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89th Academy Awards (Oscars) on ABC

Who will be watching? What are your winning predictions?

As a French Canadian, I have to say that I am bias toward Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). I really hope he wins best picture! Really proud of what he accomplished, success after success!

As far as sound, 13 Hours really impressed me and would be my pick.

And most importantly, I hope they keep the politic out of the show. But I guess I can keep on dreaming...!

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And most importantly, I hope they keep the politic out of the show. But I guess I can keep on dreaming...!
For that reason I wont be watching, dont really care what side your on, I really feel it
doesn't belong on the show. They can all shove it where the sun doesnt shine.

I like like Hell or High Water, but I realize it will never happen. Enjoy your democratic sermon though.
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For that reason I wont be watching, dont really care what side your on, I really feel it
doesn't belong on the show. They can all shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

I like like Hell or High Water, but I realize it will never happen. Enjoy your democratic sermon though.
Couldn't agree more.

Loved Hell or High Water also. All good Movies. But to me the biggest snob was not to include Nocturnal Animal in either Best Picture or Best Cinematography. It was a stunning film IMHO.

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Have to disagree. A large part of the reason for the extreme political polarization is that with social media, talk radio and cable tv becoming the major sources of news in this country, folks of different political persuasions have no "common hearth" of the sort that TV network news provided to earlier generations.

At least the Oscars broadcast is watched by folks of different views - we need a place to talk to each other across political lines.
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I wouldnt be surprised if LaLaLaLaLa swept best picture, actor, actress, although I really hope it doesn't - its the kind of self worship Hollywood loves.

Would like Lion to win some awards.

I won't be watching though. 3 hours of fluff with the usual song and dance numbers, I guess the tribute section will be extra long due to how cruel 2016 was And if they have any sense they'll add Bill Paxton and end the whole thing with 'Game Over man !!'
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For that reason I wont be watching, dont really care what side your on, I really feel it
doesn't belong on the show. They can all shove it where the sun doesnt shine.

I like like Hell or High Water, but I realize it will never happen. Enjoy your democratic sermon though.
You aren't watching yet it was important to let everyone know your viewpoint. Classic.
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Have to disagree. A large part of the reason for the extreme political polarization is that with social media, talk radio and cable tv becoming the major sources of news in this country, folks of different political persuasions have no "common hearth" of the sort that TV network news provided to earlier generations.

At least the Oscars broadcast is watched by folks of different views - we need a place to talk to each other across political lines.
I believe the problem is not the fact that they try to send their message but more the hypocrisy behind it. Millionnaires living in mansions surrounded by walls, security guards with guns, flying private planes, drivings Escalades and Range Rovers but yet lecturing you on guns, environment, law enforcement, etc while they have never sacrificed anything or wore a uniform. This same hypocrisy got Trump elected, like it or not.

Just my $0.02 on the subject mater.
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You aren't watching yet it was important to let everyone know your viewpoint. Classic.
And he "doesn't care what side you're on", yet feels it necessary to let us know what side he's on.
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or whore a uniform.
I think you mean "wore".
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And if they have any sense they'll add Bill Paxton
They really shouldn't, as the in memoriam is for those we lost in 2016. Bill WILL be in the list for 2017. Yes, he should, and will, get a mention outside of the memoriam.
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I'm currently monitoring the setup/red carpet (BUD). They have the sound muted

Damn, there are a lot of people outside waiting for the limos to arrive.

Oh, at the moment it is not raining.

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You aren't watching yet it was important to let everyone know your viewpoint. Classic.
My viewpoint was it doesnt belong, dont care if your Scott Baio, Jon Voight, Meryl Streep or whomever else feels like spouting off. Its not like its news to why the country is divided, no need to keep flaming the fire. The show is SUPPOSED to be about entertainment, not a speech on why their viewpoint is right and yours is dismissed. Its to the point people aren't talking to each other Phil, we're are talking at each other.

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I'll DVR the thing, and it'll take me about an hour to watch. I always enjoyed Billy Crystal and what he put into it, which provided a lot of laughs.

Hell or High Water is the only one I've seen and I really liked that.
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The only Best Picture nominee that I've seen is Arrival. Great movie.

BTW, Live from the Red Carpet is mostly pre-recorded. A lot of the interviews are done before the show even airs. The real title should be: Somewhat Live from the Red Carpet.
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I saw Arrival in the theater, but must admit that it left me a little cold. Didn't see all the praise, but that's probably on me. I'll watch it again on shiny disk and maybe will appreciate it more. Haven't seen any of the others, but looking forward to La La Land 'cause I'm a sucker for musicals.

