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The Oscars
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:33:32 pm »
Before our collective memories of this year's Oscars starts to fade, I thought some might enjoy reading this graded list of the acceptance speeches just published in the New Yorker on-liine magazine. I was very glad that Daniel Day Lewis got the only A+ but Ang Lee was not far behind:

There are infinite ways to bomb an Oscar speech. Common pitfalls include self-aggrandizement (King of the World James Cameron), excessive weepiness (Gwyneth Paltrow), and sheer who-invited-this-person weirdness (Melissa Leo). Some are passive-aggressive (Shirley MacLaine, who thanked Debra Winger for her “turbulent brilliance”). Some are strident (Vanessa Redgrave, who chided “Zionist hoodlums”). Some are unsettling (Angelina Jolie, who declared herself “so in love with my brother right now”). At their best, they offer a jolt of liberating mania (Roberto Benigni), or a banquet of finely calibrated self-deprecation, gratitude, and poise (Meryl Streep, whose speeches are perfect and deserve their own awards).

So how did last night’s winners do? I should mention up front that extra points went to people with adorable accents.

Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor: Waltz kicked off the evening with short and classy speech that acknowledged his competitors without condescension, and his collaborators without obligation. Speaking of his director, he said, “We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin.” Anyone who can make Quentin Tarantino seem like a selfless underdog knows his way around a speech. Plus: adorable accent. A-

Michael Haneke, Best Foreign Language Film: “Sank you to my wife.” B+

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress: All of us who have been following Hathaway’s ingratiating march through the awards season were bracing for the inevitable. Sure, that saccharine “It came true” was a step up from “Blerg,” the opening line from her Golden Globe speech. But the whole thing smacked of endless nights rehearsing in front of the mirror. After a dutifully memorized laundry list of names, Hathaway closed with the wish that “someday in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories.” I’m sure all the consumptive French prostitutes with bad dentistry who were watching the Oscars appreciated that. C+

Adele, Best Song: Meanwhile, if you’re going to do teary-eyed earnestness, do it like Adele. She was gracious and disarming and—always a plus—brief. Loved that final arm wave to the auditorium with the line, “You’re all amazing as well!” B+

Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay: If you happen to find Tarantino’s rubber-faced self-mythologizing completely intolerable, this speech was not for you. Take note: humility is not thanking your actors by saying, “Boy, this time did I do it.” Nor is it necessary to point out that Charlize Theron is your neighbor. After talking over the “Gone with the Wind” play-off music (where’s “Jaws” when you need it?), Tarantino declared 2013 “the writer’s year, man” and signed off with an icky “peace out.” C

Ang Lee, Best Director: The menschiest speech of the night belonged to Lee, who began by thanking the “Movie God” and his cast, whom he called “the golden statue in my heart.” Coming from anyone else, these sentiments might have grated, but Lee seems to truly prize his moviemaking family. (Ronan Farrow, son of Woody Allen, agreed, tweeting, “Let’s be real, if we could pick our legendary director dads, we’d go with Ang Lee, right guys?” Ouch.) Extra credit for thanking Taiwan. Namaste. A

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress: At this point in the night, the ceremony desperately needed some spontaneity, so Lawrence’s tumble over her gigantic Scarlett O’Hara skirt was not unwelcome. She recovered quickly, saying, “You guys are just standing up ’cause you feel bad that I fell.” Aside from that, her speech was unmemorable if sweet: she thanked whom she needed to thank (which apparently didn’t include David O. Russell), wished Emmanuelle Riva a happy birthday, and seemed genuinely, breathlessly shocked. B+

Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor: Ladies and gentlemen, this is how to give an Oscar speech. Maybe it was magical Oscar dust from Meryl Streep, who gave Day-Lewis a big smooch that left his cheek smeared with lipstick. But this speech had it all: convincing humility, a slam-dunk bit about switching roles with Streep in “The Iron Lady” (and, yes, major points for making this a Meryl Streep speech by proxy), and heartfelt shout-outs to his wife, Steven Spielberg, and the “mysteriously beautiful mind, body, and spirit of Abraham Lincoln.” That’s how to thank someone from the nineteenth century, Anne. A+

Ben Affleck, Best Picture: Speaking like someone who has seen the best and worst of Hollywood, a snubbed-no-more Affleck described how the movie industry will pick you up, knock you down, and lift you back up again. After hours of Seth MacFarlane’s frat-boy comedy, cruise-line commercials, piano-bar bait, and William Shatner, we’d all been on a rocky journey, so this felt apt. Affleck spoke lightning-fast, but at that point it was practically Monday so all the better. Extra points for thanking Canada, Iran, and “my wife, who I normally don’t associate with Iran.” B+

Special Mentions: The two guys with Morlock hair who tied for Best Sound Editing; Chris Terrio, who dedicated his Best Adapted Screenplay award to those who “use creativity and intelligence to solve problems nonviolently.” After last night, that group does not include Seth MacFarlane.



