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by Big Magilla
Mon May 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 12
Views: 277

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

That's a good question. From my discussions with Damien, I gathered that Mason did most of the research and Damien did most of the writing. The "songs not nominated" that Damien lists go beyond just those that were short-listed. I never had a conversation with him about the songs, but I di...
by Big Magilla
Mon May 14, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 12
Views: 277

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

Speaking of songs, two of the most shocking omissions for me have always been "You're Gonna Hear from Me" from Inside Daisy Clover and Theme from New York, New York which made the shortlists but were left out of the actual nominations which went to far inferior songs, in the case of "...
by Big Magilla
Mon May 14, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Historical Oscar Short-Lists
Replies: 12
Views: 277

Re: Historical Oscar Short-Lists

Interesting.

"Song for a Musical Picture"from 1950-1956 and 1960-1961 should obviously be Score for a Musical Picture.
by Big Magilla
Wed May 09, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 583
Views: 21754

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

It's gotten to the point where I dread turning on the news. Not only is all of it bad, it's dominated by the most vile human beings on the planet. If there's anyone I can't stand more than Trump, it's Giuliani. Now the pundits are all over CNN and MSNBC wondering what happened to "America's may...
by Big Magilla
Mon May 07, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 1998
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Re: Best Cinematography 1998

The Thin Red Line was nothing if not beautiful to look at, but the idea of soldiers stopping on their way up a hill in the middle of a battle to look at treetops still grates on me all these years later. There was little that was pretty about Saving Private Ryan but it was realistic, well done and ...
by Big Magilla
Fri May 04, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: Academy Kicks Out Cosby and Polanski
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Academy Kicks Out Cosby and Polanski

The two are not the same. Cosby was accused of multiple crimes even though he was only convicted of one. Polanski was accused of just one crime for which he spent time in jail and fled before sentencing because he got wind of the judge's plan to jettison his plea bargain agreement whereby the senten...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 01, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Tony Awards
Replies: 33
Views: 1197

Re: 2018 Tony Awards

Another bit of trivia - if Diana Rigg wins for My Fair Lady she will be the first non-singing, non-dancing winner in a musical since Thomas Mitchell in Hazel Flagg , the 1953 musical version of Nothing Scared in which he played the doctor who delivers the wrong diagnosis to Hazel (Carole Lombard in ...
by Big Magilla
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1997
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Best Cinematography 1997

I'd replace Amistad and Kundun with Boogie Nights (Robert Elswit - There Will Be Blood ) and The Ice Storm (Fredrick Elmes - TV's Olive Kitteridge ). The Wings of the Dove can stay, although The Boxer (Chris Menges) would do just as well. The race here, though, is strictly between the spectacular ( ...
by Big Magilla
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Michael Anderson
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: R.I.P. Michael Anderson

This is a terrible obituary. It reads like it was written by a crew member of the filming of The Dam Busters , a 1955 hit in the U.K., not so much anywhere else. It did not lead directly to his direction of Around the World in 80 Days , but to the first film of 1984 starring Edmond O'Brien. Great bi...
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 583
Views: 21754

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Paul Ryan has forced out the House Chaplain, a Catholic priest who has held the position for seven years, for saying in a prayer that "lawmakers should be fair to all Americans" seen as siding with the Democrats, and for inviting a Muslim to offer a prayer before the chambers. https://nypo...
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Drama Desk Awards
Replies: 0
Views: 214

2018 Drama Desk Awards

2018 Drama Desk Award Nominations (BroadwayWorld.com - 4/26/2018) Outstanding Play Admissions, by Joshua Harmon, Lincoln Center Theater Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog, New York Theatre Workshop Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones, Playwrights Horizons People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan, National...
by Big Magilla
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Replies: 1
Views: 221

2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Theatermania.com - April 24, 2018 The 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were announced this morning by The Band's Visit's Katrina Lenk and Come From Away's Jenn Colella in a ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel. Take a look at the nominees listed below and stay tuned for the winners, to be anno...
by Big Magilla
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1996
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Best Cinematography 1996

Thanks you, Sabin, for posting this. 1996 was not a great year for cinematography. I can't think of anything that was egregiously overlooked. In fact, I can't think of a substitute for any of the nominees. Michael Collins and Evita were well photographed as was The English Patient , but, I was more ...
by Big Magilla
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 179
Views: 14474

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

As I said in my DVD review, it's not a great movie but there's greatness in it. As a biography of P.T. Barnum, it's sorely lacking, but as an ode to show business, it works. Unlike the incredibly over-rated La La Land , all the actors here can sing and sing they do. It's really infectious. My great-...

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