WBEZ | Academy Awards http://www.wbez.org/tags/academy-awards Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr lincolnblues.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at some of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Also, the writer of a new play about cancer stops by to talk about his dad, games shows and aliens.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises Oscar All-Stars: And the winners are... http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/oscar-all-stars-and-winners-are-109678 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/oscarpoll.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>In anticipation of this year&rsquo;s Academy Awards, WBEZ asked you to weigh in on the &ldquo;Best of the Best.&rdquo; We compiled Oscar winners from the last ten years in the major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.</p><p>You voted and the results are in!</p><p><strong>WINNERS</strong><br /><strong>Best Picture:</strong> No Country for Old Men (2007)<br /><strong>Best Director:</strong> Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men (2007)<br /><strong>Best Actor:</strong> Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood (2007)<br /><strong>Best Actress:</strong> Charlize Theron, Monster (2003)<br /><strong>Best Supporting Actor:</strong> Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)<br /><strong>Best Supporting Actress: </strong>Mo&rsquo;Nique, Precious (2009)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134863986&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>VOTE RESULTS (number of votes received listed on the left)</p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0Am5Rt8H_U2b1dHNkSEFoV0NpaWo1N1hTRTI5YTlYUHc&transpose=0&headers=0&range=A1%3AB10&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"vAxes":[{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"pieHole":0,"booleanRole":"certainty","title":"Best Picture","colors":["#3366CC","#DC3912","#FF9900","#109618","#990099","#0099C6","#DD4477","#66AA00","#B82E2E","#316395","#994499","#22AA99","#AAAA11","#6633CC","#E67300","#8B0707","#651067","#329262","#5574A6","#3B3EAC","#B77322","#16D620","#B91383","#F4359E","#9C5935","#A9C413","#2A778D","#668D1C","#BEA413","#0C5922","#743411"],"is3D":false,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Horizontal axis title","minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},"width":600,"height":371},"state":{},"view":{},"isDefaultVisualization":false,"chartType":"PieChart","chartName":"Chart 1"} </script><p><br /><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0Am5Rt8H_U2b1dHNkSEFoV0NpaWo1N1hTRTI5YTlYUHc&transpose=0&headers=0&range=A12%3AB21&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"vAxes":[{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"pieHole":0,"booleanRole":"certainty","title":"Best Director","colors":["#3366CC","#DC3912","#FF9900","#109618","#990099","#0099C6","#DD4477","#66AA00","#B82E2E","#316395","#994499","#22AA99","#AAAA11","#6633CC","#E67300","#8B0707","#651067","#329262","#5574A6","#3B3EAC","#B77322","#16D620","#B91383","#F4359E","#9C5935","#A9C413","#2A778D","#668D1C","#BEA413","#0C5922","#743411"],"is3D":false,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Horizontal axis title","minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},"width":600,"height":371},"state":{},"view":{},"isDefaultVisualization":false,"chartType":"PieChart","chartName":"Chart 1"} </script></p><p><strong>BEST ACTRESS</strong><br />8 - Jennifer Lawrence &ndash; Silver Linings Playbook (2012)<br />3 - Meryl Streep &ndash; The Iron Lady (2011)<br />10 - Natalie Portman &ndash; Black Swan (2010)<br />3 - Sandra Bullock &ndash; The Blind Side (2009)<br />9 - Kate Winslet &ndash; The Reader (2008)<br />9 - Marion Cotiliard &ndash; La Vie En Rose (2007)<br />15 - Helen Miren &ndash; The Queen (2006)<br />2 - Reese Witherspoon &ndash; Walk the Line (2005)<br />10 - Hilary Swank &ndash; Million Dollar Baby (2004)<br /><strong>19 -Charlize Theron &ndash;Monster (2003)</strong></p><p><strong>BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR</strong><br />5 - Christoph Waltz &ndash; Django Unchained (2012)<br />5 - Christopher Plummer &ndash; Beginners (2011)<br />11 - Christian Bale &ndash; The Fighter (2010)<br />14 - Christoph Waltz &ndash; Inglorious Basterds (2009)<br /><strong>23 - Heath Ledger &ndash; The Dark Knight (2008)</strong><br />12 - Javier Bardem &ndash; No Country for Old Men (2007)<br />7 - Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine (2006)<br />3 - George Clooney &ndash; Syriana (2005)<br />6 - Morgan Freeman &ndash; Million Dollar Baby (2004)<br />3 - Tim Robbins &ndash; Mystic River (2003)<br /><br /><strong>BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS</strong><br />11 - Anne Hathaway &ndash; Les Miserables (2012)<br />11 - Octavia Spencer &ndash; The Help (2011)<br />11 - Melissa Leo &ndash; The Fighter (2010)<br /><strong>12 - Monique &ndash; Precious (2009)</strong><br />8 - Penelope Cruz &ndash; Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)<br />11 - Tilda Swinton &ndash; Michael Clayton (2007)<br />7 - Jennifer Hudson &ndash; Dreamgirls (2006)<br />3 - Rachel Weisz &ndash; The Constant Gardener (2005)<br />8 - Cate Blanchett &ndash; The Aviator (2004)<br />6 - Renee Zellweger &ndash; Cold Mountain (2003)</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/oscar-all-stars-and-winners-are-109678 The Oscars: predictions and party planning http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/oscars-predictions-and-party-planning-105668 <p><p><img 24="" 7="" 85th="" academy="" alt="" annual="" at="" awards="" class="image-original_image" creator="" et.