Independent Spirit Awards: This event honoring the best in indie cinema sees the live cable broadcast shown from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, free in the Circle's gallery area, and it includes snacks, ballots, trivia and prizes.
While she teased that Kimmel "has a lot of great surprises planned", she added, "I really hope there aren't any surprises to do with any envelopes". I guess my claim to fame is that I always win-I have a sixth sense about how the minor categories will go, even if I haven't seen the film.There's this superstition about going to the Academy Awards if you're not nominated. If I had to pick, I would prefer Jordan Peele to win the award, just because Get Out is a stellar movie.
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Romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water", Fox Searchlight's tale of a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a river creature, goes into Sunday's ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, including best picture, director and actress. "It was subtle enough to where you noticed it, but it's not too in your face, which I thought was brilliant on his part". As the person on the production team responsible for booking and taking care of the show's presenters, she felt very bad for Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who had been handed the wrong envelope by a PricewaterhouseCooper accountant.
"As painful as the envelope was last year, I realized in that moment that everyone would remember what year I produced the show", she quipped. The idea that they're living creatures among us, and for one day a year we get to see them in their best clothing-it's like Cinderella going to the ball. "You know, they got what they paid for".
TPN: Do you feel that any film was snubbed an Oscar nomination? While it's safe to predict that returning host Jimmy Kimmel will make a joke or two about it, the hope is that the audience can shift its focus back to the movies. I think, based on my knowledge and estimations of the Academy and past awards, that The Shape of Water will win Best Picture. "Or as it's known at my house, Passover", he said at one telecast.
See the full list of nominations here, and read all our movie critic's Oscar predictions here.
Many Oscar hosts over the years have gotten poor marks, including Seth MacFarlane in 2013, who opened the show with a poorly received song called "We Saw Your Boobs". "I'm trying to make this the longest Oscars show ever", he said. "They're very good about that kind of thing".