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Oscar Sunday

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Oscar Sunday came and went, and all that’s left is a bunch of hungover winners and losers (save for Quvenzhané Wallis, obviously). Nevertheless, the night was most certainly a glamorous and amazing one! This year, Seth MacFarlane had his turn as host (and may I say, in my opinion, he did a magnificent job at that). I have been hearing of complaints that the Oscars were boring, too outrageous, etc. But this is from the older crowd, so they don’t count. Well, they do, but really, nowadays, award shows are always trying to get the younger audience. Especially with the Oscars, which is a traditional awards show that has been around for a long time, and not many young people are that interested. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence from the Hunger Games franchise was nominated, but the majority of the Hunger Games fandom, of which are of the younger crowd, would not have seen Silver Linings Playbook (because it’s rated R). Also, many tweens do not know what Oscar-worthy acting is. I would expect many of them wonder why Kristen Stewart hasn’t been nominated (more on that girl later…). This blog post will serve as an opion piece of what I liked the most and what I did not like, so I hope you guys enjoy it!

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The night opened up with Seth MacFarlane being visited by the future Captain Kirk (William Shatner and Star Trek, for those of you who don’t know pop culture) to tell the comedic host that he became the worst host ever. Future Captain Kirk would show Seth what he did wrong, and Seth would do something to try to make the critics’ reviews change. Now, I would put the link to the video here, but I have not found anything on youtube. Anyways, the opening monologue was HILARIOUS. I had always known it would be hilarious with Seth MacFarlane hosting, and he started it off superbly. And all those guest cameos? Channing Tatum (drooling at the moment…)! Charlize Theron! Daniel Radcliffe (wizard in the houseee!!)!! Joseph Gordon-Levitt (drooling again…)! They were dancing and singing and dancing and singing. In other words, it was amazing.

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Another moment I particularly enjoyed during the telecast was, well, every time winners spoke too long and the “play-off” music came on. Normally, this wouldn’t be something to be enjoyed, but for God’s sakes, it was the Jaws theme! Who wouldn’t enjoy that?! By the way, this was a music-in-movies-themed Oscars, which I was very delighted about. Especially since all the performances were amazing. My favorites? I loved the movie musical performances with Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and the Les Miserables cast. Oh my, the Les Miserables cast. I seriously started tearing up hearing them sing “One Day More.” There’s just so much emotion in that song, and it was clearly emphasized with their completely-in-character performance! I also loved Adele, because, well, she’s Adele. Although, I had trouble hearing her voice at some points. Maybe it was the mic, or her being nervous (as my mother suggested). But I don’t think Adele would be THAT nervous. She’s too Britishly cool to be nervous around a bunch of actors. Oh, and we can’t forget Barbra Streisand. She rarely performs live, especially for live television, but this was a wonderful exception.

Of course, Seth MacFarlane’s jokes were insanely innapropriate, button pushing, and offensive. Like I said, of course. That is the type of comedian he is, and there’s examples of that every Sunday night on FOX. He made a joke about Chris Brown and Rihanna. He made a joke (or a song) about boobs. The list goes on. However, I found them funny. Because he makes hilarious jokes. He’s a hilarious guy! For those who are complaining, there’s really no one else you can blame except for the person that hired him. Obviously the person who hired him to host knew his reputation.

Now, I’m going to talk about the girl. Yeah, that girl. The pale one with one facial expression who doesn’t brush her hair when she goes out in the public. Don’t know who I’m talking about yet? Kristen Stewart. I don’t even want to start my disgust when I saw her at the red carpet, or my extreme disgust when she walked on to the Oscar stage. This is the “actress” who just won a bunch of Razzies (awards show celebrating the WORST movies/actors of the year). She won a Razzie for Worst Actress. She didn’t even attend the event. But she attended the Oscars? And she presented? With DANIEL RADCLIFFE?! First of all, I know that Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the best actor out there, but at least he has acting skills! He was qualified to walk on that stage, but Kristen Stewart…she was not. If you saw the telecast last night, you could tell her mind was somewhere else. She wasn’t even paying attention to the teleprompter so she knew when to speak. I swear, her face looked EXACTLY the same as it did in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Breaking Dawn: Part 2, Snow White and the Huntsman, and all the other movies she managed to get a part in. Since I’ve dedicated a whole paragraph on this one presenter, you have probably figured out how much I dislike her. Seriously, what did she have to do to get on that stage?? Even when she was sitting in the audience, her face just said: uninterested. unemotional. what’s going on? where am I? All in all, she did not seem in the right frame of mind. But, then again, is she ever? Oh, and if any of you are avid Twilight fans who absolutely love everything Twilight and think it is the best movie EVER and the best thing on this planet, please feel free to comment so I can  shut you down with an argument that will have 100x more emotion than your prescious Bella…and you can’t even see my face while I’m writing it!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system (sorry to those who really don’t care)….

