(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)
by Janice Y. Perez
February 14, 2012
With barely two weeks left for the 84th annual Academy Awards and with the surprising outcomes of other recent film awards, bloggers, aficionados, and Oscarologists have this one escalating conundrum: Meryl Streep (in The Iron Lady) or Viola Davis (in The Help)?
Though the rest of this year’s Best Actress category has a slew of strong and solid performers (Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn), it’s undeniable that the focus has been solely on Streep and Davis, whose respective portrayals of the last century’s most polarizing female political figure and a docile—but headstrong—maid in 1960s Mississippi have thwarted the two in what appears to be the most thrilling Best Actress race the Academy has seen in a long time.
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It’s close. It’s so close. I can taste it. And it tastes awesome. The 84th annual Academy Awards is less than two weeks away. Take my birthday. Take Christmas. Give me the Oscars and remain silent during the show. I must not be disturbed. If you want to know my thoughts, follow me on Twitter (@suddenlydog), as I’ll be live tweeting for my third year.
There’s always plenty to get excited about each year, but here are my top five reasons the Oscars are worth watching this year:
5. A Pig and a Frog Walk into a Bar …
Though nothing has been confirmed, the prospects of Muppets appearing at the Oscars is enough to get me excited. “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets is nominated for Best Original Song. It would be a hugely missed opportunity if the Jim Henson creations of my youth didn’t appear on stage for the number (that is, assuming the songs are performed on stage this year—there’s only two, so why not?). And don’t forget—Miss Piggy is a fashionista. Could she be strolling the red carpet? Joan Rivers did leave some shoes to fill. I think our porcine friend could cram her hooves in them with little effort.
Continue reading 5 Reasons This Year’s Oscars Are Worth Watching