The Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
A friend of mine used to call life “a bucket of shit with the handles on the insides.” I’m going to appropriate that now to the internet, thanks in large part to the disease of accepted bullying that happens every second of every day here — our formerly dignified selves taking a backseat to the worst humanity has to offer. What Novak experienced the night of the Oscars is an example of a typical day online – it has become so accepted, in fact, that almost everything and everyone is fair game for ridicule – the best way to handle it is to ignore it and go on with your life. I’m sorry that we aren’t better people. I’m sorry that you had the courage to face the public, 40 million people, who may or may not had their own things to say in the privacy of their own home, but that they took to Twitter and various — USELESS — gossip sites to make fun of your face. Just remember, it isn’t you. They (we) are addicted to the taste of blood.
But more than even that, I’m sorry that we live in a culture – and that Hollywood has become an industry that encourages “getting work done” in order to have a career. There is a reason why so few actresses go under the knife in the UK and other countries because they are allowed to age there. Their worth is beyond someone saying “she looks great for her age.” We live in a world that praises someone like Jane Fonda who gets all of the work done “right.” There are other examples – Sofia Loren, Raquel Welch – former beauties who had a skilled surgeon nip a little here, tuck a little here and aren’t we still falling all over ourselves at how young they STILL look because god knows that is all that matters — that we stay looking young.
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Godzilla is fed up with all your crude ‘Pacific Rim Job’ jokes. He’s also here to show us how a biblical flood wouldn’t bother him a bit.
This might be a good place to begin listing our Most Anticipated Films of 2014. We’ll sort the lists into two stacks — Oscar potential and popcorn entertainment — and then put the titles in a poll to see what comes out on top. In past years these informal uurveys have been remarkably accurate in culling a top 20 cream-of-the-crop from which all the BP nominees will be drawn.
For the first time ever, we have ten winners in our Oscar contest. I have to say that these are probably collectively the highest scores in this contest in 15 years. It probably has to do with Gravity dominating many of the usually harder to guess awards. These readers missed only ONE category, listed below:
Vince Chan – missed only animated short.
Bob Tormey – missed only Best Picture.
Calvin Cousin – missed only animated short.
Juan Pablo Aragon – missed only documentary.
Corey Hart – missed only animated short.
Sefa Emekli – missed only animated short.
Abby Brown – missed only documentary.
Marco Santos – missed only doc short.
Robert Butler – missed only makeup.
Chris Schleicher – missed only animated short.
Winners of this (or any contest) contact firstname.lastname@example.org for prize info.
After the cut, those who only missed two!
It’s come to our attention that there might be one or two people not yet utterly enthralled by Lupita Nyong’o. To see if we can fix that, we’ll post this speech she gave a week ago at Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.
Transcript via Essence, after the cut.
Now that the bright, beautiful Lupita Nyong’o has arrived, what will become of her fate in Hollywood? We all know the statistics. We know what kinds of movies mostly get made. I wonder if it’s too much to ask that one actress inspire the five white guys in suits to think a little differently about whom to cast in what kind of part? Can she, like Jennifer Lawrence, become so popular she invents her own genre? I think yes. I hope, yes. She is someone who doesn’t seem phased by the statistics but has nothing but opportunities open to her — as an actress, perhaps as a filmmaker someday in her own right. The story is unfinished and there isn’t any point in my trying to finish it. It’s an exciting thought, imagining how she herself might right it.
As we headed into last night’s ceremony, many of us who cover the Oscars thought it would be the most wide open race in a long time, perhaps since the year 2000. Either we’re all getting better at our jobs or we’re getting more confused and distracted. Either way, the race followed along consensus lines with the only major upset being in animated short where Get a Horse lost to Mr. Hublot. While there were minor disagreements here or there, the majority wrestled this thing to the ground thanks in large part to a pre-determined split vote that began at the Golden Globes and carried through the season. This split was the same dynamic that occurred back in 1967, when Mike Nichols was winning for The Graduate’s visionary directing while In the Heat of the Night won Picture for its revolutionary take on civil rights. The same dynamic played out completely last night, with civil rights in play for 12 Years a Slave’s win, and Alfonso Cuaron’s visionary directing rewarded for Gravity.
It’s funny how, even with the preferential ballot, this dynamic could play itself out and yet it did. That meant 12 Years a Slave probably came in with the most number 1 votes but if it wasn’t number 2, it would be number 3. We’ll never know how close the race actually was — just like we’ll never know which film was the Bonnie and Clyde in the race, or the Dr. Dolittle or the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Back in 1967, however, the wins were spread out among several films but last night, only 4 out of 9 walked off with Oscars.
Share your favorite Oscar moment. So many for me last night I won’t even try to rank them. Here, just a few highlights:
So many amazing speeches last night. Clips after the cut.