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One More Time...

The Oscar show is over.  The gold statues have been handed out.  The show biz pundits have praised and panned various dresses worn by the women attending.  Some have even talked about the men’s clothing.  Comments have been made about the length of the ceremony.  And many have mentioned the host.

Black History Month at the Oscars

February has brought us two special events: Black History Month and the Academy Awards presentation.  So I think we should call attention to the Black actors and actresses who have paved the way for the next generation of talent – such as young Quvenzhané Wallis.  Past winner Denzel Washington is nominated again this year.  And, of course, he was preceded by others.

Therefore, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the talented Black artists who have won the Oscar.  Check out their array of movies, including those for which they received their awards.
 

Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress

The majority of actresses nominated this year have one big thing in common: they’ve been nominated before.

The array of talent is truly amazing.  Every actress in the supporting category has been nominated in the past.  Two of them have won Academy Awards in the lead category.  Three of those nominated for leading actress have been down the red carpet before, two for supporting and one for lead.  The other two in leading roles are up for the award for the first time – and they just happen to be the youngest and the oldest nominees in that category in Oscar history.

Best Picture -- Now and Then

I’m at a disadvantage when it comes to this year’s Oscars.  I’ve seen very few of the nominated films.  Friends and family have told me about some of the movies, and I’ve looked up information on my own.  The nine films up for Best Picture are quite diverse, ranging from historical to fantasy to military to musical to western.

Now I will admit up front that I’m cheating a little on this blog.  I looked up the plots for most of the films.  And as I read, I couldn’t help being reminded of past Best Picture winners.
 

The Oldest and the Youngest

This year’s Academy Award nominations held a pleasant surprise and new record.  In the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, we have both the oldest and the youngest nominees in the history of the Oscars.  Emmanuelle Riva, nominated for the foreign film Amour, was 85 years old when announcements were made last week.  At the other end of the spectrum is

In Memoriam -- 2012

At the end of every year, we see online or in magazines and newspapers a list of celebrities who have passed away.  Some of the deaths we remember.  Some we may not have heard about.  But for the most part, we stop and think of the works they have done.  And maybe look for a favorite movie or television series to watch again.

A few of these actors and actresses I was able to acknowledge soon after their deaths.  But I’d like to start this list with a mention of some I should have written about sooner.
 

More Christmassy Than You Might Think

I love Christmas movies.  All kinds of Christmas movies.  Color.  Black & white.  Religious.  Secular.  Live action.  Animated.  Romantic.  Silly.  I have certain ones that I have to watch every year.  And for the most part, they’re all quite traditional.  Christmas is the theme.  It influences the people and advances the story.

But in the last couple of years, I’ve started adding a few other films to my list of annual viewing.  Movies that skirt around the edges of Christmas.  They may be set during the season or the holidays may provide a turning point in the story.  Perhaps even driving home a point we didn’t even notice until the end of the movie.  But one that stays with us.

Being a Scot

Okay.  Admit it.  You love the accent.

And the tartans and kilts.

And the stories of feuds and clan rivalries.

And the bagpipes.

Well, maybe not the bagpipes.  That’s a “you either love it or you hate it” thing.

Still, Scotland is a part of our culture.  Or, at least, a strong presence in our entertainment.

Gather 'Round the Table

It’s that time of year again.  For many of us, Thanksgiving is the real start to the holiday season.  We get together with family and friends and have a big dinner.  We talk and visit and catch up on everyone's news.  We probably watch some football or the parade or a favorite movie.  And in the midst of all the festivities, we remember how fortunate we are.

James Bond

For a guy who’s pushing 60 years old, James Bond is going as strong as ever. Maybe even stronger. And he’s about to flex his muscles in Skyfall, his 23rd motion picture.

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