WASHINGTON, February 24, 2013 —Tonight is the night Hollywood rolls out the red carpet and recognizes the film industry’s best efforts for 2012. Steven Spielberg’s take on the last days of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency tops the list with 12 nominations. The star of Spielberg’s film; Daniel Day-Lewis, is a nominee for best actor, and if odds makers are correct, the overwhelming favorite to win.
An incredible method actor who totally immerses himself in his carefully chosen roles, Daniel Day-Lewis could make history as the only man to win three Oscars for best actor. Even more admirable is the fact that he has achieved success on his own terms. Daniel Day-Lewis rarely involves himself in the celebrity aspect of Hollywood, and shuns the industry’s machinations for a quiet life in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. For that reason alone, he has my vote and my admiration. Add to this his channeling of Lincoln in Spielberg’s film, and the Oscar can only be given to Day-Lewis.
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For Walking Dead fans, Andrea will make a peacekeeping trip to the prison tonight. Also, Rick continues with his 50 shades of crazy act, much to the chagrin of his zombie slaying posse.
Elsewhere on basic cable, following the huge success of Discovery Channel’s series; Gold Rush, tonight the network airs a new treasure hunting show. The new program; Silver Rush, focuses on salvaging silver from sunken ships by the crew of Odyssey Marine Exploration. This Tampa-based company made headlines last year when it succeeded in hauling up 48 tons of silver bullion from a 71-year-old shipwreck .
From the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to the bottom of the ocean, tonight’s TV schedule has something for everyone.
All times are EST:
ABC: The Oscars Red Carpet Live: (Live) Guests arrive for the 85th Academy Awards ceremony; Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Rowland host.
CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The 10 remaining teams compete in Bora Bora. One duo’s fear of water leads to extreme panic; and one racer suffers a possible race-ending injury while running to the pit stop.
FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) A distracted Homer allows Santa’s Little Helper to get loose, and the family are furious with his unconcerned attitude, until Grandpa shines some light on things by telling them the story of Homer’s childhood pup, Bongo.
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) A man tickles a stranger with a feather; an elderly woman has an R-rated grocery list.
ABC: 85th Academy Awards: (Live) Honors for achievements in film take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles; Adele, Norah Jones, Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey perform; Seth MacFarlane hosts.
FOX: The Cleveland Show: (Repeat) Cleveland develops a taste for the food at the local shelter, which is much better than what he’s served at home, so he pretends to be homeless and becomes a regular at the facility.
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) Appearing: Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”).
CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) A girl claiming to be Jane’s late daughter surfaces. Meanwhile, a diamond cutter’s homicide is investigated by the CBI.
FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) Peter spins his own tale of the Nativity.
NBC: Saturday Night Live in the ‘2000s: Time and Again: (Repeat) A retrospective that highlights the highs and woes of the late-night show in the 2000s. Featured: clips, backstage anecdotes and interviews with a slew of “SNL” performers, including Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Chris Kattan, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. Also: insight from memorable hosts, such as Alec Baldwin and Christopher Walken.
AMC: The Walking Dead: (New) Rick and the group contemplate their next move after their security has been compromised, while Andrea becomes uncomfortable with the changes under way in Woodbury.
SHOWTIME: Shameless: (New) Fiona is forced to find Frank, and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.
FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) In the Season 8 premiere, Roger turns the attic into a nightclub and inserts Hayley as the main performer, and when she becomes the star attraction and the toast of Langley Falls, Roger begins to see her in a new light. Meanwhile, Stan turns up the macho as he negotiates to buy a new car.
CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) The accountant for drug dealer Lemond Bishop is arrested. Alicia must determine what the Feds want.
SHOWTIME: House of Lies: (New) Marty is tempted by Tamara, and The Pod meets Doug’s girlfriend.
SHOWTIME: Californication: (New) Karen asks Hank to intervene with Becca, and the boys fly to New York.
New episodes of:
Chopped at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
Wild West Alaska at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet
Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC
Silver Rush at 8 and 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on DSC
Gypsy Sisters: Extra Bling at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC
Gator Boys at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
The Worst Cooks in America at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC
Finding Bigfoot at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet
The Talking Dead at 10 p.m. on AMC
Iron Chef America at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Mudcats at 10 p.m. on NGC
Bar Rescue at 10 p.m. on SPIKE
Mob Wives at 10 p.m. on VH1
For movie lovers:
The Lion King on ABCFAM
The Bourne Supremacy on ENC
Adventures in Babysitting at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Iron Man 2 on FX
Battleship on HBO
The Hangover on TBS
Tootsie on TCM
Source Code on TMC
Clash of the Titans on TNT
Avatar on FMC
The Man with the Golden Gun on REELZ
Jackass: The Movie on MTV
Days of Thunder at 9:15 p.m. on CMT
Heat at 9:50 p.m. on ENC
Saving Private Ryan at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 on STARZ
Footloose at 10 p.m. on SUND
Kramer vs. Kramer at 10:15 p.m. on TCM
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