By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – The Academy Awards are just a couple of days away now, and that deafening silence you hear off in the distance is the excitement building.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Just kidding, I know plenty of folks who are at least mildly excited about them, and I have to admit, I also enjoy a good movie now and then, even though I don’t get to see as many as I’d like.

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So with apologies to Bill Murray, who originated the concept of reviewing movies he’d never seen years ago on “Saturday Night Live,” here are my dramatically underinformed Oscar picks, starting with best actress in a leading role.

Let’s see – Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”… gee, I haven’t seen any of the nominated performances.

I guess I’ll have to go with Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” because I’ve always liked her, especially in “The Deer Hunter” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Maybe we’ll do better in the best actor category, where I’ve actually seen two of the five nominated performances, George Clooney in “The Descendants” and Brad Pitt in “Moneyball.”

Clooney was very good, but I have to go with Pitt, who does a great job as the desperate baseball executive in “Moneyball.”

Besides, Pitt portrays a real-life figure, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who just signed former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez to a contract.

Beane will need all the luck he can get. The Oscar goes to Brad Pitt.

And finally, the big one, best picture, where there are nine nominees.

When did the best picture category become like the NBA and NHL, where nearly every team makes the playoffs?

Anyway, I’ve seen three of the nine, and I’m going to go with “The Descendants,” a movie about a dysfunctional family struggling to deal with a crisis.

But talk about a surprise winner – who ever thought a movie about Congress would walk off with an Academy Award?

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (4)
  1. Willow says:

    I would love to watch the Oscars if I could stand the acceptance speeches. The winners usually go on and on, and it’s just plain annoying. I haven’t watched in years because of the dragged out thank yous. I’ll catch the highlights later on the news.

  2. BostonIrish says:

    Moneyball is great! Pitt was excellent as Billy Bean! A keeper!

    1. Tsalnew says:

      We loved money ball. Except SIL said they forgot to explain a lot of the facts that made the success possible. Still thought it was great Haven’t seen girl with tattoo but want to.

  3. BostonIrish says:

    Also – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not the original. This version doesn’t even come anywhere near it. Sorry, but not even close.

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