Oscar Nominations 2012

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

There are many people who will be protesting the movie J. Edgar was omitted from the Oscar lineup this year. I  am also disappointed but realize just because a movie featured good acting and opened way down in the back on Screen 8 at Movietowne, it should be nominated. Maybe the Academy feels that Clint Eastwood is too old and Leonardo DiCaprio too good for nomination.

I nearly fell asleep twice during an early showing of the Descendants so that alone should give the movie the Oscar nod. The Help was a movie I liked so I am a bit surprised it was even nominated. Just as surprising but most welcomed was the Best Actress Nomination of Rooney Mara for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. A strangely sexy character, both on screen and page. I am one of those who will always agree Woody Allen should get the Oscar whenever he is nominated but it is never easy for sarcastic the man whose style of eyeglasses has gone in and out of style at least five times in his lifetime. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy is one of the best dust collectors on my bookshelf and might remain so as the movie is already available on DVD at a store near me. Hugo has a good trailer and special effects which will no doubt heavily influence the way votes are cast.

So who really cares about the Oscars? Not too many as the show is not nearly as popular as is once was and several shades below average porn on the Net.

And The Nominations Are:

Best Picture

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)

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The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Rooney Mara

Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Hugo, John Logan
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget O’ Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen

The Artist, Michael Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
Margin Call, J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

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Salma Hayek – More Than Just Good Wallpaper

Salma Hayek - The Wallpaper

Salma Hayek is the stuff my dreams are still made of. Selma is currently 45 years old but it probably doesn’t matter to my memory of her and the pictures I downloaded from websites quite unlike Megaupload. Like most beautiful actresses, she takes to a bikini like voyeur takes to a zoom lens.  Apart from having the legs that will make any miniskirt look good, she once kissed a woman in a movie. Selma Hayek is Mexican by birth but sexy by nature. Unlike some fading female celebrities, she doesn’t have to do nudity in Playboy to get noticed once again.

Salma Hayek - Bikini

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Mila Kunis is Sexy

In my blog post on Black Swan I hardly said anything about Mila Kunis and what I should have said was that she is a great actress and sexy. She is so sexy she is now the new face of Christian Dior handbags or so the rumor goes and yes, expensive handbags do have faces.

Mila Kunis (Milena “Mila” Kunis ) is an actress and despite her Russian and Ukrinian names she is an American actress. Like all sexy women, Mila looks sexy when dressed up and when not. MIlas is no Megan Fox and some will say thankfully, but sexy comes in many packages and Milas is one of them.

Mila Kunis - Sexy

Mila Kunis - Sexy

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2011 in review – akalol.wordpress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Crunchy numbers

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 9 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 713 posts. There were 189 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 27th with 8,271 views. The most popular post that day was Snooki Made Simpler.

Click here to see the complete report.

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