Posts Tagged ‘The Oscars’

Zero Dark Thirty Review: A True Story to Define a Decade

Posted by    |    January 11th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty is a thrilling tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, and Kyle Chandler, this film tells the story of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden and his death at the hands of US Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.  From director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Zero Dark Thirty is a nail-biting, true account of these events, which makes the audience nervous and even a bit scared at times, but in a good way.

Called by some “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” Zero Dark Thirty is filled with jaw-dropping torture scenes, elaborate military missions, and fascinating government analysis, which ultimately led to the death of Osama bin Laden.  Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of a CIA officer is remarkable, and the supporting cast makes for a very captivating film.  Although being fairly accurate on most accounts, there has been considerable controversy over the depiction of a pro-torture stance by the U.S. as well as the suggestion that we allegedly obtained improper access to classified materials. (more…)

2013 Oscar Nominations Revealed

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2013 at 10:32 am


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally released the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Despite pre announcement nomination expectations, films such as Lincoln and Life of Pi lead the group while Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) were left out of directing nominations. The Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, 2013, with Seth McFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) hosting.

Below is a list of nominees for the ceremony:

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


Oscar Predictions – Did We Get It Right?

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Last week, YouPlusDallas paired up with the talented Mr. James Faust, Artistic Director for the Dallas International Film Festival and the Dallas Film Society, to talk Oscar picks. The 84th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday night, so we’re backtracking to see just how well Mr. Faust picked the winners.

Best Picture

Winner: The Artist

Faust’s Pick: The Artist (more…)

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dirty Publicity Stunt

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Let’s talk about Sacha Baron Cohen’s inane publicity stunt on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards.  He made the interwebs buzz long before the nominees even set foot in the Kodak Theatre – by dumping what appears to be some sort of flour mixture on Ryan Seacrest.

Dressed in full costume to promote his upcoming ‘comedy’ The Dictator, Baron Cohen carried an urn, saying it was the remains of his “dear friend and doubles tennis partner,” Kim Jong Il.

The red carpet is a prime place to pull the ultimate prank, especially when viewers are sitting at home with their smart phones, tablets and laptops ready to tweet, retweet, post and repost the first flawed moment they see.

Baron Cohen completely took advantage of this; but was it necessary? Perhaps for D-list actors; however, did any of you see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street? Baron Cohen may traditionally rely on the whacked-out shenanigans of Brüno and Da Ali G Show, but he is a true talent, and doesn’t need to send anyone’s twitter feed in to a frenzy by ruining Seacrest’s shoes.

If anything, the above video solidifies what a classy guy Seacrest truly is.

The Magic of the Academy Awards and Photoshop: Angelina Jolie & the Trending Leg

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Angelina Jolie is (to some people) super talented and stunningly beautiful. She also has, despite popping out three kids, a svelte physique that looks good in virtually any red carpet gown, especially the black Versace she donned yesterday at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

Jolie presented a couple of awards at the Kodak Theatre, arriving at the microphone and striking a pose, her right leg making its Oscar debut to millions of viewers before the Academy Award winner even cleared her throat to speak.

This was a pretty bizarre move. Yes, your dress has a slit. Sure, you have gorgeous gams. Why you gotta rub it in our faces, Ange?

The above photo, a true work of art, is how Oscar viewers collectively felt upon seeing Angie’s leg rear its kneecap from its usual hiding place.

Jolie’s right leg is currently trending, and has earned its own twitter handle with over 21,000 followers. Really, America? Really?

What Winning an Oscar Should Look Like

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

At the 84th annual Academy Awards, Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. Last night, plenty of Oscar winners accepted their awards nonchalantly; but let’s be real, if you’re winning an Oscar, you should be on the verge of tears and/or passing out. Unless you’re Meryl Streep. The quality of the above video is less than awesome; regardless, Spencer’s enthusiasm and shock shine through, the way one should appear when accepting such an incredible award.

Click here for the complete list of Oscar winners.