A few Oscar predictions:
Best picture: I personally think “Letters From Iwo Jima” was the best film I saw all year. But “The Departed” probably wins and that’s fine.
Leading actor: The indicators point to Forest Whitaker. Finally saw the film a few nights ago and he was great. Underrated actor and has been for a long time.
Leading actress: I fully admit to not having seen several of the films. The buzz is for Helen Mirren but I’m rooting for Penelope Cruz.
Supporting actor: Marky Mark was the last man standing in “The Departed” and he should get something for that. Eddie Murphy? Hard to imagine. Kelly Leak? Even harder to imagine. I’ll pick Alan Arkin.
Supporting actress: Rinko Kikuchi should win but the unfortunate American Idolization of our culture means Jennifer Hudson wins.
Director: If Martin Scorsese doesn’t win, I may stop going to movies in protest. How does he not have a directing Oscar yet?
Documentary feature: This is a total lock for “An Inconvenient Truth.” Not only is it a well-done, thought-provoking film, but the Hollywood types love Al Gore.
The rest of the categories: Nobody cares. Admit it. Although “Children of Men” should win for cinematography and “Cars” for animated feature.
Music lately: On a total Elvis Costello kick. Hitting “all” on the iPod and seeing what comes up. I’m also on a strange country music fixation. Hank Williams, Joe Ely, Johnny Cash and even some Tim McGraw. Alison Krause and Emmylou Harris, too. It goes on and on. Don’t know what has come over me.
Television: Other than CNN, haven’t had it on since I got here. I’ll be all over Tivo once I get home to see what’s going on with “Heroes.” Nobody tell me.
Reading: Finally finished “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I’m going to pick up either the Johnny Unitas or Pete Maravich biography next. Any non-fiction suggestions are welcome.
OK, back to baseball.