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February 24, 2013

Live Blogging The Oscars: Let’s Do This Seth MacFarlane!

Tonight is possibly my sister’s favorite night of the year: Oscar Night!  She has seen 36 of the nominated movies, where as I have seen less than 10…I’m guessing this may affect the amount I picked correctly on my ballot tonight.  As the night goes on, I”ll be sharing my fairly random picks, commentary on the glitzy fashion, and judgements on the quality of acceptance speeches (you know you judge these, too!).  I’m hoping the night will live up to the hype.  Apparently there are a lot of performances packed into the presentation, and of course, Seth MacFarlane is hosting.  It should be an interesting night ; )

oscars seth macfarlane

7:07:  I can’t decide who is best dressed!  I really like Jessica Chastain’s dress.  Kerry Washington’s was pretty, but it doesn’t seem as fancy to me as the others for some reason.  I don’t love the gray of Amy Adams’ dress, but the simple styling (effortless hair, dangling diamond earrings, etc.) was perfect.  Stacy Keibler just walked up in this black/gray/white sequin dress that fit beautifully!

Stacy Keibler Oscars 2013

7:14:  I TOTALLY guessed the red slippers awhile ago when they said it had a bunch of pieces to it.  That was kind of a letdown.  I was hoping they would actually surprise me.  No Oscar mysteries next year ABC.

7:18:  Does anyone else think Kristin Chenoweth is a horrible host?  I feel like she’s made a lot of celebrities feel awkward and just kept talking about how short she was….no one cares.

7:22:  I also think Nicole Kidman looked fabulous.  She even coordinated with the Oscar billboards behind her.  I think I may be in love with form-fitting sequins.

nicole kidman oscars 2013

7:24:  ABC is going crazy trying to fill in these last 5 minutes.  I feel like they are literally pulling celebrities out of their chairs in desperate need to talk to someone.

7:30: Ooooooooo PRETTY!  So many lights on the stage!

7:31:  I’m kind of sad they didn’t do a little montage or comedy intro like they usually do, but they did just announce that the theme is music in film.

7:32:  So far I am not impressed with the jokes.  Please get better ASAP.

7:34:  Oh no.  A joke about the Chris Brown violence with Rihanna….why Seth MacFarlane?

7:35:  I like the shout out to Tina and Amy!

7:38:  Wow…I don’t know what to say about that musical number.  Did they really pre-tape audience reactions to that?  All the ladies were wearing different dresses.

7:39:  Channing Tatum is on stage and not doing a Magic Mike bit????  REALLY?  I’m shocked.

7:42:  LOVE Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Daniel Radcliffe!  They’re so cute dancing ❤

7:46:  Now they are mixing Disney songs with Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt!  Better : )

7:47:  My pick for Supporting Actor (completely random) is Christoph Waltz.  I’ve only seen Silver Linings Playbook out of the movies the nominees are from.  Let’s see who wins.

7:50:  Christoph Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor!  Hahahahaha!  I’m already 1 for 1.  Yes, I am already getting cocky.

7:56:  I am not a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s dress.  The fabric doesn’t look very expensive.

7:57:  My pick was Paperman.  It was the only one I saw out of the bunch.

7:58:  Paperman wins Best Animated Short!  2 for 2!

7:59:   I only saw Brave and Wreck It Ralph out of the Animated Movies.  I heard others were better, so I picked Paranorman.

8:00:  Brave wins Best Animated Film!  My first loss.  I should have stuck with Pixar.

8:01:  Here is a montage of a bunch of movies I have not seen…Oh!  It’s Little Q!  I want this girl in my 4th grade class!

8:05:  I like the lighted silhouettes of The Avengers.  Where is this spiel going?

8:07:  My pick for cinematography was Anna Karenina (haven’t seen).  Life of Pi wins for Best Cinematography!  Now I am down to only a 50% average.  Laaaaame.

8:08 Is anyone else distracted by this man’s copious amounts of white hair?

8:09:  I picked The Hobbit for visual effects.  I’ve actually seen that one!

8:10:  Life of Pi wins Best Visual Effects!  I did hear that movie was incredibly pretty.  Now I am down to 2 out of 5 correct picks.

8:11:  OMG.  That was awkward.  Not only do they play music to get you to shut up, but they play threatening music to get you off the stage.  I like Nicole Kidman’s consoling nod to the group that was played off.

