Independent Spirit awards

Here's a guide to Oscar night

If you scroll down one, you'll find a fun look at Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 4) and the tricky matter of having movies that people have actually seen. Here's a sidebar that goes with it, offering lots of specifics:

Here's a round-up of
this year's Academy Awards:

When (all live,
three hours earlier PT):

Oscar time? First, the independents have their spirited day

There's great pleasure in finding a low-budget, low-hype movie that is better than the big ones. Many -- including the remarkable "Winter's Bone" -- are at video stores; some are in theaters.  On Saturday, the night before the Oscars, they'll be nominated at the Independent Spirit award ceremony. Here's the story I sent to papers:

Movie awards -- Oscar and its mate

In my normal, reasonable moments, I say the logical thing:

"The Social Network" is the year's best movie and it will almost (but not quite) win big Sunday at the Academy Awards. "The King's Speech" and its star (Colin Firth) will win for best picture and actor. Natalie Portman will deservedly get best actress for "Black Swan" and "The Fighter" will get both supporting awards. "Social Network" will settle for an Oscar for Aaron Sorkin's script.