I Am Compelled

I have no doubt this will be the crudest Oscar predictions post you’ll have seen by the time the telecast starts tonight. It’s also the closest I’ve gotten to the deadline (I think) in my years of prognostication.

In any case, here are my predictions for the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awards:


Now back to the red carpet! Enjoy!

AMPAS Releases List of This Year’s Invitees…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of those invited to join their organization as voting members.

This year’s list includes the first posthumous invitation to Restrepo Co-Director Tim Hetherington who was killed this year while working as a photojournalist covering the civil war in Libya.

It’s obvious from some of their choices that the Academy is trying to skew to a younger demographic. Among this year’s invitees are Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis and Beyonce Knowles (I know what you’re thinking, but she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Dreamgirls and she does possess a SAG card. I’m not a Beyonce apologist, I’m trying to understand the thought process behind it as much as you are.)

The full list of invited actors:

Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek)
Gerard Butler (The Ugly Truth, 300)
Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Eastern Promises)
Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Mona Lisa)
Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover)
John Corbett (Sex and the City 2, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Rosemarie DeWitt (The Company Men, Rachel Getting Married)
Peter Dinklage (Find Me Guilty, The Station Agent)
David Duchovny (Things We Lost in the Fire, The X-Files)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale)
Jennifer Garner (Arthur, Juno)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Perfect Storm)
Thomas Jane (The Mist, The Thin Red Line)
Nastassja Kinski (An American Rhapsody, Tess)
Beyoncé Knowles (Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, The Burning Plain)
Tea Leoni (Ghost Town, Spanglish)
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby)
Lesley Manville (Another Year, Topsy-Turvy)
Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network)
Dominic Monaghan (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Connie Nielsen (Brothers, Gladiator)
Ellen Page (Inception, Juno)
Wes Studi (Avatar, The Last of the Mohicans)
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, The Kids Are All Right)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Cosi)

Yeah, that’s right. Gerard Butler has been invited by the Board of Governors to become a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS’ membership committee looks at performers and filmmakers bodies of work in determining whether or not they are worthy of membership; (I also used to think it was automatically bestowed on each year’s nominees. Apparently that’s not true, although if you look at this year’s list, it does include almost all of them from last year in all major categories.)

I literally got butterflies when I read G’s name. It means respect; the respect of his peers and of the Hollywood power structure. JMHO, I think it has a great deal to do with his new role as producer (not to mention his innate ability to charm everyone he meets; a skill that is perfectly suited to his chosen profession both in front of and behind the camera. One of his strengths has always seemed to be his ability to forge strong professional relationships with key industry insiders. )

The conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but think that it’s not mere coincidence that this news follows closely on the heels of  the early "Oscar talk" being bandied about in reference to his performance in Machine Gun Preacher.  But then again…what’s that saying? Oh yeah…"We’re all connected"…

(Because it’s never too early and I like to be prepared, I’ve sent Uncle Peter out to mine the smelling salts that I will surely be in need of come award season, for one reason or another.)

And just because I can…