Monday, February 26, 2007
It was an honor just to consider the nominees...
We went 7-of-12 in picks in the Oscar pool last night, which is pretty much a drubbing. Already we're working on an explanation for where our picks went astray in order to hone our predictive methods for next year.
Call these the inconvenient truths from this year's telecast. To wit:
--Eddie Murphy seemed like a lock for best-supporting actor, but then perhaps we underestimated the "Norbit" backlash. One fatsuit too many.
--These were the "green" Academy Awards. Of course, Academy voters weren't going to back "Cars" for best animated feature. Cars contribute to global warming; penguins are the victims of global warming. "Happy Feet" should have had us from hello.
--Songs about global warming are better than really good songs. THE PLANET IS MELTING, PEOPLE.
--Never underestimate the appeal of savage fairy tales about the danger of fascism. Maybe I should have seen "Pan's Labyrinth" before betting against it.
--Whatever you thought of "Marie Antoinette" -- and I was confused by the sudden appearance of Adam Ant -- it had a really good shoe montage. A really good shoe montage trumps the conventional wisdom that the best costume award never goes to the movie featuring the best costumes.