February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Why Hugh Jackman should always host the Oscars
February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Let me count the ways. Award season is so much fun. You all know my love and adoration for popular culture (movies especially!) so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I am that the first two months of the year are always dedicated to reviewing, critiquing, and talking about movies. Just splendid. I know I have been reviewing Best Picture winners prior to an event but I figured for the mother of all awards we’d simply celebrate and I’d give you some fun facts! You know, interesting information you can share at parties to make yourself seem more informed and intellectual.
– The Academy Award statuette is 8.5lbs and 13.5in tall
– The Academy Awards began in 1929
– The name “Oscar” comes from Margaret Herrick, the academy librarian, who thought the statue looked like her uncle Oscar. (or so they say…)
– They were aired on a Sunday for the first (and ever since!) in 1999
– Walt Disney has won the most Oscars at 26 statuettes
– Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won all 11 awards for which it was nominated. This along with Ben-Hurr and Titanic hold the title of most awards won in one year
– Titanic was nominated 14 times in its year
– Meryl Streep has been nominated the most times with 13
– Adrien Brody is the youngest to win Best Actor. He was 29 at the time
– The youngest actress to win an Oscar was Tatum O’Neal. She was 10 when she won in 1973.
– Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar (1940); Sydney Poitier was the first black man (1963).
– Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director in 2010 (you go girl!)
– The first technicolor telecast of the Oscars was in 1966
The Impressive “Did You Know”‘s
– Beauty and the Beast, Up and Toy Story 3 are the only animated movies that have been nominated for Best Picture
– The Godfather: Part II is the only sequel to have won Best Picture
– Seven of the Best Actress winners in the last 11 years have been based on real people
– In 1932 Wallace Beery and Fredric March were tied for Best Actor
January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Turns out the SAG awards are tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll get to watch them, but forgive me if I miss them. At least you’re getting this post! Super fast update on the life of the writer: first week of class down and things are going well. Busy as ever, but nevertheless things are good. I watched 4 new movies this weekend. And will review them by request! – Another Earth, Our Idiot Brother, Beginners, Door in the Floor. Or I’ll just pick one in the next week or so and just write a little ditty. But I digress. Onward!
Tonight’s movie won best picture in 1998. Yes, I was 7. Spectacular film that so many people forget about. Everyone and their acting school roommate are in this movie, but not in a Valentine’s Day way. Like in a “Geoffrey-Rush-invited-all-his-friends” way. A poetic story of how Will Shakespeare might have written Romeo and Juliet– a beautiful, inspirational romance, a fantastic cast, the perfect mix of romance and witty comedy. Judi Dench is the queen of the world. Gwyneth Paltrow is charming as usual.
In the scene below, the cast is performing Romeo and Juliet for the first time and their Juliet just hits puberty and no longer has his high pitched girly voice. Gwyneth Paltrow – who had been practicing under cover as a man for weeks gets called to the stage and for the first time a woman performs in the theater.
In other Oscar news:
– Cate Blanchett was nominate for “Elizabeth” and Judi Dench was nominated for “Shakespeare in Love” – each for playing the same character, Queen Elizabeth I. Only once before had two actors been nominated in the same year for playing the same character: Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart for playing Rose in “Titanic”
– This was the first year The Oscar’s were aired on a Sunday
– Roberto Benigni makes the best acceptance speech ever for being in “Life is Beautiful”
January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
Such a bland title today. I was pleasantly surprised with last night’s awards. Again, I am not up-to-date with many of most of the movies that were nominated (damn you limited release movies and empty bank account!). So let’s discuss a few thoughts:
– Ricky Gervais was fantastic. Just enough ridicule to make you feel uncomfortable but not embarrassed for him. However, as the night progressed, his jokes just got sloppy.
– The presenters were delightful and had just enough banter. Well done, banter writers.
