This week, I’m taking a slight shift from the normal sports talk. This is only because tonight is one of the biggest nights for me. No, I’m not getting married, and no, it isn’t my birthday.
Tonight is the 79th Academy Awards.
I can see it now. All the sports guys sitting at their breakfast tables, drinking coffee, reading this and rolling their eyes. But don’t you dare knock the Oscars. And don’t you stop reading either.
The Oscars have been dubbed a woman’s Super Bowl, and anyone who has been a loyal reader of mine in the past knows how obsessed I get when it comes to the Oscars. You would think that because I made the switch from arts and entertainment to sports, that the Super Bowl would replace the Oscars for the top spot in my heart. But it didn’t. Ask my co-workers if I even watched the Super Bowl.
I even considered changing this week’s column “From the bleachers,” to “From my couch.” Or even, more appropriately, “From the spot on the floor, right in front of the TV screen so that no one walks in front of me.” That, I thought, was a bit much.
This is how much the Super Bowl and the Oscars have in common.
You know how with the Superbowl it’s an all-day event, with the pre-shows and everything? It’s the same with the Oscars. There’s the pre-show countdown and the red carpet interviews.
You know how guys sit around the TV and the girls know not to bother them? Maybe even keep the beer and pizza coming for them?
That’s me. Keep the champagne flowing and the brie and strawberries out.
You know how every year people throw huge Super Bowl bashes? People do the same with Oscar parties.
If you don’t believe me, ask our government writer Lester Chang. Even he is going to an Oscar party tonight in Lihu‘e.
You know how there’s all this build up before the Super Bowl with the playoffs and everyone taking their bets on who will make it to the big game? It’s the same with the Oscars, with all the other awards shows that occur right before it.
The playoffs help us predict who will win the trophy. The awards shows help us predict who will take home the statue. But either way it’s still anyone’s game.
We’re jealous of the athletes because they make a ton of money doing what they love to do. The actors make a ton of money doing what they love to do.
The athletes all look good. The actors all look good.
The Super Bowl is about three and a half, to four hours. So is the Oscars.
For the Super Bowl, fans support their favorite teams. For the Oscars, the fans support their favorite actors and movies.
Regardless, if you weren’t a fan of the Oscars, you should give it a shot. It airs tonight on KITV4 at 7 p.m.
My predictions: Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy will take home the supporting statues. Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker will win for actress and actor. I’m rooting for Clint Eastwood for “Letters from Iwo Jima” even though Martin Scorsese might win for “The Departed.” My vote goes to “Little Miss Sunshine” for the big win.
Tune in. I want to see e-mails of reactions to the show when I get back to the office.