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Midterms Week Final Push Timewaster

Why bother studying when you can just watch this Academy Awards Autotune Mash-Up video on repeat? Featuring: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and Twilight: Eclipse:

PS: In the two weeks or so since the unexpectedly dancelicious “Lotus Flower” video dropped, I’ve watched a lot of unfathomably pointless YouTube parodies (see: Thom Yorke Loves Phish, Thom Yorke Gets Down to “Single Ladies,Thom Yorke Whips His Hair, Thom Yorke vs. Dancing Guy, Thom Yorke vs. Napoleon Dynamite). I’m fairly certain this is the most bizarre one yet:

Oscar Party at Film Hall


Roll out the red carpet, bask in the glamor of Hollywood, take a brief study break before midterms consume you. Come to Film Hall TONIGHT to watch the Oscars with us! It will be a (semi-)formal event–so look sharp. Food and drink will be provided, and there will be amazing film-related prizes for those who guess the most awards correctly. See you there!

Date: Sunday, February 27th (today!)
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Film Hall (basement, Nics 6)

Countdown To The Oscars

Oscar 2

The Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday furthering speculations of what the 10 Best Picture Nominees will be this year (The Academy has doubled the number of spots in the category for the 2010 awards). Here are the films you should see over the break if you want to be Oscar savvy…

A Serious Man
A Single Man
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Film Hall Oscars Party

Film Hall is hosting the Oscars, with mocktails, fancy cheeses and other snacks, and general classiness. Get dressed up and show up at the Nic 6 basement to join the festivities.

Date: Sunday, February 22nd
Time: 8 pm
Place: Film Hall (Nic 6 basement)

Prof. Dombrowski Talks Oscars in USA Today

Film professor Lisa Dombrowski offers her insight about the large number of performers nominated for playing flawed anti-heroes among this year’s Oscar nominees in USA Today:

“It’s always more appealing to watch selfish Scarlett in Gone With the Wind than self-sacrificing Melanie,” says Lisa Dombrowski, an associate professor of film at Wesleyan University, about the polar-opposite heroines of 1939’s best picture.

But the tendency to actually reward roles of a shadier type has grown more consistent since the tumultuous Vietnam era, when Hollywood moved away from the glamorous fantasy of musicals and ancient epics and toward the gritty reality of drama and intimate character studies.

“Most people will date the rise of the anti-hero to the 1960s, when the entire casts of Bonnie and Clyde and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf were nominated,” she observes. “There was a shift to embracing characters that are highly flawed yet compelling.”

A time of war and societal upheaval also might be behind the shadowy nature of this year’s nominee roster.

“The reflective attitudes of these characters fit the mood of this year,” Dombrowski says. “We are coming to the end of one presidential cycle and looking ahead at what is next. It is a time of self-questioning and coming to grips with failed assumptions.”

I don’t know, I thought lead roles busting heads and getting knocked up were timeless with or without a shitty presidency.