Posts Tagged ‘up in the air’

The Oscars, Abbreviated

Illness has kept me from dishing out my Academy Award predictions and, lest the curse soon be lifted, will probably quash my desire to go live-blog-wild during the telecast.
But I can't be completely silent! So, before the inevitable song-and-dance-and-cheese opening, I offer this:
I remember a sweet time back in early December when I thought that [...]

Pre-Pretension Pasts: A Look at Oscar Noms before the Big Nod

With the Academy Awards coming up in the next few weeks, the entertainment world is abuzz with who deserves what. And because of this year's expanded best-picture category, there are even more actors and films to fawn over.
Unfortunately, along with Oscar nominations comes the usual pretentiousness—"If you haven't seen An Education, then you're missing out [...]

(Retro) Oscar Nominees Tuesday: Overlistening to That Song from Juno

If you're looking for some commentary on the Academy Awards nominations today, Arts Desk has your back. Our film critic, Tricia Olszewski, had a little to say about the surprises (few) and all the Best Picture nominees under the new Academy rules (many). But I want to kick it slightly old-school, and talk about a [...]

And the It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated-Sound Bite Opportunities Go To…

Be still, my horrified heart. We perhaps all knew it was coming, but now it's official: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes that Avatar was one of the best films of 2009. (Guess the "sciences" portion of the institution's name means more than the "arts" this year.)
Very, very few surprises among the [...]

Arts Roundup: Grammy Predictions and Martha Stewart Pitches

*Gold Derby is predicting that Taylor Swift will win Best Album at Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony, edging out fellow nominees Beyoncé, Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. Not predicted? Everyone's favorite category: who will show up the biggest drunken mess?
*Despite George Clooney's appearance on every awards show and television commercial lately [...]

New Year’s Eve: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the 9:30 Club

The best moment of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has nothing to do with George Clooney or the film's, you know, relevance at a time of national insolvency. Actually, it's a lot more simple, and it happens over the opening credits: a Woody Guthrie song recast as dark soul-groove with an estimable female belting [...]