WBEZ | Oscars http://www.wbez.org/tags/oscars Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Morning Shift: The emotional expense of unemployment http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-16/morning-shift-emotional-expense-unemployment-109526 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/unemployment Flickr by theseoduke.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s easy to see the financial strain caused by long-term unemployment. Now, new research is shedding light on the less understood but equally damaging emotional cost. We delve into mental health and unemployment with professor Timothy Classen and therapist Keith Renfroe.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-emotional-expense-of-unemploymen/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-emotional-expense-of-unemploymen.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-emotional-expense-of-unemploymen" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The emotional expense of unemployment" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-16/morning-shift-emotional-expense-unemployment-109526 All-apology issue: The Onion, 'Daily Show' suck it up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 <p><p><em>A &#39;sorry&#39; blog post:</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-25%20at%2011.44.23%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 218px; width: 294px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" title="" /></p><p><strong>&#39;CRUDE AND OFFENSIVE ... SENSELESS, HUMORLESS ...&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s the way <em>The Onion</em>&nbsp;CEO Steve Hannah describes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-02/offensive-onion-tweet-headlines-hostile-ugly-sexist-oscar-night-105727" target="_blank">a tweet about young Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis</a> during Sunday&#39;s ceremonies -- a tweet <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/02/25/sophomoric-satire-slapped-down-on-social-media/1947123/" target="_blank">taken down within an hour</a>, followed Monday morning by Hannah&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onion-apologizes,31434/" target="_blank">apology promising &quot;immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.&quot;</a><br />* <em>American Journalism Review</em> editor: Apology &quot;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2013/02/25/quvenzhan-wallis-onion-oscars-academy-awards-tweet/1947413/" target="_blank">was spot on</a>.&quot;<br />* Might that apology now cast&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/the-onion-apology-quvenzhane-wallis/62493/" target="_blank">a chilling effect on <em>The Onion</em>&#39;s humor</a>?<br />* <em>New York Times</em> media critic: &quot;<em>Onion</em> to writers: Tweet incredibly edgy, funny stuff. <a href="https://twitter.com/carr2n/statuses/306087130499796993" target="_blank">If you go over the line, we&#39;ll just slide you under the bus</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Onion</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/thing-x-parody-onion-quvenzhane-apology_n_2761254.html" target="_blank">apology satirized</a> by <a href="http://www.thingx.tv/" target="_blank">Thing X</a>, founded by ex-<em>Onion</em> staffers and Cartoon Network&#39;s &quot;Adult Swim&quot;: &quot;<a href="http://www.thingx.tv/articles/thing-x-apologizes-2287/" target="_blank">Rest assured that from this day forward, nothing will matter to us more than your comfort</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Salon: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/26/twitters_unstoppable_humor_police_were_all_hate_watchers_now/" target="_blank">Is social media too tough on political incorrectness? Ask Seth MacFarlane</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/how-producers-got-michelle-obama-for-the-oscars.html?_r=1&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1361855483-Hh8bbfnnRfQGXLD+U8wHnA&amp;gwh=66FD85D01E8AF01F48DF4401DCC0A3DF" target="_blank">How producers got Michelle Obama</a> to present an Oscar.</p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:512px;"><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="144" longdesc="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" scrolling="no" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:424128" width="256"></iframe></div><p><strong>&#39;THE DAILY SHOW&#39; APOLOGIZES, TOO. </strong>Jon Stewart last night regretted having &quot;<a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" target="_blank">randomly slammed a dude because ... he had a funny name like Dick Molpus</a>,&quot; using him as &quot;an avatar for casual bigotry,&quot; when in fact Molpus has endured death threats during &quot;a long and distinguished record of speaking out for civil rights.&quot;<br />* Mississippi investigative reporter: <a href="http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/2013/02/22/note-to-jon-stewart-why-not-invite-dick-molpus-and-constance-slaughter-harvey-to-appear-on-your-show/" target="_blank">Invite Molpus on the show</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;MOST INCREDIBLE NEWSPAPER APOLOGY EVER.&#39;</strong> That&#39;s how media watcher Jim Romenesko describes a &quot;Note to Readers&quot; from a North Carolina paper groveling before &quot;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/25/paper-apologizes-for-gun-records-request/" target="_blank">everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request</a> ...