I love the Oscars. I go to fewer movies these days than ever before; having two little kids will do that to you. I think I saw three movies last year and none of them were close to being academy award nominees. (X-Men, The Prestige and something else. Seriously. That’s what I saw.)

I haven’t watched the Oscars in years, but, like you, I can probably guess who will win Sunday night, just based on buzz. Here are my picks:

Best actor: Forest Whitaker
Best actress: Helen Mirren
Best picture: Babel
Best director: Martin Scorsese
Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson

My one upset pick is Babel. The buzz on Little Miss Sunshine is great, but I think the Academy voters like to be seen as too, too sophisticated. LMS may be endearing, but Babel seems darker and that’s why I’m going with it.

I don’t really care about the nominated movies, but I do love to see the fashions. I know, I’m pathetic. I’m embarrassed to tell you how well I did on this Oscar dress quiz from the Washington Post.


I got 11 out of 12 right. (and I was cheated on #12 – Cate Blanchett in yellow? Please.)

I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Oscar broadcast, though. Because it goes so late, local newscasts will often put a sub in so their A-team newscasters can get the night off. 13 years ago at WUTR in Utica, NY, that sub was me. I did everything, including weather and sports. I’ve destroyed all tapes of that broadcast though, so don’t ask.