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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 04:53:13 pm »
awwww, I liked Anne's speech.

Oh well!


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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 03:50:02 pm »
Only a few hours left to the red carpet..... time to revival the Oscars thread. I guess we won´t be seeing many BBM folks this year, but I am hoping Ellen will do a fantastic job hosting the event. But it would have been nice to have seen Jake nominated for Prisoners.

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 11:12:06 pm »
I can't help but think of Heath Ledger and Phillip Seymore Hoffman sitting in the audience only eight years ago...

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 01:26:50 am »
I thought Ellen did well in the opening monologue, but after that it was downhill.  No jokes, just bits in the audience that were less than compelling.  And the special performances, like the Wizard of Oz tribute and the clips of "heroes" were kind of a yawn.  I was pleased at the winners, though.  Just about everyone won that I was rooting for, Cate Blanchett especially. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 06:50:53 pm »
I kind of agree with you Meryl.  I wasn't very into it this year.  I thought Ellen did a great opening monologue, liked the "group selfie" bit, as well as the pizza bit, but some of it was just.....meh.


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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014, 09:20:50 am »


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2014, 08:15:39 pm »
I've always been fascinated by film stars, so it was only natural that I sat glued to the tv for the Oscars. Over here in Australia, the live telecast started at 11.30am Monday morning and went through till 3pm in the afternoon...and I watched it all.

I thought Ellen did a good job, I like her subtle cheeky humour, and most of it gave me a giggle.

Of course I was proud to see the Australians who won awards, but wasn't that enthused about Kate's speech, didn't seem heartrfelt like some of the other speeches.

The speeches of Matthew McConoughey and Jared Leto, I thought were wonderful and honest, which made me glad they had won.

The appearance of Kim Novak, made me embarrassed for her, still not knowing why she was called on to be a presenter, except to show the younger starlets what a disaster plastic surgery can be. The same goes for Goldie Horn, who has always had a beautiful face, yet now filled with botox, looks awful. Why cant she age gracefully and with dignity like her partner Kurt Russell.

I enjoyed the songs that were nominated, which were performed brilliantly, and was glad to see the audience appreciate them.

Sorry that there were very few of the the "old school" actors who are usually familiar faces at the Oscars.

I do love oggling the dresses as well as all the eye candy like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie my favourites.

The standout for me for the night, was Sidney Poitier, looking a bit feeble now, but as soon as he opened his mouth to speak, the familiar dignity and poise  in his voice shone through like it always does, and made him stand tall and proud like he always has.

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2014, 08:54:11 pm »
Matthew McConaughey is getting flak for not mentioning the man he portrayed in "Dallas Buyers Club" at all or the AIDS battle in his acceptance speech.

OK, bit of a miss there, but then he talked about god in his speech, so I'm sure he just wanted to avoid opening a can of worms.

Can't really fault him.  He's worked long and hard to get to where he was and as far as I'm concerned, he can talk about whatever he wants.

Cate Blanchett rambled.

Jared Leto - SO happy to see him win, some people lived a charmed life, you know?  Hasn't acted in 5 years, someone thinks of him for a role, sends the script to him, he likes it, and bang!  He wins an  Oscar.  I'm glad he was first up as he rambled a lot. I'm going to have to Google Venezuela to figure out what's going on there, that he bothered to mention them.  :-\

Ellen seemed a bit distant, but she didn't humiliate people, her humor was mild and the pizza thing was sort of awkward.  Those are $6000 frocks the women are wearing and she ordered pizza.

I got to see my favorites

Benedict Cumberbatch got a seat next to Angelina and Brad, not bad for his first trip to the Oscars and his Photobomb of U2 is the most popular going round.

Always happy to see Ewan McGregor. Man never seems to age.  Looks better every time I see him.

Chris Evans was pleasant surprise if he ever shaves that dead animal off his face.  I get it, I get it, you don't want to be a pretty boy and want to be taken seriously as a manly man and a talent and not on your looks...but c'mon, you ARE good looking.  Embrace it.

