"And the Oscar Goes To ..."

It is a rainy morning north of Boston. I thought today I would be out with the snowblower clearing the walkways, but so far we have dodged the worst of this latest storm. It’s also the last day of the kids’ winter vacation and I have declared it pajama day in the household. We will lounge around (well, I will grade student papers)—that is, until …


The Academy Awards have always been my Super Bowl. I used to go all out by making a big meal, getting all dressed up, and really celebrating the night. But I’ve been so busy with teaching and festival planning that I haven’t been able see the nominated films to make my Oscar picks. In previous years, I have created a grid for my friends so we could vote on all Oscar categories. I’ve just been too busy to get it together (and none of my friends have stepped up to take it over—you know who you are!).

But tonight, I will make a few appetizers, open a bottle of bubbly, put the kids to bed early, and watch Hollywood’s biggest, most glamorous night.

Here are my picks:

Best Picture: Argo (Ben Affleck was robbed of the director’s nom)
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis (but I really want Bradley Cooper or Hugh Jackman to win)
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (wouldn’t be something if Quvenzhan√© Wallis stole the show?)
Best Supporting Actor: Robert DeNiro (or Tommy Lee Jones)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (go Sally Field!)

For the record, I hate having 10 best picture nominees. It’s silly.

So I’m counting down the hours, with lots of grading, writing, and kid-time to happen before the first envelope is opened. Of course, I will watch the Oscar countdown shows with the beautiful gowns, the tuxedos, the reporters making small talk with the actors. I love it all.

(Dear Seth MacFarlane. Good luck, and don't suck.)


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