♥ The Artist is in the running for Best Original Screenplay. Ever wonder what a silent film screenplay looks like? Here’s your chance to find out. Hint: very, very detailed.
♥ More ideas for Oscar party goodies, with culinary match-ups of Oscar nominated films!
♥ Enjoy complaining about Oscar snubs? I’ve got you covered with this video of great 2011 films directed by women that didn’t get an Oscar nomination. Only 4 women — Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow — have EVER been nominated for Best Director in the 84 years of the Academy Awards. [Insert shocked expression here.] And only 1 of the 4 has won: Bigelow, who directed The Hurt Locker (2008). Oh, and those last 3 women? They were all nominated in the last 19 years, which meant only 1 woman, Lina Wertmuller, was nominated in the first 60+ years of the Oscars. Sigh.
♥ And that leads me to this thoughtful and spot-on funny reflection on Oscarmania and its discontents from The New York Times. Favorite bit of the article (which admittedly goes on too long but ends on a good note, much like the Oscar telecast itself):
I think that underneath all the empty pomp and hyperventilating coverage there is something worth caring about. Yes, the Academy often recognizes mediocrity and overlooks excellence. Yes, the documentary and foreign language film categories are hobbled by ridiculous rules that seem designed to exclude some of the best work. … Yes, the show goes on too long, with too many bad jokes and not enough moments of genuine emotion or surprise. Yes, Hollywood is a swamp of vanity, myopia and bad taste. But it is also a community of hard-working and talented people who approach this annual ritual of self-congratulation with a sincere spirit of respect for the labor of others and reverence for the traditions that bring them together.
- Oscar-nominated reel librarians (reel-librarians.com)
- Oscars Viewing Party Recommendation: Free Academy-Inspired Evites (news.instyle.com)
- Oscar Madness (ten21ten.wordpress.com)