WTF was up with Liza Minelli?  She grabbed that Lupita girl like it was her last chance of getting in the tabloids...which it probably was.  Learn some class and grace, Liza.

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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2014, 09:17:56 pm »
Jared Leto - SO happy to see him win, some people lived a charmed life, you know?  Hasn't acted in 5 years, someone thinks of him for a role, sends the script to him, he likes it, and bang!  He wins an  Oscar.  I'm glad he was first up as he rambled a lot. I'm going to have to Google Venezuela to figure out what's going on there, that he bothered to mention them.  :-\

As someone commented in yesterday morning's newspaper, Jordan Catalano is now an Oscar winner.  ;D
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2014, 09:22:56 pm »
The appearance of Kim Novak, made me embarrassed for her, still not knowing why she was called on to be a presenter, except to show the younger starlets what a disaster plastic surgery can be. The same goes for Goldie Horn, who has always had a beautiful face, yet now filled with botox, looks awful. Why cant she age gracefully and with dignity like her partner Kurt Russell.

Melanie Griffith is another one. She's doing a guest stint right now on the reboot of Hawaii Five-O (stars Aussie hunk Alex O'Loughlin), and she looks like a fright.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2014, 08:18:20 am »
Ellen was hosting, so I wanted to watch.  I must confess that after Jared Leto won his award, I promptly fell asleep and missed most of the show...  Oh well...

I woke up in time to see the end of the show and most of the major awards (I did miss Lupito Nyong'o's win). Because I was sleeping in the middle, my experience was that it all seemed over and done very quickly! 

(I totally missed the whole Pink/Wizard of Oz thing, the pizza man, Kim Novak,...) 

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2014, 09:17:50 am »
(I totally missed the whole Pink/Wizard of Oz thing, the pizza man, Kim Novak,...) 

I had originally forgotten that P!nk was gonna be there, and when the Wizard of Oz stuff started, my immediate fear was that Liza and Lorna were going to take the stage.  Thankfully, we got P!nk.

I want to know who told Liza it would be good to streak her hair blue to match her dress?




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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2014, 11:05:53 am »
I totally missed the whole Pink/Wizard of Oz thing

Friend of mine at work said Pink "totally nailed" Over the Rainbow--and this is from a woman who is nearly retirement age.



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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2014, 01:45:30 pm »
"I'll get you, my pretty!"


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« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2014, 02:40:30 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2014, 03:17:59 pm »

Reminds me of Adele Dazeem

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I checked the link, which confirmed my guess. Earlier this week I saw a commercial for Letterman that mentioned "Ten Ways to Mispronounce Idina Menzel."
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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2014, 04:34:08 pm »
My opera singer friends on Facebook were in two camps about Pink's rendition of "Over the Rainbow."  Some defended her as a favorite rock singer, others were super annoyed at her complete disregard of phrasing and her taking breaths at odd moments.  Someone wondered why they didn't just ask Bette Midler to sing it.  Although I though Pink was in command and admirably composed, I think they could have made a better choice.
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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2014, 05:26:08 pm »
My opera singer friends on Facebook were in two camps about Pink's rendition of "Over the Rainbow."  Some defended her as a favorite rock singer, others were super annoyed at her complete disregard of phrasing and her taking breaths at odd moments.  Someone wondered why they didn't just ask Bette Midler to sing it.  Although I though Pink was in command and admirably composed, I think they could have made a better choice.

I'm sure Bette could have knocked it out of the park.
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2014, 05:36:36 pm »
I'm sure Bette could have knocked it out of the park.

Yes, I agree......"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is a beautiful haunting song and it didn't come out that way with Pink...Bette could have done it much much better...
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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2014, 08:51:37 pm »
Grumpy Cat, Legos Parody Ellen's Oscars Selfie

By MICHAEL ROTHMAN
 

Just as soon as Ellen DeGeneres snapped her infamous Oscar selfie, people started posting parodies of the A-lister group shot that included Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep.

It's up to 3.2 million retweets.

Now, "The Simpsons" are the latest to get in on the act. The show ran a selfie parody, where Homer is being literally kicked out of the frame by Bradley Cooper.  Jared Leto shared his excitement on Twitter, saying "I've officially joined @TheSimpsons!"  Also yesterday, The Lego Group did a parody of their very own.  And don't forget Grumpy Cat. He needed to hate on the selfie.   And finally, the Peanuts Gang!



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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2014, 08:54:23 pm »
Should We Give Kim Novak a Break on the Oscar Plastic Surgery Hate-Tweeting?

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Yes, Kim Novak’s face shocked us at the Oscars. But did she really deserve all the nip-and-tuck hate-tweeting?

The Oscars are invariably remembered as much (if not more) for the speeches, snafus, and outlandish red carpet outfits as for the awards. Last year, Jennifer Lawrence’s charming tumble over her couture when accepting her Best Actress award generated maximum buzz (Anne Hathaway’s nipples came in close second). This year’s highlights included John Travolta butchering Idina Menzel’s name, Ellen Degeneres’ celebrity group selfie and 81-year-old actress Kim Novak’s face—nipped, tucked, and stiff with silicone.

The Internet gasped in horror—or was it amusement? —when the Vertigo star took the stage with Matthew McConaughey to present the award for Best Animated Feature to Disney’s Frozen (an unfortunate coincidence, generating countless rudimentary puns on social media). A sampling of tweets, including several from well-known figures in the entertainment and media industries: Comedian Nick Youssef joked that “Kim Novak was just safely transported back to the Hollywood Wax Museum”; Chelsea Lately writer Fortune Feimster quipped, “I’m assuming Kim Novak was representing the movie ‘Mask’”; Huffington Post editorial director Howard Fineman broadened the mockery: “#AcademyAward for worst plastic surgery: tie between Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn.”

And blowback against the comments was equally fierce. Newly minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow shot back, “Half the people being cruel about Kim Novak are ten years away from being Kim Novak.” Actress Rose McGowan tweeted a picture of the actress in her heyday as a sex symbol, adding, “Self-obsessed and disrespectful, that sums up the Oscar audience.”

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2014, 02:22:54 pm »
In memory of chowhound, I'm rereading his 174 posts. All are memorable, but this one really stands out. Rest in peace, chowhound.

Before our collective memories of this year's Oscars starts to fade, I thought some might enjoy reading this graded list of the acceptance speeches just published in the New Yorker on-liine magazine. I was very glad that Daniel Day Lewis got the only A+ but Ang Lee was not far behind:

There are infinite ways to bomb an Oscar speech. Common pitfalls include self-aggrandizement (King of the World James Cameron), excessive weepiness (Gwyneth Paltrow), and sheer who-invited-this-person weirdness (Melissa Leo). Some are passive-aggressive (Shirley MacLaine, who thanked Debra Winger for her “turbulent brilliance”). Some are strident (Vanessa Redgrave, who chided “Zionist hoodlums”). Some are unsettling (Angelina Jolie, who declared herself “so in love with my brother right now”). At their best, they offer a jolt of liberating mania (Roberto Benigni), or a banquet of finely calibrated self-deprecation, gratitude, and poise (Meryl Streep, whose speeches are perfect and deserve their own awards).

So how did last night’s winners do? I should mention up front that extra points went to people with adorable accents.

Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor: Waltz kicked off the evening with short and classy speech that acknowledged his competitors without condescension, and his collaborators without obligation. Speaking of his director, he said, “We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin.” Anyone who can make Quentin Tarantino seem like a selfless underdog knows his way around a speech. Plus: adorable accent. A-

Michael Haneke, Best Foreign Language Film: “Sank you to my wife.” B+

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress: All of us who have been following Hathaway’s ingratiating march through the awards season were bracing for the inevitable. Sure, that saccharine “It came true” was a step up from “Blerg,” the opening line from her Golden Globe speech. But the whole thing smacked of endless nights rehearsing in front of the mirror. After a dutifully memorized laundry list of names, Hathaway closed with the wish that “someday in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories.” I’m sure all the consumptive French prostitutes with bad dentistry who were watching the Oscars appreciated that. C+

Adele, Best Song: Meanwhile, if you’re going to do teary-eyed earnestness, do it like Adele. She was gracious and disarming and—always a plus—brief. Loved that final arm wave to the auditorium with the line, “You’re all amazing as well!” B+

Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay: If you happen to find Tarantino’s rubber-faced self-mythologizing completely intolerable, this speech was not for you. Take note: humility is not thanking your actors by saying, “Boy, this time did I do it.” Nor is it necessary to point out that Charlize Theron is your neighbor. After talking over the “Gone with the Wind” play-off music (where’s “Jaws” when you need it?), Tarantino declared 2013 “the writer’s year, man” and signed off with an icky “peace out.” C

