Five things we're hoping for on tonight's Oscars telecast:
• Here's to producer Laura Ziskin's idea for the online Thank-You Cam and the push to make sure nominees are prepared to give meaningful, interesting and — dare we say it — entertaining acceptance speeches, relegating their laundry lists of thank-yous to the Web site. Now let's pray it works.
• A fresh hosting gig from Ellen DeGeneres. No reruns of the Grammy and Emmy gigs. We need belly-laughs.
• An upset or two. Except for Jennifer Hudson. And we're nervous about this — because a few no-name Academy voters, in pre-Oscars interviews, have voiced their weariness with Jen's accolades leading up to tonight, which means they might have voted for someone else. An anonymous actor in last week's Entertainment Weekly said it this way: "This whole bulls--- with Jennifer Hudson is completely out of hand." Gulp. Don't be a Jen hata!
• A truly wicked iPhone commercial.
• And, hey, we know we're destined for disappointment, but our faith in Hollywood and humanity would enjoy a boost if "Little Miss Sunshine" drove away in its little VW bus with the best picture trophy.