The Oscars are coming
This Sunday (22 February), Hollywood glitters with anticipation as the stars walk the red carpet for the Big Daddy of awards shows – The Oscars.
You might not stay up till 4am to see who’s won Best Foreign Song Adaptation (is that an award?), but you can join in the excitement with our Candis Oscars Bingo Game!*
Just award yourself a mini-Oscar whenever you see or hear one of the following…
- Someone in your living room saying, “Who’s he?” as new Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris appears on-screen.
- A mildly unfunny joke about Jack Nicholson falling flat.
- An unknown actress wearing a dress that’s slashed to the waist and sheer from the hips, posing for the cameras with a rigid smile.
- Eddie Redmayne looking like an excitable boy scout on the red carpet.
- The camera panning in on an actor failing to smile fast enough as he realises he hasn’t won.
- The camera panning in on a madly grinning, applauding actress as she realises she hasn’t won.
- The director of Boyhood leaping from his seat pretending to be amazed as it takes yet another award.
- Julianne Moore giving a serious speech about cognitive decline to huge applause.
- Benedict Cumberbatch giving polite, British interviews to US reporters who can’t get over his accent.
- Someone crucial being forgotten in the round-up of stars’ deaths. (Will they remember Bob Hoskins when the BAFTAs didn’t?)
- Keira Knightley channelling Natalie Portman’s pregnant-star look in demure Dior.
- A Leading Actress (we’re guessing Reese Witherspoon or Marion Cotillard) smiling self-consciously as everyone applauds her dramatic film clip.
- An interviewer mixing up nominees Edward Norton and Ethan Hawke.
- An interviewer shouting, “Who are you wearing tonight?” to an actress’s retreating back, and being ignored.
- An interviewer cutting off a lesser-known actor mid-sentence because George and Amal Clooney have just arrived.
- A wardrobe malfunction when someone stands on the flowing train of someone else’s dress.
- A wardrobe malfunction when a usually elegant actress wears something edgy that looked modern and fresh in the privacy of her boudoir but like a squashed bag of lettuce when beamed across the world.
- A presenter patronising an older actress about how incredible she looks.
- A set of random people in a BBC studio in London trying to sound as if they’re in LA.
- A rush for the loo while the ‘best documentary’ nominees are announced.
- The Oscars band determinedly striking up to get the winner of ‘best foreign film director’ off stage.
- A hugely awkward exchange between two award presenters reading an autocue, where one fluffs their lines and other pretends it’s fine.
- Someone stopping to kiss every audience member on their way to the stage.
- Someone giving a wildly over-the-top acceptance speech which features sweating, crying and air-punching, while the audience smiles politely.
- Someone turning their acceptance speech into a speech about the human rights struggle.
- A Best Actor winner dedicating their award to someone noble, without really meaning it.
- Meryl Streep being gracious. About everything.
Our picks for the winners:
Best Picture: The Theory of Everything.
Boyhood is a strong contender but The Theory Of Everything has every element Academy voters love, including genius, disability, a period setting and Serious Issues.
Best Directing: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
The Academy will want to recognise his 12-year epic, so we reckon he’ll take the Director statue.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K Simmons for Whiplash
It’s all about the drama and the shouting – and he’s very good.
Best Actress in a Supporting role: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
She won the BAFTA and we reckon she’ll get the Oscar too.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything
We think he’ll be rewarded for the immense physical transformation and exceptional acting that he brought to the role of Stephen Hawking.
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Again, Moore is a fantastic actress and she could well win for her portrayal of a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimers’.
Tweet us your predictions at @candismagazine
You can follow the action online at Oscar.go.com
*This one’s just for fun – we don’t have any Oscars to give out, unfortunately.