Links of the Week: Oscar Picks, George Constanza, and the Slow Growth of TV on the Internet

By: Brett Fuller Last Updated: March 5, 2010

Well, the Oscars are this weekend, and thanks to The Dark Knight rule, there are plenty of contenders for that big prize, "Best Picture". I usually try and see each of the movies before hand, but since they expanded it to 10, there was no way I'd have a chance to see them all.

I did see Avatar (meh), Inglorious Basterds (entertaining), Up (loved it), and Up in the Air (loved it). So, quickly, I'll peer in to my crystal ball and pick out the winners for you, so you don't have to watch Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin on Sunday:

  • Best Picture
    • Who will win: Avatar - Too big to fail
    • Who should win: Up in the Air - Best movie I saw this year
  • Best Director:
    • Who will win: The Hurt Locker - everyone is voting for her because she's female (and apparently the movie was good too)
    • Who should win: Up in the Air - just because I didn't see Hurt Locker, Up in the Air was the best movie I saw this year
  • Best Actor:
    • Who will win: Jeff Bridges - because everyone seemed to have decided this.
    • Who should win: Jeff Bridges - I'll take their word on this one
  • Supporting Actor:
    • Who will win: Christopher Waltz - I thought he was great in the movie.
    • Who should win: Christopher Waltz
  • Best Actress (note: I saw none of these movies, so I'm guessing)
    • Who will win: Carey Mulligan - just a theory...
    • Who should win: Meryl Streep: Because she's Meryl Streep
  • Best Supporting Actress:
    • Who will win: Mo'Nique- because everyone else says so
    • Who should win: Vera Farmiga - because she was really good in Up in the Air.

Here are the Links of the Week:

ESPN's 30 for 30 documentaries are coming back soon. I really enjoyed the first set, they took a couple of months off, and now the "Big Guns" are coming in. I really enjoy these as a sports fan because they often tell under-rated or under-reported stories that I didn't know about. Take the Hank Gathers doc coming up. This happened in 1990- how have I gone 20 years and never heard about it? I was four when that happened, but 19 years go by and I never hear of it once?

I promise, after this video you'll never look at George Constanza the same way again...

Last week I complained about the state of music today. Looking at Rolling Stone's Spring Music Preview 2010, I was not complaining about nothing...

This week, Viacom announced that they will take off The Daily Show and the Colbert Report off of Hulu, two of the site's most popular shows. This is a setback for the TV-to-Internet era. I am of the opinion that the only way TV-to-Internet will ever truly take off (meaning, truly supported by advertising revenue), there needs to be a ton of content in one place (thus, bumping up page views). When a one video is on NBC.com another is on ComedyCentral.com, and another is on PortageLife.com, it just makes it that much harder on the user.

Yesterday, the "Championship Week" for college basketball officially began, signifying the start of MARCH MADDNESS. IT'S HERE! IT'S FINALLY HERE! Here's the entire TV schedule of every game, plus their announcers.

Dear Colts fans,

Just over a month ago, Peyton Manning threw an interception and choked away the Super Bowl. Here is a Techmo Bowl recreation. That is all.

Sincerely,
Bears fan.

And your video of the week is amazing: