Not-So-Weekly Obsession: The Oscars!

21 Feb

Ok – I’ve been holding on to this one, to wait for perfect timing. So here we go:

Most of you already know that amongst other things,  I’m a filmmaker. What most of you don’t know, is that I’ve wanted to be a director since about the age of twelve. And I kind of blame Billy Crystal.

Ok – I’m going a bit overboard. Plus that intro is from 1997 – but just because I couldn’t find 1992.

But notice  – the original “let’s insert the host into the movies” segment! Yes! the MTV movie awards ripped them off!

Plus – there was no cynicism back then. The ratings for the telecast were still sky-high, and jokes were wholesome.

I’m getting a bit off track here.

The point is this – I am proud to say, that ever since the age of 12, that’s 18 years in a row, I have watched every single Oscar telecast live. (This is no simple feat, as I will explain in a bit).

By the age of 19 – I took it one step further. I made sure to watch every single film nominated for best picture and most of the other major categories.

Again – an easy feat, if you’re living in the states. I mean, all I would have to do back then was just hit the theater for a couple of weekends in a row, and I’d be covered. Plus – what’s the challenge of watching something broadcast at 8pm?

But see – here is where things get interesting, my dear grasshoppers. Out of these 18 years, I have spent 11 of them in Israel. Yes – that means that the oscar telecast starts for me at 3am.

And yes – I still watch it live, every single year.

I love the unexpected wins, I love rooting for my favorites, and I love ranting uncontrollably when someone I hate wins.

About 4 or 5 years ago, I moved back to Israel after a 7 year stint in the states, and the obsession took on a whole new form.

See, Squish has a similar obsession to mine, and from our mutual love – a new tradition was born – the annual oscar party.

The party starts at midnight. Along with the other brave souls who decide to join us in the marathon, we begin with food.

Shmerson and I like to host parties. Mostly because I always cook especially yummy food that he likes to brag about, and because he does most of the cleaning afterwards, which makes me happy.

The oscar party is our superbowl. Each year, there is a different food theme (last year we had fondue – both cheese and chocolate, this year we’re going for mexican). In fact, some of our guests basically come for the food and the cynicism.

Oh, the cynicism is the best…

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

We start at midnight with screenings of one or two of the nominated films, usually Squish and I choose the program, and we try to work in films that are nominated but that most of the guests haven’t seen.

Of course, yummy food is served.

At 3am we turn to the red carpet coverage, which is usually played at a low volume while squish and I comment on how “black is the new black” and “that red dress makes xxx look like a whore”. Much pointing and laughing is had.

Then we break out the first round of coffee and red bull, and the ceremony begins.

Shouting matches ensue between our guests (mostly between squish and I – some people come to see those also), about who should have won, why is it that Renee Zelwigger always looks like she’s constipated, and why Daniel Day Lewis is actually a Douche.

Oh, and then there’s more food.

And on and on we go on our caffeinated viewing spree until the ceremony ends at 7:30am, and we all go back to our respective homes to collapse. (yes, that means that on oscar day, we all take off of work. We are that committed).

This year I’ve decided that through the shouting, the eating, and the coffee, I will do something that I’ve always kind of wished I could do, but never had the platform to do it.

And here is the big announcement I was teasing about in my post earlier today:


I will be live blogging the oscars right here!

Yes folks, your eyes are not deceiving you – if you wish, you may watch the ceremony live right along with us and be witness to  the food, the sleep-deprivation, the cynical comments, and the shouting matches between me and squish all live right here!

It will be fun, it should be funny, and it will most likely be epic!

I’m still trying to figure out the technology here – so for all of you email subscribers, you may get a test post in the next couple of days just to make sure that all is in working order – my apologies for that.

But in the meantime – I ask you loyal readers for the following:

1) if anybody has a good mexican recipe – please share!

2) Somebody please help me – how the heck do I make nacho cheese sauce without velveeta (they don’t have that here – all I’ve got to work with is cheddar cheese so I need all the help I can get)?

3) and most important – spread the word! Pimp me out! I’m not one for begging to get traffic on here, even though I admit there are days when my page views are rather nice, considering how new this blog is. But help me make my fantasy come true! Let me wow you with my movie knowledge accompanied with my never ending bitterness toward the hollywood machine! And bring a friend!

I hope you guys join me in this MO first.

Sunday, February 27th (or actually monday Feb. 28th for my hemisphere), 3am Israel time (GMT +2) – That’s 1am for you Brits (GMT),  12pm for you Aussies (GMT +11), Or 8pm Eastern/5pm pacific for you Canadians and Americans. Make yourself a bowl of nachos and a couple of fajitas and join us!

I’m psyched. I know you probably aren’t, but trust me, you should be. Really. Ok? Um, or just pretend to be? Awesome. Thanks. 🙂

8 Responses to “Not-So-Weekly Obsession: The Oscars!”

  1. Marie February 21, 2011 at 05:27 #

    Sweet, I’m in. I know nothing about movies and have seen zero of the nominated. That makes me an excellent viewer, right?

    • mommyodyssey February 21, 2011 at 17:12 #

      it’s perfect! that means that squish and I can brainwash you into having our opinions! or you can just automatically side with me in our arguments and make me look good. 🙂

  2. Kristin February 21, 2011 at 10:55 #

    I would totally come to an Oscar party like that…if only I could afford the air fare.

    • mommyodyssey February 21, 2011 at 17:11 #

      no need to fly – hence the live blog! Grab some nachos and join us! JOIN US… JOIN US… eh-hem, sorry, that was my zombie persona kicking in…

  3. Rocky February 21, 2011 at 23:40 #

    Hmmm… this might be a good place to find out something i’ve been wanting to know for a while….

    so… what do YOU think about THE SOCIAL NETWORK?

    (and why is it that this font makes me think of scriptwriting?)

    • mommyodyssey February 22, 2011 at 00:07 #

      ahh – well, I think the writing is BRILLIANT, which makes sense because it is aaron sorkin and everything he writes is. I really enjoyed it a lot, but I don’t think it deserves to win best picture – though it probably will because it’s so relevant. PS – I was just in the middle of writing you an email. Funny 🙂

  4. bodegabliss February 22, 2011 at 20:04 #

    Shoot! It’s not on live here! Which, is absolutely ridiculous because it’s IN CALIFORNIA. But I just saw last night that it’s not on until 7 p.m. our time, which is 10 p.m. EST! And as much as I love you…I want to be able to watch it without already knowing the winners. Boo.

    This is quite a conundrum.

    (Hi! I’m finally catching up on blogs after my trip! I’ll email you back soon! xoxox)

    • mommyodyssey February 22, 2011 at 21:26 #

      A) YAY!!! YOU’RE BACK!!! Forget about emailing me. Blog the heck out of your trip!
      B) I checked your local tv listings (yep, that is how upset I was at the prospect that you wouldn’t be able to watch with me. I’m needy. deal with it). No need to worry, you’re getting it live at five (isn’t that catchy?) Conundrum is officially de-conundrumed!

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