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My reward

Some weeks are all about work.

This has been one of ’em.

I’ve sat at my computer all day, every day, and most of the evenings, too, just trying to get it all done.

But today is my reward.  Today is all about play.

I have the UK-Florida basketball game at noon, which is being broadcast on national TV (thank you, CBS).  I have tickets to see “A Little Night Music” at the matinee at 3pm.  And then tonight, there’s the Oscar red carpet and awards show telecast, which will start even before I get home from the theater.

Entertainment extravaganza to the max!

I feel like I live my life to extremes — either all work or all play.  This week is a perfect example.  But since today is the play day…well, I’m okay with it.

(I’ll go for balance next week.)

Wouldn’t it be nice…

“I still think awards are stupid…but they would be less stupid if they went to the right people.”
— Ron Swanson, Parks & Recreation

I have a dream….

That the 2010 Oscars aren’t a  boring repeat of the Golden Globes and SAG Awards and every other awards show that has gone before them…

That I will be rewarded for the hours I devote to the red carpet coverage and show telecast with actual entertainment.

That the actors and films I like get the statuettes they deserve.

So this year, instead of making Oscar predictions — which at this point is pretty darn easy — I am listing my Oscar favorites….because if someone else wins, it won’t change my mind.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Anna deserves it.  She went toe-to-toe with George Clooney and made the movie.  I know Monique is going to win, but we’re talking who I like, remember?

SUPPORTING ACTOR — Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
I boycotted this movie (long story), but I have loved his interviews.  Bet his acceptance speech is killer.

ACTRESS — Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
I love Sandra, but the “The Blind Side” being nominated for best picture Oscar was not legit.  “An Education” was…and so was Mulligan.

ACTOR — George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges is gonna win, but Clooney’s performance was original and emotional. “Crazy Heart” is just “The Wrestler” with a guitar.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM — “The Secret of the Kells”
I hadn’t even heard of this film until a week or so ago, but I’m intrigued.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — “The White Ribbon”
I correctly picked this film to win the Golden Globe based on a trailer, and I’m sticking with it.

ORIGINAL SCORE — “The Hurt Locker”
It takes a special score to accompany bombs bursting in air.

ORIGINAL SONG — Take It All, “Nine”
I loved all the music in this movie.  Too bad the movie didn’t live up to it.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY — Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Relevant to today. Emotional. Authentic. Didn’t steal from “Dances with Wolves.”  Give him the Oscar!

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — Quentin Tarentino, “Inglourious Basterd”
If we can convince him he’s a good writer, maybe he’ll stop directing such gore fests.

DIRECTOR — Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
I think a director who can write and direct a story in an original way that speaks to everyone — and who doesn’t need to use CGI or bombs or scalping to keep your attention — is Oscar-worthy.

PICTURE — “Up in the Air”
I’ve seen it twice.  Would see it again.  Can’t recommend it enough.