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The 2011 Academy Awards - Postmortem

At the start of the evening I said I wanted one thing: pleasant surprises. I didn't get any and won my Oscar pool—or at least split it four ways: with Mr. B, Mr. P and Jayne. If Viola had won I would've won it outright. But how can you not love Meryl? And her speech? In 2005, I wrote an MSNBC piece on which performers were overdue for an Oscar, and brought up her name even then:

An argument could be made that the actress most-due is Meryl Streep. Yes, she’s won, twice in fact (lead and supporting), but not since 1982. Since then she’s been nominated nine times (eight lead, one supporting). Time to get her out of her seat already.

Even so, this was the wrong year. Should've been Viola's year.

So what were the surprises--pleasant or otherwise? That “The Artist” won? Dujardin? Davis? “Midnight in Paris”? “The Descendants”? That Billy Crystal was funny? It seems we have the Academy figured out. Too bad.

I guess the big surprise for us was that Uncle Vinny left early. What the hell, dude? I kept looking for you to share something and found you gone.

The line of the night, at our party, came from David, who, after Penelope Cruz said something innocuous like “And the winner is...,” but in her dynamite accent, and of course looking like she does, David, after a pause, asked, “Can we rewind that?”


Our 2012 Oscar party.

Mr. B raises faux-Oscar high after tying with three others for first place. But he gave a helluva speech.

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Posted at 11:00 PM on Sun. Feb 26, 2012 in category Movies - The Oscars  


Extra-strength UncleVinny wrote:

So sorry! A combination of events conspired to keep me from staying. Glad you had fun. I'm really glad Jeff moved into your building... that guy is awesome!

Comment posted on Sun. Feb 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Mister B wrote:

Actually, I believe if Viola had won, it would've been a tie between you and me. Maybe I'll let you visit with the statue a few times between now and next Oscar time.

If there had been more chairs, I would've tried a “Roberto Benigni” to get to the statue — and then probably broken my leg or something.

Woulda been worth it. I don't win often — if at all.

Comment posted on Mon. Feb 27, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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