As far as Billy Crystal, agree he was the best since Carson. They should just make him the permanent host and be done with it.
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Here is what the bumper looks like this year for Live from the Red Carpet.

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The show is SUPPOSED to be about entertainment, not a speech on why their viewpoint is right and yours is dismissed.
You don't find the current political atmosphere entertaining? The only reason we're watching is that my daughter's boyfriend is the publicist for La La Land and we're hoping his client wins this year. Last year his client was Spotlight so we're pulling for a repeat.
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You don't find the current political atmosphere entertaining?
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Sad but politics in the Oscars is nothing new. It never fails... some actor or /actress or director etc. etc.. feels the need to drag their political views into the ceremony. I clearly remember the first time I witnessed it back in 1973 when Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Godfather. Unfortunately nothing has changed over the decades. The only thing that changes from year to year is the intended target.

Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky said it best in his 1978 quote: "“I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal propaganda.”

While my wife and I hate the sometimes political viewpoints surrounding the Oscars we like to watch to see if our personal favorites won. Unfortunately a good percentage of those viewing in our society are hoping to see blood drawn. Anything from the worst dressed, to a drunk or stoned award presenter. Ironically, these viewers share a similar mindset to a percentage of NASCAR fans. The fans who while watching a race don't necessarily want to see anybody get killed... but are secretly hoping to see a really spectacular crash.
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You don't find the current political atmosphere entertaining? The only reason we're watching is that my daughter's boyfriend is the publicist for La La Land and we're hoping his client wins this year. Last year his client was Spotlight so we're pulling for a repeat.
No I do not. Im now rooting for La La Land for your daughter's boyfriend, good luck
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It is starting to sprinkle. The umbrella men are out in force!

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No I do not. Im now rooting for La La Land for your daughter's boyfriend, good luck
Thanks. The advantage for us in having a "Hollywood connection" is that every year at Christmas we get a stack of blu-rays of the Oscar-nominated movies for that year before they are released to the public. They are called Consideration Only blu-rays and are the complete theatrical release of the movie. They are what the voting members of the Academy view to base their votes on. You are not supposed to copy, sell, or give away the discs and are encouraged to destroy them after viewing. Of course we do none of the above but we do get a chance to watch all of the Oscar nominated movies in the comfort of our home before the general public does and then add them to our collection after the awards ceremony.
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Here is an example of Robin doing an interview before Live from the Red Carpet starts.
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My sister in law is a publicist, loves to tell you about all her contacts and things she maneuvers. Just dont ask her for a favor ie; a BD copy Since she left Cali her client list is down to a few
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Ah, here is someone arriving SoundAsleep.

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Well, I did set my Dish box to record the OTA broadcast from my rooftop antenna. Feel free to let me know if there is anything of note, as I will be fairly heavy handed on the FF button when I give it a spin.
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I've seen Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land and Hidden Figures. They are all excellent films but my personal favorites, it terms of being Oscar worthy, are Arrival and Hidden Figures. They just spoke to me in ways that the others didn't. Manchester was a tough movie to watch because of its dank landscape and a central character with a completely flat affect but it was beautifully done. Hacksaw Ridge was great with a terrific performance by Andrew Garfield. Mel Gibson may be an Anti-Semitic SOB but he is a great director. It just hard for war films to break through to an Oscar. I loved La La Land and understood all of the early Oscar buzz but after seeing Arrival and Hidden Figures and their gravitas it seemed to have less stature by comparison. I was really put out by Amy Adams and Taraji P. Henson not getting nominated. I would have preferred either of them to be nominated over Meryl Streep but I'm sure that Adams will eventually nab the gold statue. She's just too good in too many films not to.
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The advantage for us in having a "Hollywood connection" is that every year at Christmas we get a stack of blu-rays of the Oscar-nominated movies for that year before they are released to the public..... You are not supposed to copy, sell, or give away the discs and are encouraged to destroy them after viewing. Of course we do none of the above
I nominate "Of course we do none of the above" as 'fake news of the day'.

Otto, I hope you were being sarcastic.
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I'll be watching Billions and Homeland tonight but Hell or High Water is as good a movie I've seen. My mind never wandered and that is how I judge entertainment. Ben Fosters performance was remarkable. I have no interest in La La Land so you can see what kinda fan I'm of this BS.
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