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We’re Going to the Oscars! Come with Us!

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Dear Kay,
Okiedokey, filmfans, it’s time for the Oscars, and while I’ve been reading nothing but bellyaching about how unblockbustery the nominees are–and while I’ve been complaining bitterly about the entries myself, come to think of it–I still love the Oscars. Super Bowl for women? GUILTY AS CHARGED. Ultimate television event for knitting? ABSOLUTELY.
To give you a sense of how wound up I get about the Oscars, I played “Guess Who’s Wearing the Oscar Dress” over at People.com. (What? you haven’t? Well have at it!). I scored 12 of 13–it was bighead Renée Zellweger who tripped me up. She certainly didn’t ask me for my advice on that ill-considered piece of vintage.
Am I proud that I can recognize a dress from 1993? I think of the Oscars as the Westminster Dog Show of couture: yeah, it’s kind of embarrassing to care this much about borrowed clothes on people who don’t seem to eat enough, but once you get into it, you stop caring what anybody thinks. (You can catch up on the dog show here.)
You Are Cordially Invited . . .
Kay and I will be live-blogging the Oscars, because the only thing more fun than knitting during the Oscars is live-blogging WHILE KNITTING while watching the Oscars. We may konk out somewhere around the Irving K. Thalberg award, but we will try to hang in there. Please join us for the drama, the tedium, and the chance to wonder how it’s all come down to this.
In the interest of making all this even more fascinating than it already is, we offer up the Official Mason-Dixon Knitting Oscar Pool. Leave your answers in the comments. The winner will receive a batch of Oscar-worthy yarn. If multiple entrants end up with the highest number of correct answers, we’ll go to the tiebreaker, question #7.
Here are the questions:
1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date?
2. If yes, who is she?
3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be?
4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry?
5. Exactly how long will the telecast be?
6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes?
7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
Deadline for entries is Sunday, February 22, 3 pm Eastern daylight savings time.
Good luck, and let the festivities begin!
Love,
Ann
PS If you’re jonesing for some finery to tide you over until Sunday, go have a peek at these vintage gowns. Good lord, what brilliant stuff.

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84 Comments

  1. BECAUSE NO ONE SAW THE MOVIE.

  2. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Green
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 4 hours
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Um ralph fiennes was in a movie called the reader?

  3. HEY! No fair–minijaxter took all of my answers!!
    :)
    The only thing I would respond to differently is:
    5. 4 hours and 17 minutes

  4. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mom
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? a vibrant, unusual green. I have it in my head. It will be decidedly green.
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? without question.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 2 hrs. 58 mins.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because he is “he who shall not be named” and therfore cannot be named.

  5. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? golden
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? no
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? exactly half an hour too long.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? of course.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Too boring.
    I saw the Sting recently, and that’s about the last Oscar winner I have seen! Wait, The Crying Game, early 1990s.

  6. 1. Ralph will bring his brother, Joseph.
    2. Joseph Fiennes
    3. She will wear a gold dress to match her golden hair and golden oscar!
    4. No – no crying. Just, “I can’t beli-eeve it.”
    5. 2 hours and 13 minutes
    6. Yes, I think she is a hugger.
    7. He is too feine for the oscar.

  7. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mom or some other relative.
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 4.25 hours
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” His part wasn’t big enough / not enough screen time. (Just a guess, I haven’t seen the movie.)

  8. 1 yes
    2 mom
    3 blush / pale pink
    4 yes
    5 4 h 7 m
    6 yes
    7 the real question is why *did* kate winslet get nominated?

  9. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes, he cannot be without a woman.
    2. If yes, who is she? Someone slightly embarrassing in inappropriate.
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? It will be a bright, bright color – let’s say aqua.
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? she will
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hrs. 4 mins.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because non verbal men are not pleasing, no matter how handsome. Harvey Milk,not there was a verbal man. Not handsome, but pleasing. Bing, bing, bing – a winner.

  10. Mmmm… Ralph Fiennes. What was the question again? Oh, you had several.. Sorry, got distracted.

  11. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? A very glamorous but camera shy domestic goddess and knitter extroidinaire (hey, a girl can dream)
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Who cares, all eyes will be on Ralph’s mystery date.
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Like a baby!
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? If you are counting the Red Carpet coverage with with Ryan Seacrest about 22 hours 7 mins.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Can’t say, I don’t watch Kate Winslet movies (except the Holiday because it had great knits).

