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Oscar trivia – I see double

Twice the fun.

Here are a few Oscar facts related to the number 2.

*In the Best Picture race there are 5 actors who appear in 2 of the best picture nominees.

VIOLA DAVIS nominated for her role in THE HELP also appears in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE she is spectacular in both.

BRAD PITT nominated for his role in MONEYBALL also appears in THE TREE OF LIFE – he is also nominated as producer for Moneyball bringing him a total of 2 noms this year.

JESSICA CHASTAIN nominated for her role in THE HELP also appears in THE TREE OF LIFE – one of her co-stars in The Help OCTAVIA SPENCER is also nominated in the same category (supporting actress) therefore 2 from that film vying against each other.

JOHN GOODMAN appears as a doorman in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE and as a movie mogul in THE ARTIST.

TOM HIDDLESTON an up and coming English actor appears as a soldier in WAR HORSE and played F. Scott Fitzgerald in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

* 2 Best Supporting Actor nominees are octogenerians – both 82!!

MAX VON SYDOW in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER in BEGINNERS.

Should either of them win they will become the oldest Oscar winner ever, beating JESSICA TANDY who was 80 when she won best actress for Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. HAL HOLBROOK  (Into The Wild) and RALPH RICHARDSON (Greystoke) were also 82 at the time of their nominations but did not win.

Christopher Plummer & Max Von Sydow co-starred in the 1984 film DREAMSCAPE

*2 Best Picture nominees feature  characters who don’t utter a word of dialogue

THE ARTIST – in which nobody is heard – it is a silent movie after all.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE – Max Von Sydow plays a mute.

*2 of the Best Picture nominees are set in Paris.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and HUGO

*2 of the Best Picture nominees feature young boys who are searching (with a key) for answers to a mystery left by their dead fathers.

HUGO and EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

*John Williams has been nominated 2 times in the Original Music Score category for WAR HORSE and THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN, both for director Steven Spielberg. This brings his total nominations to 47 winning 5 times.

GEORGE CLOONEY is up for 2 Oscars this year – Best Actor for THE DESCENDANTS and Best Adapted Screenplay for THE IDES OF MARCH co written with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

COMING SOON – Babs Oscar Picks.

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A loss for the record books?

As a loser I expect that Glenn Close will go into the record books this year. She has been nominated for the 6th time at the Oscars for her performance in the film Albert Nobbs. If she loses then she will tie with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for the most losses in female-acting categories in the history of the Oscars. They all have had 6 nominations. Deborah was a bigger loser than Glenn because all of her noms were for Best Actress. Glenn has 3 for Best Actress and 3 for Supporting. Thelma’s 6 were all for supporting.

Peter O’Toole is the king of Oscar losers he has had 8 noms and no wins.

Of course Glenn Close can beat the record in the future and get nominated again, and lose again but Deborah and Thelma cannot as they are both dead.

I know I am pre-empting the results but I feel that Viola Davis (The Help) is a sure thing with Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) right behind her. I wouldn’t mind an upset though. The Oscars and the awards seasons of late have been so predictable and boring I would love a surprise on the night.

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An Oscar feast for 2012

It’s exactly one week away to the Academy Award ceremony. Babs usually plans an Oscar night party  with friends, this year he is going to an industry live event, very excited as nothing beats watching the awards live, and no media block out required.

I had been planning my annual Oscar menu so I will still share it with you even though I won’t actually be doing food this year. As usual I like to tie in theme related treats that correspond to the best picture nominees.

THE ARTIST

The Artist is set in the golden days of Hollywood silent movies full of glamourous film premieres and such, as the movie has been made by the French I thought French champagne should flow.

THE DESCENDANTS

The unique setting of Hawaii has influenced my menu choices – Prawn Cocktail to eat  and a Blue Hawaiian cocktail to drink. (a cocktail soon to appear in the new Australian film “The Sapphires”).

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE.

I have yet to see the film (it opens in a few days) so I don’t know if there is any significant food items appropriate. As the film is a post 9/11 story  I thought I would make something from the “Windows Of The World” menu – the famed restaurant was atop the twin towers.

THE HELP

Its a no brainer – southern fried chicken – yum yum.

HUGO

A French railway station setting and a cafe  run by Frances de la Tour helped with this choice – macaroons!

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Another French set movie, this time the sophisticated drawing rooms of the artistic and literati – Duck Liver Pate to go with the champagne I think

MONEYBALL

Set in the world of baseball it’s an easy choice – gourmet mini hot dogs!

THE TREE OF LIFE

I disliked this movie so much that I can’t even bother to include an inspired dish to tie in, but if I was to include some food related to it I would say corn as in corny duh!

