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Oscar Omission of Farrah Fawcett Explained

If you were like me, you probably caught that the Oscar In Memoriam segment included a nod to Michael Jackson (who did star in The Wiz and his recent concert film This is It), and like many, probably thought it was kind of sweet that he was there. However, the next day, it was reported that there were some glaring omissions, most notably Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. This lead many to wonder just how something like that could happen, especially in the case of Fawcett, who had a good amount of film credits. Unfortunately, the answer from the Academy probably won’t please many: According to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis, there were just too many people to fit in the short segment, and he felt that Fawcett was better known for her T.V. work, and would be better suited to be honored at the Emmy’s. When asked why Jackson was included, David said it was because he starred in a recent popular movie.

I don’t want to take anything away from Michael Jackson (since I am a huge fan of his music), but if that argument that Farrah Fawcett and others were left out because they were better known for their T.V. work, then shouldn’t the same be said for Jackson, since he was, in fact, more known for his music than anything else. In fact, if you look at the segment again, everyone has a label such as writer or actor, and when Jackson’s name comes up, nothing. Not even singer or musician.  I really don’t think there was any huge conspiracy going on, I just feel that in this case, it was a matter of poor judgement. Hopefully there’ll be a little more care taken in the future. To that end, I will say I am glad they did include Jackson, in case people thought otherwise. I just wish they hadn’t left some others out.

 

Academy Award Winners

Here is a list of this years Oscar Winners:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Best Animated Film: Up ( I just had to add this one)

 

Acadamy Awards Recap

 This will be updated as the show goes on and on and on:

Opening Highlights

NPH!!!! Now that’s just awesome!!!

Steve Martin gets a nice intro from Alec Baldwin. His reply: “And this is Alec Baldwin.”

“That Damn Helen Mirren” “Steve that’s DAME Helen Mirren.”

I think Steve Martin just referenced “The Jerk.”

I now wonder what James Cameron looks like in 3-D.

“Who doesn’t like Sandra Bullock?” “Tonight we’ll find out.”

Awards:

First winner up: Christoph Waltz, Supporting Actor, Inglorious Bastards. My heart just skipped a beat.

Up wins Best Animated Feature. It’s become my favorite animated film to date, so I am ecstatic.

The Hurt Locker wins Best Original Screenplay.

Wow, Molly Ringwald is on stage with Matthew Broderick for a John Hughes tribute.

I so wanna see Logorama now, winner Best Animated Short.

Ben Stiller so belonged in Avatar!!! I agree Ben, that is much cooler than the Spock ears. Kind of fizzled out at the end though, it seemed. Still a good entrance.

Now I’m debating whether or not I should pause and get my laundry done. If I do, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of live tv?

Precious gets Best Adapted Screenplay. Geoffrey Fletcher seems genuinely touched, and it’s contagious. Steve Martin: “I wrote that speech for him.” Just read off of Michael Moore’s Twitter Page that he is the first African American to have won it in the 82 year history. Yes, I am multi-tasking.

Robin Williams is on announcing the Supporting Actress Nominees. My stomach is in knots.

WOOHOO!!! Mo’Nique takes the Oscar!!!! Another moving speech.

Just read on Twitter that Meryl Streep is wearing a dress made by Project Runway’s Chris March. I wonder if that is true. If it is, way to go Chris!!!

I haven’t seen Paranormal Activity, but I still found that bit funny.

Love watching those horror clips. I think I should revisit some of those that they showed, though I’m really not sure all of them counted as horror.

Dance Interpretations always boggle my mind.

A two person snuggie. I so need one. I’m also doing laundry, but decided not to pause, so I’m running all over the place.

Jeff Bridges wins Best Actor for Crazy Heart and gets a standing ovation. I am joining in. (Haven’t seen it yet, but do like him.)

Even if she doesn’t win, Gabourey Sidibe got one of the best intros I have ever heard.

I’m literally at the edge of my seat.

SANDRA BULLOCK WON!!!! I am on my feet with everyone else!!! I just adore her, and she reached out to her fellow nominees, which makes me love her more. Great speech. Take that Razzies!!! 