  12. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? A very glamorous but camera shy domestic goddess and knitter extroidinaire (hey, a girl can dream)
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Who cares, all eyes will be on Ralph’s mystery date.
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Like a baby!
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? If you are counting the Red Carpet coverage with with Ryan Seacrest about 22 hours 7 mins.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Can’t say, I don’t watch Kate Winslet movies (except the Holiday because it had great knits).

  13. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she? n/a
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Red
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3.5 hours
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Because he’s Voldemort (um…wasn’t he Voldemort?)

  14. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mum, obviously.
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Aubergine
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? She will be a bit teary, but will not cry.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 4 hrs, 17 mins
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes, with an exuberance that will fluster the somewhat stiff Fiennes (No, I’ve not fantasized about rumpling him a bit myself!).
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” The nominators noticed his IMDB bio states he’s a fan of professional wrestling.

  15. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? red
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? no
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3h 40m
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Ralph Fiennes was nominated because has a great accent.

  16. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes.
    2. If yes, who is she? Ellen Barkin
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Of course, but after the tongue-lashing she got in the British press after the Golden Globes it will be a just a few tears, picturesque.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 4 hours, 9-1/2 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Only if she is sitting near him.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    –It’s a sad story, really. The Academy, in its infinite wisdom, decided there was too much risk of mispronouncing his first name. Every presenter in both 1997 (The English Patient) and 1994 (Schindler’s List) completely freaked out that they’d pronounce Ralph like typical Americans pronounce it.

  17. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? NO
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? RED
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? No. She will be delighted, smiley, poised, gracious and thankful.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? Uhm… it won’t go over the allotted time, since the show is already being frowned upon by recession obsessed paranoids.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No. She will cheek kiss him.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because he is kinda skeevy in that “bang-a-stewardess” way. Ick.

  18. Here are the questions:
    1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mother
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Gold
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? But of course. She’ll forget to thank her hubby too.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 12 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No. She’ll be too busy trying to find the paper with her pre-written acceptance speech.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Because the Academy kept looking for a guy named RAFE among the list of possible nominees and all they found was this RALF Fiennes person.

  19. Ralph will bring a date. He will bring the girl who played his daughter in the movie as his date. Kate will wear a red dress and she will cry if she wins (she wants that Oscar bad!!). The telecast will be 4 hours, I’m sure of it. Kate will not hug Ralph. Ralph didn’t get a nomination for “The Reader” because, although he is great in the movie, Kate blows everyone in that movie out of the water. Kate Rocks!

  20. In the “early gallery”, look at the second row from the bottom, at the brown block print cotton gown on the right. I have one like that, only pink. I made it, from sari fabric imported from India by a friend ( http://www.timetraveltextiles.com/ ), and it fits me over my stays and all.
    I hope to get a silk one made soon, but mine is striped.
    Nice gowns on that site, thank you!

  21. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she? N/A
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Purple
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? No
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be?
    3 Hours and 53 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Ralph graciously declined a nomination so as not to take away attention from Kate. Of course, this is hush hush, so don’t quote me on it! ;)

  22. I swear I didn’t peek at anybody answers.
    1. – yes
    2. his mother
    3. dark purple
    4. – no
    5. 3 hrs. 17 mins.
    6. yes
    7. Because the young guy was waaaay hotter.

  23. 1.yes
    2. a cougar.
    3. scarlet
    4. yes – buckets
    5. 3 hrs. 47 minutes
    6. if he’s close by (as in, in the same zip code)
    7. Because he has not been forgiven for that English Patient performance.

  24. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? no
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? white
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? she may appear weepy, but she will NOT shed tears
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be?2.5 hours (not including red carpet)
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? no
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” he was in that?!?!

  25. 1. YES
    2. His grandmother- because thats how he rolls
    3. Pink- and it will be STUNNING
    4. Yes she’ll cry- she’ll also be funny and send a “shout out” to Leo DiCaprio and will be played off the stage by the pit band
    5. 4 hours 4 minutes
    6. No- she’ll hug her husband, then hug Ralph and whisper something in his ear that will make him smile.
    7. The accademy can never forgive
    Ralph for his appearance in that cinematic atrocity- “Maid in Manhattan”.

