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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

"Great post and comments. Yes, Streep had to navigate the rough waters of being in her 40's! I do think she smashed through the glass ceiling for women since she persevered and then became an even bigger star in her 50's." - Sister Rona

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Randomness: Oscars, Silents, Women Helmers, Loser Gifs

Salon on the reinvention of Brad Pitt. Good history piece / career overview
Vulture Best Pictures as infographics
Pajiba "interviews" Amanda Seyfried about her latest hacktress movie Gone.
NPR Monkey See smart provocative piece on the politics of Warrior (2011)
New York 100 pictures of Meryl Streep through the years. She ages backwards in this gallery
IMDb a gallery of your acting nominees in and out of character

My New Plaid Pants has my favorite "which is hotter?" of all time featuring (American Psycho)
Low Resolution's top ten films of 2011. Not your average top 10 list.
Some Came Running objects to the frequent comparisons of Singin' in the Rain and The Artist
Sunset Gun, now married to Guy Maddin -- is this the first time a film critic has married a director? trivia experts? -- explains his latest project, seances if you will to remake lost silent films.
Booby Finger How To Watch The Oscars a very snarky guide if you're into that sorta thing

Film Festivals Are Infinite
With Skyfall just around the corner I find myself thinking of 007 James Bond quite often and then Pierce Brosnan popped up in my inbox. Have you ever heard of Cinemagic? It's a film festival / workshop type thing for young people interested in filmmaking. (I'm reasonably confident that someone starts a new film festival every day of each year in the 21st century; they are infinite). It's Irish born but it's been expanding and Pierce Brosnan is a celebrity supporter.

Should I revisit all the Bond films this year. I'm torn on how to honor the 50th anniversary.

Our Apologies To 50% of the World's Population
Between the still pervasive global problems of sexist, patriarchal and theocratic governments and cultures and religions that love to treat women like shit, and the latest hypocrisies of the ever sick-making US Republican party ("we believe in small government except when it comes to war-making and your personal morality so hold still while we insert this probe into your vagina without your consent!") women just can't catch a break lately. So why not share this video from IndieWire's Women in Hollywood blog about the female directed movies Oscar didn't love.


It's interesting how many quality female-helmed films there were this past year and I absolutely support the notion that we need more female directors. But I also think it's worth being realistic and saying that none of these films would have won Oscar attention even if their directors had penises. Not that kind of movie(s).

Sally Kirkland when Cher wins. Love ya, SallyWhat you still need more Oscarable links? Jesus!
24 Frames interesting bit about Alfre Woodard's activism within AMPAS
Vulture Best Pictures as infographics
In Contention Guy defends The Artist ... and has money on it.
Gawker on Netflix user reviews of Best Pictures
Slate Acceptance Speeches! Yes, I linked / wrote it but wheeee interactive

Finally... fourfour has a "how they lost" an animated gif wall of Oscar name-reading and the instant smiling that follows. I don't know what caused it but I kind of think nominees are better at hiding their feelings in today's Oscar world which makes it less fun.

Naturally I love this gif wall though my favorite isn't listed. So here it is again for you because it's my preferred method of self-flagellation.

I love you Kathleen!

I'm aware that this post is extremely scattered but it's the day before the Oscars. I'm all over the place with anxiety!

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Reader Comments (11)

Oh, and here it is again! The Turner. I absolutely love it! Clearly, my first time in this lovely blog of yours. Which year you posted first?

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy -- i've been doing this site in some form for 10 years but yes the daily blogging started in 2005 and that turner graphic was in 2006 or something. omg. i've been doing this forever.

February 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Time flies! Thank you for another great awards season...

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

that GIF of Sally Kirkland is hilarious....she was acting so weird!! but I hear she's always that way :O She has a long list of credits though so I'm glad she has an Oscar nom, haven't seen Anna - and she won the Golden Globe so maybe she thought she had a legit chance?

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLola

I love Kirkland too...I think she was very good in ANNA, even if I remember that in 1988 despite her golden globe winning as best drama actress, she was considered an outsider for the Oscar race

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMirko

I must confess I could be looking at those reactions shots for hours. They're priceless. I would add Ellen Burstyn's face when she lost to Glenda Jackson.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

My favorite is Jessica Lange. Her demeanor was priceless.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

//The last thing you want is someone whining about how Beginners should have been nominated for Best Picture, so please keep people like me at bay. We’re irritating and should be forced to watch alone.//

Hee - Bobby Finger and I will apparently be holed up and whining together in the same corner.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Sally Kirkland's reaction is one of the many reasons I adore her .... I have a feeling I'd react the same way if I didn't hear my name announced.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Held An Oscar

Re: the women directors' video:

I love that even the people who made that video thought The Iron Lady and W.E. sucked! (Though, as Oscar-nominated films, they should have been included, no matter the quality.)

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Mancuso

That Vulture infographic made STUFF come out of my nose. But linking it twice may be excessive. :)

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp
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