I know I like to talk smack about Oscars and Oscar prognosticators, but at the end of the day I'm just another hypocrite with expensive tastes likely to subsume his "principles," such as they are, in order to fulfill said tastes. Which is to say that, sure, if somebody wants to pay me to make Oscar predictions, I'll put my best foot forward, do the heavy lifting—again, such as it is—and deliver something resembling "the goods." Or goods. Which is to say further that, despite my protestations of utter incompetence, my pals at MSN Movies decided it would be a good idea to commission me to make my call on the six major categories. For who's gonna be nominated, not who's gonna win. It's like I get to be a "Guru O' Gold" unto myself, and stuff. In any event, whether you want to bet money based on my speculations is entirely your call, but hopefully everyone will be able to enjoy my wisecracks, not to mention what I believe passes for some kind of industry expertise. The piece is here. The image above is from, of course, once again, Frank Tashlin's Susan Slept Here.
UPDATE, JANUARY 24, 2011, 8:45 A.M. EASTERN TIME: Ramin Setoodeh? What the fuck is he doing pretending to be an Oscar pundit on Today? Wasn't he supposed to be burned at the stake, or something? And Mo'nique? Again, I understand it's customery, but WTF? They pay her? There's gotta be a better way to start the morning, and I'm about to look for it. Anyway, just as I figured, I pretty much fucked the monkey, predictions-wise, although I DID call it for Bardem, and almost for Michelle Williams, to whom I send particular congratulations.