The Motion Picture Academy did themselves a favor this year by bringing 63-year-old Billy Crystal back to host. Crystal has hosted the Oscars 8 times before, and is considered to be among the 3 best hosts of the show ever, along with Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. Crystal has not been doing much pre-show publicity or interviews, but he has been tweeting a lot. Back in November Crystal tweeted that he was hosting the Oscars again so the girl at the pharmacy would stop asking his name when he picked up a prescription.
Who or what might win in the top six categories? The following predictions look solid as the Academy seems determined this year to show some respect to diversity and heritage.
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist.”
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for “Beginners.”
Best Actress: Viola Davis for “The Help.”
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin for “The Artist.”
Best Picture: “The Artist”
The two categories with the best upset possibilities are Best Actor and Best Director. George Clooney has a lot of voting clout for his work in “The Descendents” and Martin Scorsese for his direction of “Hugo.”
The Oscar telecast begins at 6 PM CST on Sunday, February 26.
And now….the envelopes please!