It’s Oscars weekend! This excitement is definitely reflected in my interwebs-round-up below. You know where I’ll be this Sunday!
♥ This article — with charts! — raises an interesting question: When box-office hits get nominated, do Oscar ratings go up?
♥ Poor Greer Garson and her oft-maligned record for longest Oscar acceptance speech (clocking in at reported times ranging from 5 1/2 – 7 mins), for her Best Actress win for 1942′s Mrs. Miniver. You can catch a clip of her speech by clicking here or watching below.
♥ For Oscar acceptance speeches that are memorable in a more positive way, there’s a list here of the top 20 of the last 20 years, and a list here featuring the top 12 in Oscar history. Any crossovers? (Hint: Emma Thompson, I ♥ you.) Do you agree or disagree?
♥ This inside look at an Oscar voter’s ballot is brutally honest and quite illuminating.
♥ I suspect Argo will win Best Picture tomorrow night, and this essay muses what that triumph really reveals about Hollywood and the popular reception to this film. My fave line:
It reignited the notion that serious movies for adults could be popular again.
♥ And last, but not least, I had a big smile on my face going through this delightful menu of Oscar-themed foods. Spiced ceviche boats with tiger’s milk to celebrate Life of Pi? Wild boar hush puppies for Beasts of the Southern Wild? Genius!
- Oscars: Best since ’39? (guidingstarcinema-blog.com)
- Website reveals trends in Oscar acceptance speeches (popwatch.ew.com)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of the Oscar Acceptance Speech (fox4kc.com)
- Top 10 Interesting Facts About The Oscars (toptenz.net)
- What’s an Oscar Worth at the Box Office? (business.time.com)
- Learn Every Oscar Acceptance Speech Stat Imaginable (vulture.com)