All posts tagged: Oscars

Margit’s Note: And You Get a Car! And You Get a Car!

In this day and age when everyone gets a trophy (except the Seahawks…. but maybe the dancing shark actually won), we remember a time when there were true winners and losers. You won the yellow ribbon in ice skating; you lost the blueberry pie competition. Why do salt and sugar have to look so much alike… We clutched our shiny trophy for one smug moment, then stuck it in a cardboard box next to our yearbooks and a one-time, treasured Homies collection. This week we resurface our prizes — the ones as random as a Cracker Jack charm and the ones as well-deserved (or as DuVernay-ily disappointing) as an Oscar. Juliet Fletcher judges an exotic dance contest in Philly. Bethanne Patrick gives us five blue-ribbon reads. Amy Barr asks why we cherish certain collections. Our man in Utah, Piers Marchant, doles out his own Sundance trophies. And Diane Otter revels in a kickball glory. We also share the results of our very first (very casual) survey. And we’re pleased to report, you like us, you really, really like …

Weekend TueDo List: Special Movie Edition!

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few of the things we’re listening to, reading and can’t wait to watch. Enjoy your weekend! WATCH The 86th annual Academy Awards. Also known as the Oscars (duh), Ellen DeGeneres is on tap to host this year, and the contenders are tight. We’re rooting for Leo and Cate — and of course, ready to gawk at the gorgeous gowns (and make fun of the unfortunate duds) that grace the red carpet. (Sunday, March 2, 7pm EST) GO Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues…Super-Sized R-Rated Version. It makes no difference if you already caught this sequel when it first came out in December. This second cut of the Will Ferrell film features 763 all-new jokes — and plenty of deleted scenes —  to give you a fresh viewing experience. But hit the cinema as soon as you can. Opening today (Feb 28) it will only be in theaters for a week, so slap on your Sex Panther cologne and …

Snubbed: 5 Glaring Academy Award Omissions

With the Oscars taking place this Sunday, we thought we’d revisit the list of nominees, now that the initial cloud of critical dust has cleared. Are we still as outraged about some of their omissions as we were when the nominees were first announced? Turns out we absolutely are, so herewith, five instances in which the Academy has inexplicably failed us yet again, from least offensive to most galling. 1. Best Actress Brie Larson in Short Term 12 Director: Destin Cretton Currently Nominated For: Zilch Why So Much: Well, the truth is, I might not have been the biggest fan of the movie as a whole, but Larson’s performance — daring, gritty and suitably disturbed — absolutely stuck with me months later. Far from a glamour role, it shows the serious chops of a young actress with a hell of a career ahead of her. What Gets Dropped: Judi Dench in Philomena. This is categorically not calling out Ms. Dench, who is excellent as always, but in a crowded field of strong performances, hers is …

Margit’s Note: Let’s Go to the Movies!

  Hey! Why don’t we go to the movies? Whenever someone suggests a trip to the cinema, I perk up. Is there any better way to spend a rainy Sunday? A frozen Tuesday night at a Frozen sing-along? A sweltering August, spending a Dog Day Afternoon? Here at TueNight we are movie buffs, fans and nerds.  And this week seems particularly movie-tinged. The Oscars are fast upon us; we just lost our favorite Ghostbuster and the man responsible for much of our 80s entertainment (may you rest in peace Harold Ramis); and we watch as Netflix hops in bed with Comcast for faster streaming and much bigger on-demand implications. We find ourselves harkening back to why we love the silver screen: Jenna takes us to her Iowa drive-in. Piers Marchant talks about life as a movie critic and the films he thinks should have received an Oscar nod. Susan Linney shares 6 of her favorite movies about addiction. Savita Iyer recalls the “Bollywood” of her youth. Adrianna Dufay wonders why she can’t stand to watch …