&quot;<br />* <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> columnist calls apology &quot;<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Murphy-NC-is-where-American-journalism-went-to-die.html" target="_blank">embarrassing, snivling</a> [sic].&quot;&nbsp;<br />* <em>Boing Boing</em> calls it &quot;awe-inspiring work, <a href="http://boingboing.net/2013/02/25/newspaper-publisher-apologizes.html" target="_blank">even by established standards of smalltown media obsequiousness</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;INAPPROPRIATE AND TO SOME DEGREE OFFENSIVE.&#39; </strong>That description by a suburban mayor of <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/north-chicago-hit-brochure-some-find-offensive" target="_blank">a police brochure displaying black stereotypes</a> falls short of <a href="http://newssun.suntimes.com/18477140-417/african-american-police-protest-north-chicago-presentation.html" target="_blank">the apology demanded by some veteran black cops</a>.<br />* New York state lawmaker <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/us/new-york-lawmaker-blackface/index.html" target="_blank">apologizes for blackface costume</a>.<br />* Pennsylvania mayor <a href="http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/21346776/in-statement-mayor-a" target="_blank">apologizes for his ejection from high-school wrestling tournament</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>SORRY TO TROUBLE YOU WITH THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 Just because you can doesn’t mean you should: the dangers of instant publication in an increasingly cynical world http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/just-because-you-can-doesn%E2%80%99t-mean-you-should-dangers-instant-publication <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/8430344401_9b131b5420.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Disney ABC Television Group" />I had barely seen any of the movies nominated for Oscars last night: <em>Flight, </em>and a handful of the kids&rsquo;/Snow White type movies (it was a weird year.) However, I watched the Academy Awards because I was looking forward to <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">hanging out with Twitter as I did so</a>. Tweeting the Academy Awards feels like you&rsquo;re at an Oscar party, only one where you don&rsquo;t have to put on shoes, where you can fart freely, where you don&rsquo;t have to drive home afterwards and <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo">where Steve Martin is in attendance.</a></div><p>There&#39;s also a self-promotional element to live-Tweeting. I taught a class on blogging a few weeks ago and during our segment on social networking, I advised students to try their hand live-blogging big events like the Oscars, because, from a self-promotional point of view, Tweeting an event along with millions of other users could be a good way to pick up some followers. I wasn&rsquo;t aiming to do this, but I think I got 15 new followers last night (all of whom will probably unfollow me in due time but whatever.)</p><p>The most popular Tweets, of course, tend to be the funniest ones and the funniest Tweets, if not to me, then to everybody else, are either the weirdest or the most cutting. It&rsquo;s easy to put celebs down at the Oscars: they&rsquo;re inflated with ego, they&rsquo;re outrageously overpaid, and on Twitter we can work out our self-hatred over being so obsessed with entertainers. On Twitter you can hate-love and love-hate the entertainment industry with people who won&#39;t judge you.</p><p>When Jennifer Aniston presented a category in a flowy bright red gown, I drafted a Tweet: &ldquo;Jennifer Aniston&rsquo;s uterus looks especially empty right now.&rdquo; But my hands hovered over the keyboard before hitting &ldquo;Tweet.&rdquo; Something didn&rsquo;t feel quite right about this. The &ldquo;joke&rdquo; of the Tweet was the constant speculation over whether Aniston is pregnant or not, and/or whether her lack of fruitfulness drove Brad Pitt into Angelina Jolie&rsquo;s fertile arms. (Also, it could have been a compliment to how svelte she looked? But not really.) It didn&rsquo;t feel right, though. Maybe Aniston has struggled mightily with fertility or maybe she just doesn&rsquo;t want kids, a position I utterly respect and understand. Moreover though, I felt like this was not a joke that would go over well and that I didn&rsquo;t want to have to defend. It just wasn&#39;t that funny. I deleted and moved on to something else.</p><p>At least two entities are smelling pretty bad this morning after the Oscars: host Seth MacFarlane and The Onion, <a href="http://gawker.com/5986601/here-are-all-of-seth-macfarlanes-predictable-sexist-homophobic-and-racist-oscar-jokes">MacFarlane for various jokes</a> and The Onion for writing a Tweet that sounded like it was calling <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/onion-calls-quvenzhane-wallis-c-424113">nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word</a>.</p><p>I don&rsquo;t think either MacFarlane or whomever was writing the Onion Tweet worked with malice, but instead with the mistaken impression that edgier is better. MacFarlane actually had a couple of good jokes in his broadcast (the <em>Sound of Music</em> one was cute) and I can see that the Onion Tweet had the seeds of a good satirical joke about female competition and celebrity gossip in it. But both pushed the envelope in a cheap direction. MacFarlane&rsquo;s jokes came pre-packaged with &ldquo;You won&rsquo;t be able to handle this!&rdquo; comebacks (like his Lincoln assassination joke, which he followed up with an obviously-rehearsed &ldquo;too soon?