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Yeah, about that…

I missed this week’s shows. I’ve been struck with a nasty sinus infection and chest cold simultaneously.  I slept through the shows. But I can say this- I knew Madame Lambert would get through, and what I’ve seen of Allison- I approve.

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First off, look for Craig Ferguson (sexy Scot from The Late Late Show) battle Jimmy Fallon starting on March 2, 2009 in a unique way. Craig is taking to the Prime Time CBS lineup to promote his show on the 2 and 9. Paris Hilton will join him the first Monday, so we care less about that than the following week when- yes- the one, the only comic genius Jim Parsons will be there with Craig- as Sheldon, no less ( Dr. Cooper M.Sc Ph.D Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!) There will be five interstatials over the course of the night, which take place at Craig’s “home” over TV Dinners. Paris is set to be guest on Craig’s actual job on the same night, but there is no confirmation of the same being true for Jim the following week, though I’d bet on it, as Craig has had Jim on his show three times in the last four months and seems quite fond of him ( IMO, Jim is a great talk show guest- charming and witty, with a quick mind to able to keep up. On his first Late Late Show appearance, he told Craig that the show’s official mugs were highly toxic, causing Craig to throw them around the studio.) Best news of the day… or it was until…

It is official, from NBC itself. Conan O’Brien will have a sidekick on The Tonight Show, and that sidekick will be Andy Richter.

I have died and gone to heaven. Thank you, comedy gods. And bring back the staring contest.

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Eddie Murphy presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award to Jerry Lewis, who gives a short, humble speech. The orchestra then launches into a medley of Oscar nominated scores, and Slumdog’s A.R. Rahman wins that category. We then get a medley of Oscar nominated songs, in which John Legend aquits himself nicely doing Peter Gabriel, and we learn Jai Ho and We’re Going Down mix beautifully together ( Peter Gabriel- there’s your next record!). A.R. Rahman wins that one as well, for Jai Ho.

We finally get a WTF? winner- Freida Pinto and Liam neeson announce the only real surprise of the evening as Japan’s Departures beats out the better known Baader Meinhoff Complex, The Class, and preshow fave Waltz With Bashir ( the one that won almost every pre Oscar award it could). There has to be a surprise every Oscar,a nd this appears to be this years. So far.

Queen Latifah does the In Memorium section of our show. She sings ” I’ll Be Seeing You” beautifully as Paul Newman and Sydney Pollack win the applause-o-meter. So sad to see the faces of Stan winston, Michael Crichton, Bernie Mac, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Harold Pinter, James Whitmore, Charlton Heston, Cyd Charrise, Newman, and Van Johnson pass by and remembering what they contributed to cinema.

Danny Boyle accepts his best director Oscar ” in the spirit of Tigger”, and gives a warm sppech in which he pays tribute to the city of Mumbai. He’s a delightful man. The award is well deserved ( Shallow Grave was one of my favorite films of the 1990s).

As the show now runs 20 plus minutes over schedule, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Shirley MacLaine, and Marion Cotillard present Kate Winslet with her long overdue Oscar. Kate was warm, witty, and charming in her speech, almost tripping over her words as she honored Pollack and Mingehella for their role in The Reader. Sean Penn eked out a win over Mickey Rourke, and was funny and shit stirring in his speech, as he was the only one who acknowledged the protesters on the way in. Then Steven Spielberg presents the best picture award to Slumdog Millionaire.

Overall, I think that the show was one of the best in years. Hugh Jackman was a delightful host, and the show, while it did run long, felt a lot shorter than usual.  I thouroughly enjoyed myself despite the telegraphed winners.

And I’ll be back in 2010.

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Another video clip, this time directed by Judd Apatow, starring the Pineapple Express boys Seth Rogan and James Franco, with a cameo by two time Academy award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. Among one of the funniest things I  have ever seen at the Oscars.  The trio present the live action short award to a German short I cannot spell the mane of ( German not being a language i’m familiar with).

