Friday, June 21, 2024

And Now, to the Oscars Most Pressing Questions: Who Will Win? Who Will Lose? Who Will Watch?


The night– or here in LA, the afternoon — of the season is here at last.

The Oscars: who will win? who will lose? who will watch?

Will Apple become the first streaming service to win Best Picture, with “CODA”? Will “CODA” be the first acronym film since “MASH” to pick up a lot of awards?

Will anyone explain the ending of “The Power of the Dog” to the audience?

Will Netflix’s tenacious campaigning finally yield a winner?

So many questions!

Maybe the biggest one is Who will win Best Actress? For months Nicole Kidman was in the lead with “Being the Ricardos.” Then the focus switched to Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker. In the last two weeks suddenly there is a flurry of interest in Penelope Cruz from “Parallel Mothers,” a movie shabbily treated by the Spanish film board– they didn’t submit it for nomination!

Plus, there are the internal controversies with the Oscars, particularly the non televised “Golden Hour” that the TV audience — and the press– won’t see. Eight categories will be given awards, but everyone will have to wait until the show begins on ABC to learn the winners.

The show will look different, more like the Golden Globes, with nominees seated at tables in the front rows instead of theater seats. How will that go over? And will Adele appear to present, sing, or just stay home? Her Las Vegas fans will be paying attention to that one.

So we wait…and see.. and wait for the ratings tomorrow, which are sure to launch a thousand protests that the End has come.

Me? I’ll be asking myself, Was it worth all the stress and money and exhaustion, and to miss the opening night on Broadway of “Plaza Suite”? Well, at least I know I’m COVID negative. I’ve had three tests in two days!

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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