  26. . Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? yes
    2. If yes, who is she? his mother
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? royal blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 43 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because Academy voters can’t get past the bathtub scenes from the English Patient.

  27. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yep.
    2. If yes, who is she? His mom.
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Silver
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 47 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Did he make someone bite their knuckles during sex a la The English Patient? Only those Fiennes performances are nominated.

  28. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? yes
    2. If yes, who is she? an unknown guy named Earl
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? sheer, skin colored, with strategically place Pink Peonies appliqued here and there
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes, but softly and gently
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? an eternity
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes under the direction of her husband who, after all, directed her love scene(s) with Leo and didn’t seem to mind. Besides, wouldn’t you?
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    For the what?

  29. 1. Yes, Ralph Fiennes will bring a date.
    2. It will be Rosanne Barr.
    3. Kate will wear a drab grey suit – something left over from her wardrobe for “The Reader”.
    4. Kate will cry copious tears…so will Ralph.
    5. The telecast will be 2 hrs and 2 minutes long…the same length as “The Reader”.
    6. Kate will hug Ralph, but Ralph will not hug her back.
    7. Ralph Fiennes did not get a nomination for “The Reader” because he is too creepy.

  30. 1. Probably not.
    2. See above.
    3. Blue.
    4. She will probably hyperventilate. Again.
    5. 4.29 hours.
    6. I doubt it, for some reason.
    7. Easy: He was upstaged by the adorable and slightly less creepy David Kross.

  31. First we had Scarlett O’Hara wearing the green velvet drapes. Now this poor model is dressed in a Depression-era table cloth. Designers can be so ironic sometimes.

  32. 1. Yes
    2. A semi-age appropriate model who will not be identified by the press until the next day.
    3. Navy
    4. Yes
    5. 4 hours, 38 minutes
    6. No, because they won’t be sitting together, but she will point and thank him and they will cut to a shot of him in the audience looking serious, yet proud.
    7. Because it was down to him or Mickey Rourke for the last nominee, and the Academy took one look at a recent photo of Mickey Rourke and felt so sorry for him for whatever it is he did to his face that they thought, “Hell, this guy needs it way more.”

  33. The dress in the picture is killing me with the understated elegance. Swoon! Why did she have to go and ruin it with the eye makeup?
    Love,
    Still Trying To Wash Off My Eyebrows From September, in NYC

  34. 1. Yes
    2. Rachel Dratch
    3. Purple
    4. Yes
    5. 2 hours, 43 minutes
    6. Yes
    7. Because he didn’t play an alcoholic, a homely woman or a nazi.

  35. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Anything other than blue or purple, please
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes. Wouldn’t you?
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? About 20 minutes too long
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Sure. Wouldn’t you?
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because he is beyond awesome and winning an Oscar would be a step down.

  36. Here are the questions:
    1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Nope.
    2. If yes, who is she? see #1.
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Aqua blue.
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? OH, absolutely
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3h 19min
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? She will kiss him on the cheek.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Because it’s not his turn to.

  37. How come I knew, at first glance, that it was a ball of Koigu in the tree, but I don’t know who the bloody “heck” is Ralph Fiennes?
    (Heavy sigh)Will there ever be a yarny prize for a poor schlub who cannot provide any answers?
    LoveDiane

  38. Okay – I missed Nicole Kidman on People.com.
    1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she? n/a
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? No
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3.25 hours
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because he is not mainstream enough for the Academy

  39. 1.No-he is just too strange to date
    2.N/a
    3.The color of a winter sky–silvery gray with a dash of purple
    4 She will bawl like Molly Mayfield
    5. 3 hrs and 59 minutes
    6. Yes, all those Brits hang together
    7. He is much too odd for the academy to understand. They will not reward him for this

  40. You ladies rock!!!! What a FANTASTIC IDEA! I’ve not seen even 1 of these movies (just like y’all, I think they mostly are WAY too angst-ridden!)Here’s my winning answers:
    1. Yes
    2. His Mom
    3. Blue
    4.. No
    5. 4 Hrs. 28 min.
    6. Yes
    7. (Dear God am I ever reaching here) Because the academy has been unjustifiably persecuting him ever since they discovered that he was taking steroids in order to enhance his acting performances!