="" family="" february="" hollywood="" host="" macfarlane="" p.m.="" seth="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/seth_macfarlane_oscars_a_p.jpg" style="float: left; height: 414px; width: 310px; " the="" this="" title="&quot;Family Guy&quot; creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th annual Academy Awards tonight at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. (The Hollywood Reporter) " will="" />For as long as I can remember, I&#39;ve watched the annual Oscars telecast with a giddy excitement akin to opening presents on Christmas Day. In fact, I can say with absolute confidence (and not one drop of shame, I might add) that Oscar Sunday is my Super Bowl.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">As a geeky kid already determined to become the <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com" target="_blank">next great film critic</a>, I&nbsp;devoured every moment: the parade of impeccably-dressed directors, auteurs, studio heads and stars; the thrilling spectacle of an old Hollywood theatre, lit up by a stage of living legends passing the torch of classic cinema on to the next generation; and of course, the momentous anticipation of who would win a golden statuette and who would shockingly go home empty-handed.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Almost two decades later, I still watch the Oscars with the same wide-eyed wonder and reverance for quality filmmaking that so captivated me as a child. I appreciate the Academy Awards because they continue to celebrate cinema as an <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic235120.files/RichterFilmArt.pdf" target="_blank">art form</a>, honoring true talent and innovation over silly tabloid fodder. This year, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/news/ni47531556" target="_blank">film students</a> will be passing out the awards instead of models--a positive step in the right direction for a show that has often stooped to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLVwDBvWH7Y" target="_blank">superficial celebrity worship</a> in years past.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Dedicated cinephiles like myself agree: the magic of the Oscars lies not in &quot;who wore it best?&quot; on the red carpet, but who made us laugh, cry and reexamine the depths of the human condition with the very best films of the year.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here are my predictions for the big winners of 2012:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Supporting A</strong><strong>ctor</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: Christoph Waltz in <em>Django Unchained&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: Philip Seymour Hoffman in&nbsp;<em>The Master&nbsp;</em>(this man can do no wrong in my eyes)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Supporting Actress</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: Anne Hathway in <em>Les Miserables</em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: Anne Hathaway in <em>Les Miserables</em> (terrible film, undeniably Oscar-worthy performance)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Director</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: Ang Lee for <em>Life of Pi</em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: Benh Zeitlan for <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild&nbsp;</em>(this young director came out of nowhere to deliver one of the most moving films I&#39;ve seen in years)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Actor</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: Daniel Day-Lewis, majestically playing the title role in Spielberg&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Lincoln&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: Joaquin Phoenix in <em>The Master</em> (a riveting performance in a film that was occasionally relevatory, but mostly mediocre)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Actress</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: Jessica Chastain (or as I like to call her, the new Meryl Streep) in <em>Zero Dark Thirty</em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: Quevenzhanè Wallis (She was only six years old during the filming of&nbsp;<em>Beasts of the Southern Wild,&nbsp;</em>making her the youngest Best Actress nominee in history. As the brave heroine Hushpuppy, her performance is&nbsp;nothing short of spectacular)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Best Picture</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who will win</u>: <em>Argo&nbsp;</em>(dark horse: <em>Silver Linings Playboo</em>k)</div><div class="image-insert-image "><u>Who should win</u>: <em>Argo&nbsp;</em>(Since the Academy snubbed Ben Affleck for Best Director, his superbly-made film about Hollywood&#39;s involvement in the Iranian Hostage Crisis deserves top honors)&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">And if you&#39;d like to experience the Oscars outside the confines of your living room this year, head out to one of these lively Chicago viewing parties before 6 p.m. on Sunday:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Rockit Bar &amp; Grill</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/events/oscars-viewing-party-hosted-by-richard-roeper-billy-dec-2/" target="_blank">Oscars Viewing Party</a>&nbsp;(hosted by Richard Roeper and Billy Dec)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Center on Halsted</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.centeronhalsted.org/otrc/" target="_blank">2013 Oscar Party</a>&nbsp;(with silent auction and raffle!)