Do’s and Don’t of the Oscars: 2012 Edition


You won’t find a list of winners here. Just check ever other entertainment blog on the face of the earth. Here we just have the Do’s and Don’ts of the Oscars: 2012 Edition.

Do’s and Don’ts: 2012

  1. Do check your sound. My television couldn’t been the only one with weird audio feedback and sound.
  2. Do let Billy Crystal host every year. Maybe he can switch it on and off with Hugh. Billy does it simple, classic. It might seem boring or safe, but overall he carried the show well. The audience seemed to agree.
  3. Don’t do fun facts before commercial breaks. I don’t care. I don’t like it when you do it during the Emmys so I’m definitely not going to like it during the Oscars.
  4. Do let Emma Stone come on stage more often. She will be my best friend. She was so funny and charming. Not in an obnoxious way either. I thought she and Ben Stiller played very nicely.
  5. Don’t let RDJ do that documentary thing again. I love him, but it was very awkward. Let me say it again, I love him, but don’t let him do that again.
  6. Do switch up your presentation such as Cameron Diaz. She does present like every year. Let her have a little fun. Same for Sandra Bullock. She was Ms. Congeniality, let her speak that German Chinese! Find the right balance. Yes to the ladies. Just let RDJ stand there and be handsome.
  7. Don’t do little jokes that aren’t that funny. Do a test audience on the test audience skit. You can save time. Speaking about time… look to the next one.
  8. Don’t say you’ll end at 11:30. Be honest with yourselves… you always end at 11:40.
  9. Do allow Colin Firth to present all awards. You can’t say no to that face or that voice.
  10. Don’t let there only be two Best Song nominees. Also Do let them perform. It’s more entertaining.
Bonus:
  1. Do play a side game on tumblr or twitter with other fans of an actor.  Benedict Cumberwatch ’12 on tumblr. It was highly entertaining for myself since I’ve just become a fan.
  2. Do make a twitter for Angelina Jolie’s leg. Pretty funny when going through your feed and you see that.

 

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”: Say that three times fast


“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a mouthful of a title. It is also a mouthful of a movie. I advise you to not let your attention drift because then you’re in big trouble.

“Tinker…” is based off John le Carre’s novel dealing with espionage during the Cold War. Tomas Alfredson takes a stab at this after the 1979 television mini-series starring Alec Guinness.  Gary Oldman portrays George Smiley, an agent forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a mole that is in the British intelligence.  I found it really funny that Oldman’s character didn’t really come out to play until about thirty minutes into the movie. That’s okay because it was 2 hours.

It was intriguing to watch the investigation unfold with Smiley enlisting the help of Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) and another to figure out the mole. Peter become more of  an interesting character than Smiley does when he must do away with his private life when the investigation begins.

The investigation focused on the Tinker, the Tailor, The Soldier and the Spy. Smiley finds chess pieces in the home of another agent that represents each of the people of the operation. The pieces connection to each of the characters really are my favorite part of the film including Oldman’s choice of glasses (which he took forever in deciding on as he said in a magazine article) Unexpected favorite part: Colin Firth appearing in this film as Bill Haydon, one of the agents that Smiley investigates.

I really can’t go into the details of the investigation because I don’t want to ruin who the mole is (which you don’t find out to the very end) ,but also because I’m still very confused on what was going on at some points. Alfredson would make very abrupt cuts that would flash back from the present to the past, but I of course didn’t realize it at first.

Oldman gained his first academy nomination portraying himself as Smiley.  I can see why Oldman was nominated because Smiley is a complex character dealing with his wife’s affairs, being put into semi-retirement and now finding the mole, but at the same I found Tom Hardy’s performance as Ricki Tarr more compelling. His story does take up a large portion of the film because Tarr is the one that learns there has been a mole in the British Intelligence agency for a while….  just not who.

Check it out and let me know if you think Oldman deserved his nomination or if the movie was stumping you just as much as did for me…  I think I’m going to check out le Carre’s novel to see if it makes more sense that way.

Oscar Nominations:

  1. Gary Oldman: Actor in a Leading Role
  2. Music (Original Score)

Tragically beautiful: “A Single Man”


I almost wasn’t able to go see “A Single Man” and that would have been a real shame.

This movie came out in December and was playing at my local theater probably until February so I thought I had plenty of time. Turns out, I was wrong and almost had to go into the city to go see it. Thankfully, as it’s Oscar weekend, it crept back into another theater close by. So thank you other theater.

After seeing “A Single Man”, I decided that it would stink to be an oscar movie vote because all the films have their own unique qualities. For example, I didn’t expect that “A Single Man” would have an such an emotional pull for me, but it did.

The story is about George Falconer, an English Professor who’s boyfriend, Jim, died 8 months ago in a car accident and he’s still trying to cope with it. Many people would be turned away from this film because a) it’s depressing or b) they are uncomfortable with the subject matter.

Colin Firth plays George Falconer and I’m slightly rooting for him to win the oscar. He won’t, but I wish he kinda would because the emotion he put into this role was unbelievable. Every little action you knew what he was thinking, feeling and how he was still hurting. The first scene was particularly powerful when he found out about Jim’s death and wanted to fly out for the funeral, but due to the time period, he was told it was only for “family member only.” Jim and George had been together for 16 years, but Jim’s family didn’t accept this as an answer.  It was so great how Tom Ford shuttered back between reality and 8 months ago. When he looked at a picture, it shuttered back to that time or when he saw a dog that reminded him of he and Jim’s dog.

Also Tom Ford, I know I’m normally against celebrities doing multiple things such as “I’m an actress and a singer”, but Mr. Ford, keep being a fashion designer and a director. I can’t get over that this is his first time directing. Also of course, Colin Firth looked fabulous in his suits. I kinda wish today’s society would dress up more like in the 50’s and 60’s where everyone always looked so fabulous and put together.

My favorite thing that Mr. Ford did in this film was the constant reminder of clocks and how slowly time passed by. It showed what time of day it was, but it also showed how each minute meant nothing to George because without Jim, life was nothing. The constant looking to see if time moved and realizing it didn’t showed how much it took George Falconer to get through the day. Also loved the extreme close ups of the eyes, the mouths and everything else that George was intently looking at, silently observing and find answers through.

The ending… I’m not gonna say anything, but it was brilliant. Go see this film and agree with me that Tom Ford should keep his day job of designing, but also keep his new night job of directing. The story, the actors, the editing.. everything was so tragically beautiful to show that time slowly ticks by without your loved ones. That was the real tragedy for George, to live each day without his soulmate.

Oscar Nominations:  Best Actor Colin Firth

Really Tom Ford you didn’t get a nomination? Shame on you oscar voting community….