Ang Lee, Best Director: The menschiest speech of the night belonged to Lee, who began by thanking the “Movie God” and his cast, whom he called “the golden statue in my heart.” Coming from anyone else, these sentiments might have grated, but Lee seems to truly prize his moviemaking family. (Ronan Farrow, son of Woody Allen, agreed, tweeting, “Let’s be real, if we could pick our legendary director dads, we’d go with Ang Lee, right guys?” Ouch.) Extra credit for thanking Taiwan. Namaste. A

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress: At this point in the night, the ceremony desperately needed some spontaneity, so Lawrence’s tumble over her gigantic Scarlett O’Hara skirt was not unwelcome. She recovered quickly, saying, “You guys are just standing up ’cause you feel bad that I fell.” Aside from that, her speech was unmemorable if sweet: she thanked whom she needed to thank (which apparently didn’t include David O. Russell), wished Emmanuelle Riva a happy birthday, and seemed genuinely, breathlessly shocked. B+

Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor: Ladies and gentlemen, this is how to give an Oscar speech. Maybe it was magical Oscar dust from Meryl Streep, who gave Day-Lewis a big smooch that left his cheek smeared with lipstick. But this speech had it all: convincing humility, a slam-dunk bit about switching roles with Streep in “The Iron Lady” (and, yes, major points for making this a Meryl Streep speech by proxy), and heartfelt shout-outs to his wife, Steven Spielberg, and the “mysteriously beautiful mind, body, and spirit of Abraham Lincoln.” That’s how to thank someone from the nineteenth century, Anne. A+

Ben Affleck, Best Picture: Speaking like someone who has seen the best and worst of Hollywood, a snubbed-no-more Affleck described how the movie industry will pick you up, knock you down, and lift you back up again. After hours of Seth MacFarlane’s frat-boy comedy, cruise-line commercials, piano-bar bait, and William Shatner, we’d all been on a rocky journey, so this felt apt. Affleck spoke lightning-fast, but at that point it was practically Monday so all the better. Extra points for thanking Canada, Iran, and “my wife, who I normally don’t associate with Iran.” B+

Special Mentions: The two guys with Morlock hair who tied for Best Sound Editing; Chris Terrio, who dedicated his Best Adapted Screenplay award to those who “use creativity and intelligence to solve problems nonviolently.” After last night, that group does not include Seth MacFarlane.




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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2015, 01:10:31 pm »
Last night I saw all five of the Oscar-nominated live action shorts! My favorite to win is a toss-up between The Butter Lamp and Bugaloo and Graham. Apparently these are all available to watch on a special Oscar TV channel: check this out.
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« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2015, 02:48:34 pm »
Here is a link to the director, Hu Wei's notes for The Butter Lamp. I should be able to figure this film out, since I was near there in 2012!
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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2015, 03:44:49 pm »
anybody else going to an Oscar Party?


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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2015, 09:12:44 pm »
I'm having an Oscar party of me, myself, and I! Join me?
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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2015, 01:35:29 am »
The Oscars disappointed, as always.  :-\
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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2015, 01:51:26 pm »
Last night I saw all five of the Oscar-nominated live action shorts! My favorite to win is a toss-up between The Butter Lamp and Bugaloo and Graham. Apparently these are all available to watch on a special Oscar TV channel: check this out.

Neither of these live action shorts won. Instead, the winner was a British film starring Sally Hawkins as a crisis call-in place volunteer.
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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2015, 01:58:23 pm »
Lady Gaga is getting a big amount of press for her singing last night, she was great.


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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2015, 02:53:50 pm »
Lady Gaga is getting a big amount of press for her singing last night, she was great.

Before I left for work this morning, the Today show ran a teeny-tiny clip of her singing "The Sound of Music." The talking heads were all raving about what a beautiful voice she actually has, and from the tiny bit I heard, I agree with them.
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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2015, 06:44:12 pm »
Before I left for work this morning, the Today show ran a teeny-tiny clip of her singing "The Sound of Music." The talking heads were all raving about what a beautiful voice she actually has, and from the tiny bit I heard, I agree with them.

Here she is:



She gained my respect when I saw a video, a few years ago, of her singing one of her hits basically a capella. She was fantastic.

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« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2015, 10:51:25 pm »
The opera boards were all a-buzz with discussion about Gaga's performance last night. Opinions run the gamut. I thought that she did a good job with repertoire that is not in her wheel house. And I give her credit because I can't think of any other current pop stars who could have done anywhere near as good a job. There were some diction issues, and her breathing was all over the place. But she did display good tone production, and she managed her passagio well. Her acting was nothing more than stock gestures, and she spent too much time with her eyes closed, which passes for emotional intensity in the pop world, but doesn't fly in theatre. The tattoos were utterly distracting.
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« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2015, 01:15:07 pm »
Lady Gaga is great, she is without a doubt both intelligent and gifted.

