As you might've heard, the Oscars are tonight.
The big show starts at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC — whose Go site has a complete list of nominees. If you're into seeing Oscar hopefuls, presenters, and other celebrities on the red carpet, you'll want to check those good ol' local listings.
I'll probably pass on a review of the show. Then again, I've thought that before, and yet — after a bout of Oscars poetry in 2009, when the blog was all of a few days old — I ended up doing post-Oscars posts in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I've enjoyed experiencing other events through the prism of Twitter since joining its ranks last summer, so I just might end up throwing out some instant commentary of my own there as concentration (and WiFi) allows. You can follow me via @BrianLamken, keep an eye on the #Oscars hashtag during the proceedings, or check my page of collected Twitticisms later on.
The Academy of Motion-Picture Arts & Sciences website has a history of the awards, with some bullet-point milestones and a brief slideshow of images — including the first Academy Award ever given and the marquee from the 35th annual ceremony 50 years ago as seen above. NBC aired the inaugural Oscar broadcast a decade before that, honoring films released in 1952, with Bob Hope as MC in Hollywood and Conrad Nagel co-hosting from New York.
Several nominated actors stopped by the Funny or Die talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis recently to be verbally abused by the comedian and Hangover star (or to verbally abuse him in kind). Its Oscar-Buzz Edition: Part 1 (Episode 14), 6 minutes long, features Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, and Amy Adams. Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, Bradley Cooper, and a surprise guest who is not Daniel Day-Lewis show up in Oscar-Buzz Edition: Part 2 (Episode 15), just over 5 minutes. [Warning: Discomfort humor and crude language.]
There was supposed to be more here, but to resurrect an old familiar refrain on this blog the technology is not cooperating. While my Internet connection has mostly been fine since Apple finally replaced my lemon of a laptop, its recent congestion mirrors my own during this persistent cold. The only upside to my supremely frustrating inability to stay online reliably is more time to write offline, at least as my stuffy head permits, so the pipeline should be full for a while yet.
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