Hugo? It was good. And showed us what Scorsce could do with Spielberg material but do we really want more of that from Martin?
If the votes were due this week, The Artist would win best picture and best director. I know that from hearing C.I.'s conversations. (Unlike most of us, C.I. actually does vote in the Oscars.)
She's campaigning for Michelle Williams. Michelle's nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. C.I. has known Michelle forever and lobbied for her as a nominee as well. I don't know that C.I.'s currently campaigning for anyone else. But usually in a week or two, she'll have others she'll be talking up. I thought Michelle was amazing.
I like Betty's reasoning on the Best Actress race ("Beat Meryl? I hope so.").
Oh, the big shock among people C.I.'s talking to involves best supporting actor -- people can't believe that Albert Brooks and Ryan Gossling were both ignored for Best Supporting Actor.
Biggest joke of the nominees? Brad Pitt. (To be clear, C.I. didn't say that. This was Saturday when she and a director were hosting a party to talk up Michelle. The remark was made by an actor who is not nominated for Best Actor this year but has been in the past.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"