Hugh comes out in tails, and launches into a good Oscar musical number ( those are rarer than… well, I can’t recall the last one.) A tribute to Fred Astaire, a gorgeous reveal of Beyonce, add in Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens ( High School Musical), and Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried ( Mamma Mia!), and we get a show stopper. Thanks, Baz Luhrman.

Best Supporting Actor- a foregone conclusion, but I still sobbed as Heath’s family payed tribute to the missing talent from the show.

Bill Maher presented the Doc categories, and Man On Wire wins best feature, and Smile Pinki wins short.

Will Smith shows up to present the post production awards after another thrilling video piece, and the go as follows:

Visual Effects Editing- Ben Button

Sound editing- The Dark Knight

Sound Mixing- Slumdog Millionaire

Editing- Slumdog Millionaire

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OSCARS! Live Blog Part 2

Well, Ben Button will not be going home empty handed ( fears were it would be the most nominated loser in Oscar history). It takes the Art Direction award ( deservedly- it’s gorgeous to look at). Costume design goes to The Duchess, another deserved award ( those costumes are astonishing).

Daniel Craig makes a funny! The award goes to Ben Button ( the only award it’s up for that it had no real competition for, unless the Academy went overboard on honoring the Dark Knight due to it’s oversight at Best Picture).

The show seems to be moving at a fast clip this year. I’m not bored at all.

Robert Pattinson ( sqealing commences- NOW!) Amanda Seyfreid looks gorgeous.  Another montage sequence- I like them better this year. They’re on point, have great music, and are edited superby.

Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller are funny as Ben channels Joaquin Phoenix ( Natalie gets off the best line -” You look like you work in a Hasidic meth lab.”) Slumdog wins again for cinematography.

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First off, Hugh Jackman was hilarious right off the bat, and that medley made my girls and I laugh for serious long stetch. ( Personal fave- having to mention Brad and Angie a minimum of five times). He’s also incredibly hot.

I’m also liking this new system of honoring the performers and performances. You pull out Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Goldie Hawn, and Whoopi Goldberg, you get genuine emotion ( and with Whoopi, a few laughs). No surpsise that Penelope Cruz wins, and she’s emotional and warm and charming, finishing up in Spanish to quick for me to translate.

So far, I’m liking some of the changes the new producers put in the show. And Hugh Jackman is Wolverine.

The intro with Tina Fey and Steve Martin was another hilarious moment ( it’s safe to say that so far, this is the funniest Oscars in the last decade).  Dustin Lance Black wins origianl screenplay for Milk, and his speech almost made me cry. No surprise that Simon Beaufot wins best adapted for S;umdog Millionaire. Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black present Animated feature, and Wall-E wins, another no shocker. Animated short goes to La maison la petite cubes ( or, as Gwen pointed out immediately, The House of Small Squares- those provincially mandated french classes are paying off).

Note: Aniston presents with Black, who costarred in Kung Fu Panda with Angelina Jolie, who is with Brad Pitt,  who used to be married to Aniston. Notice, though, Angie was laughing during their bit.

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This is the place to discuss fashion, your picks, and how RyRy Seacrest still annoys the crap out of you.Just look in the comments for my blinding wit…

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Same as the Grammys, but with preshow goodness as well, which means two hours more than Seacrest than one should really have in a week, but whatever, because there are clothes and Manolos and Fred Leighton…

Sorry, the realy girly girl part of me came out. i usually supress my fashionista side as I can afford nothing not available at Zellers and Superstore.

