Reba Merrill: The Tinsel Town Talker Predicts Oscar Winners and Breaks Open The Archives For a Treat

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Roll out the red carpet, get some fancy clothes add some champagne and you’re ready for your Oscar party. The best part is to win as many categories as possible so to impress your friends with your Hollywood connections.

Stay for the end when Reba reprints an interview from 1977 and an unknown Harrison Ford.

So here is the secret vote that I will only give you. 

Lead Actor….Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant…..Lead Actress ….Brie Larson for Room   Supporting Actor ….Sylvester Stallone for Creed    Supporting Actress…Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl  …..  Adapted Screenplay…The Big Short    Original Screenplay… Spotlight    Animated Feature….Inside Out     Foreign film….Son Of Saul    Documentary….Amy   

Cinematography… Emmanuel Lubezki   for The Revenant  Costume Design... Paco Delgado for The Danish Girl    Film Editing….Hank Corwin for The Big Short   Makeup & Hairstyling….Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega & Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road   

Production Design…Colin Gibson & Set Decoration Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road.   Score…Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight  Song... Til IT Happens To You, Music & Lyric by Dianne Warren & Lady Gaga for The Hunting Ground.

The rest of the awards are not talked about too much so if you really want to impress here goes: Mad Max for sound editing…. Sound Mixing The Revenant …. Visual Effects Mad Max.   

I saved the best director and best picture for last just like in the show Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant and Best Picture Spotlight 

This year the best picture race could be won by any one of three films The Big Short, The Revenant or Spotlight.

So use these suggestions to show off your Oscar savvy and don’t tell anyone where you got this from because a real Oscar ballot is a secret.

From Hollywood I am The Tinsel Town Talker

From the Archives:  A Hollywood Movie Moment

Before I ever got to Hollywood, I worked for CBS in San Diego as a cohost of their morning TV show SunUp San Diego and my job was to do the soft interviews. Therefore, I got to interview all the movie stars that came down to do the show and lots of them did as our show was the prep for the big New York morning shows.

Out of the blue, I get a call from Nancy Willen at 20th Century Fox asking me if I would Like to come to LA and interview Sidney Sheldon and the cast of The Other Side Of Midnight and of course I said “yes.”

A limo picked me up flew to LA and before I knew it I was at a screening for the film and the next day I did the interviews. Then I was sent to see another film and on Sunday I would do 3 more interviews with some unknown actors.

Since I was Fox’s guest of course I stayed saw the film which was okay and did my interviews. The star of the film was really handsome but I had no idea who he was and I thought since this was a kids movie he was not going very far in Hollywood. Yes, people were standing in line to see this film as it was only playing in a few theaters.

The year 1977 the film Star Wars and my interview was with Harrison Ford. I played that interview on June 8th only once and never saw it again. Was I surprised when my interviews were being digitized that the Ford interview survived and I got to see Harrison Ford before he was famous not only was  he charming but very candid about his life and career.

I have never put this interview on YouTube so no one has seen it since 1977. Now that the new Star Wars has made lots of money I offered for sale this seven minute Ford interview to Disney as the missing piece to go along with the screen tests for their archive and in true Hollywood fashion I never heard back. I am hoping someone will want to buy it as I am not planning on showing it to anyone. This is just another tale from the Hollywood trenches. 

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