Oscars 2013 Articles
Thanks for all your emails and tweets yesterday in response to the Oscar wrap-up. Duana and I finally crashed last night around 11pm after dinner with friends at Cooks County where we saw Mark Ruffalo which reminded us...
We didn’t write about Mark Ruffalo!
So we’re making it up to Mark Ruffalo here in the open because he’s the best, even though that Avengers bit was kinda flat -- blame the overall poor direction of the show. There were 5 of them on stage, bookended by RDJ and Sam Jackson and even though that might be hard to frame, when the joke references both of them, it would have been better to give us a wide shot to see both reactions, right?
Still, it didn’t seem to matter. Read Full Intro
Who were the big winners at the Oscars?
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler beat the Oscars. They didn’t just beat Seth MacFarlane (although we’ll get to him later), they beat the Academy. Because that… that was a poorly produced show. Where were all the cutaways? If your host makes a George Clooney joke, that’s PRE-WRITTEN, and George Clooney would take it well, CUT TO GEORGE CLOONEY. He can take it, I promise. If you’re unsure, just go to Jack. No one will complain if you go to Jack. Going to Jack is way better than staying on Seth MacFarlane, I promise.
The stage was beautiful. And that’s it. The William Shatner bit was too long. He was overwritten which meant he wasn’t spontaneous. He didn’t react to the audience. Most of it is preparation, sure. Read Full Intro
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You don’t often get to see a lot of the non-nominated. You see a lot of the sound-editing types, who are nervous but self-aware enough to know that nobody cares, and you get the occasional shot of Jack Nicholson, but as discussed elsewhere on this blog today, Jack Nicholson is his own man, and can’t be compared to anyone. Full Story
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I share with Lainey the trait of being an Anne Hathaway apologist. So each individual thing about her last night was, you know, not the best, but not horrible. Not terrible, at least at first. The dress. She will regret this sooner than later, but for a long time. Because this is not the dress to win your first Oscar in, I don’t think. Full Story
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There was a tie at the Oscars last night, so why not a tie here, for Best Dressed? Both were great, but we each liked one more than the other. So instead of fighting about it, and inspired by the awards show, we decided to share. Duana’s Best Dressed Overall: Naomi Watts She gets it. Naomi Watts gets the crown. Full Story
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Did you love this? The only person I saw who loved this was the Oscar PR girl on Twitter, and um, she has a vested interest. Not only has this dress been DONE – on Penelope Cruz, on J. Lo, on Tina Fey -- but in this washed out colour, I’m just not interested. I didn’t think it looked princessy and wonderful, I thought it looked dour, draggy-down, and boring. Full Story
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About a month ago I wrote a post called “Forecasting Britney”: signs to look for, now that she’s single again, that… you know. An astute reader wrote in immediately after positing that: All that, plus if she goes brown, we are in trouble. Well… Here’s Britney at the Elton John Oscar party last night and she’s brown. Full Story
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Jessica Chastain, I’ve decided, had the best Oscar night of anyone. Think about it. She wears the best dress she’s worn in two or three years, a delicate light copper with her medium copper hair and she looked spectacular. And she KNEW it, because she showed up on the carpet kind of the first minute she could. Full Story
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Was it the best performance of the five? Probably not, right? I have personal attachment to Emmanuelle Riva because, well, Amour is my personal nightmare. My parents are Amour. Many of you thought it was Chastain’s Maya in Zero Dark Thirty. Still others identified with Naomi’s courageous mother in The Impossible. Full Story
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I’ve been writing about Adele for weeks. You bored ? No, not like “U Mad?” Try it again, in an Adele accent. “Y’booohd??” and make sure you put three separate notes in it. Now, see? You can’t not laugh. You can’t not smile. Full Story
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Just – look at this. Watch it all the way through. Don’t make the mistake I did, which is laugh so hard that you close your eyes to keep the tears from escaping, because you will miss the good stuff. Some of which is cute, a la Amy Poehler and Patricia Clarkson, and some of which is flat out hysterical. Full Story
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She was the silent producer. If they allowed four people up there, she should have been included. And we all know how much work she did. Because while she may not have been responsible for the filmmaking, Oscar is often more about how the film is presented, and less about how the film actually plays. Full Story
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The thing with Seth MacFarlane is that the man creates all kinds of characters. I feel like you watch one of his episodes of his shows and you’ve seen them all, but let’s say for the sake of argument that they’re varied, at least a little bit -- in short, that he’s the kind of person who actually understands how human beings work. Full Story