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Sean Patrick Kelly
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On YouTube Commenting: I’ve NEVER commented on a YouTube video. I’ve clicked the “Like” button, I’ve added many videos to my favourites, but I’ve never commented. An odd comment habit I’ve noticed on YouTube is the elitism of some of the commenters, who say things such as “I liked this song before it was sung on Glee” or something dumb like that. In summary, I only post comments if there’s a chance on an intelligent conversation (i.e. this site).

On Hollywood Nostalgia: It might be a little too much to say that this year’s Oscars is all about throwing away 80 years of technological innovation. I thought Avatar was a good film and all, but I think the Academy was right in giving the award to The Hurt Locker instead. When it’s all said and done, it should be all about the story of the film and not how pretty it looks. That said, I do agree it’s much more emphasized this year than in previous years.

On Anti-British Thoughts: I can understand the Academy totally ignoring Shame (NC-17 Sex Film = EVIL!!!!!!), however I do think that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should have got a bit more attention that it did. Also, Tyrannosaur, despite how utterly disturbing the film is (not a film for dog lovers), definitely should have received a Best Actor nomination for Peter Mullan. But you know, Hollywood is really single-minded and don’t understand that other countries make good films too.

On Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’s Nomination: Since it’s still in theatres, I might see it as a curiosity, but the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes probably says it all: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.” (also, I didn’t hear a “woo hoo” when the Best Picture nomination was announced, I heard a full on scream like New Kids on the Block just got nominated)

On Animated Nominees: Puss In Boots is OK.

On Sound Nominees: In my opinion, there is no film from last year with better sound editing/mixing than The Artist, because of the very smart use of it in a couple scenes. Should have got a nomination.

On Nine Nominees for Best Picture: It was very funny watching the nominees being announced on television. Since there seemed to be only room for eight films on the screen, I thought that was where they were going to stop. However, after saying the eight films, they added (what I interpreted as) the surprise ninth nomination, right in the middle: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

To finish off this, extremely long, comment: I would SO watch an old man fight between Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.

Sean Patrick Kelly
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Just looked up the Oscar hosting records. Bob Hope is #1 with 19 hosting jobs. Billy Crystal is #2 with a mere 9.

Ky in Boston
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Albert Brooks was robbed! I loved him in Drive.

I’m seeing The Artist tomorrow. Hope it lives up to the hype.

Sean Patrick Kelly
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“Robbed” is a bit of a strong term.

That said if the uptight violence-hating Academy could give an Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis for playing someone named “Bill the Butcher”, they could at least have the decency to nominate Brooks for playing a mobster.

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