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Sidetrack Chicago, The Video Bar</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.sidetrackchicago.com" target="_blank">Annual Oscar Party</a> (free!)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Siskel Film Center</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/oscarexperience2013" target="_blank">Oscar Experience: Chicago 2013</a> (Chicago&#39;s only Academy-sanctioned event, sold out)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e64EXXGu9DQ" width="620"></iframe></em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>, where she will certainly be live-tweeting the Oscars on February 24.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/oscars-predictions-and-party-planning-105668 Best Picture breakdowns: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' review http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-beasts-southern-wild-review-104889 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beastshushpuppyauroch.jpg" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="Hushpuppy meets the Auroch in Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s hard to explain,&quot; said director Benh Zeitlin on the plot of his Oscar nominated film&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008220ALC?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=B008220ALC"><em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em></a>, during a <a href="https://soundcloud.com/vocalo/beastsofthesouthernwild">visit with Vocalo <em>Morning AMp</em></a> hosts Molly Adams and&nbsp;Brian Babylon last summer.</p><p><em>Beasts</em> was nominated last Thursday&nbsp;for four Academy Awards: Best Picture,&nbsp;Best Directing, Best Actress (<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/01/10/quvenzhan_wallis_pronunciation_how_to_pronounce_the_name_of_youngest_ever.html">Quvenzhané</a> Wallis), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Zeitlin and&nbsp;Lucy Alibar). This is Zeitlin&#39;s first feature film, but it&#39;s already won the coveted Caméra d&#39;Or at Cannes and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Wallis was only five years-old when she auditioned and is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee, now at 9 years-old. The screenplay is an original story, based on a one-act play by Alibar, notable in an era dominated by Hollywood blockbuster franchises.</p><p>But what&#39;s the film about?</p><p>&quot;When we had to talk about our film to Hollywood fatcats we would just pitch <em>A League of Their Own</em>, because there was just no reason to pitch our movie. It just didn&rsquo;t work,&quot;&nbsp;joked Zeitlin on Vocalo, &quot;<em>A League of Their Own</em> you could pitch, it&rsquo;s real snappy.&quot;</p><p>But seriously.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of a folktale about this tiny little hero, who&rsquo;s this little girl named Hushpuppy, who lives with her father on the wrong side of a giant worldwide water protection system and their town has basically been cut off and they&rsquo;re dealing with a series of environmental catastrophes and kind of mythological beasts charging at their town,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s basically a story about survival and how to maintain your hope and your joy in the face of a series of disasters.&rdquo;</p><p>Thankfully Zeitlin is a far better filmmaker than pitchman, but yes, it&#39;s hard to explain.</p><p><em>Beasts</em> is a magical modern myth.&nbsp;Fearless six year-old Hushpuppy lives with her tough but loving father Wink&nbsp;on a mysterious bayou island known as The Bathtub. The community is isolated but tight-knit and happy, thanks in part to free-flowing booze. Together they weather Wink&#39;s illness and the apocalyptic&nbsp;storm, but in the end Hushpuppy alone faces the beasts, literal and looming.</p><p>Wink is played by&nbsp;Dwight Henry, not an professional actor but of all things, a professional baker. Known as Mister Henry to regulars at his bakery and café,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buttermilkdrop.com/?page_id=109">The Buttermilk Drop</a>&nbsp;in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, the&nbsp;Katrina survivor and father of five, delivers a fiery, intense performance born of&nbsp;vérité.</p><p>Wallis as Hushpuppy however, quietly enchants us into her fairytale, a world filled with animal friends and adventures. She wears not delicate wings, but dirty white undershirt, orange underpants, and oversized <a href="http://www.servusproducts.com/Pages/product.aspx?category=Non-Insulated&amp;cat=HLS-SERVUS&amp;pid=74928%20White">white shrimp boots</a>. Hushpuppy does occasionally punctuate her wonderland with screams and burps.</p><p>&quot;Get your pants on man!&quot; shouts father to daughter matter-of-factly, right before he spears a whole raw chicken, head and feet on, from a chest cooler half-filled with ice and bottled beer. He throws the bird on an ingenious windowsill wood-burning grill. When done, he rings a bell and calls &quot;Meat up time! Meat up!&quot; Hushpuppy calls back happily, &quot;Meat up time!&quot; &mdash; followed with yelps and barks.</p><p>Hushpuppy tears into the tender carcass with bare hands, throwing a scrap to her dogs, just as Wink says, &quot;Share with the dogs.&quot;</p><p>Their breakfast routine displays a compassionate, practiced, primal ballet,&nbsp;reminiscent of a Disney princess movie, but far more beautifully brutal.</p><p>One of the most heartbreaking scenes follows Wink&#39;s temporary disappearance. Hushpuppy walks slowly up the steps to his house and calls &quot;Daddy? Meat up time.