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It's Oscar Day. Are You Prepared For Guests?

The day has finally arrived! Have you finished all your last minute preparations? Made your final predictions? Bought all your party gifts and decor?

Baked all your chocolate pies and other Best Picture themed foods?

If Anxiety, Excitement, Prediction Jitters, Star Lust, and Indifference were all competing in the same category for "Best Usurping Of Your Mood," which would win?


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Enjoy Oscar Responsibly!

1) Whenever a publicist is angling behind either their client or someone else’s to be seen on camera
2) Group decision: if publicist is fake texting because they’re unsure of what to do next
3) Any stumble sighting
4) When host mispronounces talent’s name
5) When host misidentifies talent’s spouse or date
6) Every Sally Kirkland sighting because she’s awesome
7) When talent refers to the designer they’re wearing as ‘a good friend’

1) Stumbles
2) Every acceptance speech that states ‘and everyone at the studio’
3) Sighting of almost pissed off reaction of an un-winning nominee
4) Every ‘best song’ performance (hey there’s only 2)
5) Sightings of the Price Waterhouse accountants
6) For the winner of ‘Best Short’ (with the toast: ‘African Chelsea’ was robbed!)
7) Nipple slip
8) Every mention of the short time available during an acceptance
9) Parental instructions during acceptance to kids at home

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrent Roske

Im so exited for the oscars

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremilija

I've come to the realization that no matter who wins Best Actress, it will be exciting. If Viola wins then perfect (she's my favorite), and if Meryl wins it will be a historic win for her (also exciting!). But if anyone else wins it will be such an upset... and I love surprise winners!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Excitement is the order of the evening for me. I like a lot of this year's nominations, I like The Artist, I have high hopes for Billy Crystal's comeback - bring it on!

Nathaniel, have a great evening, and thanks as ever for your wonderful site.

Happy Oscars, everyone!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Are you gonna do a live blogging? Only the show or also red carpet? :)
Thanks for your work, I'm looking forward to see your live comments ;)

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFede

Nathaniel, I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year, since finding it from "Oscar from the Outside In" through Google, so I'm wishing a wonderful and exciting Oscar day!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Nathaniel, I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year, since finding it from "Oscar from the Outside In" through Google, so I'm wishing a wonderful and exciting Oscar day!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Excited! Star Lust!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Excited! this is Christmas...

p.s. finger crossed for Melissa!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans


Come on Viola, Melissa and The Tree Of Life!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

Go Chastain, Oldman and Streep! (why do I never root for the frontrunners? I find myself disappointed every year).

At least The Artist is a safe bet!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

I'm a nervous wreck for Viola.

Q: When is the last time Best Actor has been so sexy?

PS: Clooney is the least sexiest of the nominees in his category. I want to take Demian and Gary home.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfull

everything but indifference ... this is the second most exciting day of the year [after nomination morning of course]

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterseasondays

You shouldn't be nervous for Viola 3rtfull. She's getting the gold home tonight. I am the one who should be nervously seeing michelle lost 2nd time in a role in two years straight.
Adding Brad Pitt.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchand

This is the first year since I started following the Oscars that I have absolutely no investment in the outcome. A fantastic film year represented by a very underwheliming set of nominees, particularly in the acting categories.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

The winners are locked in at this point (and we all probably know who they are), so all I'm hoping for is a fun, memorable show!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

forever1267 -- thank you. stick around. we blog all year.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R


February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy


Black women and Best Actress is a lot like Best Actress for women in their 50s--it's only happened once before.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfull

I'm worried I made a bunch of wrong calls and will do poorly in my Oscar pool: the sound categories, costumes, cinematography.

Also, I realize how much I want Viola to win! I can already feel myself mad if she doesn't win.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen


Oscar Party Menu:

Hugo croissants
Moneyball ballpark peanuts and crackerjacks (and beer)
Minnie's fried chicken from The Help...
...served with Extremely Loud & Incredibly HOT SAUCE
War Horse's Narracott family shepherd's pie
Artist-ic black & white cookies
Descendants family-style strawberry and coffee ice cream
Cafe au lait at Midnight, in Paris
Various alcoholic beverages inspired by the visions of the creation of the universe in The Tree of Life

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

All I want is one surprise. I will be wildly disappointed at a night of Plummer, Spencer, Dujardin, Davis, Hazanavicius, The Artist winners. Just one upset. JUST ONE!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen

"Just one upset. JUST ONE!"

Art Direction! Harry Potter! Let it be so!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.
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