January 25, 2011

Ever since I was a young lad of about 11 or so growing up in very rural Cape Breton Nova Scotia, I’ve had a borderline unhealthy obsession with The Academy Awards. It involved me seeking out and watching every nominated movie (including all the acting nominated performances), printing out two separate ballots (one with my predictions and one to mark official winners on the night) and ended with me dressing up in a suit and locking myself in my basement to watch the telecast completely uninterrupted in Oscar glory. Now while I’ve downgraded my obsession quite a bit, I still never miss the show and I still try to watch as many related movies as possible. This year is no exception and today is nomination day! Here’s a full list of nominees before I go on:

And once again the Academy has overlooked a major Canadian contender…me. I mean did they even watch my riveting performance as a mostly silent bass player in the Wal-Mart made for TV movie “Change Of Plans” starring none other than American Idol hopeful Brooke White and Mrs Huxtable from The Cosby Show? I was perfectly channeling Daniel Day Lewis and Sir Anthony Hopkins the entire time I was jumping around in the background behind Randy Jackson and my delivery of the line “I wasn’t playing slow” was so compelling and realistic that you could barely remember I wasn’t playing at all! Politics. Such a tragic snub. Me and Ryan Gosling.

Anyway, in honor of the Oscars I’m getting my own top ten movies of 2010 list ready and I’ll be posting it very soon. I just have a couple more movies I feel I should see before I lock 10 down forever on the never forgetting inter webs. Who would ever take me seriously again if I made a best or 2010 list without first seeing Fury Vengeance or Yogi Bear? I hear that Justin Timberlake gives a superb performance as famed file sharing mogul BooBoo.

Still sober. Still feel great. Still keeping the dream alive. We’ll see how I deal with my first big test this Saturday on my birthday. Prediction: January 30th won’t be as terrible as it has been for the past 14 years (The same may not be true for the Smith brothers). Cheers!


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