&quot; There&#39;s no reply.</p><p>But our tiny hero is a survivor, and independent survivalist. She declines a boat ride and food from her teacher. Instead, Hushpuppy pulls down her surrogate &quot;Mama&quot; &mdash; a Michael Jordan jersey that once belonged to her real mother who &quot;swam away&quot;&mdash; from its place of honor on the wall of her house. She hangs it on a kitchen chair to carry on an imaginary conversation while making herself a canned gravy and cat food stew, after lighting the gas stove from across the room with a flame thrower. Don&#39;t worry: our little hero wore a football helmet for safety.</p><p>Her father reappears but their reunion is briefly violent. Hushpuppy lands a physical and emotional punch that sends Wink into a seizure and, she believes, releases the storm and beasts known as the aurochs from their icy suspension.</p><p>After Katrina, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">Tōhoku</a>, Sandy, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/13/169243113/army-corps-options-dwindle-along-with-mississippi-river">drying of the Mississippi</a>,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/11/169172194/roads-melt-gas-evaporates-in-australias-unprecedented-heat-wave">searing of Australia</a>, <em>Beasts</em> is the childlike folktale we tell ourselves, but with more hope and joy.</p><p>Also of note, <a href="http://www.welcometothebathtub.com/">Welcome to the Bathtub</a> is the film&#39;s lovely interactive immersive website, <a href="http://www.watsondg.com/work/beasts-southern-wild">designed by Watson DG</a>, with dynamic illustrations and quotations, live Twitter stream, and mesmerizing soundtrack composed by Zeitlin and&nbsp;Dan Romer.</p><p>Watch <em>Beasts</em> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/beasts-of-the-southern-wild/id557700186">now in iTunes</a>, or in its return to <a href="http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/5326">theaters, starting January 18</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=115611">Century Centre Cinema</a> in Lakeview.</p><p>Last week Mister Henry announced the opening of a&nbsp;<a href="http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/01/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-bakery-dwight-henry-harlem-plans.html?mid=twitter_grubst">Mr. Henry&#39;s bakery and&nbsp;</a><a href="http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/01/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-bakery-dwight-henry-harlem-plans.html?mid=twitter_grubst">café</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/01/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-bakery-dwight-henry-harlem-plans.html?mid=twitter_grubst">in Harlem this spring</a>. Working with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.noburestaurants.com/">Nobu Restaurants</a>&nbsp;managing partner, he mentioned a Chicago location may be in our future too. In the meantime, The Buttermilk Drop is taking orders for his signature buttermilk drop biscuits, plain donuts, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2013/01/buttermilk_drop_bakery_king_ca.html">king cakes</a>&nbsp;online now. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is February 12 this year.&nbsp;</p></div><p>The <a href="http://www.oscars.org/index.html">Oscars air&nbsp;February 24</a> at 6 p.m. CT <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/index">on ABC7</a>.</p></p> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-beasts-southern-wild-review-104889 Steve Heisler finds the truth behind Adam Sandler http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-08/steve-heisler-finds-truth-behind-adam-sandler-97006 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-06/jack and jill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qHKTXrUnN58" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>February 26, 2012, the day of the Academy Awards, ended with a few happy winners, and plenty more unhappy losers. For most, this meant they had to fake a smile on TV and then were ignored in favor of the bright, bold star sitting a few seats away from them.</p><p>But there was loser who didn't seem like he had much to be unhappy about, and that loser was Adam Sandler. The day before, Sandler's&nbsp;critically lambasted movie&nbsp;<em>Jack and Jill</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/02/adam-sandler-has-the-dubious-honor-of-dominating-the-razzie-nominations-.html">was nominated for 12 Razzies</a>, a new Razzie record. Time will tell if he will attend the ceremony like Sandra Bullock&nbsp;<a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/03/07/sandra-bullock-razzies/">did </a>in 2010 when she won for <em>All About Steve </em>(right before winning her Best Actress Oscar for <em>The Blind Side</em>).</p><p>But back to Sandler: 24 hours after losing so terribly, there he was, featured in a set of prerecorded interviews with celebrities that aired during the awards show, discussing his philosophy about making movies. "I’m eventually trying to, one day, tell the truth," said Sandler. "I don’t know if I’m ever going to get there, but I’m slowly letting pieces of myself out there and then maybe by the time I’m 85, I’ll look back and say, "All right, that about sums it up."'</p><p>But comedian Steve Heisler doesn't think that sums anything up. Read an excerpt of his thoughts or listen below:</p><p><em>"These days, Adam Sandler looks like he constructed a scarecrow version of himself, then stuffed that version full of really sweaty money. I’m not just talking about his general Jew-y schlubiness. It’s just that he looks like he did when he was younger, only like he’s been touched by a lot of different hands.