And the Oscar Goes To… Comments on the 84th Academy Awards

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The movies… They have electrified and inspired people around the world.  They are the best and sometimes the worst of America.  But for many years they were what made everyone around the world want to be an American.  Sadly over the past few decades our movies as well as our country have lost that sparkle… and much of that is due to the personal beliefs and agenda of the Progressive lefties that inhabit Hollywood.  But for this one night every year I try to forget that and step into the fantasy (but most years someone ruins the illusion).

clip_image002I love the movies.  I always have.  My mom grew up living in an apartment over the town movie house in Frechen, Germany.  She fell asleep many nights listening to Shirley Temple or the voices of many of movie ‘stars’ of Hollywood’s Golden era.  Germany also had a vibrant movie industry in those days (before WWII).

My husband and I have always loved going to the midnight showing of the latest movie.  It was our escape and get-away at a time we could usually squeeze it in. That was possible because we grew up and lived most of our lives in greater Los Angeles and then Southern Orange County, CA.

My husband grew up with actor Henry Darrow who starred as “Manolito Montoya” in The High Chaparral as a neighbor and had Ron Howard as a dorm mate at USC.  I babysat for the child of stunt people, the Wilders.  And Hollywood, the S.F. Valley, Beverly Hills and greater L.A. were our childhood stomping grounds. Our daughter was involved in the arts and therefore so were we which gave us the opportunity to see and meet some interesting people along the way.  For several years, in my thirties I used to go hang out in the bleachers with friends to watch the stars arrive when the awards were held at the L.A. Music Center or the Shrine. And when our kids were growing up, we always went to Academy Award Events and parties for Oscar Night (even when we by choice did not have TV for 10-years… a story for another day!).  So the awards always take us back to good times and memories.

Looking back, this was a good year for the movies and the past two years have brought the awards back to movies that have lasting qualities.

This Year the 84th Academy Awards Were Broadcast on Sun. Feb. 26 at 7 pm ET on ABC…

Video:  Oscars’ dirty little secret

(Report: Academy voters are overwhelmingly older, white, and male)

And the Oscar nominees include:

Actor in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
  • Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
  • Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
  • Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
  • Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Actress in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain in “The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
  • Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
Animated Feature Film
  • “A Cat in Paris” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • “Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • “Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • “Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
  • “Rango” Gore Verbinski
Art Direction
  • “The Artist”
    Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Hugo”
    Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • “Midnight in Paris”
    Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • “War Horse”
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
  • “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “Hugo” Robert Richardson
  • “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski
Costume Design
  • “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
  • “The Artist” Mark Bridges
  • “Hugo” Sandy Powell
  • “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
  • “W.E.” Arianne Phillips
  • “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
  • “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
  • “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
  • “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick
Documentary (Feature)
  • “Hell and Back Again”
    Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
  • “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
    Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  • “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
    Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
  • “Pina”
    Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
  • “Undefeated”
    TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
  • “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
    Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • “God Is the Bigger Elvis”
    Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • “Incident in New Baghdad”
    James Spione
  • “Saving Face”
    Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
    Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
Film Editing
  • “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film
  • “Bullhead” Belgium
  • “Footnote” Israel
  • “In Darkness” Poland
  • “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  • “A Separation” Iran

And just as we thought we had survived the almost yearly outburst by some liberal activist espousing their beliefs and using this festive platform for their purposes, we open the papers (this) on Monday morning to hear that the Iranian government is using the win of the short film, A Separation, as a political anti-Israel jab.  See more at: Oscar win victory over Israel: Iran state TV I understand that is was actually a good film, even though it did seem like a political choice by this crowd.  However, I would encourage people not to see this film after this appalling action by Iran.  Nothing speaks louder than the withholding of money and in this case attendance. I would encourage you instead to go see the Israeli film, Footnote and/or donate your money to an organization fighting the execution of a Christian pastor in Iran… just because he is a Christian.

