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Oscars Thoughts

A random collection of thoughts as I watched much of the Oscars broadcast last night.  In no particular order:

  • Unless you are a professional comedian, don’t ‘open with a joke’ when giving your acceptance speech.  Chances are you will either botch it, or it won’t be as funny as you thought.  Just stop.
  • Actually, there are only two correct responses to winning – the “HOLY *bleep* I WON??  I thank YOU and YOU and YOU” excited response that you see with many of the Documentary filmmakers or what have you, and the ultra-smooth, “I’m a pro at all aspects of my life”, like what you saw from Christopher Plummer.  Seriously, I’m certain that if I didn’t already have facial hair, I would’ve grown some after listening to him talk.
  • Natalie Portman can spoil the end of whatever movie she wants.
  • The Artist winning stuff just shows that Hollywood loves patting itself on the back for it’s past.
  • Rango is a solid choice for Animated Feature, though I still question how The Adventures of  Tintin didn’t at least get nominated.
  • If you are curious (as we were) about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, here you go:

William Joyce’s works, both the original books and the subsequent adaptations, are lovely.  Very underrated.  Check his stuff out if you haven’t before this.

  • Despite how much love The Muppets got, and that there was only one other nominee, but I think the song from Rio is better.
  • I could listen to Penelope Cruz read just about anything.
  • Needs more comic book movies.
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Friday Finds – Remembering

It’s 11/11/11, a day I’m already tired of being reminded of as being ‘special’.  The REAL reason it’s special is Veteran’s Day (or Rememberance Day for you folks north of me).  My dad was in the Navy for 26 years, in Vietnam, in the Gulf during some tense times, all of that.  I heard a ton of stories as he, my uncle and the husbands of my mom’s friends all told their stories while the ladies played cards and drank strawberry daquiris (half the time forgetting the rum).  The men, ranging from my dad, who spent most of his career in the ‘brown water’ Navy, on amphibious ships and in the rivers of Vietnam, to a supply corps Captain, to a Merchant Marine sailor during WW2, told stories ranging from hilarious to harrowing.  Many of the stories have stayed with me to this day.  Thanks, Dad.

On a less serious note, this week’s posts:

Links of the week:

7 Things You Should Do In Skyrim – The game is now out, and I must play it.

Create instant origami.  Light, heat and plastic sheets.

Urine Power.  I need say no more.  You’ve already clicked it.

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Best Animated Film 2011 – Which Should Be Nominated?

As seen at Slashfilm, there will be at least 18 eligible animated movies to get Oscar nominations this year, which means there could be 5 nominees in the category.  I’ve actually seen most of them, aside from the four foreign ones and the ones releasing in the next few weeks.  With Pixar’s only entry the underwhelming Cars 2, chances are you could be seeing an underdog take the award this year.  Mark your nominees in this poll:

Oscars: Best Animated Feature Nominees

  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (40%, 2 Votes)
  • Rango (20%, 1 Votes)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Rio (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Cars 2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chico & Rita (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A Cat in Paris (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alois Nebel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Smurfs (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Happy Feet Too (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Arthur Christmas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Puss in Boots (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Winnie the Pooh (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mars Needs Moms (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hoodwinked Two! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Wrinkles (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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You can pick up to five movies.  For reference, I’ve seen Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rio, Gnomeo & Juliet, Mars Needs Moms, and plan to see Puss in Boots and The Adventures of Tintin.  May see Cars 2 at some point soon also.  My daughter saw Winnie the Pooh without me.  For me, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2 (which I said was just about the perfect sequel), and Rio should all be nominees.  I’m thinking Tintin gets one with the Spielberg/Jackson connection, and the fact that it sounds like a pretty darn good movie.  I wouldn’t be surprised (as mentioned in the Slashfilm article) if one of the foreign movies gets in as the fifth nominee.