</em></p><p><em>And after this week, I can only assume that he looks like that because he has been out, living life, getting handled, in pursuit of the truth.</em></p><p><em>Because, do you remember the Oscars? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL they were so bad. But the worst part was also the most perversely hilarious. The Oscars broadcasters decided to create a montage featuring Very Important Film People Talking About Very Important Things. Steve Carell wondered, 'What makes a person laugh? What makes a person cry? What makes a person feel anything?' This was going to be a moment when the collective Oscars handjob started to feel like a hand-'when you love your job, it doesn’t feel like work.'</em></p><p><em>But the producers of the telecast had other plans. They ended on Adam Sandler, wearing a tracksuit that would make my nana jealous."</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332746415-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/steve heiser.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This Saturday at the Horseshoe, expect performances by Colleen Doyle and friends, Monica Reida, Eric and Andy, Paul Oakley Stovall, Vallea Woodbury, Josh Zagoren as Chad the Bird and music from Maria McCullough as well as the Bama Lamas. Featuring <strong>Dr. William Ayers </strong>with a story about his most recent Super Bowl party, attended by the late Andrew Breitbart.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-08/steve-heisler-finds-truth-behind-adam-sandler-97006 Academy Awards snub the animal kingdom http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-02-23/academy-awards-snub-animal-kingdom-96608 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-21/uggie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="470" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-21/uggie.jpg" title="Uggie, star of 'The Artist.' (AP/Joel Ryan)" width="600"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Alison Cuddy on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120224 animals and oscars.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-126371" player="null">120224 animals and oscars.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>This year’s nominees for the top Oscar slots (picture, director, actor, actress) generated the usual responses, from elation to disappointment to prolonged bouts of head scratching. I don’t know whether they’re a better or worse batch than previous years' contenders, but the Academy must be feeling a bit itchy about its picks - in recent years <a href="http://www.movieline.com/2011/06/15/academy-awards-tweak-best-picture-rules-will-nominate-between-5-and-10-films/">rules have been tweaked</a> so that <em>in theory </em>more – and perhaps more deserving – films make it into contention.</p><p>As far as deserving Oscar performances go, what hasn’t changed is the ineligibility (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-diamond/animals-and-the-academy-a_b_481290.html">technically</a>) of non-human actors. Now, that oversight normally doesn’t generate a whole lot of controversy. But in a year when star turns by dogs, cats and other creatures are both ubiquitous and in some cases outshine their two-footed competitors, well, that’s a horse of a different color.</p><p>Animals in films that are actually nominated include Uggie, who plays "The Dog" in <em>The Artist</em>, Cosmo aka "Arthur" in <em>Beginners</em>, Blackie, the fierce doberman "Maximilian" in <em>Hugo</em>, and Finder, who plays "Joey" in <em>War Horse. </em>All won awards at the recent <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/and-the-pawscar-goes-to-139040659.html">PAWSCARS</a> (Cosmo snagged the award for best speaking part because his barks were subtitled. Surely Uggie deserved those as well – the rest of his silent co-stars got them!).</p><p>Best ensemble cast went to a non-nominated film – <em>We Bought a Zoo</em>. I would have recommended <a href="http://oscar.go.com/nominees/foreign-language-film/belgium-bullhead"><em>Bullhead</em></a>, one of this year's foreign film nominees. A herd of photogenic Belgian cattle alongside a duplicitous veterinarian and mobsters dealing in banned bovine hormones? That’s got Oscar written all over it!</p><p>The most glaring oversight might be Andy Serkis' performance in <em>Planet of the Apes </em>(a tour de force that also troubles the human-animal hierarchical bent of the Academy). Another performance to ponder, if not necessarily award, is the talking cat Paw Paw in Miranda July’s <em>The Future </em>(who really ought to connect with another crowd-dividing animal performer - the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L2ooG_MX9E">apocalyptic fox</a> in Lars Von Trier’s <em>Antichrist</em>). Hummer, the Pomeranian who played "Dolce" in <em>Young Adults</em> deserves special mention as a <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/849787/charlize-theron-reveals-her-craziest-costar-ever">non-professional animal actor.</a></p><p>Meanwhile Kelly Reichardt’s <em>Meek’s Cutoff </em>features a tragic canary and a bestiary of oxen, horses and burros, but not her <a href="http://this.org/magazine/2009/06/24/kelly-reichardt-wendy-lucy-michelle-williams/">soulful dog, Lucy</a>, who co-starred in her previous film <em>Wendy and Lucy</em> and completely stole <em>Old Joy</em> out from under solemn, Walt Whitman look-alike Will Oldham.</p><p>I admit, I’ve got a bit of a thing for animal performances. Where would westerns be (which never get a lot of Oscar love) without horses? Particularly charming is <a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/american-actor-randolph-scott-with-his-palomino-horse-news-photo/71060381">Stardust</a>, the frequent co-star of Randolph Scott.