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First the good. The winners list from the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature
The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Best Director

Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Best First Feature

Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Supporting Female

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male

James Franco, Milk

Best Female Lead

Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best Foreign Film

The Class, Laurent Cantet

Best Documentary

Man on Wire, James Marsh

And now the heinous. The “winners” list from the RazzieHIS.addEntry({ title: “Razzies 2009”, url: “http://www.altfg.com/bs (* for the ” winner):

Worst Picture
Disaster Movie
The Happening
The Hottie and the Nottie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
* The Love Guru
Meet the Spartans

Worst Actor
Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
* Mike Myers, The Love Guru
Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba, The Eye and The Love Guru
The cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan)
Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas
* Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
Kate Hudson, Fool’s Gold and My Best Friend’s Girl

Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll, Uwe Boll’s Postal
* Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds, Deal and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer, The Love Guru and Uwe Boll’s Postal

Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
* Paris Hilton, Repo: The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll and Any Actor, Camera or Screenplay
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
* Paris Hilton and either Christin Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“The Day the Earth Blowed Up Real Good” (The Day the Earth Stood Still)
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Worst Director
* Uwe Boll, 1968: Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Uwe Boll’s Postal
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening

Worst Screenplay
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
The Happening
The Hottie and the Nottie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
* The Love Guru

Worst Career Achievement Razzie
Uwe Boll

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Best British male
Paul Weller

Best British female
Duffy

Best British group
Elbow

Best British live act
Iron Maiden

Best British single
Girls Aloud – The Promise

Best British Album
Duffy – Rockferry

Best British breakthrough act
Duffy

Best international album
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night

Best international male
Kanye West

Best international female
Katy Perry

Best international group
Kings of Leon

Critics’ Choice
Florence and the Machine

Outstanding Contribution To Music
Pet Shop Boys

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Short but sweet from me- heinous version of Jason Mraz’s great ” I’m Yours”., Alexis Grace yay, Michael Sarver WTF is up with that, And Shriekianna gets her asshanded to her. Yes, Danny Gokey’s is still there to pimp the dead wife, but still better than that horrific egomaniacal with and her entitlement issues.

That is all.

Except that next week we get both Madame Lambert and Nickorman.

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First, RyRy’s introduction of Paula Abdul gave me an enormous sigh of relief- thank God there is only one Paula Abdul. Second, the new (old) format still doesn’t sit right with me, as it doesn’t allow for growth. Third, I want whatever Paula’s taking.

Yes, it’s that time again, time to dash the hopes of all mediocre singers and pimp even worse singers. Idol is back in force, and they didn’t disappoint.

First up, Jackie Tohn, who has a natural rasp that many previous girl rockers have tried to fake. But she wastes it on an Elvis track , ” A Little Less Conversation”, matched only by her Minnie Mouse as a prostitute outfit ( seriously, girl, that was heinous). It wasn’t pretty, but it would not end up being the worst of the night. Randy wasn’t blown away, Kara liked how she worked the stage, Paula said something incomprehensible, and Simon called it ungainly and gimmicky. First shot, Simon, bet it felt good.

Ricky Braddy was next. Does anyone remember seeing him ever in the audition rounds? I don’t. And that’s a shame, because he was a surprise, nailing Leon Russell’s difficult ” A Song For You”. He seems pleasant, kind of Archuleta bland, but considering some of the people who got through to the top 36, I might have to fight for the guy. Randy complimented Ricky’s great tone, Kara called it effortless, Paula said… something, and Simon said he had a good voice but lacked charisma ( legit critique).

Alexis Grace is one of my favorite girls, ans going with ” I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” was gutsy ( it’s not an Aretha song that has been over done on the show). I thought she did a credible job on it. Randy was loving it, Kara dug it, Paula drank some tequila, and Simon said the magic words- Kelly Clarkson.

Brent Keith is one of those ringer types, having appeared on Nashville Star a few years back. His version of ” Hicktown” was harmless but unmemorable.  Randy said new edge with old swagger, Kara called it safe, Paula took some Quaaludes, and Simon called it forgettable.

Oh, and a note to all contestants- SHUT THE FUCK UP! TAKE YOUR CRITICISM LIKE A GROWN UP AND QUIT MAKING EXCUSES. I’m done.

