Cats and Kids and Hating on ‘Argo': the 10 Best Oscar-Related Movie Blog Posts of the Week


Which Current Oscar-Nominated Director Was Almost Deported?

5_Broken_CamerasEvery now and then we hear about the difficult trips to the Oscars for foreign filmmakers. This year, one of them was 5 Broken Cameras co-director Emad Burnat, who was detained at LAX for many hours and nearly deported back home to the Middle East. Michael Moore told the story on his blog. Here’s an excerpt: “He told us that this sort of treatment is something he is used to ‘on a daily basis under Occupation.’ He gave an eloquent and moving impromptu speech, in his usual soft-spoken voice, to his fellow nominees. He said this was his 6th trip with his film to the U.S. this year and that this was the first time he was detained. He said they wanted to see some ‘official document’ that he was an actual nominee. I said, ‘Doesn’t Immigration have Google?'”



Filmmaking Tips From Oscar Winners

Joel and Ethan Coen OscarThis week’s filmmaking tips come from Oscar-winning directors Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Peter Jackson, Kathryn Bigelow, John Ford and the Coen Brothers, who say to be cheap. Scott explained: “The pair have spoken before on wanting to make their financial backers happy on every project, but when your ideas are esoteric and out of the mainstream, it’s also good to keep the risk low. Plus, the confines of a smaller budget leave the weight to the dialogue, plot and characters. It’s safer for the commerce side, and it’s a positive challenge for the art side.”

More on the Coen Brothers:
CBS Films Will Go ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ with the Coen Brothers

More filmmaking tips, this time from nominees:
Step 1: Watch a Movie a Day for Two Years. Step 2: Make a Documentary.



Memories of Being a 10-Year-Old at the 1980 Academy Awards

MV5BMTY1MDQ0NTI0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjE5NzM2._V1._SX420_SY283_Kate Aurthur is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and also the daughter of All That Jazz screenwriter Robert Alan Aurthur. When he was nominated for an Oscar posthumously, she got to attend the 1980 ceremony when she was 10 years old. Her write-up on the experience is a great read throughout, especially the bits about Justin Henry, Miss Piggy, Robert Duvall and Richard Dreyfuss‘s drug problem, but it’s the stuff you didn’t see in the telecast that make it, such as interactions with Mickey Rooney and, after the ceremony: “We went to the Governor’s Ball, and Bette Midler, who had been nominated for her transcendent performance in The Rose, was seated next to me, the poor thing. We discussed the entrée options. I didn’t realize at the time that being stuck sitting next to a 10-year-old might suck. Luckily, she was lovely.”



Meet the Actor Who Posed Nude for the Oscar

Emilio FernandezDid you know the Oscar statue is made in someone’s image? Specifically a Mexican actor who played villains in classic Westerns. Scott informed us: “Every year, dozens of people wrap their hands around Emilio Fernandez‘s torso and hoist him high into the air while thanking their supporters. Usually, they’re played off the stage by a swelling orchestra, but they still get to take Fernandez home. Fortunately for everyone involved, he comes in portable size that you can keep easily on your shelf because Emilio Fernandez is the Oscar.”



Fictional Academy Award Scenes We Love

58408Actually, not all the award show moments in David’s list of “8 Great (Fictional) Award Moments From Movies” are Oscar send-ups. But it’s the parodies and fictional depictions of the Academy Awards that we enjoy the most. His number one choice comes from The Naked Gun 33 1/3: “I love the Naked Gun formula of ending each one at a big event, continually and ridiculously hindered by Drebin in the form of some kind of alias. Watching poor tied up Enrico Pallazzo cringe at the sight of Leslie Nielsen slaughtering “The Star-Spangled Banner” under his good name – that shit just gets me. So seeing James Earl Jones and Olympia Dukakis passively watch “Phil Donahue” throw up in a tuba is simply heaven.”



Best Picture Oscar Winners Montage


Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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