Thursday, January 05, 2006

Finally, a bit of good news

Academy Awards officials are expected to announce today that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will host the 78th Oscar telecast, according to the LA Times.

Perusing commentary from Drudge Report, it appears this year's host is causing apoplexy in conservatives everywhere.

Me, I can't wait to see what Stewart's brand of irreverent, incisive humor does to the usually staid proceedings. Hopefully Gil Cates and the powers-that-be will have the sense not to render Jon toothless and strictly genial.

With Capote and Phillip Seymour Hoffman garnering still more nominations from other Hollywood groups (most recently from the Producers Guild of America)and Stewart's addition as host, looks like I'll happily be watching this year.

Congrats, Jon Stewart!

Edited to add at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2006:

Capote just now got nominated for two SAG awards, Best Ensemble Cast and Outstanding Actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

If Capote gets in to DGA, it very well could get an Oscar Best Pic nom. Hard to say who I'd root for more: Capote or Good Night and Good Luck. In truth, my view is that Capote was the better film of the two.

Second Edit: 5 p.m.:

Capote's in with a Director's Guild nom as of 1 p.m. today. Doesn't mean a lock on a Best Pic nod, but its chances just got exponentially better over the past two days with four different Guild nominations.

What hurts it is limited release (read: limited box office receipts). What helps it is the unique biopic point-of-view -- using a brief period of a person's life to illustrate and flesh-out his overall personality. Oh, and without a doubt, Hoffman's amazing, transcendent performance.

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