This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2018, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! The aura around the Academy Awards is pretty strong. Not only the belief that those who merit the awards win them, but that it … Continue reading Forgotten Oscar Nominees and Winners
It’s that time of year again! Woo-hoo, awards! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. The Sorry, Television, This Year the Movies Kicked YOUR Butt Award Wonder Woman, the No Man’s Land Sequence Yep, the movies finally did it. After years of TV out-doing, out-creating, out-character-driving action sequences, this year’s Wonder Woman did more than vanquish the movie villain. I’ll … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2017
Yay, awards time! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun.
The Television Episode that Kicked the Ass of Anything in Movies Award:
The Battle of the Bastards, Game of Thrones
This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Click HERE for a list of the other posts for Week 2: The Oscar Snubs.
I’m just going to throw this out there because I want to shut down, once and for all, the notion that Academy Award nominations have much to do with “merit”:
Sylvester Stallone has TWO Oscar nominations (in acting categories).
Alan Rickman died with ZERO Oscar nominations.
I’m a little late with my pop culture awards—computer problems over Christmas. But at last, at last, (I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting!) here they are!
As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. Continue reading “Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2015”
This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Click HERE to see more posts from Week 1: THE ACTORS.
I remember so clearly when Tatum O’Neal won Best Supporting Actress at the tender age of 10. I was around 12 years old at the time, had seen the film, LOVED it, loved her in it. (It remains one of my favorite movies and performances to this day.) My parents were very strict about sticking to my designated bed time when I was a kid, but for some reason were always lenient on Oscar night. I think they knew they were raising a budding cineaste.
I recall watching the ceremony on a little 9 inch black and white TV in my bedroom and jumping up and down on my twin bed when her name was announced.
She was a kid–like me! AND SHE WON A BIG AWARD! THE BIGGEST AWARD IN THE UNIVERSE! (I was probably not aware of the Nobel Prize at the time–or, at least, not cognizant of its importance relative to the Oscar.)
The Emmy nominations were announced this week. Some of my favorite shows got a boatload of nominations (Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, American Horror Story: Coven, to name a few.) So how come my main reaction was something like this:
As I mentioned in my Pop Culture Awards post from last year, it must be rough to be an Emmy nomination judge, especially in the drama categories. There are so many quality dramas now, with so many quality actors giving amazing performances, it’s not at all odd that a lot of people get left out.
There were also surprises, many of them fabulous, but some of the snubs were mind-boggling.
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Before I go off on a rant about this year’s Oscar nominations, let me say this:
2013 was a pretty good movie year. I went to the movies more often than in the previous few years, and left the theater smiling way more than scowling.
Good stuff from both mainstream Hollywood and independents. Some great performances that will probably stand the test of time. It was also an amazing year for movies with female leads, with movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Heat, Gravity and Frozen showing that stories focusing on female characters can really rake in the bucks. In fact, Catching Fire currently tops 2013 in domestic box office.
So an array of great movies and performances means that OF COURSE there were going to be some big Oscar snubs. But, boy, a few of them really got my goat.
Time for Part Two of this year’s pop culture awards! Last week I concentrated exclusively on television. This week, I deal with movies, books, music and other entertainment topics. 1. The Complete Failure To Get The Point Award: The anonymous clowns who have approached Lionsgate Films about building a theme park based on The Hunger Games—and Lionsgate, for seriously considering the offers. No, they’re not … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2013, Part Two
It’s awards season! Time for my second annual pop culture awards! Same as last year, these are limited to my own personal preferences (as I’m not a professional critic) are just for fun and a place for me to laud what I loved and rant about what made me mad over the past year. As I was composing this post, I noticed it was becoming … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2013, Part One
1. New hits are already emerging from the Fall TV season. Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Blacklist and The Crazy Ones were the first of the new series to break from the pack. Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season and The Blacklist has a full season order. And several shows haven’t even premiered yet! 2. Harry Potter is back! Without … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup September 2013
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has revealed their list of the 101 best-written television series. First, let me say that in general, I’m not fond of lists. Rankings and what gets included can seem very arbitrary, and certain things like “recency-bias” (bias in favor of recently-made shows) and personal preference can skew the results. That said: it’s a pretty good list. Here it is: … Continue reading The Best Shows Left Off The WGA 101 Best-Written TV Series List
Another year, another Oscars show. (Did you notice we’re not calling it “The Academy Awards” anymore? I think probably because some focus group told them it made the show sound like it’s for old people.) Yay for Argo—I watched the movie for the first time just before the Oscars aired and LOVED it. Of course, this made me even madder that Ben Affleck was snubbed … Continue reading Oscars, I Can’t Quit You
Sometimes, the Oscar nominations depress me. Well, it’s not just Oscar nominations, but the state of the movie industry in general, which I addressed in a recent post. And what better reflection of this state than the Oscars nominations, which were announced this morning? Don’t get me wrong–a lot of fine films, filmmakers, actors and technicians were nominated. But certain things made me want to … Continue reading The Oscar Nominations – Snubs & Flubs