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First and foremost, RIP Sir John Hurt (my War Doctor, my Great Dragon Kilgharrah, my Ollivander).
This week has been very busy for me. Work, interviews and events galore! But now that it's finally the weekend, I can take the time to talk about one of the two holidays I celebrate in February - Oscar Sunday! (The other one is Superbowl Sunday, in case you were curious. I guess I'm a Falcons fan this year. Boo Patriots.)
A few of my thoughts on this year's nominees:
Since the Golden Globes, I have seen a couple more of these movies, and I plan to watch at least all of the Best Picture Nominees before the 89th Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 26 (coverage begins on ABC at 7e|4p). Éli Chau and Heather Rachael Owens are joining me again for our friendly awards show competition. But joining us this time is Coachella Valley-based singer and dancer Chloe Lane and Sacramento-based singer Jamie Pisciotta.
And the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Are...
1/29 - Jamie's picks added. Eli changed her Best Visual Effects pick from "The Jungle Book" to "Kubo and the Two Strings."
2/23 - I changed my Best Visual Effects pick from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" to "The Jungle Book," my Best Original Screenplay pick from "La La Land" to "Manchester by the Sea," my Best Live Action Short pick from "Silent Nights" to "Ennemis Interieurs," and my Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing picks from "La La Land" to "Hacksaw Ridge."
2/25 - Heather changed her Best Picture pick from "La La Land" to "Moonlight."
You can also find a full list of the nominees and their trailers on oscars.go.com (here).
We will be allowed to adjust a maximum of 5 of our picks before the Oscars coverage begins (again, that's Sunday 2/26 at 7e|4p on ABC). Keep an eye out for the results! I have a good feeling I'll do better this time around.
PS: CollegeHumor did a thing. "Honest Titles For 2017's Oscar Movies"
PPS: Here are the YouTube links to the five Best Original Song Nominees: