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The Peoples’ Oscar Pool

Oscars are the Superbowl of the media crowd. Everyone has their input and picks their teams before the big game. Oscar nominations have been out for nearly a month but I have not been on the ball so here goes.

The Oscars for the most part are stupid; leave it up to other actors to congratulate their buddies on a job well done. There are so many rules and restrictions that a lot of good films cannot even qualify.image3760431.jpg

It is impossible for me to see every movie so I am just judging based on what I have seen and other audience and critic responses for those that I haven’t.

I will go in the order of the official release so here goes:

Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood can attribute all of its success to the buzz around his performance. Sadly, this is the first performance I have taken notice of him though I have seen him in many other roles. Viggo Mortensen comes in second for his role in Eastern Promises.

Actor in a Supporting Role: This vote is based solely on bias. I have not seen a majority of the films in this category except No Country for Old Men. Javier Bardem was fierce as Anton. That character was very intense and made me want to curl up into a ball and lock all my doors.

Actress in a Leading Role: I missed this category entirely. I saw Juno twice and although I love Ellen Page and thought she was stupendous, I don’t think she has a chance of really winning.

0540023100.jpgActress in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett, Cate Blanchett! She was really fun and did a great impression (encompassing attitude, sound, and personality) as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. I think Ruby Dee might win because the Academy often likes to give the nod to people they have missed over the years as a gesture of “well, we owe you one”. Ruby was only in American Gangster for a total of five minutes. I really hope they take that into account. This is a tough category because Saoirse Ronan did well in Atonement. I think the Academy is apprehensive about giving awards to child actors so she will get passed over. But, good luck to her in ten years!

Just a bit of trivia the youngest winning actor was Adrian Brody at age 29 for The Pianist. Keisha Castl-Hughes was the youngest female to be nominated at age 13 for The Whale Rider.

Animated Feature Film: This was not a good year for animated films, which I am generally a big propionate. I would rather see the Oscar go to Persepolis though I have yet to see it than see Ratatouille win. Ratatouille was a cute movie but it really did not have any lasting qualities.

Directing: This is really a toss up between No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. As long as both movie receive a million awards, I will not be disappointed with either choice.

ellen-page.jpgBest Picture: I might as well copy what I said about directing. I can not believe the Micheal Clayton is even in this category. I think my favorite review of that movie is “it is like entering on the third act of a play”. The story started after Clayton was a star lawyer, after he lost his family, after all the big important plot details already happened. It was Erin Brockovich without the tits or the personality.

Writing (Best Original Screenplay aka not a book first): I think this is where Juno could get its recognition. The writing was witty and it is not up against many hard contenders: There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men were both adapted a play and a book respectively.


The Eye -See Past the BS

Jessica Alba

I’ll start off with something recent The Eye. Sydney played by Jessica Alba receives a more than miraculous corona transplant that allows her to see the spiritual realm. I have no problem with them bringing up corneal transplants, often referred to as corneal graphs. That is real procedure, uncommon because most patients are better suited with custom contact lens.

The first thing that began to bother me was the recovery time. After a few weeks of bloodshot eyes and blurred vision Sydney was seeing crystal clear. According to a studyThe healing process following transplant is long, often taking and year or longer. The time from surgery to the removal of the stitches is commonly 6 to 17 months“.
There was one line that really killed my guest and myself. Sidney stated that she rejected the first graft she received when she was a child. Again according to Troutman and Lawless, that is not completely unbelievable, nearly 11% of patients have this problem with one or both eyes.

The psychiatrist played that off responding that stem cells had made it now possible. I am really surprised that line made it past writers, editors and directors all naive enough to let that appear on screen further misinforming the public in lieu of good storytelling. “Recent scientific developments have shown promise for people suffering from corneal blindness and transplant failure. The advent of artificial and bioengineered corneas may open the world of vision to many struggling to cope without sight.” I still have a problem with this, laws on stem cells limit the number and testing; the truth being testing is way behind this miracle transplant presented to be viable.

2006-NOV-10: U.S./UK: Major breakthrough in overcoming blindness: A joint Anglo-American medical team at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England has successfully transplanted adult stem cells from the eyes of normal mouse fetuses into the eyes of blind mice. The stem cells developed into mature photoreceptors in the retina and transmitted signals to the brain. The scientists believe that clinical trials on blind people could start in ten years. Scientists hope that they will eventually be able to use embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells from within the person’s eye and avoid the problem of tissue rejection.

We are still at least eight years from this procedure having any possiblity in the real world.

Movie Kisses

After some deep consideration I decided to reboot my efforts to make a half interesting blog. That being said I realized the plights of my social and academic life interest only myself and a select handful of my good friends. I do live in a world saturated by the ever changing media world. I am a viewer, a distributor (that might be a stretch in some people’s eyes) and a student with high hopes of some kind of career dealing with the media.

Although my job 99% of the time is full time babysitter to a bunch of sixteen year olds , I am required to be an articulate critic and manage some promotional material. I find a lot of the time I can notice something in a movie, play, song, etc that others don’t and I have wanted a platform where I can make my arguments.

I am not a history buff pointing of the number of historical inaccuracies in The Patriot, to which there are a lot. I am not arguing that the movie industry has to be correct about every fact, it’s entertainment, not a history or science classroom. I just know when something doesn’t feel right.