&rdquo; retort) and The Onion crossed two major lines: using one of the worst words and using it on someone too young to either defend herself or to have to know what that word means. The jokes were insulting but almost as bad, just not very funny.<br /><br />All these jokes could have been retold or remade in some way so as not to go the jerk route. But in the world of reTweets and comments and likes and everything, subtlety and sensitivity doesn&rsquo;t always pay off in terms of eyeballs and buzz. Both MacFarlane and the Onion have been praised when they&rsquo;ve used tastelessness in clever and pointed ways. But that doesn&rsquo;t work 100 percent of the time.</p><p>I have a story I&rsquo;ve told a million times about a celebrity who reached out to me and let me know he didn&rsquo;t care for a joke I made at his expense in a publication. I was mortified, not so much because I had hurt his feelings, but because it was a cheap, lousy joke that I didn&rsquo;t want to stand behind. If it had been Chris Brown emailing me to complain that he doesn&rsquo;t like being depicted as a petulant, violent s.o.b., I wouldn&rsquo;t have felt bad. But in this case, it wasn&rsquo;t a hill I wanted to die on. I should have listened to my gut.</p><p>Same thing goes with MacFarlane and the Onion Tweeter. Some jokes are worth taking the hit for if they&rsquo;re more clever than angry, more absurd than obscene. But sometimes you just have to think of people&rsquo;s feelings, and/or, in a more self-centered vein, the damage control you&rsquo;ll have to do. Will it be worth it? If not, revise, rewrite, re-Tweet. It&rsquo;s possible to make be edgy, rude and clever without being a complete c-word about it.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/just-because-you-can-doesn%E2%80%99t-mean-you-should-dangers-instant-publication 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 Worldview: Chinese hacking, Oscar-nominated '5 Broken Cameras' and trading seeds in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-21/worldview-chinese-hacking-oscar-nominated-5-broken-cameras-and-trading <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP273160177579.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80249012&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hacking-from-china-5-broken-cameras-and.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hacking-from-china-5-broken-cameras-and" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hacking from China, Oscar-nominated '5 Broken Cameras', and trading seeds in Chicago" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-21/worldview-chinese-hacking-oscar-nominated-5-broken-cameras-and-trading Join WBEZ's digital Oscar party http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-02/join-wbezs-digital-oscar-party-105638 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/beaconradio_oscar_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/wbezoscars.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/wbezoscars" target="_blank">View the story "#wbezoscars" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p><p>I love a good awards show (by which I mean I love a really, really bad one). So I&rsquo;m looking forward to the 85th annual Academy Awards with my usual anticipation. But also a fair bit of head-scratching.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Like, how could Hugh Jackman&rsquo;s performance in Les Miz possibly be the biggest threat to Daniel Day Lewis winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Lincoln? That&rsquo;d be like me trying to block a Michael Jordan slam dunk. Come on!</p><p>Or how has favored son of Hollywood Ben Affleck become the plucky underdog? Sure Argo&rsquo;s good movie fun. But Best Picture material?&nbsp; Nah.</p><p>Or whose teeth will create the greater solar flare: Supporting Actress nominee (gag) Anne Hathaway? Or host Seth MacFarlane?</p><p>Well, we&rsquo;ll have plenty of time - hours of it! - to resolve these burning questions. And I do hope you&rsquo;ll spend them with WBEZ at our virtual Oscar party.</p><p>I&rsquo;ve invited a couple of people to my place to watch the show. I&rsquo;ll be serving cocktails and live tweeting their reactions - and mine. WBEZ blogger Leah Pickett will weigh in too.</p><p>Share your surprise, disappointments and snark (and maybe a few sentimental sobs?) at #wbezoscars to join our conversation. We&#39;ll pull our favorite moments into this page too.</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-02/join-wbezs-digital-oscar-party-105638 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 Best Picture breakdowns: Will 'Amour' take Oscar gold? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-will-amour-take-oscar-gold-104872 <p><p><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Amour.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px; " title="The international poster for 'Amour.' (Google Plus/Commons)" />As I sat in a nearly empty theater and watched<i>&nbsp;Amour</i>, the French language film that could win Best Picture at this year&#39;s Academy Awards,&nbsp;I felt like crawling out of my skin. After all, how could I find any possible enjoyment in watching an elderly couple struggle and then eventually accept their inevitable road to death?</p><p>The emotions were so raw and their outcomes so exquisitely painful that I considered bolting halfway through, yet somehow lost the ability to move from my seat. I held on until the end, by which time my intial horror had numbed into something slightly more tolerable: a necessary pain that I was ultimately grateful to have experienced.