For the past few years, I've managed to miss quite a few of the live broadcasts of the Oscars because I was working nights at the cinema.
I've always taped them, though, to check out the best parts (meaning, I fast-forward through the speeches about the accountants) the following day. I also participate in the cinema's Oscar pool.
The Oscars are a bit of a family affair, even though all the "kids" are well into adulthood. It will involve wine and snacks at my mother's.
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Name: Megan McLeod
Lives: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Favourite all-time film: Too many to list but Singin' in the Rain and Brazil are right up there
We provide running commentary (largely sarcastic) throughout the hours of pre-show coverage and the awards themselves.
We talk largely about how horrific the presenters' dresses and recent plastic surgeries have turned out.
Though I occasionally shout at the television "WHAT how can they possibly have won?!", the awards themselves are not always very important to us as viewers.
We either laugh or roll our eyes at the host of the ceremony; I prefer the more low-key presenters (Billy Crystal's opening songs were cute, but repetitive).
Steve Martin is a favourite recent host, but Jon Stewart, I'm sure, will blow the audience away. I've been a fan of his for more than a decade, and I think it's going to be a very, very different kind of ceremony. I don't think Jon's a song-and-dance man.
I've never imagined myself in the ceremony, but being in the audience would be an amazing experience.
As much as I do love watching the ceremonies, I find them easily forgettable.
The 1998 ceremony, when Titanic swept the awards, is a low point in the history of the Oscars.
I've always thought that James Cameron's obnoxiousness in his speeches and the generally mediocre quality of this "best film" helped quicken the rise of the independent film (or, at least, of Miramax) in subsequent ceremonies.
The next two best pictures winners were Shakespeare in Love and American Beauty.