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This has been bugging me. I'd say the two hardest categories to predict this year are, of all things, Best Costume Design and Best Documentary Feature. Guy worked through the former today, while I worked through the latter yesterday.
But Best Cinematography is also something I keep circling back around to. I can't figure out where the spoils will fall. I have 20 bucks on this with Anne, who is taking the same route just about everyone else is and expects ASC winner "The Tree of Life" to win.
It's obviously the safe call. And ASC has matched up with the Oscar winner 10 out of the 26 years it has been dishing out kudos. Lately it's been on a bit of an every-other-year pattern. Last year's ASC winner, "Inception," went on to take the Oscar. Not only that, of course, but Emmanuel Lubezki's work in "The Tree of Life" has nearly run the table with precursor awards and would have turned in a perfect score if BAFTA hadn't awarded "The Artist" and the North Texas and Utah crowds hadn't gone their own ways with "War Horse" and "Drive" respectively (and the former tying "The Tree of Life" at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards). That's a pretty powerful narrative that screams: This film is all about the visuals.
Well, who knew? It turns out Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is a Whitney Houston fan. Last night, as his encore at his show at the Masonic Hall in SanFrancisco, Cornell sung a version of “I Will Always Love You,” accompanied himself on acoustic guitar.
It’s ragged and wooly, and we can’t tell if Cornell is reading the lyrics off a crib sheet on the floor, but it’s a lovely tribute. He never mentions Houston (or the song’s writer, Dolly Parton, by name), but there’s no mistaking to whom he is paying homage.
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The 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards were held this evening, and "The Help" was the big winner, taking down three prizes for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. "Jumping the Broom" also brought in two performances awards. Check out the full list of winners below.
(The Oscar Guide will be your chaperone through the Academy's 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 26, with the Best Picture finale on Saturday, February 25.)
If there’s one technical branch in the Academy that can be trusted above all others to prioritize the craft ahead of the film, it’s the costume designers: where others often merely check off consensus frontrunners, they routinely single out outstandingly costumed films with little to no buzz in any other race, whether it’s as highbrow as “I Am Love” or as downright dodgy as “Troy.”
They’ve certainly lived up to that reputation this year. Not only are three of the five nominees listed in this category alone, but two of them were widely panned by critics: nominating them seems a subtle assertion of independence on the voters’ part, particularly when they had the safer option of nominating less distinctive period garb from Best Picture nominees like “Midnight in Paris” and Costume Designers’ Guild nominee “The Help.” As is stands, only four of the Guild’s choices made the cut, as the Academy came to the rescue of arguably the baitiest threads of the bunch.
The nominees are...
Solo cups, the Toronto thug life, wolves and a tear-jerker: Here is a sampling of music videos floating around today, from Jason Mraz, The Drums, Lil Jon, Tyga and Atmosphere.
How did Captain Hook get his hook? Skrillex has some idea.
The recent Grammy Award winner has released the music video for the title track to his brand new EP "Bangarang," and not only do things go bang: they go boom.
Lost Boys take the shape of the nasty neighborhood trouble-making kid-gang, those damn kids who kicked the back of your seat on the bus (cut it out). The local ice cream man -- who is, by the way, evil, because he eats too much ice cream and has a mustache -- is then hoodwinked by the crew. Fast-forward through some morally questionable upbringing, and you have all the handsome stars from your favorite new action film.
It's an entertaining spin on an old tale, though the violence may have you questioning your own sympathies for the ol' Hook Hand.
Earlier this week, Michael Cieply wrote a thorough enough piece at The New York Times explaining what we know, but mostly what we don't know, about the upcoming Oscar telecast.
Typically by this time, we have things like stage sketches and quotes from the producers expressing various intents with the annual broadcast by this time. This year? Not so much (though it was announced they'd be yanking the original song performances).
In the wake of Ratnergate, perhaps the Academy has felt it better to just keep its head down, push through and get on the other side of things without drawing a lot of attention to the process. But producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer "have been conspicuously silent on [the show's] themes, challenges and the presumably fresh approach they will take," Cieply writes. Nevertheless, some things are now beginning to bubble up.
May we be the 1000th person to say, “What’s my age again?” in reference to today’s news that Blink-182 will embark on a 20th anniversary tour this year.
Could it really be 20 years ago? The perpetual adolescents, some of whom are daddies now, will hit the road to celebrate two decades of arrested development on May 15 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., according to Punknews.org.
The tour, will include stops at NJ’s Bamboozle fest, but so far most of the dates are in Europe.
Whether you like it or not, it's been a week of Chris Brown. From his controversial, multiple appearances at the Grammy Awards to rumors of his extremely unfunny pickup line to anonymous sources confirming he'll be on Rihnna's "Birthday Cake" to his bratty deleted Tweets, the rapper/R&B singer has been popping up.
And trying to break out. Again. And "Turn Up the Music" will help.
The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech at the 54th annual Grammys, which boiled down to “keep it real,” has been repeated and shared millions of times since then and praised for words from a true rock and roll believer. But it has also been pounced on by folks who felt he was dissing basically everyone else who makes music, especially those who use a computer to do it.
So today, Grohl, who as readers know, is not just one of my favorite musicians, but he is, as you might imagine, a great interview, felt the need to clarify—and amplify upon—his speech. And he threw in cultural references to a Clint Eastwood movie and a Van Halen song to boot. It's very amusing and a fun read, but it makes us sad that what was truly a wonderful moment of self expression at the Grammys turned him into a lightning rod for criticism.
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