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It’s my absolute favorite time of the year again – Oscar day! It used to actually fall right around my birthday when I was younger (I think the Oscars may have even been ON my birthday one year) and so I kind of like to think of the Oscars as a 3+ hour birthday present from Hollywood. I’m pretty sure that’s not too conceited…

My point is — I don’t care how “fussy” and “stuffy” and “boring” the Oscars are. I think they are a glamourous and entertaining tradition and I love them to bits. From opening monologue to In Memoriam, from costume and set awards to Best Picture, the Academy Awards are the best night on TV for me.

Even when it runs 30+ minutes over (maybe even because of it.)

I’m not sure how this whole James Franco/Anne Hathaway host thing is going to go, but I’ve heard that Anne is an amazing singer, so I’m hoping it’s a mix of Billy Crystal hysterics and Hugh Jackman’s opening number.

In terms of the awards themselves, I’m going to go out on a limb and announce who I think will (or should) win some of the big ones ahead of time, just for fun. I’m mostly just excited that I’ve seen most of the contenders for the first time in a while. Feel free to compare/argue your choices in the comments. I’m incredibly disappointed that I have to DVR the Oscars tonight and watch them tomorrow, but this is going to be my own personal little reference guide for when I do get to watch.

Here we go:

Best Actor: I think it will (rightfully) go to Colin Firth for the King’s Speech. I LOVE that movie, so I’m really excited about this one.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman. Though I’ve heard really good things about Annette Bening, so maybe there’ll be an upsest?

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale. I normally really like him, and I think he brought the crazy-in-a-good-way to The Fighter. I ALSO really love Geoffrey Rush in King’s Speech though, so I’d be ok if he won instead.

Best Supporting Actress: I think it will be Melissa Leo for The Fighter, but I want it to be Helena Bonham Carter for King’s Speech. I also love Amy Adams though. This is a tough one!

Best Original Screenplay: I’m split, but I think it will be between King’s Speech and Inception.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Will/should: Social Network Want: Toy Story 3 (I really enjoyed Social Network, but I also LOVE the blend of elements in Toy Story 3, and thought it was incredibly well done)

Best Director: David Fincher for Social Network will win? But I wouldn’t mind Tom Hooper winning for King’s Speech.

Best Picture: I THINK it will be King’s Speech – it’s a should/want for me. Potential upset could be Social Network though, since it’s been winning a lot of other stuff.

and some of the more “obscure ones” just because I like them.

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3, since I don’t think it will take Best Picture. A close 2nd for me, and potential upset, could be How to Train Your Dragon.

Best Original Song: “I See the Light” from Tangled. Give ’em one, please! I also like the Country Strong song though. And I really have no idea which song has the most “buzz” right now

Best Original Score: I have no idea on the will/should front, and they are all VERY strong scores this year in my opinion. I want it to be How to Train Your Dragon though, if for no other reason than it gets stuck in my head the most.

Best Art Direction: (I love the way they typically present this award — showing concept art that fades into that scene in the film so you can see the process) This is Alice in Wonderland’s chance. I could see King’s Speech or Harry Potter getting it too, though.

Best Costume Design: (I love this one for the same reason as Art Direction) King’s Speech? (Oscar loves their period pieces) Could also be True Grit or Alice though.

I didn’t see any of the foreign films, shorts (live or animated) or documentaries so I can’t really speak to those…and I normally just COMPLETELY guess the VFX and sound awards because I can never figure out how they pick that one — if I ever get it right it’s because I’m a lucky duck.

So there you go! Happy Oscar Viewing everyone! It’s early Sunday morning here, but we only have a couple of more hours to go before red carpet pre-shows start!

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It’s HERE! Along with Awards Season, Holiday Season (I can’t quit you, 25 Days of Christmas) and Finale-Sweeps-Cliffhangers-of-Doom Season, the Fall Premier is my favorite TV Time of Year.

The CW jumped the gun a couple of weeks, giving me ample time to really enjoy Life Unexpected and Gossip Girl, as well as indulge in some 90210 and One Tree Hill before they inevitably get dropped while I’m trying to keep up with other less-shameful tv viewing habits.

But TONIGHT, is one of two big contender nights, and it’s all new! The return of How I Met Your Mother is exciting, as is the anticipated viewing of House, Mike & Molly, the aforementioned Gossip Girl, Hawaii 5-0 and Castle. I might be missing something in there, too. Wednesday, ABC’s comedy block of amazingness returns, and Thursday is heavy-hitter day #2. It’s a glorious thing.

