Here we go! The day has arrived here in Hollywood where people pay heed to the wise advice of the late and brilliant Bob Monkhouse: “This business is really all about sincerity… and if you can fake that sincerity then you’ve got it made!”
It’s time for the 95th Academy Awards and, never mind the movies, you’re about to see some of the finest acting in town tonight when actors hide their disgust at losing out.
My day always starts with the unwrapping of my Oscar suit from Scotland’s finest tailor, Andrew Brookes. There’s always a wee touch of tartan in there. And, as always, it features the ITV tartan…very small checks.
On to my predictions, and one I know I’ll get right for sure is that the host will be brilliant. He’s Jimmy Kimmel and he’s entirely unflappable. And, unlike Chris Rock last year, hopefully unslappable!
When it comes to the gongs my predictions could go awry. Two weeks ago I’d have confidently picked all the winners but after the Baftas and SAG Awards, a lot has changed.
Best film? For me it has to be Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. If you haven’t seen it yet you may have to watch it two or three times…to understand it! One of the stars of the movie, the wonderful Michelle Yeoh, I think may be the surprise of the night as she edges out Cate Blanchett from Tar.
When I caught up with Yeoh she told me: “You know, when you start doing a picture all you want to do is give your very best and that’s all you can do. All the love and commitment with your cast and crew…and then after putting it out there to the audience you hope that they will embrace it.”
You could bet the rent money on co-star Ke Huy Quan picking up best supporting actor too.
I reckon Brendan Fraser who was amazing in The Whale will get the nod over my other favourite, Austin “Elvis” Butler.
Actors make up the bulk of the voters and I think that’s why Brendan will shade it. If the votes are split between the two frontrunners then those other superb performances from Colin Farrell (The Banshees Of Inisherin) or Bill Nighy (Living) could sneak in.
Best supporting actress is a close-run thing but my gut feeling is Angela Bassett for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will pip Jamie Lee Curtis. The good news is that it’s all balls to Jamie! She’s going to bring all the nominees a gold shiny ball.
“One of the five is gonna win, four out of the five are going home empty-handed. So I have a bag filled with gold round things for all of my people and all of my friends who are nominated!” said Curtis.
I’m sure there will be some controversy on the night. There have been accusations that the Academy is out of touch and will soon become obsolete. That’s an accusation first levelled at the Oscars in 1933…I’m sure they’ll manage to brush that one off!
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