Tonight Hollywood royalty gathers for the 88th annual Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars.

Each year I run through a fixed spiel in my head. It runs something like this.

*Prior to Oscar weekend*

"Nope. Not watching any part of the show this year. There's no nominees I care THAT much about anyway."

*Remembers it's Oscar weekend*

"Oh, right! Sunday is the Oscars. I think I'll tune in during the latter half of the show and watch a couple of hours."

Something to that affect is often my thought process when it comes to this over styled, overpriced, PC, and dare I say this, fixed show. But usually my latter reasoning wins out every year and as Sunday winds to a close, I gather my laptop and sit in front of the television to endure, ahem, I mean watch 2+ hours (in some years) of the glamorous show. Why I do is a mystery, but I think the primary reason is, it's just way too fun to poke fun at the ludicrous nature of the show.

As is the usual case for the nominees, most are of films I have absolutely NO interest in seeing (for reasons I don't want to get into). Though I still wish to see Inside Out, and am very much anticipating Brooklyn's arrival to DVD later this month - and of course, you all know my admiration for Disney's Cinderella. Below I'm listing some of the "big award" nominees (best actor, best actress) and the role they are nominated for, and sharing one of the awards we period drama aficionados might be interested in.

Best Costume Design

+ Carol (Sandy Powell)
+ Cinderella (Sandy Powell)
+ The Danish Girl (Paco Delgado)
+ Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)
+ The Reverent (Jacqueline West)

Some say Cinderella is going to win this one, which I 100% support but find difficult to believe. Maybe that's because above all else, I'd love to see this beauty of a film win an Oscar, but either way, it's a golden winner in my book.

(One oversight would be the lack of seeing Far from the Madding Crowd on this list! Snub much!?)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

+ Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
+ Matt Damon (The Martian)
+ Leonardo DiCaprio (The Reverent)
+ Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
+ Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

I honestly have no opinion of who should win in this category. Aside from the fact that I don't have any curiosity about any of the films these men are nominated for, with exception to Cranston, I've seen them all in different roles and they are each talented actors.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

+ Cate Blanchett (Carol)
+ Brie Larson (Room)
+ Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
+ Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
+ Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Another supremely talented group of ladies. The only one I don't think I've seen in anything is Larson. The rest are the top of the top. Naturally, it'd be fun to see Ronan win (because more period drama epicness), but I'd wager that's the longshot of the group. They say the honor will go to Larson, though I wouldn't be surprised if Blanchett walked home with the title.

Best Picture

+ The Big Short
+ Bridge of Spies
+ Brooklyn
+ Mad Max: Fury Road
+ The Martian
+ The Revenant
+ Room
+ Spotlight

Much as I'd like to see Brooklyn win (whether or not it's the "best" Oscar best picture nominee matters not, it's a costume drama!), I know that won't happen. Beyond that, I don't feel like any of these are great films (from the reading I've done) although I will make one edit to that statement and say I have heard rave reviews on Bridge of Spies, most of which from people who's opinions I do trust.

Tonight instead of posting this tomorrow, I thought as I watched the show, I'd do a bit of "live blogging." It's probably not likely to be overly frequent or well put together, but for something a little different, I thought this could be a fun exercise in Oscar blogging. Any updates I add while watching the show will appear below....


+ Oh, look! The Minions just showed up on the presenters stage. And now Buzz and Woody!? This might be the best part of the night.

+ Yay for Inside Out!

+ Here we go. Only been watching 2-3 minutes. PC speech-ing. Bad, bad, bad...(is it a good thing the applause was tepid?)

+ Spoiler reading: Bummed that Sandy Powell lost best costume design.

+ Spoiler reading: Congrats to the talented Alicia Vikander for her best supporting actress win.

+ Love Kate Winslet, but her dress...?

+ Yep... and now here's more boring.

+ Haven't seen Mark Rylance in anything (that comes to mind), but he seems a deserving talent.

+ Playing Sherlock and being BORED! This has inspired me to go take a peek at a "best," "worst" dressed slideshow. What were some of your favorite looks?

+ And how much longer is this show going to last?!

+ Don't know a one of these songs save for Bond. Yay for SPECTRE!

+ Nope, not going to say a single word.

+ Best director: what a surprise. *sarcasm*

+ Best actress: As expected, it's Brie Larson.

+ What a shocker, it's Leo winning best actor.

+ Awkward, and pathetic (read desperate) acceptance speech, Leo. Badly done.

+ Best picture goes to *awkward pause* Spotlight.

+ Note to self: the 2016 Oscars were not merely overlong, they were sad. Tactless. And all that business.

+ That's a wrap on my Oscar ramblings. Your thoughts?

Check back during the later portion of the show when I'll be "live blogging" (using the term loosely) in the above section of the post about the good, bad and ugly. In the interim, I'd love to have you share any thoughts YOU have about the show thus far. The comment section is yours.