  41. You ladies rock!!!! What a FANTASTIC IDEA! I’ve not seen even 1 of these movies (just like y’all, I think they mostly are WAY too angst-ridden!)Here’s my winning answers:
    1. Yes
    2. His Mom
    3. Blue
    4.. No
    5. 4 Hrs. 28 min.
    6. Yes
    7. (Dear God am I ever reaching here) Because the academy has been unjustifiably persecuting him ever since they discovered that he was taking steroids in order to enhance his acting performances!

  42. 1.Of course!
    2. His mother, or someone as beautiful as his ex-wife, Alex Kingston
    3. blue or silver, or blue and silver
    4. yes
    5. three and a half hours, or 2 hours too long!
    6. yes
    7. Because Voldemort can’t win an Oscar!

  43. That photo has stirred vague memories of a product from my childhood — was it fabric pre-printed with clothing patterns? doll clothing patterns?
    Does anyone else remember what it is I’m trying to remember…?

  44. 1)yes he will.
    2)me…or maybe hermoine…we have not decided which of will be the lucky lady.
    3)red.
    4)yeah she will.you better believe she will and there may even be a” you like me, you really really like me” or two thrown in.
    5)3 hours ish.(506 hours if we are counting the red carpet shin dig.
    6)um no cause she doesn’t want to hurt my or hermoine’s feelings.
    7)because he and his work are tragically,tragically misunderstood for the most part.
    wendy.burgess@murraystate.edu

  45. 1)yes he will.
    2)me…or maybe hermoine…we have not decided which of will be the lucky lady.
    3)red.
    4)yeah she will.you better believe she will and there may even be a” you like me, you really really like me” or two thrown in.
    5)3 hours ish.(506 hours if we are counting the red carpet shin dig.
    6)um no cause she doesn’t want to hurt my or hermoine’s feelings.
    7)because he and his work are tragically,tragically misunderstood for the most part.
    wendy.burgess@murraystate.edu

  46. 1)yes he will.
    2)me…or maybe hermoine…we have not decided which of will be the lucky lady.
    3)red.
    4)yeah she will.you better believe she will and there may even be a” you like me, you really really like me” or two thrown in.
    5)3 hours ish.(506 hours if we are counting the red carpet shin dig.
    6)um no cause she doesn’t want to hurt my or hermoine’s feelings.
    7)because he and his work are tragically,tragically misunderstood for the most part.

  47. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date?No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Black
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? No
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 40 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? sure
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” The question should be, “why didn’t David Kross get nominated?”. Ralph Fiennes was only a narrator. The performance of choice was by Kross but he is an unknown and Oscar doesn’t like the little people.

  48. 1. Will RF bring a date?
    Sure will, it’s stipulated in the small print of his SoYouWantToBeAHollywoodHotshot contract
    2. Who? None other than the recently divorced Maddona C. (hoping to portray monarchy meddler Wallace Simpson on the silver screen, or so we are told)
    3. Colour of Kate’s dress. Red. A deep wine red. Possibly bordeaux
    4. Crying. Ms Winslet will most definitely shed a winsome tear or two and may possibly succumb to a fit of the hiccups.
    5. Length of telecast. You mean this event gets actual television coverage? Oh wow my gosh!
    6. Will KW hug RF? Will she indeed? I’d say there’ll be a major hug-o-rama going down (everyone within reach, and a couple more besides)
    7. Why didn’t Ralph F. get nominated? Because Katie got in first as the the token Brit, that’s why (plus eight emotional adjectives before I max twenty)
    Enjoy your evening, ladies!

  49. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? no
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? yes, rivers and rivers of tears.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 10 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? no
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” He didn’t get nominated because he didn’t get the opportunity to gracefully age backwards.

  50. 1. yes
    2. don’t know
    3. emerald green
    4. yes
    5. 4 hrs. 27 min.
    6. yes – I’m not sure how robust of a hug it will be, but she will touch him in a hugging manner
    7. Ralph did not give his most unsettling performance this time around.

