GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - As the Sochi Olympics fade into memory, another glamour-filled event is set to take stage.
For the 86th time, the red carpet will be rolled out for some of Hollywood's hottest stars at Sunday's Academy Awards.
The event, like most things in this era, has become a spectacle, one in which everyone seems poised with their phones or tablets ready to tweet at any moment.
First, it should be noted that excitement at KARE 11 over the Olympic Games is genuine and runs deep. If the creation of an ice rink in our parking lot or the carving of a desk made of ice allowing our anchors to shiver in between reading stories wasn't enough to sway opinion, a walk through the newsroom during the gold medal women's hockey game would have surely shown the passion.
I might be biased by my love for the Olympics, but I think there are some similarities between the two events and one difference that could make a great night in entertainment even better!
The Olympics Opening Ceremony rivals any red carpet star-studded affair. Who was Shaun White wearing? Why, Ralph Lauren, of course.
The gowns and pageantry, along with a fast-paced arrivals and hosts, like Ryan Seacrest, waiting to ask about the honor of being nominated -- it makes for great television or at least great hype.
Sadly, for those of us who follow the recommendations and see each and every one of the nominated Best Picture films, the Oscars themselves seem to go stale after the last high heel steps off of the red carpet.
Surely, we realize that skiing, skating and bobsledding don't just happen every four years, but the Olympics spotlight is a different kind of animal. It's different in Hollywood. Other awards shows also get mass attention on television and social media. The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was must-see television and a prime example of Oscars thunder being stolen.
Take a look at the Best Actor category. Matthew McConaughey won at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. Both awards are well-deserving, but this is where some Olympics influence would be welcomed.
The world is accustomed to gold, silver and bronze. Wouldn't it be great to see where the Academy would rank Leonardo DiCaprio's role as "The Wolf of Wall Street?" Or what they thought of a quirky Christian Bale in "American Hustle" or the raw and emotional performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave."
For those who think that winning third place wouldn't be appreciated or spark emotions, just think back to Bode Miller in the men's super-G in Sochi.
It's not a cliché to say that there is honor in just being nominated for an Oscar, but that surprise was unveiled weeks ago. An Olympics-style format change would add intrigue.
I am not suggesting adding any never-ending, lengthy acceptance speeches. In the Olympics, only the gold medal winner has it's national anthem played, but a silver and bronze statue doesn't seem like too much to ask for in what might be an actor's role of a lifetime -- see Jonah Hill, who took reduced pay for the chance to appear in "The Wolf of Wall Street" only to watch "Dallas Buyer's Club" star Jared Leto snatch up all of the awards.
While I realize tradition and history aren't likely to be modified for what I think would make for better television, I would still like to, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, thank the Academy for any and all considerations.
Below are who I think should medal at the 2014 Oscars. Let me know what you think?
Gold - American Hustle
Silver - The Wolf of Wall Street
Bronze - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Gold - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Silver - Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bronze - Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Gold - Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Silver - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Bronze -Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Gold - Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Silver - Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Bronze - Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Gold - Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Silver -Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Bronze - June Squibb (Nebraska)