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February 15, 2012

This is a special time of year. Not only do we get a Super Bowl on one Sunday but in the next three weeks we get to see who the best in music and movies are. On Feb. 12, the Grammy Awards will air. While the big dawg of all awards, the Academy Awards, will hand out the Oscars on Feb. 26.
Do not expect a pick the winner column out of me for either show. I looked over the list for the Grammys and the only reason I know any of the songs is because my daughter flips the radio to the top 40 station when she gets in the car. The only exception in the top award categories would be Adele, the young Brit who has a voice of gold with some of the best soul songs in years. I would say the older voters will give her plenty of the phonograph trophies.
I should know more about the country nominees but it is full of the newer pop country bands like Lady Antebellum and the Band Perry. The King, George Strait, is up for album of the year, but he may be left in the dust by all this new pop blood.
The only reason you may catch me watching this show is for the performances and also those wacky thing that no doubt will happen. My one wish would be that if rapper Kanye West wins anything, Taylor Swift would jump on the stage and interrupt his acceptance speech. Revenge would be sweet!
Once we get that show out of the way, we have only two short weeks to figure out what’s going on with the Academy Awards. This may be even more difficult for me to pick winners because I have seen only two of the nine nominated movies. It also is the show where what people like and what Academy voters like usually never intersect. The highest grossing of the nine as of a few weeks ago was the baseball themed movie Moneyball. This one I did see. Good movie! As Brad Pitt has said in interview upon interview, this is not as much a baseball movie but two guys going against the grain and proving they are right.
However when you look at what people saw, then where is the final movie of the Harry Potter series; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2. This was a series of movie that made us believe in a school of witchcraft and wizardry. It also had a great battle of good versus evil. Unfortunately the Academy looks at the “art” of the movie, not in how entertaining it is.
Think of some of the past winners. Have you watched English Patient or Shakespeare in Love lately? This is one of the reasons most people could care less about who wins the award.
The other interesting thing will be the categories will be for actor and actress. The battle for best actor will be between two former People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive winners; Brad Pitt from Moneyball and George Clooney for The Descendants. My sentimental choice would be first time nominee Gary Oldman. I have not seen the movie he was in, but his talent over the years is unmistakable.
The best actress choice is even more interesting. There is Meryl Streep, who has been nominated 17 times, trying to win again with her part as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She is the front runner but interestingly, The Iron Lady was a critical flop. So can an actress put in an award winning performance in a not so good movie?
Again with my sentimental choice will be Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I did get to see this movie and her performance was hauntingly good.
If you have kept up with the nominees better than me, let us know what you think. The rest of you, tune in the next few Sundays and see how the 1% of America dresses and acts at the award shows.

Michael Coleman is a resident of Fort Worth and a former resident of Sweetwater. Comments about this column may be e-mailed to editor@sweetwaterreporter.com or mpc20s@hotmail.com.

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