It's been years since I've had Oscar fever. I just assumed I'd become immune to it. There are a number of reasons. I'm usually bored by the entertainmnet, it drags on and on, and I get up really early the next morning. Staying up until midnight usually guarantees a miserable next day.
The first is that Al Gore is up for the Academy Award for best documentary for An Inconvenient Truth. And I heard or read that if/when he gets the award, he may announce that he will make a run for the presidency in the next election. I think he'd be a great president, and would hate to miss such an announcement. Plus, they usually give the Oscar for best documentary pretty early in the show, so I could then turn off the TV and go to sleep.
The other reason is that I really liked Little Miss Sunshine, which is the only movie I've seen that is up for best picture. It was hilarious. Not that I really think I can stay awake until the very end of the show, which is when they always give the award for best picture. Sandy and I almost saw The Queen, but watched An Inconvenient Truth on DVD instead. Another movie I'd like to see is Notes on a Scandal (Cate Blanchett is up for best supporting actress, Dame Judi Dench for best actress for that one). Eventually.
And Scorsese. He should have gotten an Best Director Oscar decades ago for Taxi Driver (for which he wasn't nominated). It's about time.
Finally, while I can miss all the stars, and can really miss Celine Dion unveiling a new song, I do like host Ellen DeGeneres, and figure she and Al Gore can keep me entertained, at least for a couple of hours.
If Gore announces his candidacy, it will be history in the making. I'm not sure if this is the best time to make such an announcement. It might be better to bask in the limelight as an environmentalist for a month or two, and then be "convinced" to run. I do think if he decides to run, he can have the freshness of a new pol, without a bunch of baggage accumulated in the last 7 years, along with the attraction of a savvy elder statesman. If he runs, he definitely has my backing. That should take him a long way, eh?