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!
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.