</p><p>But I can trace my fixation far earlier, to the 1919 Canadian film, <a href="http://www.canuxploitation.com/review/backtogods.html"><em>Back to God’s Country</em></a>. Starring the multi-talented (and real-life animal lover) <a href="http://www.svpproductions.com/nellshipman2.html">Nell Shipman</a>, the Northern epic features scenes with adorable bear cub Cubby, as well as a very prickly porcupine. The film has some interesting gender politics –it is heroine Nell who races her sled across the frozen North to save her man.</p><p>I’ve also always wondered about the film’s sexual politics. Thanks to some frenzied cross-cutting at the film’s climax, the true-love relationship seems to involve Nell and Wapi the wonder dog, an abused Great Dane she picks up along the way.</p><p>But I digress - let’s get back to Oscars country! Rumor had it that the semi-retired Jack Russell, Uggie, would make an <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17038472">appearance at the awards</a>. Sad to say that’s not the case. What do you want to bet that Billy Crystal, a man who’s done his share of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/City-Slickers-VHS-Billy-Crystal/dp/0792837258">acting opposite animals</a>, thought he might be upstaged?</p><p>Nominate your favorite animal performance (from this or previous years) below!</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-02-23/academy-awards-snub-animal-kingdom-96608 Oscar nominations announced, Scorsese's 'Hugo' leads with 11 nominations http://www.wbez.org/story/oscar-nominations-announced-scorseses-hugo-leads-11-nominations-95771 <p><p>Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure <em>Hugo</em> leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director honor for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.</p><p>Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film <em>The Artist</em>; the family drama <em>The Descendants</em>; the Sept. 11 tale <em>Extremely Loud &amp; Incredibly Close</em>; the Deep South drama <em>The Help</em>; the romantic fantasy <em>Midnight in Paris</em>; the sports tale <em>Moneyball</em>; the family chronicle <em>The Tree of Life</em>; and the World War I epic <em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>The nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient <em>The Artist</em>&nbsp;and best drama winner <em>The Descendants</em>.</p><p><em>The Artist</em>&nbsp;ran second with 10 nominations, among them writing and directing nominations for French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, a best-actor honor for Jean Dujardin and a supporting-actress nod for Berenice Bejo.</p><p>"I can't believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and today I am nominated for an Academy Award," said Bejo, the romantic partner of Hazanavicius, who plays a rising big-screen star of the sound era in <em>The Artist</em>.</p><p>Because of a rule change requiring films to receive a certain number of first-place votes, the best-picture field has only nine nominees rather than the 10 that were in the running the last two years.</p><p>Scorsese, who won the directing prize at the Globes for <em>Hugo</em>, picked up his seventh Oscar nomination in the category. After decades of being overlooked for Hollywood's top filmmaking award, Scorsese finally won the directing Oscar for 2006's <em>The Departed</em>, which also was named best picture.</p><p>Dujardin, the Globe winner for best actor in a musical or comedy as a silent-era star whose career goes kaput with the arrival of talking pictures, will be up against Globe dramatic actor recipient George Clooney for <em>The Descendants</em>, in which the Oscar-winning superstar plays a dad trying to hold his Hawaiian family together after a boating accident puts his wife in a coma.</p><p>Other best-actor contenders are: Demian Bichir as an immigrant father in <em>A Better Life</em>; Gary Oldman as British spymaster George Smiley in <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>; and Brad Pitt as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in <em>Moneyball</em>.</p><p>Globe winners Meryl Streep (best dramatic actress as Margaret Thatcher in <em>The Iron Lady</em>) and Michelle Williams (best musical or comedy actress as Marilyn Monroe in <em>My Week with Marilyn</em>) scored Oscar nominations for best actress.</p><p>Two-time Oscar winner Streep padded her record as the most-nominated actress, raising her total to 17 nominations, five more than Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied for second-place.</p><p>Streep went two-for-four on her first nominations, winning supporting actress for 1979's <em>Kramer vs. Kramer</em>&nbsp;and best actress for 1982's <em>Sophie's Choice</em>. But she has lost her last 12 times, and the Globe win for her spot-on personification of Thatcher looks like her best chance yet to break that losing streak.</p><p>Along with Streep and Williams, best-actress nominees are: Glenn Close as a 19th century Irishwoman masquerading as a male butler in <em>Albert Nobbs</em>; Viola Davis as a black maid going public with tales of white Southern employers in <em>The Help</em>; and Rooney Mara as a traumatized, vengeful computer genius in <em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em>.</p><p>"I am honored to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgment," Streep said.