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Feb 27 2016

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People say such strange things when they're talking about Oscars亚博主页
Bwinpredicts Leo will lose the Oscar.One especially weird bit of reasoning is that all of the Actor nominees are playing good guys.Um,did they watchSteve Jobs?
The Guardiansays a "conservative"estimate is that Australians will win 10 Oscars tomorrow.亚博主页Conservative?Have they not heard ofThe Revenant?
/FilmStunt people want their own Oscar and recently protested again.Unfortunately they also felt the need to belittle other industry talents saying:

People love action;that's why people go to the movies.No disrespect,but who goes to the movies to see the hairstyles?"

*raises hand*

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Vanity Fairfun interview with nominated Jenny Beavan,Mad Max Fury Roadcostume designer,with a choice Charlize Theron quote
Boston Globereally interesting piece from Ty Burr on "what if the Oscars didn't exist..."亚博主页and it takes you to place I personally wasn't expecting
Psychology Todayon why we're obsessed with the Oscars.亚博主页STOP PSYCHOANALYZING ME!
IndieWireIra Deutchman suggests changes to make the Academy more diverse."First film"would be interesting and skew young but I am adamantly opposed to breakthrough since that is too easily gamed -- see the "breakthrough"prizes Charlize Theron won for Monster after several years of stardom.We'd have a whole new category fraud problem with that.
The Guardianhas an interesting take on the Short Film categories -- why don't people watch them when they're increasingly available -- and why do they feel like commercials for features?
Varietybeautiful reminiscence from Alfre Woodard on her earliest theatrical success and her 80s Oscar nomination
Tim Brayton's Oscar Predictions
Movie Motorbreath's Oscar Predictions

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InterviewZOMG Julianne Moore interviewing Christina Vachon!
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i09JJ Abrams is claiming Star Wars will feature gay characters.I'll believe that when I see it (but until then it's fun that Oscar Isaac winked to queer fans with Poe Dameron.And also the Star Wars Saga is largely asexual anyway so...

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i09Bram Stoker Awards -- for horror fiction.Which of these will end up as movies?
/FilmTom McCarthy is going to follow upSpotlightwith a Netflix series called13 Reasons Why...it's based on a bestseller but honestly the suicidal premise sounds atrocious / reductive.Already worried!
Jeanne the Fangirlamazing find - a letter to Marvel from 1974 complaining aboutIron Fist's whitewashing.Here we are in 2016 and Marvel is STILL planning a white Iron Fist even though the story is Asian by origin
Playbill.comhas a badly needed redesign.Check it out if you love Broadway

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A Cat predicting the Oscars.亚博主页(Monty,TFE's Oscar predicting cat,wouldn't cooperate this year but he's always been temperamental about his psychic duties.Also: he's very very old now andonly wants to sleep.) So anyway here is some random cat who thinks he can do it.Rampling,eh?

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Well,here's another strange thing,something that's been gnawing at me about Sylvester Stallone's frontrunner status.If he wins,would it be the first time that an actor wins in a lineup where he's playing the only 100% fictional character (the rest of the nominees play characters based on real people,even though Tom Hardy's portrayal of John S.Fittzgerald is highly fictionalized)?IT's the reason why I never bough Michael Keaton's frontrunner early frontrunner status last year (even though I so wanted him to win).Just something to consider...

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

OMG Monty is SO cute!Hahaha.I love that you can hear him purring loudly thought the whole video.Have you had him since he was a baby kitten Nathaniel?

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Bello

Is it too late for this photo to win Best Picture?http://img.getfirstlook.com/hBdSoV.jpg/400

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

Steph -- the cat in the video is not Monty.it's some random cat.

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Richter Scale: Does "kind of playing yourself"count as not being 100% fictional?

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm not sure I agree about that Guardian article about the shorts.More people than ever *are* watching them - the box office gross of the shorts packages frequently grosses seven digits range,which is more than can be said for any of the foreign language competitors,sadly.And we honestly don't know at all how many are viewing them at home,although I've seen them pop up in the iTunes best seller chart a few times.

What I'd like to know is why more people don't watch the old Oscar-nominated/winning shorts,many of which are on YouTube for free.Entire animated short line-ups just ready to be watched,Oscar-winning documentary shorts there for the viewing.But most people don't go back to discover short films unless they're directed by famous people,which I guess answers my question but doesn't quell the disappointment.

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Oh haha.Sorry I'm an idiot.I totally thought that was your kitty/video and missed the part where you clearly stated that Monty wouldn't cooperate.Still awesome though.

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Bello

Volvagia: It does not.Rocky Balboa is not a person that ever existed in the world as we know it,therefore he is fictional.

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

The character of Danny Rand is white,dude.

February 27,2016 | Unregistered CommenterTr

Richter: I was referring to Keaton there.

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Volvagia: Also fictional...

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

Richter: But you were using the "100%"clause.Riggan Thomson,because of the actor playing him,is,at most,80% fictional.

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'd love to read something about Charlize Theron's career pre-Monster,which is kind of a mystery to me.Was she basically a Margot Robbie?

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

Richter-Victor McLaglen won for playing a fictional character over three real life people (albeit all in the same movie).

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Volvagia: I used the 100% fictional clause because many times,actors can play very fictionalized versions of real people,but the movie still acknowledges that it's those real people (like Fitzgerald in The Revenant),but the actor using his own image and personality to feed into the character their playing does not make the character based on a real person.That's something movie stars have been doing from the very beginning,it doesn't make the fictional characters they play suddenly non-fictional.

John T: That's a good one actually.So,it would be the first time in 80 years (and that's if you don't count Paul Muni's write-in nomination for Black Fury that came in second in the final ballots (just looked that up).Oh well,I guess history will be made tonight one way or the other.

February 28,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

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