Thursday, May 30, 2024

Oscar Prognosticators Were Wrong About Most Everything: SAG Winners Lose, Stalwarts Win, Show was Refreshing


All the Oscar prognosticators were wrong. Frances McDormand and Anthony Hopkins won Best Actress, old stalwarts who already had Oscars.

The Academy added thousands of multi cultural people and still came up with conventional but deserving and talented winners.

Carey Mulligan did not win, despite a lot of hype.

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, who won the SAG Awards, lost. So much for the theory that SAG predicts the Oscars.

McDormand, looking unhappy and unkempt, still won the night by howling like a wolf when “Nomadland” won Best Picture.

Glenn Close lost for the umpteenth time, but stole the show in a scripted bit that was hilarious. She’s a gem.

The show was a little different than past Oscar broadcasts but I liked it. It was unadorned and familial. The setting of Union Station was intimate and just right. Next year, though, they should include the Best Songs.

But the show was refreshing and hit the right tone during the pandemic. Kudos to the producers.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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