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Monday
Mar032014

Monday Movie Meme – Best Picture Snubs at the Oscars

For every Oscar winning film, there is often one or more that we wish took home the gold instead. So let’s celebrate these films in the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme: Best Picture Snubs at the Oscars.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, the movies you’d wish had won an Oscar for Best Picture.

Meaning, films that were obviously nominated but still lost to another (better or worse) motion picture. I’m drawing a blank for picks, so, courtesy of some mentions by Herman at Terrible Analogies, here is a selection of Oscar nominees for Best Picture that were snubbed at the Academy Awards. He picked the movies. I’m just elaborating on them in the descriptions.

Goodfellas

Of the six Oscar nominations this crime drama received in 1991, it lays claim to one – Joe Pesci’s win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It’s almost hard to imagine such a favorite gangster flick being snubbed, but alas, “Goodfellas” was upstaged by the adventure movie “Dances with Wolves.” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather: Part III” was also in the running for best picture. Maybe it wasn’t a good year for mob movies, as far as awards season goes. It’s a damn shame.

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s crime thriller is a cult favorite and arguably one of the best films ever made; nominated for seven Oscars in 1995. It took home one golden statue for Best Writing (basically, Best Screenplay!) but was snubbed in the Best Picture category, where it was up against another goodie – crime drama “The Shawshank Redemption.” However, the romantic drama “Forrest Gump” scored the win for Best Picture that year.

Saving Private Ryan

The Academy could not deny this war movie by Steven Spielberg -- or could they? The World War II film did win five of its eleven Oscar nominations in 1999. Those wins just didn’t include Best Picture, an honor that went to the romantic comedy drama “Shakespeare in Love”.

What Best Picture nominees would YOU say were wrongly snubbed at the Oscars?

Monday
Feb112013

What are Your Favorite Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song?

Over the weekend, The LAMB published an Oscars post that I wrote about the Best Original Song nominees. It was an opportunity to explain why the lead tune from “Chasing Ice” is worth a listen despite making the movie seem long and boring.

I also shared how the comedy “Ted” starring Mark Wahlberg allowed Norah Jones’ vocals and the musicians’ talents to work to its advantage but not enough to get my vote. After realizing that “Life Of Pi” didn’t have any memorable songs that stood out and “Les Miserables” just gets props by default, I think that the nominations are all over the place.

Still, everyone has their favorites, which brings me to the theme of this week’s Monday Movie Meme: Best Original Song.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, some of your favorite Oscar nominees for Best Original Song. The song can be from any previous Oscars season, so long as it was among the nominations. Here are my selections for this week’s Best Original Song theme.

Skyfall
This pick needs no explanation, especially since Adele already won a Golden Globe for her James Bond tune. The song is hot! Need I say more? If so, I have you covered -- see when I made a case for Skyfall winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Say what you want about “Armageddon” -- a lot of people think this movie is ass and other people (like me...thanks to Bruce Willis) enjoyed watching it. Regardless, Aerosmith did a fine job making “I don’t want to miss a thing,” which earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song during the late 90s. Although Whitney Houston’s collaboration with Mariah Carey for the “Prince of Egypt” soundtrack eventually took home the golden statue, I would still bump Aerosmith’s track any day of the week!

Lose Yourself
I remember watching the 75th Annual Oscars that year when Eminem -- a rapper -- won for this inspirational track from the dramatic narrative “8 Mile.” The beat and lyrics are so dope, I dare you to claim that you still don’t believe you can take on the world after listening to this song.

What are YOUR favorite Oscar nominees for Best Original Song?

Monday
Jan142013

Production Updates, Announcements and the Monday Movie Meme

After a brief hiatus, The Monday Movie Meme will return in two weeks, on January 28th. I’ve also narrowed the potential editors for my short film down to two guys, so one will hopefully be selected by this weekend. I’m currently logging (hours of) footage -- a tedious and sometimes frustrating, but necessary, task so as to aid in a smooth post-production process.

I’ve been assigned to devour the Oscars for The Lamb sometime between now and February 24th. I have to cover the Best Original Score category, so that should be fun.

Also, remember when I participated in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge last spring? Well,  a few months ago, I accepted an invitation to become a host for this year’s A to Z Challenge! That means I am among the 12 co-hosts for the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge headed by the main host and founder, Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out. There are lots of administrative, organizing, developing, monitoring and general oversight duties that goes along with the hosting position but rather than bore you all with those details, I’m going to sum up the fun and most important part of this event...

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is an annual blogathon that takes place in April where bloggers here and abroad post a blog every day centered on a different letter of the alphabet. Since its inception, the A to Z Challenge has been growing by the number of participants each year. There were well over 1,700 participants in 2012 and this year is expected to be bigger than ever. Anyone (yes, including YOU) can participate. More details can be found at the A to Z Blog. The sign-up list opens on January 30th.

Here are the Co-Hosts for the 2013 A to Z Challenge:

Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out
Tina Downey at Life is Good
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins at Retro Zombie
Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse
Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs
DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude 2.0
Matthew MacNish at The QQQE
Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought Too Small
Nicole Ayers at The Madlab Post
Livia Peterson at Leave It to Livia
L. Diane Wolf at Spunk on a Stick

Last but not least, I will be introducing you all to the cast (and maybe a few crew members as well) of my short film, in the coming weeks. I also realized that the King Dong series slipped my mind over the holidays, so we will be revamping that as well. If there are any actors who you would like to nominate for a spotlight, let me know and I will get on it as soon as I can.

As always, thanks for reading. You guys (and gals) rock!

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