– The speeches.. were not so great. Almost every acceptance speech was lengthy and boring and wordy and unnecessary. But George Clooney, oh George, he was classy and well spoken and short and charming. Let’s date? (see what I did there? I’m respecting his choice not to marry)
– Helen Mirren is still smokin’ hot
– Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look at each other like there is no one else on the planet. Every time one of them was on stage, the other smiled like they’ve never seen anyone so lovely. True love and adoration do still exist in Hollywood.
– Tina Fey is the funniest person on the planet. Hands down.
– Modern Family should always win. They are a hilarious group of super good looking people.
– Peter Dinklage is a spectacular human being. And everyone should want to be friends with him
– Most everyone looked fantastic:
January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Way back in the dark ages when Mel Gibson wasn’t walking the streets of Hollywood like a crazy drunk, he was actually a little decent in movies. Based on a true story, this movie tells the story of Scotland’s freedom from and triumph over Britain. Everything about this film gets me excited. The music, the filming, the writing. It’s all so liberating and motivating. It’s a beautiful story of a man’s love for his wife and nation.
The passion and determination William Wallace (Mel Gibson) has for his country’s people is inspiring and heartbreaking. This movie will bring you to tears I promise you.
In other news, my sincere apologies for no post on the People’s Choice Awards. It sucked so badly that I couldn’t bring myself to talk about it. However, tonight’s event is much larger and I will have plenty to say afterward I’m sure.
January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
First, to all of you out there making bets that I wouldn’t post on time: hand over the cash, I’m giving you a review!
Second, People’s Choice Awards is on tomorrow night 9pm ET on CBS. Don’t miss it. And after you watch it you’re going to post your thoughts on this blog entry. Deal? Excellent.
And now, the beginning of the best picture reviews. Beginning with 2003’s winner: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. To my knowledge you have not had the privilege of seeing my dorky side. But after this you’ll be able to see that I’m much cooler than you thought. And by cooler I mean kind of a nerd.
This movie, the only LOTR that won a best picture was fantastic. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen it so you’ll have to forgive me some of the details. The cinematography and effects in this film are absolutely unreal. Something you can only understand by watching it. The story line is gripping, emotional, shows incredible camaraderie and heart. In its year, this movie was nominated for 11 awards at the Oscar’s. And won every. single. one. Still don’t want to watch it? Orlando Bloom is a total dreamboat. Yeah I’m not a fan either. But, there’s a plethora of attractive men to look at it. Don’t knock the fantasy genre till you watch it. This is the kind of movie you just can’t hate.
In other 2003 Oscar news, Billy Crystal was hosting for the 8th time, his 9th being this year’s awards. Sophia Coppola (daughter of Francis Ford Coppola) became the first American woman to be nominated for directing with Lost in Translation. And Finding Nemo won for Best Animated Feature. Because, well, Pixar kicks ass.
There ya have it, the first edition of our Academy Award reviews. I’ll be tweeting during People’s Choice and blogging on Thursday!
I <3 award season (I swear I’m not 12).
January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
One week left of break and I’ve barely posted. Yikes. Sorry about that. And this isn’t a real post either. So, sorry again. However! Things are looking up and I am absolutely, positively posting some exciting things these next few weeks:
Award season is quickly approaching (kinda snuck up on me this year) and I plan to leisurely enjoy them this year. I get to watch The Peoples’ Choice Awards AND The Golden Globes with my pops so I’m thrilled. Sadly, I have not had the opportunity to view many of the films nominated for this year’s prestigious awards. So instead of making the normal predictions, we’re doing something a little different.
To make up for never posting (too little, too late? I can only hope you find it endearing), prior to each award show I will review a best picture winner within the last decade or so. Time to give you guys a little culture! In addition to your cinematic history lesson – I swear it will be much more interesting than that – I will discuss the award show after viewing it. We’ll talk fashion, hosts, presenters, winners, etc. etc.
So please, please, please do me a favor: post a question, thoughts, comments you have on the awards and I will be sure to address each and every one.
That’s it for now, but I give you my sincerest promise that you won’t be able to keep up with the amount of posting I’ll be doing.