Those who are normally shouting T.G.I.F. might be saving their enthusiasm for T.G.I.S. That’s right everyone, Oscar Sunday is upon us this weekend. Although the 84th Academy Awards are arriving a tad early this year, I will not mind swapping my usual Sunday nominee (Mitt Romney) with Rooney Mara (Best Actress in a Leading Role; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
For the godfather of Oscars, Best Picture, 6 out of 9 of this year’s nominations are actually adaptions from novels (Can you hear the bookworms across America squealing?). Other awards, including Costume Design (Jane Eyre) and Art Direction (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), are also rooted in literature. While The Help (Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathon, Producers) wins the race in the Goodreads ratings according to Random House, The Artist (Thomas Langmann, Producer) is rumored to be most likely to take home the Oscar.
Jean Dujardin, also in association with The Artist, is predicated to walk away with the title of Best Actor. Meanwhile (despite my continued rooting for Rooney Mara), Viola Davis of The Help is speculated to win Best Actress in a Leading Role. The tension between The Artist and The Help this weekend will be as palpable as a homecoming football game, with actresses Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Jessica Chastain (The Help) also battling for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
While I do feel as though most of the movies nominated for this year’s awards are well deserving of it, I think that the Oscars need to start paying a little more attention to comedies. Let’s be real, Bridesmaids was hilarious! The movie manifested all the inappropriate nightmares that brides-to-be have in preparation for their big days, but are too superstitious to share. Food poisoning preceding a dress fitting? Done. In-air inebriation on the way to the bachelorette party? Done. For a movie to make me (and the rest of the theater!) laugh that hard for 120 minutes deserves some more lovin’.
Enjoy your Fridays, everyone, but mark off your calendars! The Super Bowl has nothing on our Oscar Sunday! Except maybe commercials…oh wait, Ellen Degeneres is premiering in a JCPenny ad. Rock on, Oscars.