Stevie Wright crashed and burned fiercely, as her version of Taylor Swift’s ” You Belong With Me” made me want to see Taylor Swift sing it live. But along comes ANOOOOOOOP! Anoop Doggy Dogg in da HOWIZ! Granted, his song choice was insanely weird ( ” Angel Of Mine” by Monica, a song I have never liked). But he sang it well, and he’s still my early fave. Randy said he was sharp ( true), Kara said he had great potential, Paula muttered something about Brian McKnight, and Simon said Anoop was tremendously likeable.

Casey Carlson took a risk with ” every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, but the judges are right- don’t take on a song sung by Sting, you are asking to have your ass handed to you. And hers was. It was terrible, matched by those facial ticks and the neck touching thing.

Michael Sarver, pleasant enough guy with cute kids, did the perennial ” I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw. Pitchy,lacking in the soul and range Gavin DeGraw brings to the song ( or the grit of Bo Bice, who nailed that song back in season four). He is also bland.

Anne Marie Boskovich took on ” Natural Woman” (everyone all together- Kelly Clarkson, Season One, stupid move, Anne Marie). She lacks the vocal depth to sing the song, and I never believed her. Simon’s critique was the only one spot on- the song was simply to big for her voice.

Stephen Fowler, who blew away everyone Hollywood week with a pitch perfect version of Stevie Wonder’s ” Superwoman”, disappointed with a weird version of Michael Jackson’s ” Rock With You”. The judges called him on song choice, with Simon going as far as calling it pointless.

Now for the pimp heavy part of the show.

Shriekianna appears, screeching her way through Whitney’s ” I’m Saving All My Love For You”. Pitchy, too low to start, wavering on her hold notes, dropping her glory notes- and they loved her. Pimp pimp pimp. Fifty Cents want’s his job designation back. Simon couldn’t even muster a complaint worth mentioning. PIMP.

Last was the real ” pimp star”, Danny Gokey, who really is a good singer, but whom I’m not liking as he seems to be exploiting personal tragedy for personal gain. His rendition of ” Hero” was pretty rote, as were the judges comments ( “blazing hot”, ” incredible”, “stellar”). Simon was at least restrained in his praise. Was I the only one who thought Danny sounded constipated?

Over all, it was okay. Bur the three who should stay are Anoop, Alexis, and Ricky. My gut’s telling me though it’ll be Danny, Tatianna, and Anoop. If that’s the case, kill me now. And we haven’t gotten to Norman Gentle yet.

Tomorrow- the results, which are sure to piss me off.

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I make my own, but let’s face it- most music lists are crap, since the authors tend to put their own emotional rescue bands into the mix and no one really discusses the difficulty of the chord progressions used by the guitarist or the obscure medieval influence to that particular riff. I know I don’t. Most casual observers would possibly go cross eyed.

But this list, by Paste, listing the ten best songs by one of my all time favoritest bands, The Smiths ( in honor of the new Morrissey solo release, which is awesome, but I worship at the altar of self mutilation, self loathing, and gladiolas he represents), is one I cannot find any fault with.

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  • New Tragically Hip record to drop in April, called We are the Same. Hip.
  • Peter Gabriel will be at the Oscars Sunday, but he won’t sing. I don’t blame him. He’s Peter” Sledgehammer” Gabriel, the man responsible for the greatest love song of the last thirty years with ” In Your Eyes”. Let him sing all of that Wall-E song before he wins the damn award.
  • Shonda Rimes insists T.R. Knight and Katherine ” No Self Censorship” Heigl are NOT leaving Grey’s Anatomy. I wish the show would leave, it hasn’t been good since season two.
  • This is Conan O’Brien’s last week as host of Late Night. The White Stripes will perform on Friday’s show. I’m recording the whole week because I love Conan and the last fifteen years have brought me such absurdis joy.
  • Wanda Sykes to host the National Correspondents Dinner in D.C. Genius.
  • Mandy Moore engaged to a homeless man who resembles altcountry superstar Ryan Adams. Wait, it IS Ryan Adams.
  • Trump Entertainment ( the Casino Division) files for Chapter 11 for the third time.
  • Two And A Half Men‘s popularity continues to baffle comedy snobs, feminists, people with half a brain, and television critics. Sadly, I get why Chuck Lorre’s two most recent sitcoms center around men. See: Rosanne, Cybill Shepherd, Brett Butler.
  • Matt Selman at Time.com goes all fanboy giddy over seeing Watchmen.
  • Dumbass band name of the century: This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb. And they wonder why the TSA pulled them off for questioning.
  •  Interesting story of the day: A third of civil unions in France are done by straight couples as it is easier to get out of than marriage in the still predominantly Catholic country. So much for the theory that it protects the sancitity of marriage.
  • Some right wing zealots say gay marriage violates the first amendment. I say either the government gets out of the marriage business or everyone shut up. It can coexist as both a legal and religious ceremony, but they are not interchangable, or else Churches cannot discriminate against couples marrying interfaith or calling the children of marriages not done in the spectacle of the church bastards ( I’m looking at you, Pope Benny).

