When you awakened on the morning of Tuesday, January 25, 2011, perhaps the news event on your mind was The State of The Union speech that President Obama would deliver that evening. Or, perhaps, the financially-minded among you, were hoping the Dow would reach 12,000 again.
Only THE KING reaped nominations benefits at the box-office.
Here, in sunny Southern California, we awakened that morning eager to learn the names of the nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the yearly self-congratulatory festival that focuses the world's eyes on our little neck o' the woods, and makes us feel good about how Hollywood entertains the world.
For those pre-occupied with things political or financial, the following will be news: This year, the Oscars will be presented at a ceremony on Sunday, February 27, 8p.m., ET, 5 P.M., PT. Once again, the show will originate from Hollywood Boulevard's upscale Kodak Theatre. The ABC-TV broadcast, in a bid to
pull in young viewers, will be co-hosted by youngish super-novas Anne Hathaway and James Franco. The 127 HOURS star, also a Best Actor nominee, will not sever a limb on the Oscar-cast, but he has promised to sing and dance.
This BLACK SWAN is sweeping Best Actress awards!
Upon learning of the nominations, I had two first reactions. This year's nominees were all Oscar-worthy, and there were few, if any, true surprises. Of course, there were snubs and omissions; but none of these rocked the earth beneath our feet. INCEPTION's Christopher Nolan should have been among the Best Director nominees and Julianne Moore should have received an Oscar nod alongside her nominated co-stars Annette Benning and Mark Ruffalo . TRUE GRIT'S Hailee Steinfeld earned her nomination – and then some. But as Best Supporting Actress? Tell me, what principle actress did she support, dear Academy members?
Yes, the nominees are eminently worthy, but I
wish the choices would have been less pat and predictable.
In GRIT, whom does this Supporting Actress nominee support?
Many of this year's Oscar nominees celebrated their recognition on the night of January 25. Not so, Oscar host/nominee James Franco. While others were popping champagne corks in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu, the unconventional Franco was at Yale, studying for a PHD in English and Film Studies.
Re Franco, my only remaining question is this, "If he wins the Oscar, will he accept the award with one arm hidden behind his back?"
If THE SOCIAL NETWORK win any of its eight nominations, don't look for Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to accept, or to say, anything. Through a Facebook representative, Zuckerberg reacted to THE SOCIAL NETWORK's Oscar nominations, with this comment to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: 'We've said all we're going to say about the movie and the books. We've moved on from this discussion and we think
others have, too."
On SNL, the real and the cinematic Zuckerbergs faced off.
BLACK SWAN Best Actress nominee, and mother-to-be, Natalie Portman, apparently hasn't tired of THE SOCIAL NETWORK discussion. Of the Winklevoss twins, who sued Mark Zuckerberg in the movie, and in real life, Portman told the January 31 issue of NEWSWEEK, "I know the Winklevoss twins. I partied with them." The Oscar nominated actress went on to say that she even hosted a dinner party for writer-director Aaron Sorkin to tell him what really happened. She does add. "I never met Zuckerberg."
At the box-office last weekend, only THE KING'S SPEECH reaped a positive reaction for its 12 Oscar nods. Adding 877 new screens to its release, Oscar's most nominated motion picture jumped forty-one percent over the previous weekend. Regrettably, neither BLACK SWAN nor THE FIGHTER benefited from multiple nominations and expanded releases. Both were down from the January 21-23 weekend.
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