8:16:  Love Jennifer Aniston’s red gown!  It’s simple and stunning at the same time.

8:17:  Anna Karenina is my pick for Costume Design.  The Hobbit is my pick for Make-Up and Hairstyling.  Fingers crossed!

8:18:  Anna Karenina wins Best Costume Design!  Back to 50% with 3 out of 6.  This lady also did Pride and Prejudice?  Love that movie and it’s costumes!

8:19:  Listening to The Hobbit music play while they announce the film nominees makes me want to go buy the soundtrack!

8:20:  Les Miserables wins Best Make-Up and Hairstyling!  Sigh.  Back below 50%, with 3 out of 7.

8:21:  The sleeves make Halle Berry’s dress look too matronly.  If she turned that dress into a halter, she’d look much younger.

8:22:  I bet my dad is loving this James Bond montage.  I will be looking out for the Goldeneye scenes where I have killed people off in the N64 video game ; )

8:27:  I really thought they were going to do a compilation of songs there.  Are they going to continue the James Bond stuff throughout the night instead?

8:31:  That Scandal preview was awesome!  It had a very James Bond vibe.  I love that show.  I’ll try to embed the commercial soon.

8:33:  Buzkashi Boys is my pick for live action short.  I saw the kids featured on the news a few days ago, and how they got to come to Hollywood for the Oscars.  Curfew wins Best Live Action Short!  Oh well.  At least I had heard of one of these.

8:35:  I very randomly picked Redemption for Documentary Short.  Inocente wins Best Documentary Short!  I am now down to 3 out of 9  -_-

8:40:  More movies I have not seen- Argo, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.  This must be the dark and intense group of movies.

8:42:  “I feel like we might have to call him Benjamin Affleck.”  That got a chuckle out of me.  Why are we talking about the films now?  I feel like this belonged at the beginning.

8:43:  I picked The Gatekeepers for Documentary.  I don’t even know what it is about….

8:44:  Searching for Sugar Man wins Best Documentary!  I don’t know what this is about either.

8:49:  I like the color of Jennifer Garner’s dress, but  really want to cut off that back poof.

8:50:  Amour seems the obvious choice for Foreign Film (my pick), but I’d be happy with Kon Tiki!  My kids just learned about the history of this journey in class last week : )

8:51:  Amour wins Best Foreign Film!  4 out of 11.  Maybe I can crawl my way back to a better percentage of correct picks?

8:52:  Wait?  The orchestra isn’t really there?!?!?  #mindblown

8:53:  Ooooo, movie musical review of the past decade.  Bring it on Travolta.

8:54:  Oh man.  Chicago.  This brings back a lot of memories from high school.  I think the whole drama department was obsessed with this movie.  I wish they were performing Cell Block Tango right now instead of All That Jazz.

8:56:  I don’t think Catherine Zeta Jones was singing live…thoughts?

8:58:  Jennifer Hudson, on the other hand, I believe IS singing live.  I think I’m one of the few people that really dislikes this song.  Sorry to the people who love it- I just find it loud and annoying.

9:00:  Did anyone else catch that standing ovation with the Asian lady clapping her purse?  Haha!

9:01:  Fact: Hugh Jackman becomes more attractive when he sings.

9:02:  I still have no idea what Les Miserables is about.  These people sound great, though.  Just kidding- Russell Crowe just started singing.

9:03:  Helena Bonham Carter is in this movie?????

9:04:  I like how when they all sing, you can hear Crowe (the worst singer) over everyone else.

9:05:  Every time I type Les Miserables, I have to think to myself “Miz-errr-ahhh-bless” to spell it correctly.

9:09:  Only Zoe Saldana could wear a belt with an Oscar’s dress and pull it off.

9:10:  Sadly no one cares so much about the scientific awards…

9:11:  Wow, I’m actually really impressed with the Ted special effects on stage right now.

9:12:  I picked Les Miserables for Sound Mixing….Les Miserables wins for Sound Mixing!  This was well-placed after that big performance.  5 out of 12!  Side Note:  What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing???

9:14:  I picked Skyfall for Sound Editing.  Go James Bond!

