Ireland-born Eimear Noone becomes the first woman to conduct at the Oscar ceremony.
Then, the trio introduced Eimear Noone, the first woman conductor at the Oscars, who—in a horrifying move that surely wasn’t Noone’s choice—only led the orchestra for the Best Original Score nominees, and nothing else for any other part of the ceremony. It was a clear instance of tokenism: as long as we can see her, she can conduct.
Last week, with TWO free passes to any ODEON cinema during awards season on offer, we asked you to name the worst Best Film Oscar winner.
You answered in your tens.
Con Kennedy: ‘Birdman (2014). Jesus! Sad retired batman!I gave up on it!’
Daisy Chainsaw: ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). 87 hours of my life I’m never getting back. The bird couldn’t have dropped the ring into the volcano during the first film?’
Fluffybiscuits: ‘In 1984 Amadeus beat The Killing Fields . A movie about a rival composers with ham-fisted and camp acting beat a movie that laid bare the torment of the victims of the Khmer Rouge. The latter film made me cry at 19 years of age and again as I saw it years later.’
Louis Le Fronde: ‘Titanic (1997)….Do I even need to explain why? I watched it once in the Savoy, and that was enough! L.A. Confidential should have won.’
Axelf: ‘Has to be Shiteanic. dear god its so bad i was cheering for the iceberg.’
Jeremy Kyle: ‘Has to be Crash (2004). Sandra Bullock plays a racist, but then she falls down the stairs and stops being a racist.
class wario: ‘Green Book (2018). A story full of potential reduced down to a tonally all over the place, often totally saccharine, piece of totally harmless cinema. The whole thing feels like a reskinned buddy cop film at times. The two main characters do what they can with what they’re given and it’s hard not to enjoy it on some level but so much wasted potential. It’s not a great sign when the superhero movie nominated the same year takes a more complex look at racial politics in the US!’
I’m a bit of movie buff and enjoy doing some video editing now and again on the side. I have just created an Oscar montage of all the movies nominated in all of the categories (except Docs/Foreign and Short Film – I was under time constraints ) for this year’s awards. I just thought it would be something fun and relevant. It ends with the titles of each of the Best Picture Nominees ( 9 in total)….
The 2016 Oscar winning live action short film by Irish writer/director Benjamin Cleary – now available to view online in its entirety courtesy of the New Yorker.
Thirteen minutes well spent (if, God forbid, you’re using a regional masking browser plugin), to wit:
…a young London typographer named Greenwood (Matthew Needham) stutters to the extent that verbal conversation is difficult. When he tries to resolve an issue with a service representative over the phone, he can’t get the words out; the operator, gruff and impatient, hangs up. (For surliness, she rivals the operator in the old Yaz song.) When a woman approaches Greenwood on the street, he uses sign language to avoid talking. But in his thoughts, which we hear, he does not stutter.
Ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, February 28 – in which Dublin’s Lenny Abrahamson is up for Best Director ‘gong’ for Room…
Sarah Neville, of RTÉ, writes:
“Starting on Sunday, February 14, RTÉ2 will broadcast What Richard Did, which fast-tracked the career of actor Jack Reynor and who has since starred in the Transformers franchise. The season continues on Saturday, February 20, with Garage, starring Pat Shortt. Then the much-loved Adam and Paul will air after coverage of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Monday, February 29, on RTÉ2.”
Lenny Abrahamson, the Academy Award-nominated director of ROOM, will be honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards on 25 February. The US-Ireland Alliance event is held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.
Also being honored are Irish actress Sarah Greene, Snow Patrol, James Corden and Daisy Ridley, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams will emcee. Snow Patrol and up-and-coming Irish singer, Roísín O, will perform.