  51. 1.Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mother
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Lilac
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 2 hours and 47 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes?Yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Heath Ledger’s performance in “The Dark Knight” displaced Fiennes’s performance, so Fiennes received no nomination.

  52. 1. Ralph Fiennes will bring a date.
    2. His girlfriend (?)
    3. Her dress will be champagne.
    4. She will cry.
    5. 3 hours
    6. She will hug Ralph.
    7. Ummmmm. because he never calls me and I was invited to be the tiebreaking vote on nominations :)

  53. 1. No
    3. Ashes of roses
    4. Heavens, yes!
    5. 3 hours, 42 minutes, 18 seconds
    6. Sure! I would.
    7. Because the Academy wasn’t paying enough attention. (I should admit here that I didn’t actually see “The Reader.”)
    Can’t wait for your live-blogging! That’s always so much fun.

  54. Ralph Fiennes !!!
    (That’s all I’ve got.)

  55. Regarding your earlier assessment of the movie, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, you can see some discussion of the scenes that you objected to HERE

  56. well… the url for the NYTimes discussion didn’t code in my previous post, so… here’s the copy and paste version (how lame is this?)
    http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/the-real-roots-of-the-slumdog-protests/

  57. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she? See #1
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Deep blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? A little
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 4 hours 15 minutes
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? If he is nearby, they will touch cheeks
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” the Academy is notorious for awarding after the fact-he will win a few years from now, but the win will really be cumulative

  58. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His mom (I’m hopeful she is still alive!)
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Red
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Oh yeah.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 58 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? Definitely
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” He is too good and too varied. They are jealous.

  59. All you lovely folks hoping Ralph Fiennes will bring his mom–let’s *really* hope he doesn’t, considering she died in 1993…

  60. Ooooh, maybe he will bring THIS date? Check out http://www.whippetworld.net/board/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=966

  61. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. Some lady he found randomly somewhere who is hawt.
    3. Yellow!
    4. She will look like she’s going to cry but she will hold it back!
    5. 4 hours 2 minutes
    6. Ja Klar!
    7. They wanted to try to make poor Kate cry. (She will prevail!)

  62. 1. No, because I’m not available.
    2. He’ll be wishing it was me, so when he looks wistful — well, you’ll know.
    3. Some shade of purple — lavender, full-on purple, fuschia. Who can pull that off but our girl?
    4. Choked up, but no tears.
    5. Far beyond my endurance.
    6. He’s hoping she will.
    7. Because of all those people who hated the English Patient while their girlfriends sobbed through all the napkins available.

  63. Rats missed Zellweger too.

  64. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she? N/A
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Some shade of blue (my back-up guesses are white/off-white or black).
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes, even if only her eyes water up a little.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? If he’s sitting near her, there will be some sort of touching. If they’re not sitting near each other, then no.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because he’s a member of the mile-high club — and with a total stewardess, oops, I mean stranger.

  65. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? YES
    2. If yes, who is she? ELLEN BARKIN, an actress
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? DARK BLUE
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? PROBABLY.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 HRS, 10 MIN
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? SHE’LL HUG EVERYONE WITHIN REACH.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Because then he would win and women the world over would collapse with ecstacy when he gave his acceptance speech.

  66. Ralph Fiennes will bring a date.
    His date will be his personal stylist.
    Kate Winslet’s dress will be gold.
    Kate may tear up but not full on cry, she will forget to thank her husband.
    Telecast will be 3 hours and 39 minutes.
    Kate will in all likelihood hug Ralph Fiennes.
    Ralph Fiennes did not get a nomination for “The Reader” because it was not in the script.

  67. 13 of 13–way too many Oscar shows!

  68. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Black
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours and 23 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Payback from the Academy for playing Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.

  69. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Black
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours and 23 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Payback from the Academy for playing Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.

  70. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? No
    2. If yes, who is she?
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? purple
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? Oh yes.
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours 15 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? No.
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because the movie isn’t released yet over here and it wouldn’t be fair to Ralphs european fans that he wins an Oscar for a performance his fans could not yet enjoy.

