Oscar weekend is a mix of guesswork, party-planning and historic celebrity specials. Did you watch the Oprah special? She paired actors with actors to do their own interviews. Ben Affleck interviewed Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner. Loved this bit which I agree is easy to read way too much into if you have a crush on Jeremy Renner or if you watched "I'm F***ing Ben Affleck" too many times a couple of years ago.
Affleck: Do you have women throwing themselves at you since you've been nominated. Do you have… is that… you're a single guy?
Renner: [laughter] People definitely treat me differently. Men and women both...
Affleck: [eyebrow raise] Nice.
Renner: …it's all over the place.
Later Renner asked Affleck if he would be his date if his mom got sick (yes, he's bringing his mom. Adorable) and Affleck was so excited he even offered to wear a dress. Oh boys.
Where were we. Oscars.
- Avatar James James Cameron's allegorical 3D sci-fi spectacle
- The Blind Side Sandra Bullock's unexpected Oscar vehicle
- District 9 Neil Blomkamps's 2D allegorical sci-fi spectacle
- An Education, the coming of age drama with star-is-born Carey Mulligan
- The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow's tense bomb diffusal Iraq drama
- Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino's talky clever revisionist history film
- Precious, the heavy drama about an abused illiterate teenage mother in 80s Harlem
- A Serious Man, the Coen Bros most personal film
- Up, the latest instant classic from Pixar
- Up in the Air, in which loner George Clooney is ready to make a connection
Though most pundits agree that The Hurt Locker will take the top prize, it's a fine list this year overall which always makes the Oscars more enjoyable. There's only one stinker to speak of. And people love that one so I'm saying no more. The Academy done good. How many have you seen and which gets your vote for Sunday night?