</p><p><em>Amour</em> is&nbsp;the dark horse of the 2013 Oscar race, unexpectedly nominated for five of the night&#39;s most coveted awards: Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture.&nbsp;But perhaps American audiences shouldn&#39;t be so surprised.&nbsp;Last year, <em>Amour</em> won the Palme d&#39;Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the highest honor given to the best film in the competition.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, this critically acclaimed drama has scored another rare feat: a double nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture.&nbsp;If <em>Amour&nbsp;</em>wins both categories, it will be the first film to so do. Only three others have managed the Best Foreign Language/Best Picture double before: <em>Z</em> in 1969, <em>Life is Beautiful&nbsp;</em>in 1998 and <em>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</em> in 2000. None of them won Best Picture, but all of them ended up winning Best Foreign Language Film in their respective years.</p><p><em>Amour</em>&nbsp;probably won&#39;t take the top prize, but all five nominations are well-deserved. This harrowing feature from Austrian director Michael Haneke (<em>Funny Games</em>, <em>Cach</em><em>é</em>) explores the disintigration of a marriage in painstaking detail, and never flinches from a subject matter that most films don&#39;t dare touch: what really happens to a person dying of old age.&nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Amour%202.jpg" style="float: left; " title="Director Michael Haneke, left, directs Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant on the set of 'Amour,' a film about an aging couple facing physical decline. (Sony Pictures Classics/Denis Manin)" /></p><p>Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) fears that his wife Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) will never recover from a stroke that renders her weaker and more senile by the day. Still, they share tender moments together that easily recall memories of their younger selves: sexual, passionate and carefree. When adult daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) says that she used to listen at their door as a child and be reassured by the sounds of them making love, the sadness in the air is palpable.&nbsp;</p><p>At age 85, Riva is the oldest nominee for Best Actress in Oscar history. Her performance is riveting from start to finish, and certainly deserving of the award. Although her name might be unfamiliar to American audiences, both she and co-star Trintignant are cinematic legends in their native France. Riva is best known for her role in the 1959 French New Wave classic <em>Hiroshima, Mon Amour</em>, while Trintignant&#39;s equally illustrious career includes the sexy art house film <em>A Man and a Woman</em>&nbsp;and Truffaut&#39;s final picture <em>Vivement dimanche</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Amour&nbsp;</em>is currently playing in only a handful of theaters across the United States, with Century Centre on Clark Street and Century 12 in Evanston among them. I suggest going to see it<em>&nbsp;</em>before the Oscar broadcast on February 24, as this vitally important work<em>&nbsp;</em>is sure to win at least one of the night&#39;s biggest honors (my prediction: Best Foreign Language Film, by a landslide).&nbsp;</p><p>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett">@leahkpickett</a></p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-will-amour-take-oscar-gold-104872 Best Picture breakdowns: 'Argo' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-argo-104831 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Argo2.jpg" style="height: 189px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Ben Affleck in 'Argo' (Warner Bros)" warner="" />Three reasons I&#39;ll be rooting for &quot;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/oscars/oscarwatch/argo/">Argo</a>&quot; when Academy Awards are handed out Feb. 24:</div><p>1. &quot;Argo&quot; is&nbsp;one of only three Best Picture nominees I&#39;ve seen, and of those three -- &quot;Lincoln&quot; and &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild&quot; are the other two -- it has the happiest ending.</p><p>(Shallow cinephile? Why, yes, I am.)</p><p>2. &quot;Argo&quot; has a deep connection to one of the giants of the comic book world &mdash; and that&#39;s not a reference to the girth of Affleck&#39;s friend and&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ben-affleck-says-he-pulled-from-kevin-smiths-red-state-talent-pool-3-more-things-learned-from-argo-20121009">inspiration</a>,&nbsp;self-described &quot;sedentary processed-foods eater&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20344142,00.html">Kevin Smith</a>.</p><p>No, it&#39;s the central role in the movie for comic book art that, in real life, was <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=69299">created by Marvel and DC Comics legend Jack Kirby</a>&nbsp;...</p><p>3. ... Whom I interviewed on a panel at a Chicago comic book convention in the 1980s, when <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/49640035930/permalink/10151938588580931/" target="_blank">my hair and beard</a> resembled Affleck&#39;s in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p><p>A win for &quot;Argo&quot; is a win for anyone who used to look like that.</p><p>Second choice: &quot;<a href="http://www.beastsofthesouthernwild.com/" target="_blank">Beasts of the Southern Wild</a>.&quot;</p><p>Lincoln would have enjoyed that ending more than the ending of his movie.</p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-argo-104831