Ebert gathers his thoughts

Posted by · 9:41 am · February 22nd, 2009

Ahead of tonight’s ceremony, Roger Ebert has collected some final, scattered musings — among them, a modest semi-boast that he predicted tonight’s probable “Slumdog” victory a mere 60 seconds after seeing the film last summer.

He also anticipates a successful hosting performance from Hugh Jackman (the combination of being both Australian and a youngest sibling bodes well, apparently), and shares my inkling about Viola Davis:  

I choose Davis because her performance provided, for me, one of those rare Yes!! moments, when an actor appears on the screen, electrifies you, and makes you intensely happy. A lot of people must have shared that feeling, I reasoned.

Which performance is objectively better is of course beside the point. You can’t grade art objectively. It is worth reflecting that many best actor winners over the years have likely not scored a simple majority in their categories. We’ll never know who lost by one vote. The secret ballots have been called a rebuke to democracy, but there is nothing democratic about it. If there was, there should be primaries.

Fair enough. I must admit that if I was using “Yes!!” moments as my criteria, I’d be predicting Marisa Tomei, but I have yet to hear anyone breathe even a word of criticism about Davis’ performance. Almost a pity that one of the night’s most exciting contests will be settled right off the bat.

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  • 1 2-22-2009 at 10:35 am

    Speaking English said...

    Marisa Tomei is more like a “eh” moment.

  • 2 2-22-2009 at 10:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Do you have red blood, English? Is it warm?

  • 3 2-22-2009 at 11:48 am

    Zan said...

    I wish Supporting Actor was the first award. Be a helluva way to kick off the show and it’s the least suspenseful of the acting categories.

  • 4 2-22-2009 at 11:57 am

    MichelleK said...

    My one Academy member friend…went on and on about Amy Adams. And she is a very likeable person. I still think it’s anyone’s.