Archive for February 2nd, 2010

A Few Thoughts about the Oscars

Since the nominations came out this morning, I feel compelled to comment on some interesting selections… I’m not going to hit on each nomination, or split hairs, or anything else so trivial (I have no say in how the Academy votes, so what’s the point going there, eh?), but there are some selections that I feel deserve a few words.

Woody Harrelson, Supporting Actor for “The Messenger.” A role that was far overshadowed by his turn in “Zombieland,” it is a role I would not have originally seen him in.

“District 9” for Best Picture. I consider this a longshot, partially because it falls into the “genre” category that the awards tend to shy away from… but it’s produced by Peter Jackson, so that alone helps give it a shot.

Along the genre lines, there had been talk for most of the year about “Star Trek” having a shot at a Best Picture nod. While there were several technical nominations (visual effects, sound editing, etc.), no Picture nod.

I’m not surprised at some of the nods – “Hurt Locker” has been doing well at the awards, and Cristoph Waltz has been getting lots of attention for his role in “Inglorious Basterds.” Similarly, “Up” was mentioned as having a shot at a Best Picture nod [which it got] now that the field has been expanded.

My two cents, on how I think some of the voting may go: I’m hedging my bet towards Waltz getting Supporting Actor, but I would like to see Matt Damon get an acting trophy to go with his writing statue. I’m hoping “Coraline” can pull out an upset, but I fear that “Up” may take Animated Feature before losing out in the Best Picture category. Beyond those, I’m keepingthe rest of my opinions to myself.

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Apples to Apples…

A couple of weeks ago MC and I hosted a “gaming afternoon,” where we had several of our friends over and played various board/card games for several hours. All of this happened after my friend Chris drove out earlier in the day, and we had already spent most of the afternoon playing video games on the Wii. One of the games that we played that night was one that our neighbor brought over: Apples to Apples.

While we were playing, as I stared at the card art (the “Apple” images on each card), I had this nagging feeling that I recognized the work. Initially I tried, as casually as I could, to look for some kind of signature or proof that would confirm my hunch. Nothing emerged. I thought about it through the night, making that mental note of: Look this up later. By later the next morning the mental post-it became unstuck, and fell back behind the desk somewhere.

Here we are, a week and a half later, and that mental post-it struggled it’s way from behind the desk to glare at me, shaking its little paper fist as if to say, “Remember me?” And after reading this, I did. And for a moment, I felt like Tweety Bird (“I did, I DID recognize the artist’s work on the cards!”).

I’ve made no secret here that I get a kick out of the Dork Tower comic strips. it’s part of my “daily routine” to stop by the site and see if there’s a new stip posted. There are enough stips that I’ve seen that there are definitely a few that I can see getting a signed print, or something, and having it hanging in an office while I write. Or maybe just a shirt, or something else that can fit into a working office.

Let’s just say I don’t mind the idea of trading shiny gold rock for “stuff” that John Kovalic has worked on. (Shameless plug: Apples to Apples really was a fun game, and one MC and I have seriously been considering adding to the collection. And I’ve been thinking for a while about starting a Munchkin collection… but would want to start at the 1st set, before branching into all of the off-shoots)…

And on another note, I found today’s strip to be hilarious, so I’ll link here to remind you why Dork Tower is just that fun to read.

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