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February 22, 2008

Oscar Night

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 12:35 am
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Continuing on the Oscars theme, as many of you know, Sunday is the holiest day of the year here at PavCo. We’ll be sitting around eating finger food and critiquing the red carpet fashions long before the ceremony actually starts. A number of online sites will be liveblogging the ceremony. I’m planning on spending time over at Pop Candy, Whitney Matheson’s USA Today blog that I’ve mentioned here a number of times before. You can join us too, at http://blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/2008/02/wanna-be-my-dat.html. And no, I didn’t apply to be a featured reader; I snoozed too long and applications were already closed.

The 300 project: 14/37

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Best Picture Marathon

This is the first of a number of posts of things that I’ve either just found out or have been meaning to post for a while. Evidently, meaning to post something isn’t the same as actually posting it. Who knew?

Anyway, this Saturday, February 23, starting at 11 a.m., AMC Theaters are presenting their second annual Best Picture Marathon. $30 gets you a collectible pass which gets you in to see all 5 Best Picture nominees and a large popcorn, which can be refilled throughout the day. The nominees, in the order that they’ll be shown, are Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood, Atonement, Juno, and No Country for Old Men. The pass let you come and go throughout the day, so if you’ve seen (for example) Atonement but no the rest, you can leave for that couple hours and come back. It’s quite a deal.

The boys and I will be at the Chesterfield Mall theater. For more information (actually, not much more information), showtimes, and a theater near you, check out http://www.amctheatres.com/promos/showcase/.

The 300 Project: 13/36

January 22, 2008

Instant Oscar Predictions

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — CPav @ 7:54 am
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Immediately after the announcements, without much thought, here are my immediate Oscar predictions. I’ll give some responses to the nominations themselves later, but I was very glad that both Ellen Page (Juno) and Johnny Depp (Sweeny Todd) were nominated, though I don’t think either has a hope of winning.

I also found it interesting that, more than most years, most people probably haven’t seen most of the movies/performances that were nominated. In fact, the most-viewed movie among the nominees this year was probably Ratatouille, which, of course, I haven’t seen yet.

In the order of announcement:
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan – Gone, Baby Gone (alternate: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There)

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men

Best Actress: Julie Christie – Away From Her (alternate: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose, for what supposedly is a total transformation into the character)

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood (alternate: The Coens for No Country for Old Men, in a kind of “lifetime achievement” award)

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody – Juno (the easiest award to give the movie, and potentially the most interesting acceptance speech)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton – Atonement (Could be the only award the movie gets, or one of many; this is a 1980s-style Oscar favorite, a broad, sweeping, British epic love story)

Best Animated Feature: Persepolis

Best Picture: There Will Be Blood

I’ll think about these some more, read some of the professional analysis, and get back to you closer to the date.

The 300 Project: 19/19

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