Between the newly inflated Best Picture category, the battle-of-the-sexes banter, the joy from fanboydom, the shenanigans of an over-zealous producer, and the feigned ex-spousal rivalry drummed up by the media, the Interweb has been all ablaze with Oscar-related stories at a rate that far exceeds previous years, or so it seems. (I guess it's a distraction from discussing economic genocide.)
Few of the films I cared about in 2009 are represented among the nominees, and those that are stand little chance of winning, at least if the terabytes of speculation discharged over the past months are any indicator.
That said, there's still part of me that looks forward to the event -- the tacky pageantry, the fake smiles, the caked-on veneer, and most of all the chance that somebody says something either terribly poignant or unbelievably stupid.
Which is why for the third year in a row I'll be participating in GreenCine's Oscar Live Blog this Sunday, along with some of the bestest and brightest voices from the world of cinematic musings, including festival darling Matt Singer, the recently recuperated Lisa Rosman, Eric Kohn, Josh Ralske, Steve Dollar (who outdoes me for curmudgeonliness), James Rocchi (a dooly appointed federal mahshall), and Jürgen Fauth & Marcy Demansky (the Nick and Nora Charles of online film criticism). The event is hosted by Greencine's own Craig Phillips and Aaron Hillis.
The fun begins at 7:30EST/4:30PST, and the best part is that you are all welcome to participate. Just login at this address and join in on the conversation. I'll be the one in the corner scowling about the lack of nominations for Julia and The Informant!
Hope to see you there!