9:16:  There’s a TIE!  I like how Mark Wahlberg clarifies that he’s not joking.  Zero Dark Thirty AND Skyfall win Best Sound Editing!  I’m totally counting this as a win.  6 out of 13!  I need the next one to get back up to 50% accuracy!

9:17:  I guess to be a sound editor you need to be a dude with long, blonde hair.  At least this guy doesn’t have lipstick on his upper lip.

9:18:  Haha, I like The Sound of Music joke.  Now I feel like watching that movie again.

9:19:  Christopher Plummer is getting OLD.  I don’t think i could match him with his character from The Sound of Music.

9:20:  I picked Anne Hathaway for Supporting Actress (she had to sacrifice her hair people!).  OH.  I forgot Sally Field was in Lincoln.  I couldn’t remember what she was nominated for.  I really should have seen more of these.

9:22:  I love Helen Hunt’s necklace!  It’s so sparkly!

9:23:  Anne Hathaway wins Best Supporting Actress!  I love you Anne Hathaway, but I do kind of hate your dress….

Anne Hathaway Oscars 2013

9:29:  Yawn.  No one cares about The Academy’s new museum…well at least not tonight.

9:30:  The college students are dressed really nicely- I love some of those black dresses!

9:32:  Sandra Bullock- why is your hair so boring???  Just straightening it is not enough for the most elegant night in Hollywood!

sandra bullock oscars 2013 hair

9:33:  I picked Zero Dark Thirty for editing, but Argo wins Best Film Editing! 

9:35:  Jennifer Lawrence’s dress looks great on stage.  I like how it poofs out at the bottom.  It’s a nice contrast from the many straight dresses.

9:36:  Adele mentioned on the red carpet that this dress weighs about 13 kilograms (28 pounds!!!) and it was hard for her to take deep breaths when she was performing.  She looks stunning, though.

9:40:  Okay, I think we have nine categories left and less than an hour of planned run time…they must be going over.  The ones left are the two writing, two music, production design, director, lead actor/actress, and picture.

9:43:  Yeah, I think Nicole Kidman has my favorite dress of the evening.

9:44:  This is the only grouping that has a movie I’ve seen before: Silver Linings Playbook.  Wow, they just gave away the ending of it in the montage.

9:47:  What was with the creepy watery floor and hand grabbing scene in the Amour montage?

9:48:  Two movie franchises collide- Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart!  Radcliffe is perfect, Stewart is awkward as always.

9:49:  I picked The Hobbit for production design.  This is it’s last chance to win something!

9:50:  Lincoln wins Best Production Design!  Damn.  Well Peter Jackson, you didn’t really get credit until your third LOTR movie, so maybe that will hold true for The Hobbit.  Did that guy just say he’s married to Adele???  Okay, well your wife is so cool I will allow you to win over The Hobbit.

9:51: Salma Hayek looks like she is choking in that collar.

Salma Hayek Oscars 2013

9:57:  Let’s knock out some of these awards.  We are running out of time, and I’m sure Jennifer Lawrence is still starving (she said this on the red carpet earlier).  I wish I could send her snacks.

10:02:  Somewhere Rachel Berry is ecstatic to see Barbara Streisand singing.

10:08:  No I did not miss that instrumental Titanic interlude : )

10:09: Renee Zellweger looks like she can’t walk very well.  I like how they are all talking normally and then Catherine Zeta Jones uses her fancy presenter voice.

10:10:  My pick for music score was Life of Pi.

10:11:  Life of Pi wins Best Original Score!  Yay!  Another one I completely guessed correctly.  I’m up to 8 out of 17.

10:12:  I picked Skyfall for best song.  Who would root against Adele???

10:16:  I guess the world agrees with my logic.  Skyfall wins Best Original Song!  Back to 50% accuracy- 9 out of 18.

10:17:  Adele’s so cute in her acceptance speech.  Maybe she is only scary powerful when she sings?

10:23:  I have Django Unchained for Original Screenplay and Silver Linings Playbook for Adapted Screenplay.

10:24:  Argo wins Best Adapted Screenplay!  Well, Ben Affleck is probably happy.  I on the other hand, just lost some ground on my accuracy of Oscar picks- 9 out of 19.

10:26:  Django Unchained wins Best Original Screenplay!  YES!  10 out of 20!

