WASHINGTON, March 2, 2014–Two things are a certainty when it comes to the Oscars; if Meryl Streep has made a film she will receive a nomination, and the competition is usually described as one of the closest races in Oscar history.
More often than not the perennial hype about the stiff competition is just a ploy to attract viewers, but this year’s Oscar race actually lives up to the claim. This year’s candidates include established names like Scorsese, Streep, and DiCaprio, but it is the first time nominees that make this year so compelling.
Eight of the twenty acting nominees this year have never received a nomination before. Three of these first timers are black actors nominated for best acting awards, and Steve McQueen, the director of “12 Years a Slave” is only the third black director to be nominated.
Add to the mix the affable Ellen DeGeneres hosting and performances by U2 and Bette Midler, and the stage is set for tonight’s Oscars to be one of the least painful to watch in recent years.
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The “86th Academy Awards” airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Oscars will face formidable competition tonight as season four of “The Walking Dead” continues. The midseason premiere not only attracted almost 16 million viewers, it also beat the 2014 Winter Olympics in the ratings race.
The second half of this season of “the Walking Dead” has received mixed reviews, but fans of the show have learned how to be patient when the story focuses on character development.
Fans know that just because they grow to like someone on the show it does not mean they will not become zombie fodder in a New York minute. They also know that every character that hangs around for more than a few episodes will surrender a part of their humanity in order to survive.
The combined threat of the death or moral decay of key characters along with the steady introduction of new survivors gives the writers plenty of opportunities to shock the audience. The devoted fan base and the enviable ratings are proof that the creative minds behind “The Walking Dead” have learned when to shock and when to inform.
“The Walking Dead” airs at 9 p.m. on AMC.