WAR HORSE

Well as the story goes old nags end up as mince meat – so yummy meatballs are in order with a tomato sugo to represent the blood of war (I know it’s a stretch)

So if you are thinking of having your own Oscar night do then include some of these delicious treats and party away.

 

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And the GLOSCAR goes to……

The winners of the Babs Blabs annual film awards – The Gloscars are –

Picture

DRIVE

Direction

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

Actor in a leading role

Ryan Gosling – Drive (Blue  Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March)

Actress in a leading role

Judy Davis – The Eye Of The Storm

Actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Actress in a supporting role

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Music

Cliff Martinez – Drive & Contagion

Cinematography

Roger Deakins – True Grit & In Time

Production Design

Jess Gonchon – True Grit & Moneyball

Costume Design

Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre


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GLOSCARS 2011 – The Nominees….

Here are the nominations for my Gloscars for films released in 2011.

Leading the pack is DRIVE and TRUE GRIT tied with 9 each, followed by THE HELP with 6 and THE DESCENDANTS and MONEYBALL with 5 each.

Winners will be announced next week…..

Are there any surprises or snubs?  Would like to know your thoughts.

Picture

THE DESCENDANTS

DRIVE

THE HELP

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

TRUE GRIT

 Direction

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Alexander Payne for The Descendants

Pedro Almodovar – The Skin I Live In

Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit

 Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash for The Descendants

Hossein Amini for Drive

Judy Morris for The Eye Of The Storm

Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball

Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit

 Actor in a leading role

George Clooney – The Descendants

Ryan Gosling – Drive (Blue  Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides Of March)

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

 Actress in a leading role

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine (Meek’s Cutoff)

Judy Davis – The Eye Of The Storm

Viola Davis – The Help

Halle Steinfeld – True Grit

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

 Actor in a supporting role

Christopher Plummer – Beginners (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Albert Brooks – Drive

Christian Bale – The Fighter

David Wenham – Oranges And Sunshine

Barry Pepper – True Grit

 Actress in a supporting role

Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

Charlotte Rampling – The Eye Of The Storm (Melancholia)

Jessica Chastain – The Help (The Debt)

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Judi Dench – Jane Eyre

 Music

Cliff Martinez – Drive & Contagion

Trent Reznor, Attica Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Mychael Danner – Moneyball

Alberto Iglesias – The Skin I Live In & Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Carter Burwell – True Grit & Howl

 Cinematography

Matthew Labitique – Black Swan

Newton Thomas Sigel – Drive

Jeff Cronenweth – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Wally Pfister – Moneyball

Roger Deakins – True Grit & In Time

 Production Design

Beth Mickle – Drive

Mark Ricker – The Help

Dante Ferretti – Hugo

Anne Seibel – Midnight In Paris

Jess Gonchor – True Grit & Moneyball

 Costume Design

Sharen Davis – The Help

Sandy Powell – Hugo

Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre

Paco Delgardo – The Skin I Live In

Mary Zophres – True Grit

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GLOSCARS 2011 -The Films

Here is the list of films for my annual “Gloscar” awards.

Nominations to follow tommorrow……

1. THE TOURIST

2.  MORNING GLORY

3.  BLACK SWAN

4.  BURLESQUE

5.  THE FIGHTER

6.  BLUE VALENTINE

7.  TRUE GRIT

8.  127 HOURS

9.  RABBIT HOLE

9.  HOWL

10. NEVER LET ME GO

11. I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

12. THOR

13. THE LAST CIRCUS

14. ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

15. SOURCE CODE

16. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

17. MEEK’S CUTOFF

18. THE WAY BACK

19. THE EYE OF THE STORM

20. THE TREE OF LIFE

21. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

22. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

23. GLEE – THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE

24. JANE EYRE

25. ONE DAY

26. THE HELP

27. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

28. RANGO

29. CRAZY STUPID LOVE

30. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

31. CONTAGION

32. IN TIME

33. DRIVE

34. THE DEBT

35. BILL CUNNINGHAM – NEW YORK

37. THE IRON LADY

36. THE IDES OF MARCH

38.  BURNING MAN

39.  MONEYBALL

40.  BEGINNERS

41.  THE SKIN I LIVE IN

42.  MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL

43. WAR HORSE

44. MELANCHOLIA

45. THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN

46.  THE MUPPETS

47.  THE DESCENDANTS

48.  THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

49.  HUGO

50.  TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oscar ceremony looking grim….

AAMPAS have just released a trailer to promote the 2012 Oscar ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal – I think it is an unfunny dud !! I do hope that the ceremony fares better than this lame clip.

 

Check it out, click on the link

Academy Releases Oscar 2012 Trailer – The Vote on Variety.com.

 

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