I think it’s safe to say that I’m not as excited by this year’s Oscars as I have been in previous years. I can’t help deriving a certain apathy from the short list I haven’t had this feeling since The Hurt Locker won Best Film in 2010 (it denied Avatar its Oscar, so perhaps it was the lesser of two evils).
My two main gripes: all the Best Supporting Actor nominees have all won before, and the presence of Silver Linings Playbook, a film of such abundant mediocrity that I felt guilty for convincing my brother to watch it with me over Seven Psychopaths.
Do I care that Ben Affleck was snubbed his Best Director nod? Do I care that the Best Actress Nominees contain the youngest and oldest actresses ever nominated? Do I care that Daniel Day-Lewis could make history and win his third Best Actor Oscar? The answer to the last one is ‘probably a little bit’, but the others? Well, not so much.
To be honest, I'm most interested in seeing the kind of job that Seth McFarlane does as host. We've had some shaky hosts over the past few years (cough, James Franco, cough), so it would be nice to finally have a host worthy of their position.
I'm not going to make any predictions because, honestly, I can't be bothered.