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February 2007

Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 26, 2007 | 4:35 PM
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Oscar Wrap Up

I actually liked Ellen as the host.  I thought she was funny and entertaining.  I was not crazy about the Pilobolus dance group.  I thought it all seemed sort of prententious.  Just my opinion though.  I didn’t like the Michael Mann “America” clip package.  It seemed really unnecessary and served to only take up even MORE time in a show that was already running very long.  I liked that they had Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith introduce the short film Oscars.  They were very cute.  I didn’t like the Celine Dion song, but then again I’m not really a fan of hers.  I would sort of lump her in the same catagory (or Vegas act as it were) with the Pilobolus dancers.  The problem is that the Oscar show seems to ALWAYS be struggling every year to find a new, fresh and interesting approach.  Remember a few years ago when they gave out awards in the aisles?  That was the same year they also had some nominees line up on stage like spelling bee contestants.  All of those choices were simply awful.  Then they’ve tried to throw in interpretive dancing, which has not fared any better.  Remember last year when they had those dancers twirling out of the burning car for CRASH?  That was jaw droppingly awful.  I guess I have to give them some credit for at least trying new things.  I heard that Sacha Baron Cohen was asked to present, but he would only agree to do so as “Borat”.  When they said no, he declined.  HELL, I would have loved that!  I’d even like to see him host the show.  That would really set the Academy on it’s ear!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the biggest problem with the Oscars is that there are few surprises and it all feels incredibly anti-climatic!  Given the amount of shows that lead up to it—the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and endless Critic’s Awards…the Oscars just feel like more of the same.  I wish all other award shows could be banished and that Oscar was the only one.  The stakes would be higher and for me that would be far more interesting.  This is just my 2 cents.

As for the winners, I was thrilled that THE DANISH POET won best animated short film.  It was most favorite one.  It seemed to have the most personal touch and the greatest amount of heart.  I was glad AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH won as well.  That is a very important film that everyone (Republicans and Democrats) need to see.  I was glad that Alan Arkin won for Supporting Actor.  The other acting winners were great too, but very predictable.  They were all well deserved though.  I do have to admit that as much as I love Forest Whitaker, I was very sad to see Peter O’Toole loose.  He is without question one of the greatest actors in film history.  If he had never done another film ever after LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, his place in film history would have been secure.  That performance was legendary.  Many of his performances have been!  He looked so thin and frail on many of the talk shows leading up to the awards.  It made me feel sad that he was having to go through all of that in his condition.  I was also glad THE LIVES OF OTHERS won the Foreign Film Oscar, but this was such an amazingly difficult year for that catagory!  It is so hard to believe that VOLVER wasn’t even nominated for that award.  There were many fantastic foreign films this past year.

All in all, I enjoy watching the Oscars.  I love the tradition, history and pagentry of it….even if it does run almost 4 hours long.


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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 17, 2007 | 11:15 PM
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Field Trip-2006 Academy Award Nominated ANIMATED SHORT FILMS!




WHAT:

The 2006 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS

See all five of the nominees for this year’s Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Short! Second- guess the Academy voters! This year?s selection includes three shorts from the United States: Gary Rydstrom?s Lifted, Roger Allers & Don Hahn?s The Little Matchgirl and Chris Renaud & Michael Thurmeier?s No Time for Nuts; plus Torill Kove?s The Danish Poet from Norway and Canada; and Geza M. Toth?s Maestro from Hungary. This program will also contain additional animated highlights from 2006!


WHEN: Wednesday, February 21st at 7:30pm


WHERE:

Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
(Just west of the 405 Freeway)
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 281-8223


Tickets are $9.50


After the film we will have dinner and discussion at Cafe 50s down the street.

RSVP to me if you’d like to attend. I’ll be in the lobby before the show starts so you can find me.

Tell your friends and keep spreading the word about FilmRadar!

Karie Bible
FilmRadar.com

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