10:31:  Sorry if the commentary is lacking.  I’m getting tired and thinking about my 6:30 am wake up call tomorrow.  Hurry up famous people!

10:33:  I picked Silver Linings Playbook for Director.  That movie hasn’t gotten much love tonight.  Also, Jane Fonda’s dress is REALLY yellow.

10:34:  Life of Pi wins Best Director!  I’m disappointed I lost, but I love Ang Lee for making Brokeback Mountain many years ago.  I’ll let this one go Ang Lee….but just this once.

10:36:  Ang Less just said the only word I know in Chinese- Thank You!

10:37:  We’re going to commercial AGAIN???  Now I’m getting pissy.

10:39:  They just came back with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”  : )

10:41:  I have Naomi Watts for Lead Actress.  I LOVED The Impossible, so I had to back it here.

10:42:  OHHHHHH!  That old lady in Amour just got slapped!

10:43:  I feel like crying just watching the clip from The Impossible.  But…Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress!

10:44:  Hahahaha, I love that she pointed out that she fell.  That’s a great way to make us all feel comfortable about it.  Way to recover!

10:45:  Bradley Cooper looks like he will about fall out of his seat in excitement listening to Jennifer Lawrence’s speech.

10:47:  I did not see Lincoln, but I have it picked for the Best Actor category.  This category is chock full of important people.

10:48:  Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor!  The audience seems happy about this.  As am I- 11 out of 23!  I still have a chance at 50%!

10:50:  So Daniel Day-Lewis is a comedian now?  I would also like to see Lincoln with Meryl Streep as the title character!

10:52:  C’mon Argo for Best Picture!  I want my 50%!

10:53:  Oh man!  They just brought in the First Lady!  I am still loving her bangs (I cut mine first!!!).  I wonder if she really is speaking live??

10:55:  That was kind of too serious for a Seth MacFarlane hosted event…

10:56:  OOOOOOO!  Michelle’s going to announce it!  Argo wins Best Picture!!!!!!!  My final total was 12 out of 24.  Not too bad, and much better than I expected ; )

10:57:  Love the comment about the “three sexiest producers alive.”  I actually did not know Clooney was involved in this movie….I need to pay attention to things more.

10:59:  Ben Affleck is talking so fast- like that one teacher from Saved By the Bell.  Awwwww!  Jennifer Garner’s reaction is so sweet : )

11:00: Okay.  I’m ready for this ending performance.

11:01:  Is this seriously the “big” number at the end of the Oscars???

11:02:  Nothing says lame like when credits are scrolling while you sing.  I wonder why they pushed Kristin Chenoweth so much tonight.  I liked her before, but after today I’m kind of over it.

11:03:  I bet Jennifer Lawrence is like OMG PLEASE STOP SINGING SO I CAN EAT!  I feel the same way Jen- just replace eat with sleep.

Well that’s a wrap folks.  Hope you did better than me on your Oscar ballots and possibly won money over it in work contests!

February 4, 2013

Best of Superbowl 2013 Commercials

I gotta be honest.  This year didn’t have an amazing range of commercials, but there were still a few contenders.  Here are my top five favorites (in no particular order):

1. M&Ms: I Would Do Anything For Love

Not only was I excited to see Naya Rivera from Glee, but it was also fun to see the different things the M&M would not do for love, including be part of a cake decoration or be a sleepover snack.  Poor guy.  This commercial came on early, so it stood out better.

2. Doritos: Fashionista Dad

You knew the dad would go all out playing princesses with his daughter, but it was a fun twist to see the group of guy friends join in at the end.

3. Budweiser: Clydesdale

This was the commercial that almost made me cry.  It’s just a simple story of a man and his horse, and their bond over time.  Cute!

4. Kia Sorrento: Babylandia

This answers the question of what is the best answer to “Where do babies come from?”  I want to book some tickets to Babylandia as soon as possible.  It would be about the cutest petting zoo ever.

5. Doritos: Goat for Sale

I didn’t love this commercial at first, but I’ve watched it a few times and I always burst out laughing at the 0:18 mark when the goat screams.

Honorable Mention- Calvin Klein

I don’t even think I need to explain this one.

Which ones were your favorites?  I also liked the Best Buy one with Amy Poehler, the Toyota RAV4 one with Kaley Cuoco, and Psy’s “Crackin” rendition of Gangnam Style for Pistachios (that song is so damn catchy).  These just weren’t able to crack my top five.

