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Hooray For Hollywood

As a famous Oscar winning rabbit once said, “Overture, turn the light this is it the night of nights and oh what heights we’ll hit on with the show this is it.”  And just like that Hollywood is ready to throw its yearly party for itself…the 84th Annual Oscars.  The Kodak theatre in Hollywood California is being decked out and dolled up for the international telecast scheduled for February  26th on ABC.  It will be hosted by a very familiar face…Billy Crystal.

What would an Oscar telecast be if there wasn’t some controversy swirling around and this year is no different.  The original host for this year’s awards presentation was supposed to be Eddie Murphy but he stepped down when shows produce and friend of Murphy’s, Brett Ratner resigned as producer after using a gay slur when talking about rehearsals.  Murphy in support of his friend stepped down too.  This will be Crystals ninth time hosting the awards.

So let’s look at the nominees for Best Picture:

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Leading the field is the Martin Scorsese 3D film “Hugo” with 11 votes and the silent film “The Artist” with 10.  It’s a tossup here but I’m leaning towards “The Artist.”

Best Actress:

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Meryl Streep is the favorite here for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

Best Actor:

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, 
The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, 
The Artist
Gary Oldman, 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, 
Moneyball

This is a tough one between George Clooney and Demian Bichir but I think Dimian Bichir will end up the winner here.

If you would like to see the rest of the nominees you can go to:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

In the next few weeks we will be listing each of the best picture nominees in depth and have our staff list their favorites….Till than,” That’s All Folks.”

Oh Bugs Bunny won his Oscar in 1958 for “Knightly Knight Bugs” and was nominated for two others;  “Wild Hair” and “Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt.”   

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