News FAQ: The 85th Annual Academy Awards
The 85th annual Academy Awards to honor motion picture excellence take place this Sunday. Here are some questions from around the web that people are asking about the prestigious event:
Q: Why are the Oscars also named the Academy Awards? Was there someone named The Academy Awards?
A: No, the event is named the Academy Awards because the awards are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Q: I have a complaint about the Godfather not winning Best Picture. Whom do I submit it to?
A: The Academy does not take popular opinion into account in the decisions reached by its members. Also, The Godfather won Best Picture.
Q: Why does the Oscar statuette have a sword? Who is he expecting to fight?
A: According to Oscar legend, Oscar is supposed to be a knight and the sword is a crusader's sword. So he would be fighting the Turks.
Q: I hear these ceremonies are long. Is that because the nominees have hundred-foot tails that take forever to be dragged on stage?
A: No, all individuals accepting awards are anatomically correct humans.
Q: Are there red drapes? If so, do they match the red carpet?
A: The Oscars change their decorations every year. They have probably had red drapes in the past but it is unclear if they matched the red carpet. Wait. Are we inadvertently participating in a coarse joke about pubic hair?
Q: So all these people are acting in the Oscars?? This movie's going to be the best!
A: No, the Oscars is not a movie. The actors involved are attending because they were nominated in movies from 2012.
Q: I’ll bet you $100 you don’t know what won Best Picture in 1974!
A: The Sting, directed by George Roy Hill.
Q: Shoot, I don’t have $100 right now, can I owe you?
A: No. Thing X News FAQ thugs are heading to your house right now to get the money one way or another.
Q: I missed the Super Bowl. Can I make wings for this?
Q: What about people who won Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire? When are they going to have their time in the sun again?
A: You are clearly actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. We would suggest you choose your roles more carefully and build good working relationships with trusted directors.
Q: So what time does it start in Boston? I live in Boston but I don’t have a clock so I call my relatives in Zagreb to ask what time it is there and then subtract four hours.
A: The Academy Awards begin at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Also, Zagreb is six hours ahead of Boston, not four hours behind.