BERLIN - Heidi, Germany’s cross-eyed celebrity opossum, came up one pick short of perfectly predicting top awards at the Oscars, incorrectly tipping “127 Hours” to win best picture, which instead went to “The King’s Speech.”
The 2-1/2-year-old opossum correctly predicted Natalie Portman (“Black Swan“) to win best actress and Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech“) as best actor during a series of appearances on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show on U.S. broadcaster ABC last week.
Heidi, who lives at the Leipzig Zoo in eastern Germany, attempted to duplicate the success of Germany’s oracle Octopus Paul, who correctly tipped each of Germany’s matches in last year’s soccer World Cup, as well as the final between Spain and Netherlands."Sometimes taking naps"--oddly enough, that's exactly how I watched the excruciatingly unfunny show, helmed this year by a twosome who were arguably the worst hosts ever. (Could James Franco have been more checked-out and wooden? By contrast, a hologram of a long-dead Bob Hope seemed more lifelike. Whereas Anne Hathaway, yang to Franco's zombie-like yin, was over-the-top perky, as if she were playing Miley Cyrus's older sister, Rosanna Montana. And hands up anyone who thinks "As Time Goes By" is really an Obama fave: I didn't buy it for a nano-sec).
“Everything went to plan,” zoo spokeswoman Maria Saegebarth said on Monday of Heidi’s TV appearances. “She took as long as she needed to predict the winners, sometimes taking naps.”...
Update: 1954--it was a very good year.
Update: Franco's woodenness explained--apparently, it was "performance art."
Bad performance. Bad art.
Update: Hard to believe that Franco is in the process of earning a PhD. From Yale.