Posts tagged “Oscars”

Friday, 7 March 2014

New Article: Tweeting the Oscars

And the Tweet Goes To...

And the Tweet Goes To…

This year it seemed like Twitter upstaged the Oscars in some big ways. And I, yes, even I got in on the action. Earlier in the weekend I made a decision:

I then started a show-long joke that I doubt anyone actually got because (A) very few people follow me on Twitter and (B) it was a four-hour joke with a punchline that doesn’t really look like a punchline unless you know I was doing a joke. Let’s see if you can figure it out. Look closely at this first tweet, and then watch the time stamps on the following tweets.

Get it? The overall theme was that I would live-tweet the Oscars but miss the vast majority of it by making and eating dinner and then taking a two-hour bathroom break. Yeah, okay, it wasn’t that funny, but it sure was ambitious.

Twitter was actually a part of the Oscar ceremony in a big way this year. Host Ellen DeGeneres was very vocal about tweeting the goings-on, including her now-infamous, twitter-breaking, group selfie (more on that later). Gobs of the celebrities in attendance were tweeting the goings-on as well. But for me the real highlight of Oscar tweeting was Chrissy Teigen.

Chrissy Teigen is a model and the wife of singer John Legend. She was on the cover of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue:

Not only that, but she just happens to be whip-smart and one of the funniest people on Twitter. She also had my favorite dress of anyone at the Oscars:

She was very active on Twitter that night, which led to two of my favorite Twitter moments of the Oscars. She started out pretty normal:

But she soon made a rather critical spelling error in a tweet about Angelina Jolie:

Apparently her followers started to rib her something fierce about it, and she was understandably embarrassed:

But she quickly gave up and embraced it:

And after that it was on: finding a way to insert one or more scatological words in to celebrity names. In the span of the next couple of minutes we got:

  1. Bradley Pooper
  2. Leonardo dicraprio
  3. Amy Shatams
  4. Brad Shitt
  5. Angelina PooPee

And soon, of course, her fans joined in and sent her gems like:

  • Liza Shitsmelli
  • Steve Fartin
  • Anne Crapaway
  • Joseph Gordon-Levshitt
  • Natalie Pootman
  • Gwynneth Boweltro

After which Chrissy sagely observed:

But my absolute favorite part of the night came just a few minutes later, when Ellen DeGeneres created her group selfie tweet. She gathered a bunch of celebrities and took a photo (well, had Bradley Cooper take a photo), which she tweeted in an attempt to break the record for most re-tweets of a photo. It worked:

But one Katie Henderson, who was watching the television at that moment, noticed someone in the background with a camera raised…

Yes, that’s Chrissy Teigen behind everyone, taking a photo of a photo being taken! And here it is:

Well, I thought that was pretty durned awexome.

But anyway. Aside from the show-long lame joke that I concocted, there was another reason why I didn’t really live-tweet the Oscars. And that’s the fact that I actually really enjoy the Oscars. I always have. There’s a reason why I write an article about the Oscars every year. And sitting there with a phone or laptop in my hand, forcing myself to be funny/sarcastic about something that I genuinely enjoy experiencing just sounded like a special kind of Hell to me. So instead I made my cute li’l joke, sat back, and enjoyed the show.

I think Kris Straub said it best, so I’ll let this strip from his Chainsawsuit webcomic sum up my feelings:

Source: Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub.

Source: Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being funny. People pay five bucks a head every weekend to see me be funny. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just putting Twitter down and being immersed in the moment. Try it sometime.

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

New Article: In Defense of Seth McFarlane

Seth McFarlane, Host of the 2012 Oscar Ceremony

My most controversial article ever!

For starters, I can’t believe I’m writing an article with this title. I generally do not like Seth McF’s stuff. Like, at all. I think Family Guy, American Dad, etc. are all, well, pretty crappy. So why on earth would I be defending this guy? Read the full article!

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Sunday, 26 February 2012

New Article: Oscar Who?

That’s right! Two articles in two days! This one is my annual article about the Academy Awards, posted only an hour after the Oscar Telecast ended!

Something is different about you, Oscar…

Last year during the Oscar telecast I got the idea in my head that this year (2012) it might be fun to live-blog the Oscars. And then the nominees were announced, and I knew that something was… different about this year’s Oscars. I had this feeling that, because I won an Oscar pool last year, Oscar was going to try to put me in my place this year…
More… »

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

New Article: How I Won the Oscar Pool

Here’s the proof

2011 was the first year in many years (since “A Beautiful Mind” won Best Picture) that I participated in an Oscar Pool. Everybody puts in some money and fills out a ballot, and whoever gets the most right wins all the money in the pot. It was a lot of fun! [Read the full article]

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

New Article: Oh, Oscar – Various & Sundry Thoughts About the 82nd Academy Awards

Once again I did not see very many of the nominated films: Avatar, Up, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek, Coraline, and, um… oh, right! Sherlock Holmes (nominated for Best Score and Art Direction). Oh, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (nominated for Sound Mixing), but we can just forget about that, eh? [Read the Full Article]

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Sunday, 22 February 2009

My Oscar Scorecard 2009


It’s been a couple of years since I’ve written an Oscar article, and seeing as how the Academy Awards are tonight, I thought I’d do it again! This is pretty simple and straight-forward: I wanted to see just how nominations I’ve actually seen. Not nominated films, but the actual, individual nominations themselves. So I made some simple tables and tallied up my scores. I’ll put some commentary between the categories if I see fit… [Read the Full Article]

Categories: Featured Posts, Movies.