuettes.

      • 28 bluenred February 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        Tarantino is the heir of Warhol. Pure arid kitsch. He does not exist outside of deadened introverted onanism of the art-form. He is a furiously masturbating monkey. Who will never get truly hard. And surely never come.

        • 29 alexadiaz27 February 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

          why does he have any um, integrity with the public? i know money talks, but i just cannot imagine who would want to see his gratuitous violence and racism at the cinema.

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