We’re just a few minutes away from the Oscar nominations. As usual, the Academy will announce all the nominees in a no-frills news conference at 5:30 a.m. Los Angeles time–just so they can get on the early news shows. It’s such a retro way of doing things.
I was asked to go to Los Angeles to talk about the noms with Julie Chen, but I have commitments here in Chicago–primarily a charity poker tournament, with all proceeds going to Children’s Oncology Services. I was not going to take the chance that I wouldn’t make it back home in time for the event.