Fetchtv brings the Oscars to your loungeroom

OK, confession time. I’m a bit of a movie geek. Actually, geek may be the wrong word. Let’s just say that I’m a movie snob. I can’t hide from it so I might as well flaunt it. I love this time of year simply because the end of February means the Grand-daddy of all awards shows – the Oscars.

Ahh, the Oscars. That time of the year when some sharpen their claws and knock a certain someone simply because she wore the same dress as someone else on the night. That time of the year when some wish it were them waltzing in front of the cameras next to Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. That time of the year when some sit back and wonder why they haven’t heard of most of the films people are talking so eloquently about.

For me, it’s the time of the year when I sometimes get outraged that a film I haven’t seen beat out another film I haven’t seen for an award which I don’t understand. It’s the time of the year when I can get outraged that a film I love got snubbed by one I hate (for instance, how Forrest Gump won a Best Picture Oscar over Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Quiz Show is beyond me). But honestly… Oscar time for me is all about the great films from this year and years gone by.

Right now you can view two of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees on fetchtv with a third on its way shortly. There’s Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s latest Midnight in Paris (coming March 7), Emma Stone in The Help and The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. There are nearly 10 films in the fetchtv library which are up for awards on Hollywood’s night of nights, from Bridesmaids through to Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In fact, there’s a rich Oscar history available on fetchtv for your immediate viewing. For instance, did you know that the two youngest Oscar-winning performances (10-year-old Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon and 11-year-old Anna Paquin in The Piano) are on fetchtv? You might also like to know that there’s currently four best picture winners (Crash, Braveheart, Shakespeare in Love, and The Departed) and that there are 14 Best Supporting Actor or Actress award-winning performances to be found. It’s a rich cinema history right at your fingertips thanks to fetchtv.

In fact – here’s five of my favourite Oscar winners in the fetchtv library;

1)    All the President’s Men – Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as two reporters who eventually bring down a Presidency. A thriller without guns or bullets, it’s one of my all-time favourite films.
2)    Chinatown – Before Jack Nicholson became way too cool for school, he was private investigator Jake Gittes in this fantastic thriller.
3)    Ray – Jamie Foxx may have won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late, great Ray Charles, but I’ll always watch this for the music – still some of the greatest ever recorded.
4)    The Departed – I’d love to pick any other film where Martin Scorsese won a Best Director Oscar, but there isn’t any. Widely seen as a “we’ve snubbed him in the past, so we better make it up to him” award, The Departed is still a fine, fine film made by one of the very best.
5)    Mary Poppins – Simply because I watched this film hundreds of times as a child and it’s always good fun to look back. And it’s always fun to laugh at Dick Van Dyke’s British accent.

Happy watching!

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