On to the awards! I ended up watching a lot of the major movies nominated this year, and they were all really good. I was so happy when Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress (which was a given), and I liked how she ended with how she hopes there won’t be women like Fantine for long in this world. True that! Best Supporting Actor went to Cristoph Waltz, who was really funny in Django Unchained. I reccomend watching that movie. I’m just going to add in a link for a clip from the movie. One of the funniest scenes, in fact– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLwjCvxp8AQ

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Best Director went to Ang Lee. I had no opinion on his win, as I have not seen Life of Pi. I want to though! I was hoping for Steven Spielberg, since he is the MAN. I wish the Academy had nominated Ben Affleck…they messed up there. Speaking of Ben Affleck, he and his team won Best Picture for Argo (Yayy!!). It was well deserved, and I couldn’t help but let out an “awwwww” at Ben Affleck, who you could tell was completely in shock and about to breakdown crying. Argo was a brilliant movie, and I definitely recommend seeing it. Other movies that were nominated but won a couple to none awards I suggest are Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, 5 Broken Cameras (documentary), How to Survive a Plague (documentary), and ParaNorman.

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Best Actor went to Daniel Day-Lewis, which wasn’t surprising at all. LIke a wonderful gentleman he is, he gave an eloquent speech that was so darn adorable! My favorite win of the night, other than Argo winning Best Picture, had to be Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) for Best Actress. Holy hell was she amazing in that movie. She’s amazing in general! And yes, she did fall on her way to accept the award, but man did she recover from that! Only someone with her personality and grace could recover so smoothly from that.

So, that is my opinion post about the 2013 Oscars. I hope you all enjoyed reading it, and if you want to add your comments about the telecast (your favorite/least favorite moments, favorite performances, favorite winner, speech, etc…), feel free to!

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Hands in, aca-bitches.

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If you do not know what this post will be about in reference to the title, then you need to go to the nearest Redbox, store, etc and get the movie Pitch Perfect. Like seriously. If you’ve never seen it, stop reading this and watch it. I am not kidding. If I had to choose between watching that movie and reading a blog post, I would most definitely choose Pitch Perfect. Hands down. Now that I’ve stressed how IMPORTANT it is for you to WATCH Pitch Perfect, I will move along with my post. If you choose to ignore my advise, then you stink, and you will be left out of the wonderful things I will be saying about one of the best things that came out of 2012. But hopefully, if my begging didn’t do anything, this post will make you want to see it ASAP.

Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon (30 Rock) stars Acadamy Award-nominated Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 50/50), Anna Camp (The Help, True Blood), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), and Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening–Broadway). What a cast, right?! (I’ll make sure to mention many characters, because I am a nerd like that)

Pitch-Perfect-img-07The movie follows Beca (Kendrick), a college freshman attending Barden University. Her dream in life is to go to LA and become a DJ, much to her father’s dismay (who is a professor at BU). However, he makes a deal with her. If she interacts and gets involved with groups around campus, and takes her classes seriously, he will allow her to drop out after one year and go to the City of Angels. Beca joins the Barden Bellas, an all-woman a-capella group who notoriously made a distasteful impact at last year’s championship. The Barden Bellas’ two seniors, Aubrey (Camp) and Chloe (Snow) have to lead a new crop of Bellas: an Australian who likes to be called Fat Amy (Wilson), the stereotypical slut Stacie (Alexis Knapp), incredibely inaudible Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), closeted lesbian Cynthia Rose (Esther Dean), and a few others whose characters are more minor. Throughout the movie the Bellas face off the Treblemakers, the other BU a-capella group, which is all male. Bumper (Adam DeVine) leads the pack of cocky guys, and are a strict no-no for the Bellas. However, a new member, Jesse (Astin), kindles a friendship with Beca, the probability of it leading to something more. Benji, a fellow freshman, magician, and quirky, Star Wars-loving nerd, is roommates with Jesse, and is a guy you feel sad for the whole movie because of his “weirdness” preventing him from getting on the Treblemakers.