Very happy to see JK Simmons win. I've been a fan ever since "OZ"
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« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2015, 07:44:10 pm »
The opera boards were all a-buzz with discussion about Gaga's performance last night. Opinions run the gamut. I thought that she did a good job with repertoire that is not in her wheel house. And I give her credit because I can't think of any other current pop stars who could have done anywhere near as good a job. There were some diction issues, and her breathing was all over the place. But she did display good tone production, and she managed her passagio well. Her acting was nothing more than stock gestures, and she spent too much time with her eyes closed, which passes for emotional intensity in the pop world, but doesn't fly in theatre. The tattoos were utterly distracting.

I was at a party and they said the same thing about her tattoos.

I thought that I read somewhere that Gaga is classically trained as a vocalist.  I could be wrong, though.


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« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2016, 06:29:02 pm »
Oscar nominations were announced...ho hum again.  :-\ Why oh why are the Oscars so boring and lily white? Well, I read that the LA Times took a survey and found that academy voters are 94 percent white, 76 percent men and an average of 63 years old. Hmmm, that may explain it.
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« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2016, 12:20:41 am »
I'm sure it does.  Once they die off, and the panel changes, the nominations will change as well.


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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2016, 09:06:30 pm »
I really hope The Weekend wins for best song so that the movie will forever be known as : The Oscar winning Fifty Shades of Grey! Joke aside, it really IS the best song.

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« Reply #38 on: February 13, 2016, 11:19:30 pm »
Nice to hear from you, Gil! I hope it wins too. I'm upset that Far From the Madding Crowd wasn't nominated for costume design. Well, I'm upset about a lot of things, Oscar wise, and that's one of them.
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« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2016, 08:42:47 am »
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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2016, 08:31:05 pm »
I really hope The Weekend wins for best song so that the movie will forever be known as : The Oscar winning Fifty Shades of Grey! Joke aside, it really IS the best song.

I agree, out of all the songs up for the award, The Weeknd is the one that should win.

However, it wasn't my fave song from the soundtrack.  For me, that was Ellie Goulding.

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« Reply #41 on: February 15, 2016, 10:42:29 pm »
Heard on the radio that The Weekend did win!! Yay!!  :D
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« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2016, 01:01:35 am »
Oh. . .maybe the award went to a band called The Weeknd, instead??
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« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2016, 09:19:15 am »
Yes, I believe the artist's name is The  Weeknd, with the 'e' missing.


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« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2016, 09:00:21 pm »
I know what the Weeknd looks like from having seen him in the audience at both the Grammys and the Oscars, but somehow I've managed to have never heard him.

That's not weird for me, though. I'm pretty hit and miss when it comes to keeping up with current popular music.

I did enjoy Kendrick Lamar's performance at the Grammys, though. And I've actually downloaded the Tidal iPhone app, on my son's advice, to listen to Life of Pablo.

And while I'm on the subject, I liked Lady Gaga's rendition of "Til it Happens to You" at the Oscars but hated her Bowie medley at the Grammys.




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Re: The Oscars
« Reply #45 on: March 03, 2016, 09:51:21 am »
I know what the Weeknd looks like from having seen him in the audience at both the Grammys and the Oscars, but somehow I've managed to have never heard him.

That's not weird for me, though. I'm pretty hit and miss when it comes to keeping up with current popular music.

The Weeknd has become quiet the hitmaker lately.

Their first song "Earned It", spent a few weeks  at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and  was the second hit from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Next two singles "I Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills" both hit #1 on the Hot 100 chart.   Current single "In The Night" peaked at #12.

Newest single is "Acquainted", and it's moving up the chart, last week #82, this week #76.


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« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2016, 11:51:40 am »
The Weeknd has become quiet the hitmaker lately.

Their first song "Earned It", spent a few weeks  at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and  was the second hit from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Next two singles "I Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills" both hit #1 on the Hot 100 chart.   Current single "In The Night" peaked at #12.

Newest single is "Acquainted", and it's moving up the chart, last week #82, this week #76.

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« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2016, 01:04:47 pm »
I think they're music is ok.  I listen to it on the radio, but haven't ever purchased any.


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