We are both eager to know whether early(ish) Oscar best-picture favourite Lincoln can manage to stave off surging feel-good contender Argo (which we saw and thoroughly enjoyed in a remote area of Maine a while back, an experience that I wrote about here). And also how Sally Field, should she happen to win best supporting actress (I know the category isn’t called that anymore, but I’m dashing this off in a hurry) for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln, will attempt to make good for that crazy “You like me!” Norma Rae speech of a long time ago (my golden teenage years).
And of course who will win in the best animated short category. Or, actually, not so much on that one.
And I, at least, am desperate to see the red-carpet stuff, the gowns, the glamour… man, I’ve loved the Oscars since I used to watch them on our old black-and-white TV at the Manse when I was a kid growing up there.
But the difference between then and now is that then, the Manse’s big old TV antenna brought in whatever channel it was that broadcast the Oscars, and now, that sucker isn’t connected to anything and I don’t suppose would bring in anything even if it were, this no longer being an analog world. The most recent (before us) residents of the Manse have relied on a satellite dish for their TV viewing, but we haven’t yet got that organized and maybe never will, given how annoying dishes can be when it rains or a fog comes in or, basically, any kind of weather seems to happen. Bad technology, if you ask me.
I’m kind of hoping the internet will save us on the TV front – in the long term. In the short term, we have a perfectly fine TV set up at the Manse with an inexpensive DVD player that allows us to watch movies whenever we want. So we’re not lacking for entertainment possibilities by any means; we are just lacking the Oscars this coming Sunday night.
What to do? What to do? Cut our weekend short and return to Montreal earlier than planned, so as to revel in the horrible gown choices and the hosting jokes that fall flat? Or stay in Queensborough, TV-less and enjoying the peace and quiet, and just read all about the Oscars in the morning?
Reader: what would you do?