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Seth MacFarlane: Oscar Threat Or Menace?

In arts, film, Film and Related, Just Because..., screenplays, writing on February 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Well, Seth Mac Farlane had his turn at hosting the Academy Awards® ceremony last night.  The reviews were, to put it generously, mixed.

Personal opinion?  I didn’t much have a problem with him.  He did better than Letterman (remember “Uma… Oprah.  Oprah… Uma.”?)  did.

Critics are going to find fault with everybody… even if Bob Hope or Johnny Carson came back from the dead to host the awards, there would be people criticizing.

So be it.

The surprises of the night (for me, at least) were the wins for Anna Karenina and Life of Pi – and Argo winning Best Picture.

Jennifer Lawrence?  Christoph Waltz?  Anne Hathaway?  Okay… I can deal with that.  Searching for Sugar Man?  A happy time… since Rodriguez, the subject, actually lives here in the D.  Skyfall as Best Song?  Sure.

Argo winning Best Adapted Screenplay?  Tarantino winning Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained?  I can deal.

Ben Affleck getting shut out of the Best Director nominations?  Spielberg losing to Ang Lee?  Hey, these things happen.

The Best Sound Editing tie between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall was a surprise… there usually aren’t ties in Oscar® voting.

It just goes to show you that award shows are funny (not in the sense of humorous, but in the sense of odd)… they don’t always listen to the same “conventional wisdom” that gets put out in the hype for these shows.

Discuss among yourselves.

The Oscars Are Coming! The Oscars Are Coming!

In activity, blogging, film, Film and Related, Just Because..., Roughly About Films, writing on February 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

On Sunday evening, at about 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, which is about 7:00 PM here in Detroit, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 85th Academy Awards® at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Back in the mists of time, when I was just a youngster, the show was the ultimate in what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to be one day. Now, after several decades, and roadblocks galore, I find myself no closer to that goal than I ever was.
The only thing in my way now is myself; I have learned the technical tricks to get a film made, and some of the ways to promote it so it’s seen. I have the tools, I (supposedly) have the talent, but it remains to be seen if I have the WILL.
Could I win an Oscar®? Sure. Anything can happen; events have proven this over the years.
Will I? That will depend entirely on whether or not I can get the motivation together to get out and DO something.
To DO… or not to do…
THAT is the problem.
More later…

Oscars® And Me…

In Film and Related, Roughly About Films on March 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 84th Academy Awards ceremony nine days ago.  By now, the dust has settled, I should think, and it’s time for me to chime in with my two kopecks worth.

Between Hugo and The Artist, they took up a good bit of the time of the ceremony.  This is not a bad thing, as I see it… Between Marty Scorsese and Michel Orthographically-Difficult, these were, in my opinion, the two strongest choices for Best Director and Best Picture.  The fact that The Artist won is not a slur on Scorsese, in my opinion.  In any other year, he’d have walked home with all the marbles.

Jean Dujardin for Best Actor?  I can see it.  The clips show someone who combines the looks of a Rudolph Valentino with the grace and charisma of a Douglas Fairbanks; nobody outdid him, I’d say.

Meryl’s got another one, Christopher Plummer’s finally got one, and Octavia Spencer broke us up (or down, if you prefer) with her speech.

Rob Legato winning for Visual FX is wonderful, especially since (as related in Creative Cow Magazine) he did a lot of those effects “old school”.

And finally, Billy… He’s back, and I, for one, hope he doesn’t go away again.  Franco/Hathaway last year, and some of the other ones (except for Whoopi) were just excruciating.

(Eddie Murphy?  Don’t make me laugh… not that he’s shown any inclination to, recently.)

Oh, well… back to it for next year, guys!

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