Okay, well that was a really long summarization of the movie…Anyways, this movie has awesome songs that you will absolutely love. I do. I listen to the album every day. I get so into it, that I start doing some of the dance moves from the movie. Everyone in this movie is a natural singer. The biggest surprise? Anna Kendrick. That girl can SING! And after finding out that her first job in the biz was on Broadway, where she earned a Tony nomination at age 12, it just solidified my love of her voice even more. Here are three links that show her pre-Pitch Perfect, during Pitch Perfect, and post-Pitch Perfect. *Side note: In the first link, isn’t she so darn cute?!*

1. Performing at Carnegie Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0l3WemmIjI

2. On David Letterman for Pitch Perfect promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_9i9Q7KIrU

3. Performance at the Trevor Project Benefit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhBHMZqg8YE (excuse the voices, this is someone’s self-made video)

Now, of course, everyone else is amazing. Of the guys, Skylar Astin’s voice just makes every girl’s heart melt (or guy’s heart…I won’t leave you fellas out!). All of the actors in this film had a reharsal program before filming to train in singing a-capella and dancing. Although everyone could sing, they needed to learn the specificities of a-capella, as you are using your voice to make different instruments. I found a video on Youtube that is a behind-the-scenes look at their “a-capella boot camp.” Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUZNxvxgsNE

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This movie is very Mean Girls-esque, as the characters and lingo in it become legends, if you will. Fat Amy will go down in history. Aubrey’s many “aca” phrases will be used in normal conversation. Which brings us to my post title. “Hands in, aca-bitches” is one of the many variations Aubrey, among other characters, uses for “aca.” Aca-scuse me? Aca-awesome. Aca-believe it. Aca-awkward. The list could go on, because you could use it for anything. For example, some that weren’t in the movie that anyone could formulate: aca-disgusting, aca-what?, aca-sexy

You all should know by now that I am obsessed with the movie. Well, I am, and I’m proud of it! I’m proud that I have seen it multiple times in one day. I’m proud that I have seen the movie with commentary. I’m proud that I learned the rap to “No Diggity” and rap along in the movie and soundtrack. I’m proud that I’ve seen basically every interview with members of the cast. I’m proud that since seeing the movie, I formed a girl crush on Anna Kendrick. Seriously, what girl wouldn’t have a girl crush on her? She’s one of the coolest people on this planet. Just look at her tweets or instagram pictures. She’s the epitimy of cool. I’m proud that as I write this blog post, I am listening to the soundtrack. Really, I am.

If this didn’t convince those of you who haven’t seen the movie to see the movie, than I don’t know what will. Your loss, really. Your life will just be less awesome. Until I write to you wonderful readers again, tada aca-bitches!

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Super Bowl XLVII

First things first…I am a Patriot’s fan. I was very unhappy after the game against the Ravens. They didn’t play well at all, and made some very huge mistakes that cost them an easy win.

So, here we are at the Super Bowl, and regrettably, the Patriots aren’t playing. So, I am rooting for the 49er’s. I don’t follow them, and I’m not a bandwagon fan, I’d just rather root for the team that didn’t just beat the Pats.

As much as I like watching a football game, for this one, I am more excited for the singing. Jennifer Hudson. Alicia Keys. Beyonce. Yay for the powerhouse women! I’m also excited to see the ads, even though it is beyond ridiculous that they pay millions of dollars to air a 30 second ad. Welcome to the United States of America!

Hope everyone has a good time watching the Super Bowl, or if you aren’t watching the Super Bowl, have a good time watching whatever you are watching.

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