Kathryn Bigelow has just made history as the first female director to win an Oscar!!!


The Hurt Locker has just won Best Picture. Way to go Kathryn Bigelow!!!! She had to come right back to accept the award again. I wonder if she was expecting that?

Closing: “The show is so long, Avatar now takes place in the past.” -Steve Martin

For my short list of winners click here.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in The Academy Awards

 

Sandra Bullock Accepts Razzie Award in Person

I always knew there was a reason everyone liked her: Sandra Bullock accepted the Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her role in All About Steve in person, the first actress since Halle Berry did a few years ago for Catwoman. Bullock also brought a red wagon filled with the DVD of All About Steve, and asked that the voters take a second look. She even had a shooting script with her, giving a opportunity of those who wished to give her suggestions on how she could have done better. Bullock is also the front runner for Best Actress at this years Oscars for her role in The Blind Side. If she wins, she will be the first to have received both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year. Bullock also took home the Worst Screen Couple award, which she shares with fellow co-star Bradley Cooper.

2009 Razzie Winners

Worst Picture – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Worst Director – Michael Bay, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Worst Actor – All Three Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience
Worst Actress – Sandra Bullock, All About Steve
Worst Supporting Actor – Billy Ray Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Worst Supporting Actress – Sienna Miller, G.I. Joe
Worst Screen Couple – Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, All About Steve
Worst Remake Rip-Off Sequel – Land of the Lost
Worst Pictures of the Decade – Battlefield Earth
Worst Actor of the Decade – Eddie Murphy

Worst Actress of the Decade – Paris Hilton

 

Last Barbara Walters’ to air this year

Some sad news today for Oscar fans: Barbara Walters to Host Final Oscar Night Special

This years interviewees will include Oscar nominees Sandra Bullock and Mo’Nique, as well as a retrospective of past specials. Since 1981, Walters has interviewed such legends as Bette Davis, Shirley McLaine, and Elizabeth Taylor, the likes of which ended up a Oscar Night tradition.

My favorite, of course, is when she interviewed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and asked about their parents, causing the tears to flow. Who knew puppets were so sensitive?

 

Academy Award Nominations

You’ve probably heard them already (darn full-time job, just kidding boss, I love working….and receiving a steady income) but here are the list of nominees for this years Academy Awards. It might be worth noting that this years has some significance, with 10 movies being nominated for Best Picture, the first time in sixty-six years. Also, and I still have to look this up to be sure, but I think that this is the first time an animated picture (Up) has been nominated for Best Picture since Beauty and the Beast. Katherine Bigelow is the fourth woman to be nominated for Best Director, and if she wins, will be the first. Precious director Lee Daniels is the second African American director to receive a nomination, following John Singleton almost twenty years ago. And, as I mentioned before, this could be the year an actress who is nominated for Best Actress could win this as well as the Razzie for Worst Actress of the year. I won’t name her right now, since I adore her, but you can read it here in my previous post. The ceremony will air March 7th, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin serving as hosts.

This should be a very interesting night. Go Sandra and Mo’nique!!!!!


Best Picture: 
“Avatar,” “The Blind Side,” “District 9,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “A Serious Man,” “Up,” “Up in the Air.”

Actor: 
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”; George Clooney, “Up in the Air”; Colin Firth, “A Single Man”; Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”; Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker.”

 Actress: 
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”; Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”; Carey Mulligan, “An Education”; Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel `Push’ by Sapphire”; Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia.”

 Supporting Actor: 
 Matt Damon, “Invictus”; Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”; Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”; Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”; Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds.”

Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”; Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”; Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”; Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

Directing: 
James Cameron, “Avatar”; Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”; Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”; Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air.”

Foreign Language Film: 
“Ajami,” Israel; “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Argentina; “The Milk of Sorrow,” Peru; “Un Prophete,” France; “The White Ribbon,” Germany.

Adapted Screenplay: 
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “District 9”; Nick Hornby, “An Education”; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, “In the Loop”; Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air.”

Original Screenplay: 
Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”; Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, “The Messenger”; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, “Up.”