Oscar Predictions, Predilections And Preferences With Jeffery Self
Feb 23, 2013
Itâ€™s time for the Academy Awardsâ€”a.k.a. the Gay Super Bowlâ€”when homos across the world tune in to see who won, who wore the best red-carpet looks and who took their mother to the Academy Awards (again).
To get us all into serious Oscars mode, we chatted with out actor-writer-comedian Jeffery Selfâ€”whoâ€™s appeared in 30 Rock and 90210; co-starred in Logoâ€™s Jeffery and Cole Casserole; and just published his first novel, 50 Shades of Gayâ€”to find out what heâ€™s most excited for on Sunday night.
Lets talk about 50 Shades of Gay first. Is it erotica? humor? humorotica?
Humoroticaâ€”I like that! Thatâ€™s the best description Iâ€™ve heard so far. I keep comparing it to Jacqueline Susann novels. Not just because I regularly watch Valley of The Dolls and Isnâ€™t She Great on a monthly basis. 50-shadesBut also because I think this book does something similar, which is a subgenre beyond fiction, erotica, and humorâ€¦ I call it glamorous trash.
Isnâ€™t she, though? Great, i mean.
Isnâ€™t She Great is the Bette Midler movie about Jacqueline Susann.
I know! I sat through it!
I am one of the only people in America who LIKES IT!
I canâ€™t wait for Bette on Broadway as another ballsy dame, Sue Mengers, in Iâ€™ll Eat You Last.
OH MY GOD. I cannot wait! Itâ€™s the angriest Iâ€™ve been not to live in New York since I moved out West.
You could always move back. Anyway, onto the Oscars: Who are you rooting for? And if you tell me Anne Hathaway Iâ€™m hanging up.
I think the greatest part of this yearâ€™s Oscars is itâ€™s the first time in a long time that weâ€™ve had two very fierce leading ladies who are just starting out their reigns as icons: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.
Itâ€™s time to take sides, thoughâ€”and I choose Jennifer Lawrence. I get that Jessica Chastain is PROBABLY a more versatile actress and blah, blah, blah, Julliard. But Jennifer Lawrence will give SUCH a better speech and thatâ€™s what acting is all if you ask me.
I feel like Jessica Chastain takes acting WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. I donâ€™t base that on anything but the fact that she seems boring.
Whatâ€™s your pick for Best Picture?
I loved Argo a lot and itâ€™s sort of my duty to root for any movie featuring a former Roseanne cast member like John Goodman.
I just watched it last night. Ben looks GOOD with a beard. (No dis to Jennifer Gardner.)
Ben looks great in Argo. The movie is funny and exciting, and itâ€™s not another boring-ass moving weâ€™ll all forget in ten years. I feel like movies that win Oscars should be the kind of movies youâ€™re excited to stumble onto when watching TBS hungover.
ALSO, re: actress, Naomi Watts SHOULD win but she wonâ€™t because sheâ€™s Naomi Watts. She apparently pissed off a gypsy and got a hex a while back.
Do you try to see a lot of the nominated films?
I TRY to, but itâ€™s hard to see everything. Iâ€™m learning to let go of this feeling that I HAVE to see them all. Because sometimes youâ€™re not in the mood for â€œThe Impossibleâ€ but you ARE in the mood to watch â€œIsnâ€™t She Greatâ€ for the tenth time.
And now there are ten, so it takes sooo much longer.
I know. Even I donâ€™t have time and I literally have NO life.
Did you like â€œSkyfallâ€? The song, I meanâ€”not the movie. And will Adele wear 1970s sofa cushion again?
I liked it okay and Iâ€™d like to see Adele win an Oscar just because she seemed like she always has a lot of fun at award shows.
And I LOVED that Adele dress but Iâ€™m also a couch potato so it figures.
Maybe this time sheâ€™ll yet at Chris Brown.
Or better yet, flick off Tom Hanks!
Perhaps. Soâ€¦ Anne Hathaway.
Where to begin?
Do we want her to win so we can see how insufferably sweet she pretends to be? Or do we want her to lose and watch her tiny porcelain heart crack into shards?
I donâ€™t think sheâ€™s untalented. From what I hear sheâ€™s good in that movieâ€”I havenâ€™t seen it because it looks really long and I have a hard time with period stuff. However, I cannot fathom how obnoxious sheâ€™s going to be.
Iâ€™m both dreading it and already sitting in front of my TV in anticipation.
I think her personalityâ€”especially when sheâ€™s interviewed and does talk showsâ€”rubs people the wrong way. We donâ€™t like naked ambition masked by false modesty.
Definitely. Itâ€™s that phony, wide-eyed sweet schtick but with blood and rage hidden behind it. More than anything, I find her terrifying, I guess.
I interviewed her onceâ€”she kind of is.
Did she sip blood out of a venti Starbucks cup?
I think they were out of venti cups that day. Was there a movie that you loved last year that got no love from the Oscars?
I wish theyâ€™d nominated Connie Britton. Not for a movie but for iconic value.