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Genie Award Nominees

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE
PATRICE BENGLE – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the
Hairdresser’s
CAROL SPIER, JANICE BLACKIE-GOODINE – Passchendaele
MATTHEW DAVIES, ERICA MILO – Fugitive Pieces
ROB GRAY – The Stone Angel
DANIELLE LABRIE – Le piège américain / The American Trap
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
MEILLEURES IMAGES
NICOLAS BOLDUC – Le Banquet
BOBBY BUKOWSKI – The Stone Angel
PIERRE GILL – Le piège américain / The American Trap
GREGORY MIDDLETON CSC – Fugitive Pieces
SARA MISHARA – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine

MEILLEURS COSTUMES
FRANCESCA CHAMBERLAND – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
MARIE-GENEVIEVE CYR – Who is KK Downey?
MICHÈLE HAMEL – Le piège américain / The American Trap
MICHÈLE HAMEL – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
WENDY PARTRIDGE – Passchendaele
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
MEILLEURE RÉALISATION
RICHIE MEHTA – Amal
LYNE CHARLEBOIS – Borderline
BENOIT PILON – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
CARL BESSAI – Normal
YVES-CHRISTIAN FOURNIER – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
MEILLEUR MONTAGE
DOMINIQUE FORTIN, CARINA BACCANALE – Le Banquet
FRÉDÉRIQUE BROOS – C’est pas moi, je le jure! / It’s Not Me, I Swear!
RICHARD COMEAU – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
DOMINIQUE FORTIN – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
YVANN THIBAUDEAU – Borderline
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE
MEILLEURE MUSIQUE ORIGINALE
NORMAND CORBEIL – Emotional Arithmetic
LAURENT EYQUEM – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
NIKOS KYPOURGOS – Fugitive Pieces
ROBERT M. LEPAGE – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
JOHN MCCARTHY – The Stone Angel
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG
MEILLEURE CHANSON ORIGINALE
BATLAM, BIZ, CHAFFIK – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine – M’Accrocher?
DR. SHIVA – Amal – Rahi Nagufta
BRY WEBB – This Beautiful City – Big Smoke
ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND
MEILLEUR SON D’ENSEMBLE
MARIO AUCLAIR, LUC BOUDRIAS, FRANÇOIS SENNEVILLE – Le Banquet
CLAUDE LA HAYE, DANIEL BISSON, LUC BOUDRIAS, PATRICK LALONDE – Le piège américain /
The American Trap
SANJAY MEHTA, STEPHAN CARRIER, KIRK LYNDS – Amal
LOU SOLAKOFSKI, GARRELL CLARK, STEVE FOSTER – Passchendaele
DAVID OTTIER, DANIEL PRADO VILLAR – This Beautiful City
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
MEILLEUR MONTAGE SONORE
JANE TATTERSALL, KEVIN BANKS, BARRY GILMORE, ANDY MALCOLM, DAVE ROSE – Passchendaele
CLAUDE BEAUGRAND, JÉROME DÉCARIE, NATALIE FLEURANT, JEAN-FRANÇOIS SAUVÉ – Le piège
américain / The American Trap
NELSON FERREIRA – This Beautiful City
ROBERT LABROSSE, LUCIE FORTIER, GUY FRANCOEUR, FRANCE LÉVESQUE, LORI PAQUET – La Ligne
brisée / The Broken Line
FRANÇOIS SENNEVILLE, ANTOINE MORIN – Le Banquet

