Is The Power of the Dog a “better” movie than Licorice Pizza? Did Jessica Chastain act “better” than Kristen Stewart? What do these questions even mean? The silliness of the Oscars is self-evident and, I believe, irrelevant. By giving subjective answers to objective or even completely meaningless questions the Oscars give us an excuse to talk about the movies – the ones that grabbed enough attention and good will to get nominated, the ones that got snubbed, and the ones from past years that still rattle in our brains. And that’s what the Oscars has always been to me: The Super Bowl of Talking About Movies.
So down below is a place for live threads for anybody up for celebrating, grousing, and communing around the art form and the way it’s been lauded, abused and changed during the past year – what this all might mean for future movies, and what it means to us now. Feel free to jump in and out as the night suits you. This is a black tie affair, so it will be assumed that everyone in attendance is dressed to the nines.
The Oscar ceremony proper begins at 8pm US Eastern Time (Time Zone converter here), with the red carpet beginning sometime before that (not to mention all the technical awards shamefully being excluded from the regular broadcast).