</p><p>Octavia Spencer's win at the Globes as supporting-actress for <em>The Help</em>, in which she plays a fiery maid whose mouth continually gets her in trouble, could give her front-runner status for the same prize at the Oscars. The same may hold true for supporting-actor nominee Christopher Plummer, who won a Globe for his role as an elderly dad coming out as gay in <em>Beginners</em>.</p><p>An esteemed film and stage actor, Plummer went most of his 60-year career unacknowledged at the Oscars until earning a supporting-actor nomination two years ago as Leo Tolstoy in <em>The Last Station</em>. If he wins this time, the 82-year-old Plummer would become the oldest acting recipient ever; Jessica Tandy now holds that position for her best-actress win in <em>Driving Miss Daisy</em>&nbsp;at age 80.</p><p>Also in contention for supporting actor: Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in <em>My Week with Marilyn</em>; Jonah Hill as a statistics whiz in <em>Moneyball</em>; Nick Nolte as a derelict dad making amends in <em>Warrior</em>; and Max von Sydow as a mute mystery man in <em>Extremely Loud &amp; Incredibly Close</em>.</p><p>Also up for supporting actress are <em>The Help</em>&nbsp;co-star Jessica Chastain as Spencer's lonely, needy boss; Melissa McCarthy as a crude but caring member of the wedding in <em>Bridesmaids</em>; and Janet McTeer as a woman posing as a male laborer in <em>Albert Nobbs</em>.</p><p>McCarthy is a rare funny lady competing at the Oscars, which seldom honor performances in mainstream comedies such as <em>Bridesmaids</em>.</p><p>The nomination for McCarthy was a small surprise next to some other startling turns among the nominations.</p><p>Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock's <em>Extremely Loud &amp; Incredibly Close</em>, which got mixed reviews and has not been much of a factor at earlier Hollywood awards, was a very unexpected best-picture nominee. Von Sydow's supporting-actor nomination also was a surprise.</p><p>Terrence Malick's <em>The Tree of Life</em>&nbsp;also had been considered a bit of a best-picture longshot. The movie, which won top honors at last May's Cannes Film Festival but was a love-it-or-hate-it drama among audiences, also picked up a directing nomination for Malick.</p><p>Oscar heavyweight Clint Eastwood's <em>J. Edgar</em>&nbsp;was shut out entirely, including for best actor, where Leonardo DiCaprio had been a strong prospect as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover.</p><p>Other surprises included best-actor contender Bichir, who gave a terrific performance in <em>A Better Life</em>, a film few people have seen.</p><p>Bichir beat out not only DiCaprio but also such actors as Ryan Gosling for two films, <em>Drive</em>&nbsp;and <em>The Ides of March</em>&nbsp;and Michael Fassbender for <em>Shame</em>, who both had been high on Oscar forecasters' lists.</p><p>Also missing out on nominations were Tilda Swinton for <em>We Need to Talk About Kevin</em>, Albert Brooks for <em>Drive</em>&nbsp;and Shailene Woodley for <em>The Descendants</em>.</p><p>The best-director roster is loaded with past winners and nominees, including Scorsese for <em>Hugo</em>, Malick for <em>The Tree of Life,</em>&nbsp;Woody Allen for <em>Midnight in Paris</em>&nbsp;and Alexander Payne for <em>The Descendants</em>.</p><p><em>Midnight in Paris</em>, Allen's biggest hit in decades, was the filmmaker's first best-picture nominee since 1986's <em>Hannah and Her Sisters</em>&nbsp;and first directing nomination since 1994's <em>Bullets Over Broadway</em>. With his 15th honor for original screenplay, Allen also extended his lead as record-holder for most writing nominations (Billy Wilder is second with 12).</p><p>The lone newcomer is Hazanavicius for <em>The Artist</em>, a critical darling that has stacked up an impressive list of honors and nominations at earlier awards since its debut last year at Cannes.</p><p>While Steven Spielberg's best-picture contender <em>War Horse</em>&nbsp;picked up six nominations, the Oscar-winning filmmaker missed out in the directing category, a prize he has won twice. His first cartoon feature, the Golden Globe-winning <em>The Adventures of Tintin</em>, also did not make the list for best animated film.</p><p>Another animated snub was <em>Cars 2</em>, the first feature-length cartoon from Disney's Pixar Animation that failed to earn a nomination since the category was added in 2001. Pixar films including <em>Toy Story 3</em>, <em>Up</em>&nbsp;and <em>WALL-E</em>&nbsp;had won the last four animation Oscars.</p><p>This time, the animated nominees are <em>A Cat in Paris</em>, <em>Chico &amp; Rita</em>,&nbsp;<em>Kung Fu Panda 2</em>, <em>Puss in Boots</em>&nbsp;and <em>Rango</em>.</p><blockquote><p>Complete list of 84th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:</p><p>1. Best Picture: <em>The Artist</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Descendants</em>,&nbsp;<em>Extremely Loud &amp; Incredibly Close</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Help</em>,&nbsp;<em>Hugo</em>,&nbsp;<em>Midnight in Paris</em>,&nbsp;<em>Moneyball</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Tree of Life</em>,&nbsp;<em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>2. Actor: Demian Bichir, <em>A Better Life</em>; George Clooney, <em>The Descendants</em>; Jean Dujardin, <em>The Artist</em>; Gary Oldman, <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>; Brad Pitt, <em>Moneyball</em>.</p><p>3. Actress: Glenn Close, <em>Albert Nobbs</em>; Viola Davis, <em>The Help</em>; Rooney Mara, <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>; Meryl Streep, <em>The Iron Lady</em>; Michelle Williams, <em>My Week With Marilyn</em>.</p><p>4. Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, <em>My Week With Marilyn</em>; Jonah Hill, <em>Moneyball</em>; Nick Nolte, <em>Warrior</em>; Christopher Plummer, <em>Beginners</em>; Max von Sydow, <em>Extremely Loud &amp; Incredibly Close</em>.