10 reasons to watch the Oscars
Now that the silly Golden Globes are over, we can get down to the serious business of frivolity.
In other words, it's time to start discussing the Oscars.
Before you know it, it will be Feb. 26, and you'll be sitting in front of the television and screaming to anyone who will listen that you can't believe those morons in Hollywood actually gave the best picture Oscar to a black-and-white silent movie with French people in it.
This is not going to be a popular opinion – given many American's distaste for black-and-white movies, silent movies and French movies – but "The Artist" is probably the only movie that came out in 2011 that deserves the Oscar.
While it is true that "The Artist" does not have the gravitas of the traditional best picture winner, it is still pretty clever, and in a dreadful movie year, I'll take clever.
I know that the Oscars telecast attracts the biggest TV audiences during years when a particular film is both a critical and box office success, so that the audience has something to root for, and this is not one of those years.
I can't remember a year when so many people confessed to me that they had seen very few of the best picture contenders, which would include the aforementioned "The Artist," "The Descendants," and "The Help." Trust me; no other film has a chance, although acting awards probably will be divided among the also-rans.
Because my job depends on people watching the Oscars, and thereby bringing some relevancy to the beat I cover, I am going to give you 10 reasons to watch the Oscars this year, even though we know the big winner is most likely going to be a black-and-white silent movie with French people in it.
Let the Oscar party planning begin. Here are 10 reasons to watch.
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