I think my biggest TV problem (if we aren’t, in fact, counting all this as career research and therefore totally excusable) is that I just can’t let shows go. There are so many shiny, new, exciting shows coming out each year, and yet I just can’t drop shows I’ve followed for years. Not until the end! I really wish I could just break up with these characters and stories halfway through a run, letting them fade from my memory until they inevitably pop up on Nick At Nite some years in the future.

Yet, no matter how many weird sex-with-ghost plots (*cough* GREY’S *cough*) or inane boring storylines (many a Gossip Girl episode, no matter how amazing the clothes), I still find myself watching because I grew up with these characters, darn it!Even when I “finally dropped” One Tree Hill, I ended up marathoning some episodes and keeping myself up-to-date anyway, towards the end of last season. I think the only shows I’ve really successfully dropped in the past couple years have been Desperate Housewives and The Office. And that’s only if reading the occasional recap on Entertainment Weekly.com doesn’t count.

Somebody, please tell me if you’ve found my life, lately — it seems to have wandered off into the small screen never to be seen again. Thanks.

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Confessions of a TV Addict

In lieu of some photo/video heavy posts (more from my Adventures in Maui: Luau and snorkeling additions, some bittersweet end to GREEK posts, and a meetup with an old Disney friend!) here’s a confession:

I’m addicted to entertainment. Specifically film and tv, hence why I now work in LA. Even more specifically though, all through college my dorm friends and sorority sisters called me a “Walking TV Guide” because I knew so much about fall/spring premiere dates, what shows were on when, and how to successfully manage the viewing schedules of a 40+ person house when 3 things were on at 8 on a Monday, but we could only DVR 2.

That’s the long way of saying the majority of the network fall premiere schedule has been released, and this is what I’ll be watching:

Disclaimer:
* ( ) are maybes, depending on how much I get sucked in even though I don’t want to (cough CW shows cough) or new shows I’m not sure of yet.
* Being part of the entertainment industry, we often get the chance to view pilots before they air (normally in May/June) so the new shows (bold) I’ve listed are ones that I’ve had the opportunity to watch, and liked, and want to see more of.

MONDAYS
8 PM: (90210 — 9/13); How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM!!) — 9/20
9 PM: Gossip Girl (most likely…I kind of ebb in and out on this one) — 9/20
930 PM: Mike + Molly — 9/20 (this was cuter that the premise of two people meeting at Overeaters Anoynmous makes it sound) 10 PM: Castle — 9/20; Hawaii 5-0 (very fun show) — 9/20

TUESDAYS
8 PM: (One Tree Hill…leave me alone! — 9/14); GLEE (!!) — 9/21
9 PM: Life Unexpected –9/14; No Ordinary Family (looks promising, don’t let the very bizarre marketing campaign on ABC’s part fool you) — 9/28
930 PM: (Running Wilde…love Keri Russell, but on the fence) — 9/21

WEDNESDAYS
8 PM: (Undercovers…great pilot, not sure if I can handle another show though so this would probably be an early one to go) — 9/22
830 PM: Better With You (One of my favorite/most-excited-for new comedies. Joanna Garcia is great) — 9/22
9 PM: Hellcats (kinda like a slightly grittier Bring It On) — 9/8; Modern Family — 9/22
930 PM: Cougar Town (again…no judgements) — 9/22

THURSDAYS
8 PM: Vampire Diaries — 9/9; Big Bang Theory — 9/23
9 PM: Grey’s Anatomy (I’ll be on this ship til it sinks) — 9/23
10 PM: Private Practice (this ship too) — 9/23

…and on Sundays if I’m bored, I might watch Desperate Housewives or Brothers + Sisters (both return 9/26).

This doesn’t even take into account cable programming/shows starting in a weird season/general mid-season shows and I’m already at 20+ shows (if I watched everything on this list all the time). As you can see, I’m pretty addicted to the CW and ABC, as far as networks go, though I am a sucker for CBS sitcoms.

As far as new shows go, I’m particularly excited about aforementioned Better With You, Hawaii 5-0 and Hellcats. For old, I’m hoping Glee can live up to it’s continued hype, and I’m honestly really interested to see where the super-suspenseful, scared-the-crap-out-of-me Grey’s finale goes this fall.¬†Good thing this all counts as “career research” now right? …Right?

And I wonder where my time goes sometimes…Happy Friday!

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