Need a quick reminder of where Ted and I stand on this year’s major Oscar nominees? Wondering what Fidel Castro has to do with this year’s ceremony? Waiting in line to be slapped by Ruby Dee? Check out the Suburbarazzi segments from Friday night’s episode below. (If you want to see the whole half-hour show, click here.)
Here’s the opening segment, in which we discuss Oscar gossip, box office success, violence and most of the major categories:
And here’s the closing segment, during which Ted and I make our Best Picture picks and surprise TV’s Karen DePodwin with, well, watch to find out!
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
You may heard: There’s a little reality-TV program scheduled this weekend where beautiful people will preen for the camera and get voted on by the masses. And no, I’m not talking about the all-new episode of Big Brother 9. It’s that other show, the one where they give out big gold men (weighing eight pounds) and then little gold men (made of chocolate). I’d like to say we’re above picking the winners and losers — like every other print/blog/television entity on the planet — but, well, we’re not. And, fortunately, our friends at RNN, bless their souls, were good enough to let us opine on air tonight for a special Oscar Special.
Sure, Small Bites and Varsity Insider may have been the first blogs to the half-hour TV party, but our show had far more gold.
I should also point out, despite giving ourselves billing in the ad on our sidebar, the truth is the program is all RNN. Or to be more specific, Karen DePodwin. She did yeoman’s work pulling this all together. The ad really should have said, “The DePodwin Oscar Special, with guest stars Suburbarazzi and Liz Johnson.”
One other caveat: Please ignore the painfully awkward segments when I start rambling about Michael Moore (Wha? Castro? Huh?) and “Juno” (what I meant to say Ã¢â‚¬â€ “Blood” and “No Country” will split the high-brow voters, leaving “Juno” a chance at winning). Instead, focus on my esteemed colleague, Chris Serico — whose Ruby Dee logic (anytime you slap a former Oscar winner, you automatically get to win one, too) was downright brilliant. Or, for that matter, Liz Johnson and Peter Pratt, who can spray me with truffle juice any day of the week. And, of course, the indomitable Karen DePodwin, who looks lovely enough to be Suffern HS homecoming queen.
The list of 2008 Oscar nominees was announced this morning and, at first, I was fearing the worst: A giant goose egg for the Lower Hudson Valley. Scarsdale’s Aaron Sorkin was shut out of the Best Adapted Screenplay category, Larchmont resident Ang Lee and his film “Lust Caution” didn’t make the Best Foreign Language film crop, and Mount Vernon hometown hero Denzel Washington wasn’t there in any way, shape, or form.
But then a ray of sunshine. Two, in fact.