</p><p>5. Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, <em>The Artist</em>; Jessica Chastain, <em>The Help</em>; Melissa McCarthy, <em>Bridesmaids</em>; Janet McTeer, <em>Albert Nobbs</em>; Octavia Spencer, <em>The Help</em>.</p><p>6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, <em>The Artist</em>; Alexander Payne, <em>The Descendants</em>; Martin Scorsese, <em>Hugo</em>; Woody Allen, <em>Midnight in Paris</em>; Terrence Malick, <em>The Tree of Life</em>.</p><p>7. Foreign Language Film: <em>Bullhead</em>, Belgium; <em>Footnote</em>, Israel; <em>In Darkness</em>, Poland; <em>Monsieur Lazhar</em>, Canada; <em>A Separation</em>, Iran.</p><p>8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, <em>The Descendants</em>; John Logan, <em>Hugo</em>; George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, <em>The Ides of March</em>; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, <em>Moneyball</em>; Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>.</p><p>9. Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius, <em>The Artist</em>; Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, <em>Bridesmaids</em>; J.C. Chandor, <em>Margin Call</em>; Woody Allen, <em>Midnight in Paris</em>; Asghar Farhadi, <em>A Separation</em>.</p><p>10. Animated Feature Film: <em>A Cat in Paris</em>; <em>Chico &amp; Rita</em>; <em>Kung Fu Panda 2</em>; <em>Puss in Boots</em>; <em>Rango</em>.</p><p>11. Art Direction: <em>The Artist</em>,&nbsp;<em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2</em>, <em>Hugo</em>, <em>Midnight in Paris</em>, <em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>12. Cinematography: <em>The Artist</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>,&nbsp;<em>Hugo</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Tree of Life</em>,&nbsp;<em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>13. Sound Mixing: <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>, <em>Hugo</em>, <em>Moneyball</em>, <em>Transformers: Dark of the Moon</em>, <em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>14. Sound Editing: <em>Drive</em>, <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>, <em>Hugo</em>, <em>Transformers: Dark of the Moon</em>, <em>War Horse</em>.</p><p>15. Original Score: <em>The Adventures of Tintin</em>, John Williams; <em>The Artist</em>, Ludovic Bource; <em>Hugo</em>, Howard Shore; <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>, Alberto Iglesias; <em>War Horse</em>, John Williams.</p><p>16. Original Song: "Man or Muppet"&nbsp;from <em>The Muppets</em>, Bret McKenzie; "Real in Rio" from <em>Rio</em>, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett.</p><p>17. Costume: <em>Anonymous</em>, <em>The Artist</em>, <em>Hugo</em>, <em>Jane Eyre</em>, <em>W.E.</em></p><p>18. Documentary Feature: <em>Hell and Back Again</em>, <em>If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front</em>, <em>Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory</em>,&nbsp;<em>Pina</em>,&nbsp;<em>Undefeated</em>.</p><p>19. Documentary (short subject): <em>The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement</em>,&nbsp;<em>God Is the Bigger Elvis</em>,&nbsp;<em>Incident in New Baghdad</em>,&nbsp;<em>Saving Face</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom</em>.</p><p>20. Film Editing: <em>The Artist</em>, <em>The Descendants</em>, <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em>, <em>Hugo</em>, <em>Moneyball</em>.</p><p>21. Makeup: <em>Albert Nobbs</em>,&nbsp;<em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2</em>, <em>The Iron Lady</em>.</p><p>22. Animated Short Film: <em>Dimanche/Sunday</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore</em>,&nbsp;<em>La Luna</em>,&nbsp;<em>A Morning Stroll</em>,&nbsp;<em>Wild Life</em>.</p><p>23. Live Action Short Film: <em>Pentecost</em>,&nbsp;<em>Raju</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Shore,</em>&nbsp;<em>Time Freak</em>, <em>Tuba Atlantic</em>.</p><p>24. Visual Effects: <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2</em>,&nbsp;<em>Hugo</em>,&nbsp;<em>Real Steel</em>,&nbsp;<em>Rise of the Planet of the Apes</em>,&nbsp;<em>Transformers: Dark of the Moon</em>.</p></blockquote></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/oscar-nominations-announced-scorseses-hugo-leads-11-nominations-95771 Directors share their favorite film moments for new book http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Best Director Getty Jason Merrit.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday&rsquo;s Best Director nominees at the <a target="_blank" href="http://oscar.go.com/">Academy Awards</a> would surely be able to name a pivotal cinematic moment in their lives; a film that catapulted a life-long dedication to the art of filmmaking. A new book looks to discover and dissect some of those moments. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Film-That-Changed-Life-Epiphanies/dp/1556528256"><em>The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark</em></a> is the work of local journalist <a target="_blank" href="http://robelder.com/">Robert K. Elder</a>. And, naturally, Elder didn&rsquo;t forget to include his own film favorite. With so many directors to choose from, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s Alison Cuddy asked Robert: How do you narrow it down to just 30 films?</p><p><em>Music Button: Paul Williams, &quot;Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye&quot;, Phantom of the Paradise Soundtrack (Universal)</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082