  71. 1.Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date?
    yes
    2. If yes, who is she?
    His mother
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be?
    Yellow
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry?
    Yes
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be?
    2 hours and 58 minutes
    6.If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes?
    No
    7.Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?”
    Ralph Fiennes is a great actor but he’s so grim. I mean c’mon would it kill him to crack a smile once in awhile?

  72. During the 3 hour long telecase, Ralph will bring a sibling as his date. Kate WILL cry and wear purple. Kate won’t hug him. The reason for no nomination is that Men are jealous of Ralph. The men in the academy are too jealous of him to nominate him!

  73. During the 3 hour long telecase, Ralph will bring a sibling as his date. Kate WILL cry and wear purple. Kate won’t hug him. The reason for no nomination is that Men are jealous of Ralph. The men in the academy are too jealous of him to nominate him!

  74. During the 3 hour long telecase, Ralph will bring a sibling as his date. Kate WILL cry and wear purple. Kate won’t hug him. The reason for no nomination is that Men are jealous of Ralph. The men in the academy are too jealous of him to nominate him!

  75. 1. Yes.
    2. He will bring Francesca Annis, his on-again, off-again older flame, to the surprise of everyone.
    3. Her dress will be deep dark blue, probably satin.
    4. She will tear up a little bit in a tasteful, non-makeup-ruining way when she thanks her husband, Sam Mendes.
    5. The telecast will be 3 hours and 59 minutes long (not including the 1/2 hour preshow).
    6. She will air-kiss him if he is near her; otherwise, she will thank him graciously.
    7. The academy will wait to nominate Ralph until his personal scandals have become a distant, charming memory.
    Love you guys; great pool idea! :)

  76. 1. Yes
    2. His mother
    3. Emerald
    4. When doesn’t she?
    5. Too long.
    6. Don’t think so.
    7. Because too many voters don’t have the hormones to know that he is one sexy dude.
    Not part of the official answer:I’d pay to watch him eat jello.

  77. 1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? yes
    2. If yes, who is she? his mum
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? blue
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry?
    yep
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours, 17 minutes.
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” because the academy wants to give him the Oscar for playing Lord Volemort.

  78. Here are the questions:
    1. Will Ralph Fiennes bring a date? Yes
    2. If yes, who is she? His sister Sophie
    3. What color will Kate Winslet’s dress be? Green
    4. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she cry? She’ll win and she won’t cry
    5. Exactly how long will the telecast be? 3 hours, 6 minutes, 30 seconds
    6. If Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, will she hug Ralph Fiennes? yes
    7. Tiebreaker essay question (most moving answer to this will win): In twenty words or less, why didn’t Ralph Fiennes get a nomination for “The Reader?” Because no one on the nominating committee knows how to knit!

  79. 1. Yes
    2. A cocktail waitress he met yesterday
    3. Deep yellow
    4. Yes.
    5. 3 hours 17 minutes because if people take too long in their acceptance speeches, Hugh Jackman will don his Wolverine claws and chase them off stage.
    6. Yes.
    7. Beats me–I haven’t see the movie yet.

  80. 1. He won’t be there. He isn’t nominated.
    2. See 1
    3. Kate will be wearing a champagne dress to match the bubbly she will be drinking at the after party.
    4. No, Kate will not cry.
    5. 3 hours 15 minutes.
    6. Kate will hug her husband. Ralph won’t be there because I believe he is currently filming the latest Harry Potter and he is too busy being He who shall not be named.
    7. Didn’t see the movie, as did most of the academy and the supporting Oscar is going to Heath.

  81. 1. No
    2. n/a
    3. bottle green
    4. yes and name all the other nominees in her thank you speech
    5. 4 hours 2 minutes
    6. yes on both cheeks
    7. no, because they confused him with his brother Magnus the musician

  82. 5/13, must try harder on Oscar dresses!

  83. 1) No
    2) see 1
    3)green, but I think we’ve all been influenced by an interview she gave saying that’s what her son wanted her to wear.
    4) No
    5) Over by 11:16 EST
    6) If he’s sitting near her
    7) It’s hard to take an actor seriously when his most prominent role of the decade is Lord Voldemort.

  84. Dang that Renee Zellweger! Because of her, I only got 12 of 13 too.