On the Academy’s tune tribulations

Posted by · 4:47 pm · July 4th, 2009

For the most part, I feel like this Eric Felten op-ed (in a new weekly Wall Street Journal arts column called “De Gustibus”) has its heart in the right place.  But in chastising the Academy for all but doing away with the Best Original Song category with a recent rule change, he takes some rather […]

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The last time Taraji P. Henson was on Oscar’s stage

Posted by · 7:26 am · February 3rd, 2009

I was inspired to hunt this clip down after that Three 6 Mafia item I mentioned yesterday.  Eesh, remember the awful scene recreations for the original song contenders that year?  Ouch.  Anyway, maybe Taraji will grace the stage on different auspices this year.  For now, this is what we’ve got: My guess is this will […]

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Nominees luncheon under way

Posted by · 2:19 pm · February 2nd, 2009

Today is the big Academy luncheon for this year’s Oscar nominees.  The AP’s Sandy Cohen and The Carpetbagger’s Michael Cieply are filing from the event. This is one of the most fascinating aspects of the season for me because of the varying personalities you find mingling together.  Right now, M.I.A. is chowing down with Kate […]

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INTERVIEW: Three 6 Mafia

Posted by · 9:06 am · February 27th, 2006

When hip-hop artist Eminem was nominated in 2002 for the Best Original Song Oscar for his track “Lose Yourself” from Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, he did not attend the ceremony and therefore the song was not performed per tradition. Musician and co-nominee Luis Resto was on hand to accept the award. Three years later, the […]

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