  • “Albert Nobbs”
    Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
  • “The Iron Lady”
    Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
  • “The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
  • “The Artist” Ludovic Bource
  • “Hugo” Howard Shore
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
  • “War Horse” John Williams
Music (Original Song)
  • “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
    Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • “Real in Rio” from “Rio”
    Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Best Picture
  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud… & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in ParisLetty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of LifeSarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
  • War HorseSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
  • “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
  • “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
  • “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø
Sound Editing
  • “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
  • “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
Sound Mixing
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • “Hugo”
    Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
  • “Moneyball”
    Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  • “War Horse”
    Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
Visual Effects
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • “Hugo”
    Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
  • “Real Steel”
    Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • “Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
  • “The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • “Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  • “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
  • “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
  • “A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

The Academy also gave out 22 technical awards earlier in the week including for the development of a movie camera that can shoot at 2000 frames per minute.

And at a separate ceremony, the academy gave out their Governor’s Awards.  They gave the Humanitarian Award to Oprah Winfrey, a Lifetime achievement award for acting to James Earl Jones and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Make-Up Artistry to Dick Smith.

Christopher Plumber won his first Oscar at age 82, the oldest actor ever to win.  He is just two years younger than Oscar himself.

The best picture was a French production honoring the silent era of Hollywood.  Interestingly, it was the only film up for an academy award that was 100% filmed in Los Angeles.

Meryl Streep won for best actress for the Iron Lady, a film about Margaret Thatcher.  She has been nominated a total of 17-times and has now won the coveted statue 3-times (Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice were her previous Oscar winning movies) in addition to 2 Emmys and 8 Golden Globes (26-nominations).  Streep gave a humorous and humble acceptance speech. She said when her name was called, she heard half of America say, “Oh crap… Not her again!” Winking smile She was just honored with a Kennedy Center Award earlier this year.

One of the highlights for me is always the remembrance slideshow of those who have passed on to the movie capital in the sky…  Was glad to see the list was shorter than it has been in the past few years.

BTW… Great job Billy Crystal, who seems to have improved viewership!  Perhaps this should be a message to the executives who choose the hosts of the award shows.  Stop trying to promote agendas with your emcee choices and stop trying to hire foul mouthed shock jocks and comedians like Ricky Gervais. Crystal’s best line for the evening: “Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other!”

I was also glad to see Michael Douglas looking a whole lot better (he has been fighting cancer),

So since we haven’t seen any of the winners this year… it is hopefully off to the movies for us~

One of the best notes on the movies from the past weekend is that Act of Valor, inspired by true events was #1 at the box office. Act of Valor is an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking which stars active-duty Navy SEALS, not actors, in a powerful story.  There were lots of reports that people stood-up and clapped and cheered at showings of this film around the country over the weekend.

There is also a new film, Monumental, coming out with Kirk Cameron.  Monumental looks to rediscover America’s national treasure.

My final comment is “If you love the movies, it is better not to hear most celebrities speak!”  The O’Reilly Factor was broadcasting from L.A. week; O’Reilly was doing some shows with his buddy Dennis Miller.  The secured a spot for Jesse Waters on the red carpet.  He had the audacity to ask more than the normal fluff questions, like how about High Gas Prices and President Obama.  He was reprimanded by “an academy red carpet official”… whatever that is. Several celebs reneged on their interview when they realized that Jesse was from Fox News and several others were rude, had incongruous comments, or pretty much just ran away… including George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock (I disappointed me about her!).  As Waters said, Clooney was nice to stop, but the attacked him for doing the same thing he did when Bush was the president.)   It is tough to be a conservative or a patriot in Hollywood.  Please give the people who are and are willing to stand-up to the enormous liberal Hollywood machine your support by going to see their movies.  Wouldn’t it be kinda nice if Hollywood could stick to entertaining and keep up the illusion?!?

Ask Marion~

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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