Sunday, February 26, 2012

Annual Look at Oscar

One person's opinions, on movies in general and Oscar in particular.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Film Office's Oscar Party "Lights Glamour Action!"

Most years, I watch the Oscars at home, but every few years, I like to go to an Oscar party.  I went to one about 20 years ago in Worcester, Massachusetts when Billy Crystal did his famous Hannibal Lector imitation as host.    I was rooting for The Silence of the Lambs, which did well at the Oscars that year.

In 2004, I came as close to actually going to the Oscars themselves as I'll ever go.  I went to Hollywood for The Return of the One Party, the Oscar party for The Return of the King.  Billy Crystal again hosted.  I was rooting for The Return of the King, but never in my wildest dreams did we think it was going to sweep the awards.  That was the best place to have been on Oscar night in 2004.  That was also the first time I saw a lot of newly-minted Oscar winners, not to mention those bright, shiny Oscars, in real life.  Quite a night.

So what does it sound like when nearly 1,000 Lord of the Rings fan hear that The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar? Watch this clip from New Zealand TV The Return of the One Party.

While I've been staying home and watching the awards the last few years, it was time to finally go to the annual party thrown by the Pittsburgh Film Office: "Lights, Glamour, Action."  After all, Billy Crystal is hosting again this year.  ;->  While I saw most of the major movies, I'm not strongly rooting for anything, though I'd particularly like to see Glenn Close and Janet McTeer win for the woefully underseen Albert Nobbs.

If you'd like to go to an Oscar party and you live in the Pittsburgh area, there are still tickets left if you'd like to go.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Kate Winslet Probably Not in Frank or Francis

While this was reported in several places, she hasn't been added to IMDB and there's been no news on this front.

However, both Elizabeth Banks and Peewee Herman have been added to the cast.