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Oscars Liveblog: Highlights

JOCELYN HOPPA: Alright, kids. It’s the 84th Academy Awards. I’ve got a bag of bold party Chex Mix and a sharpened tongue… let’s do this. Who will win? What will they say? What pills will they have ingested beforehand? It’s thrilling. Please feel free to pontificate on the finer (and not so finer points) of this annual film celebration in the comments section below, as it’s really all just commentary. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Reaction

HOWARD MEGDAL: Oscar nominations are out. Who would you like to make a case for? The Artist and Midnight in Paris would both be worthy best pic winners, IMO. Michelle Williams was brilliant in My Week with Marilyn. Oh, and how have I not yet seen A Better Life?!?

ZOË RICE: Best actress seems sure to be between Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep, and I give the edge to Meryl, but here’s what I’m worried about. Did anyone see the Golden Globes? When Meryl won? And her reaction? Oh, she was so surprised! A gasp, a disbelieving start! How could she, Meryl Streep, possibly win an award? It annoyed the crap out of me. I like Meryl Streep just fine, but if she goes around acting shocked to be winning awards then she’s the least genuine of them all. Continue reading

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Review: The King’s Speech

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Hearing only good things about “The King’s Speech”, either from people who had seen it before me or from reviewers who have the luxury of savoring the film fresh out of Hollywood, I was prepared for something a cut above the substantially lacking CGI speckled scenes that have come to hypnotize the modern movie goer. I had heard rumors of serious Oscar buzz for Colin Firth (who stars in the film), and applauded that concept wildly, simply for his undeniable ability to dominate and humanize a role with the confidence that would put one in mind of a male counterpart to Meryl Streep. In no way, however, was I prepared for such a pure, raw, inspiring piece of film making that encompassed the mystery of the Royal Family and the very human dilemma of coping with imperfection.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Agree wholeheartedly with Sonia’s take on the film as a whole, but I’d like to spotlight a particular achievement- Colin Firth’s ability to score consistently with wit, despite his character’s speech impediment. Continue reading

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Oscars in Review

ZOË RICE: Oscar night! I confess, I love it. The spectacle, the surprises, the speeches–I even love judging what I don’t love about the night. And of course, though it’s become cliche, I love talking about the fashion. I look forward to being wowed; I want to see a dress and think “Oh, it’s just gorgeous.” Unfortunately, I can’t say that happened much this time around. This year’s the red carpet was muted by peaches, pale pinks, dusky grays, and washed out metallics.
JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: I love awards shows. Usually. Just not this year’s Academy Awards.

AKIE BERMISS: Well the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were last night, for those of you who didn’t know, and they were quite the scene, as usual. If I felt a little let down by the whole affair, it might be some sort of quaint nostalgia for the days when I think the Oscars were actually really, really important. Could be that I was just young and impressionable. And I wanted to be in movies back then. But all the stars came out last night and it WAS the Oscars, no doubt about that. The jokes were chuckle-worthy, but the biting humor and self-deprecation of the days when the hosts used to sing and dance and do some stand-up and really MC the evening was missing. It was surprising to see Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin so harnessed and restrained all evening. When being host isn’t what it used to be, the rest of the show really suffers. Continue reading

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