10:00 P.M. PT: I have landed safe and soundly in Los Angeles. Curiously enough, I had my first celebrity sighting of Oscars weekend before I left Philadelphia!
None other than Joan Rivers was on my flight. Sitting comfortably in First Class (of course), the “Fashion Police” host was pouring over a folder full of papers. Almost everyone on the flight noticed her, except the nice elderly gentleman seated next to me who remarked, ” I didn’t recognize her. But she didn’t recognize me either, so I guess we’re even.”
As I departed the plane in L.A., I bumped into Joan as she waited for her small entourage (who sat in Coach) and told her I was a big fan. She replied, “Thank you. Have a great weekend.” She was very nice, which is always refreshing. I snapped a quick photo of Joan in LAX you can see here.
After my first dinner at In-N-Out Burger (get your French fries “animal style”) tonight, I got a chance to run down to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to scope out preparations for the Oscars. It’s quite the scene. Check out my video from the Walk of Fame here and I’ll see you all tomorrow!
9:28 A.M. EST: We made it! It’s Oscars Weekend.
In just a couple hours, I’ll be leaving Philadelphia for sunny California. Keep up with Oscars news live from Hollywood by following me on Twitter and YouTube. I’ll be scoping out the red carpet as the Academy sets up for the big night, grabbing Oscars predictions from Hollywood landmarks, live-blogging the Independent Spirit Awards and much more.
And don’t forget: On Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST I’ll be hosting a live Oscars chat here on the Movie Blog.
Before I fly to Tinseltown, let’s take a look at the nominees in the Best Actor category. Click these links to check out my predictions for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
This year’s best actor nominees are (left to right below) Demian Bichir for “A Better Life,” George Clooney for “The Descendants,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Brad Pitt for “Moneyball.”
I don’t think it’s any secret the race for Best Actor is between Clooney and Dujardin. George was great in “The Descendants,” although his performance was the only part of the film I really cared for. Frankly, it was too depressing for me and the story just felt silly and aimless. I did, however, love “The Artist” and I loved Jean’s performance in it. Both men won Golden Globes for their performances (Clooney for Drama and Dujardin for Musical or Comedy), which bodes well for them considering that 7 of the last 10 Best Actors also won a Globe that year.
Who could be the spoiler in all this? Gary Oldman. It’s a long shot, but the Academy has a funny way of awarding celebrated actors (and directors – right, Martin Scorsese?) for their achievements, even if the film isn’t their best work. This is Oldman’s very first Oscar nomination, and if anyone is going to upset the favorites, it will be him. Unfortunately, I was not so crazy about “Tinker Tailor.” It was so slow and incredibly hard to follow. On the upside, he was one of the nicest men I’ve ever interviewed. I gawked at him like a child the entire time.
So, who’s it going to be? I think this one will be a fair fight.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Jean Dujardin
WHO WILL WIN: Jean Dujardin
That’s all for now, folks! Check back later today for an update from Hollywood! Until then, check out this preview of Elton John’s 2012 Oscars Party:
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