Soupy Trumpet Blasts from the Web 2-26-08

Here’s another Soupy Trumpet daily-dose of internet finds to enjoy:

2008 Oscar Predictions Collected

Grown Pumpkin at the Oscars

The red carpet is already in full swing as tonight February 24, 2008 in less than one hour, ABC will be broadcasting the Jon Stewart hosted 80th annual Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.  This year the juggernaut movies are Atonement, Michael Clayton (I liked this one), No Country For Old Men, and There Will Be Blood, each of which got seven or eight nominations.  Juno, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Ratatouille each got four or five.

Of the movies nominated that I liked – American Gangster, 3:10 to Yuma, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Eastern Promises, Gone Baby Gone, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford – none gathered more than three nominations.  Additionally the AWFUL Eddie Murphy stinker Norbit got more nominations (1) than Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, Hairspray, The Simpsons Movie, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, Denzel Washington, or Christian Bale.

There are always a good number of snubs and there is never a shortage of Oscar predictions.  We have prepared a collection of some of those predictions in one spot.  This way we can make a scorecard of all the wrong picks the “experts” made prior to tonight.  Originally we were going to prepare our own, but we do not care enough about this particular collection of nominations as it is configured to warrant writing a “Soupy Trumpet Picks” article.  After Kanye West got hosed at the Grammys, we have been having a hard time with award shows in general.

Predictions (sampling):

* contrary to the photoshopped image above, Grown Pumpkin will NOT be attending the Oscars… let alone watching them