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MEILLEURE ADAPTATION
RICHIE MEHTA, SHAUN MEHTA – Amal

MARIE-SISSI LABRÈCHE, LYNE CHARLEBOIS – Borderline

JEREMY PODESWA – Fugitive Pieces
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DRAMATIQUE
THE ANSWER KEY – Samir Rehem, Robin Crumley
LA BATTUE – Guy Édoin, Pascal Bascaron, Sylvain Corbeil
CAN YOU WAVE BYE-BYE? – Sarah Galea-Davis, Paul Barbeau
MON NOM EST VICTOR GAZON – Patrick Gazé, Antonello Cozzolino, Marie-Josée Laroque,
Annie Normandin
NEXT FLOOR – Denis Villeneuve, Phoebe Greenberg
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE D’ANIMATION
DRUX FLUX – Theodore Ushev, Marc Bertrand
THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW – Rodrigo Gudiño, Vincent Marcone, Marco Pecota
SLEEPING BETTY – Claude Cloutier, Marcel Jean
BEST DOCUMENTARY
MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE
INFINIMENT QUÉBEC – Jean-Claude Labrecque, Yves Fortin, Christian Medawar
MY WINNIPEG – Guy Maddin, Phyllis Laing, Jody Shapiro
UP THE YANGTZE – Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong
BEST MOTION PICTURE
MEILLEUR FILM
AMAL – David Miller, Steven Bray
CE QU’IL FAUT POUR VIVRE / THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE – Bernadette Payeur, René Chénier
NORMAL – Andrew Boutilier, Carl Bessai
PASSCHENDAELE – Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger, Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa
TOUT EST PARFAIT / EVERYTHING IS FINE – Nicole Robert
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MEILLEUR SCÉNARIO
BERNARD ÉMOND – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
DEEPA MEHTA – Heaven on Earth
TRAVIS MCDONALD – Normal
RANDALL COLE – Real Time
GUILLAUME VIGNEAULT – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
PAUL GROSS – Passchendaele
RUPINDER NAGRA – Amal
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Emotional Arithmetic
AARON POOLE – This Beautiful City
NATAR UNGALAAQ – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
NORMAND D’AMOUR – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
BENOIT MCGINNIS – Le Banquet
CALLUM KEITH RENNIE – Normal
RADE SHERBEDGIA – Fugitive Pieces
MAX VON SYDOW – Emotional Arithmetic
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
ISABELLE BLAIS – Borderline
ELLEN BURSTYN – The Stone Angel
MARIANNE FORTIER – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
SUSAN SARANDON – Emotional Arithmetic
PREITY ZINTA – Heaven on Earth
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
CÉLINE BONNIER – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
KRISTIN BOOTH – Young People Fucking
EVELINE GÉLINAS – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
ANIE PASCALE – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
ROSAMUND PIKE – Fugitive Pieces

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DO NOT LOOK IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE BIG BANG THEORY’S MARCH 2ND EPISODE! GO AWAY RIGHT NOW!

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I’M SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fine.

Regarding the March 2 episode, here are a few more details. Spoilers below. (more…)

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The one, the only Summer Glau will appear on TBBT!!! Squee! ( the Firefly fan in me is way too excited, as I’m not a big Sarah Connor fan, I kinda miss her.)

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The Definition of Insanity…

…is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
So, from the bottom of my Owen Wilson adoring heart, Kate Hudson, go away. Far away. For forever. And Owen, sit down and write something. It’s good for the soul.

