Monday, March 8, 2010
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Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Win Best Oscar Hosting Duo
Why Screenplay Writer Geoffrey Fletcher Gave Me Hope
Steve Martin+Alec Baldwin= F.U.N.N.Y
Whomever had the idea to pair Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to host the Oscars is brilliant. Those two men were hilarious. They are now in my top 5 favorite list of Oscar hosts. The others are Chris Rock, Ellen and Whoopi Goldberg. Martin and Baldwin have great chemistry. I cracked up when they pointed to each other and told Zac Efron he was going to be just like them in five years. They kept the Oscars fresh and edgy. I want to see these guys at the Kodak again next year.
Crazy Journalist Does a Kanye on Oscar Stage
I didn't like it when Kanye West did it to Taylor Swift. And I didn't like it when journalist Elinor Burkett crashed Roger Ross Williams acceptance speech. Williams won for directing the short documentary Music by Prudence. The film is about a young singer in Zimbabwe with physical disabilities. I had no idea what Burkett said during her babbles. And the sad part is her rudeness took away the spotlight from Prudence. The audience could've learned about the young woman and Joy Behar's show tomorrow night. I won't be watching. Lady Kanye said enough for me on Oscar night. The Academy should have allowed Williams to redo his speech. That's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I wonder if they would've have let Williams have a redo of the speech if he were a woman and Lady Kanye was a man.
Precious Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher Gives Me Hope
Talk about a story of dreams come true. Before winning the best adaptation for Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher was working temp jobs just to pay the bills. He finished NYU 10 years ago with a master's degree in the arts but couldn't get a movie studio to pay him for writing scripts. I know how it feels to have dreams but it feels like the doors of opportunities keep closing. Especially in this recession. Fletcher never gave up on his writing ambitions and told the LA Times last year:
"I devoted myself to writing for years without representation or a promise of anything," Fletcher says from his New York home. "And there were times when I felt quite down about my prospects."
One particularly low moment came in a temp job, where Fletcher was working in a windowless bank office doing data entry. "Looking around that room, it drove home the point that I was very far from where I wanted to be," he says. "But I'm so thankful for that job and any job I've had."
That big break came and he's now an Oscar winner. He was so humble and surprised during his speech. His win was an upset because critics thought I hope he soars in Hollywood. Fletcher inspired dreamers like me to not give up and keep writing.
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