Another year, another Oscar broadcast. Once again, I managed to avoid the bulk of it, not an easy thing since it ran til midnight.
Of course, I'm still fuming about all of the snubs for "The Dark Knight," which just passed $1 billion in earnings, which was probably the kiss of death for it among Oscar voters.
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Other omissions: Bruce Springsteen for Best Song; The Wrestler for Best Picture; and Michael Sheen for at least best supporting actor.
Meanwhile, the Academy went for Sean Penn once again in a year when he clearly wasn't the best actor, just like when he won for "Mystic River." Mickey Rourke was the only actor who could have starred in "The Wrestler", but the Academy chose the broader pick.
On the local side, MAGA was a big success this year, expanding to three venues for the first time and bringing in the likes of Karen Black, Carrie Preston and Vince Dooley, among others.
Kudos to the organizers, who did a great job throughout the five-day festival. My two favorites? "The Blue Tooth Virgin" and "Ready? OK!" among the features, and "Triangle of Death" among the documentaries.
Here's looking forward to next year's film fest.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: House starts acting nice to people, so the staff automatically assumes something is wrong with him on "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) It's followed by "24," where I'm guessing people would assume something is wrong with Jack if he limited himself to three or less kills in an episode.
"Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) kicks off a night of new stuff for NBC, which includes "Heroes" and "Medium."
"The Bachelor" (ABC, 8 p.m.) reflects on its season, while "True Beauty" (ABC, 10 p.m.) wraps things up.
On cable, both "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.) and "Trust Me" (TNT, 10 p.m.) are new, as are ABC Family's "Secret Life of an American Teenager" and "Kyle XY," beginning at 8 p.m.
Finally, HBO airs "Tobacco Road" at 9 p.m., a documentary that examines the North Carolina-Duke rivalry in basketball.