You can check out my full blog of the Superbowl here.

June 6, 2012

Not All Questions are Created Equal: The Miss USA Story

This year I watched the Miss USA Pageant because last year when I didn’t, one of those 16 finalists became my new manager at Teach For America.  Now Brittany’s a pretty awesome and positive person (you can read her fresh blog here), so I was a little more open-minded and invested in this year’s telecast.  I still am not sure how they judge the swimsuit and evening wear events, especially because they insist on judging the girl instead of her outfit.  They all look to have the same exact level of poise and confidence (maybe an infinitesimal difference?) to me.  But the final question section?  That you can judge a lot easier.

Brittany made a comment, which I completely agree with, that the questions aren’t made equal.  They were about sugary drinks, women in movies and TV, Toddlers and Tiaras, Miss USA contestants failure to know the Vice President, and…. is it fair to have a transgender contestant win the Miss USA Pageant.  Seriously?  I felt bad for Miss Rhode Island getting a much harder question, but it ended up working in her favor when she gave a stellar answer and won the Miss USA title later that night.  I was really worried she was going to say it wasn’t fair, but was glad when she said it is fair and still addressed that she could understand why people would be apprehensive about it, too.

I think the worst answer of the night came from Miss Ohio (who looked great in yellow BTW).  This is mainly because she was asked the question I wanted to answer the most- if women are portrayed in an accurate and positive way in movies and television and to give an example.  Of all things, she went with Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman and defended it with “she was going through a rough time but she came out on top and didn’t let anyone stand in her path.”  What?  This is weak, and doesn’t really explain the actual positive things the character did in the movie.  She could have mentioned that she stood up for herself when others misjudged her (who doesn’t love the shop scene?) or that she didn’t need a man to be strong and independent.  I suppose even those arguments are stretching, though.

Please Note: I am not one of the many people bothered by her saying a prostitute is a strong role model (see here), but instead just feel her answer was kind of lacking.

As soon as I heard that question, I thought of two women.  The first one that came to mind, I’m not sure why, was Gloria from Modern Family.  I feel she is portrayed well because she is very girly and likes to have a strong man in her life, but she is also a woman who puts family first above anything else and would defend them (and herself) with a fiery rage if needed.  The second woman I thought of was Buffy, who was a great role model to me growing up.  She was a girl hero (for once!), someone who chose herself over a guy, and was consistently a devoted friend.  There are also a million other examples to work with, but Pretty Woman was definitely not the best choice.  You can even tell in the way she responds that it isn’t very genuine.  I almost wish they were all asked the same question (without hearing other answers) so you could truly compare each of them.

You can watch all the questions and answers in the 5 minute clip below to judge for yourself:

In other Miss USA news…I watched Good Morning America this morning (my mom DVR’d it because One Direction was on- I learned their names today…and now can only remember 2 1/2 of them….) and saw that they were covering the Miss Pennsylvania story (you can view the segment here).  Miss Pennsylvania resigned right after the Miss USA Pageant because she claims another contestant saw that the Top 5 were picked ahead of time.  Donald Trump, the head of the organization, claims that this is COMPLETELY false, and even said his people interviewed the contestant Miss Pennsylvania referred to and she denied seeing anything.  I figured it was possible for it to be rigged ahead of time (maybe based on previous judging), but Trump made one good point- “It doesn’t matter who wins.”  This seems mean, but it’s true.  They are all beautiful girls from all different backgrounds, and choosing one over another won’t have any huge backlash because they all deserve it.

HOWEVER- Donald Trump sounded like a complete ass on the segment as he insisted Miss Pennsylvania was a sore loser and that he saw her for the five seconds she was on stage and didn’t think she deserved to win.  The studio was full of “oooooh”s after this comment, which he repeated later, too.  After this statement, I didn’t really want to side with Trump either.  What a mess.  I know Trump has a ton of money, but he really needs some more class.  Save those snide comments for home- not national television.  He could have easily said “I’m not sure why she would do this, but it’s disappointing,” but to attack her looks and attitude is a douche move that was completely unnecessary.

In the end I must side with Good Morning America, who tried to remain as neutral as possible and get Trump off the phone quickly once the conversation turned ugly.  Good job guys.