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Christine Baranski and Jim Parsons

Christine Baranski and Jim Parsons

Think about Friends and the two primary love stories that happened on that show. Both the Ross and Rachel dynamic and the Monica and Chandler dynamic had the underlying foundation of friendship. Ross and Rachel, though, not being enormously close at the beginning of the series, entered into a romantic relationship fueled by sexual desire, low self esteem, fits of jealousy, and temper tantrums. It was after that original break up and several close calls over the years that you began to see a maturation of the relationship, cemented in the birth of the baby that only happened due to a moment of what I’m sure is self pity on both their part, and the eventual realization that frankly, they had been a couple the entire time, though they tried to deny it. It was an evolution of character, for sure, but it was annoyingly long and painful over ten seasons that the writers literally had to write the ending they did, or else they would have been shot at like wild dogs. The Monica- Chandler relationship, though, was less melodramatic in tone, more real, a natural evolution of an existing friendship that was already pretty close, and as mature as a relationship can get because, after all, it’s Friends.

Why do I bring up a show that is in constant reruns but has been off air for six years? Well, as I was watch this week’s episode of TBBT, I was struck by the balance that Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, and the writing staff are bringing to the Leonard- Penny relationship. They have formed a friendship that appears pretty solid, sweet, caring, and gentle, but the obvious crush Leonard has on Penny hangs over them both. It’s not the total focus of their relationship, but neither ignore it. At the same time, both characters show a surprising impulsive nature. Penny’s is more obvious ( this episode having a prime example), but Leonard’s impulsive behavior is more damaging to his immediate interests. he cannot for the life of him keep his mouth shut, and it interferes in his goals. He cannot shut off his brain, and therefore he ends up spouting of what really should be part of his inner monologue.

Needless to say, this episode ends up giving a lot of food for thought about Leonard as a person. Tie what I just wrote into this weeks Slate article ( and I must say, a pretty good one) about Sheldon having Asperger’s.  I’m not overly familiar with the diagnostics of Asperger’s, just what I’ve read on Wikipedia, but I share some of those traits- active but odd, certain routines, pursuit of narrow interests, disjointed, quick speech patterns. and I know I’m not the most empathetic person in the world, and I am a ginormous klutz. I do not believe I have Asperger’s, as there are many of the characteristics I do not have. I always considered myself a raging misanthrope, a cynic, a pessimist, a fatalist. Chuck and Bill insist Sheldon is not an Aspie, and Jim Parsons ( genius- there is a person I wouldn’t mind having a conversation with) tows the party line pretty well while acknowledging there is no way Sheldon could be anything else but one.( His answers in the Variety series were a tightrope act without a net on this issue.) This plays into this weeks learn about Leonard episode as we finally figure out the reason why Leonard actually puts up with so many of Sheldon’s quirks and is always prepared to knuckle under.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Dr. Beverly Hofstadter. Some may call her an analytical cold fish. I call her Sheldon in a dress. Leonard calls her “mother”.

First off, my kids want Rock Band ( I admit, I do as well, but the price tag is enough to make you pause). This weeks cold open has the guys playing the zeitgeist consuming game. It was funny, but not as funny as last week’s episode of Sheldon abandonment. Leonard’s phone call to his mother wasn’t as funny as say- Sheldon’s phone call with his mother in episode 2-7 The Panty Piñata Polarization. But when Penny runs into Beverly at the broken elevator, we get an idea of why Sheldon doesn’t faze Leonard, as Dr. H launches into a theory of the passivity of the tenants due to the dust on the sign and tape blocking the door ( and I must say that in theory, she is absolutely correct, but in practice, fixing it means no more stairway walk and talks). Penny asks an innocuous question about Leonard when he was little ( ” I think you meant young, he’s always been little.”) that turns into a therapy session with a neuroscientist as Penny blubbers on about no longer being ” Slugger” to her dad. Sobbing Penny leaves Dr. H by Leonard’s door, and his mother informs him that all he needs to do to get Penny into bed is find out the brand of cologne her father wears. Who knew it’d be that easy?

