Tuesday, February 09, 2010

News and Links

I highly recommend reading this post on the FilmSchoolRejects blog about whether/why people don't see the Best Picture nominees: http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/opinions/academy-awards-do-we-still-watch-the-best-pictures-achar.php

The author makes a good case about why the Oscars seem to be out of touch with the general movie-going public and what can be done.


In other news, the poster for the 82nd Academy Awards has just been released. It features Oscar telecast hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin sitting on the shoulders of a giant Oscar statuette with the tagline "You've Never Seen Oscar Like This." It's true it has been a long time since we've seen Oscar with more than one host; hopefully the extra host will add up to extra humor and not extra runtime.

According to the Academy's website, the posters are the only promotional item available for sale to the general public and can be purchased online at http://www.oscars.org/academy/posters-books/posters/ or by calling 1-877-335-8936. Posters are $25 + S&H, and they make a great decoration for your Oscar party (I should know, I have a few old ones around that go up each year).


Earlier this week it was revealed that Oscar Nominee Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), believed by many to be the front-runner in the Best Actress category since her win at the Golden Globes, doesn't expect to win an Oscar. “I’m so not winning an Oscar,” she told People Magazine earlier this week. She claims to correctly predict these things 90% of the time and that she already knows who will win. (Maybe I can get her to blog about her predictions?) Now we come to find out she hasn't even picked out a dress for the ceremony, which is less than a month away. In the article, Bullock jokes that she may just wear something from WalMart to the black-tie event.


That's all for now, more reviews later!

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