Academy Awards Open Thread

It's Oscar weekend again. Growing up in LA, there was a palpable buzz on the west side of the city on Oscar weekend, lots of celebrity sightings. There were also a significant increase of tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of actors going in and out of the area hotels, restaurants, spas, etc. That doesn't include the ones that line up on the sidewalk for days before to be in the bleachers in front of the red carpet.

It sounds to me that Tweety would be one of those people camping out for a seat on the bleachers if he could. Can I say that as much as I do lust over Colin Firth myself, hearing Tweety gushing over him was a little uncomfortable?

Meanwhile, there is one nominee we know we won't be seeing at the awards ceremony. Street artist Banksy, whose first film "Exit Through The Gift Shop" (a BRILLIANT look at what constitutes art) is nominated for Best Documentary, was refused permission by the Academy to appear at the ceremony disguised.

Here's a list of nominees, and I'll put mine and Amato's predictions for the big awards in the comments. Add yours and we'll see who has a finger on the pulse of the Academy.

Oh, and I know that the Academy Awards and awards shows in general are not everyone's cup of tea. Perfectly understandable, and if it's not yours, I hope you use this time to comment on any of our political topic threads. Please do not use this thread to voice your disdain for those who do enjoy the Oscars.


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