This leads to a scene similar to one we’ve seen played out by Sheldon and Leonard a couple of times dealing with sustenance. Leonard tries desperately to please his mother with tea, but the oolong, loose tea, steeped three minutes, milk warmed separately, a teaspoon of raw sugar cup is cold, like mom. Sheldon is clearly taken with Dr. H, whom he sees as an ideal mother- analytical, smart, emotionally efficient, not prone to hitting you with a bible because you don’t eat brussel sprouts. Although a particularly disturbing side of Sheldon comes out when he gets excited by the prospect of viewing the Power Point presentation of her paper on her sex life with Leonard’s father ( and poor Leonard for having to deal with that issue, because he’s clearly been forced to observe it).

Leonard ends up taking Mom to work, where Howard and Raj have way too much fun at Leonard’s expense. Apparently, Leonard is the black sheep of his family, a lowly physicist, while his younger brother is a tenured law professor at Harvard, and his sister is on her way to curing diabetes. Leonard gets them back by telling his mother that Raj can’t speak to women unless he’s drunk and that Howard still lives with his mother. Raj’s case piques her interest a bit, but Howard’s amuses her more than anything- ” An adult Jewish male living with his mother is so common as to be sociological cliché.”, then deduces that they both have a pathological fear of women that they hide by developing an ersatz homosexual marriage ( leading Leonard to crow ” You brought your husband to work!”) This sets up a classic old married couple style fight between Raj and Howard involving Howard always having to speak for Raj around women,  an incident at the comic book store, and the fact Raj says that Howard never wants to talk about what’s really the issue at hand. What does Sheldon get out of this exchange? ” You went to the comic book store without me?”

Leonard, having decided that alcoholism is a valid career move, goes to Penny, and the two of them get wasted on white wine while Sheldon goes to the hospital for a brain scan with Dr. H. The two clearly Vulcanesque people have drawn the conclusion that they are exceedingly comfortable together, and are shocked that someone ” as workaday” as Leonard is their link. This leads to a scene where  Sheldon and Dr. H have a discussion about doing… something, needless to say, it’s filled with sexual innuendo, which is disturbing coming from Sheldon.

Leonard and Penny have moved on from white wine to tequila shots. Drunk, Penny allows Leonard to lick salt of her neck ( he gets very into it, I must say), and after his shot, discovers his lime in Penny’s mouth. Make out session begins ( he spits that lime out and it got some major air, dudes), and it moves into the bedroom, where those impulsive behavior issues come into play. Penny impulsively decides to sleep with Leonard. Leonard impulsively tells Penny that sleeping together is a Freudian nightmare that he’s frankly okay with. That gets him kicked out of bed, out of the apartment, and he returns across the hall to find his mother and Sheldon singing along to Rock Band. That’s what he was trying to convince her to do.

The closer was a bit of a downer considering how funny the show was in the middle. Dr. H goes to leave, giving an obligatory hug to her son ( if you can call it a hug at all). Penny and Leonard have no bad feelings about the night before ( and  they never, ever have to talk about it). On the way down the stairs, Penny again falls into the trap and ends up sobbing about her parents, prompting Dr. H. to ask her to fly to New Jersey and have a brain scan. Penny sniffs ” Will it help?”.  ” Well, it would certainly help me,” Dr. H intones.

TBBT had it’s cast on fire this episode- everyone got a good line in, it was balanced evenly between the three leads, the two supports, and the guest star. Johnny Galecki, who had been reduced to being the reactionary to Penny and Sheldon the past season finally got a half hour to shine. Sure there were outdated pop culture references that weren’t funny a decade ago ( JarJar Binks? Really? Although Simon Helberg’s impression was spot on. His gift for mimicry surprises me every single time), but I don’t care that much. I love this show.

Sheldon quote of the night: ” I’d like to do the math.” How exceedingly perfect.

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