Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's Oscar Night!

Tonight is one of the most watched award shows in the entire world, the Oscars. This year many brilliant movies have come out and have challenged others for the top prize of Best Picture. In this post I will predict the winners of the 5 biggest awards tonight. The awards I will be predicting are Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. I have to warn you I haven't seen many of these films but I will give it my best shot.
Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams 'Doubt'
Penelope Cruz 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'
Viola Davis 'Doubt'
Taraji P. Henson 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Marisa Tomei 'The Wrestler'

And the Oscar goes to...

Penelope Cruz. Some may say she is the favorite in this catagory and I will have to agree with them. Personally, I don't think either of the 'Doubt' women will win becasue I don't think they would take two women from the same movie and choose one.

Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin 'Milk'
Robert Downey Jr. 'Tropic Thunder'
Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Doubt'
Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight'
Michael Shannon 'Revolutionary Road'

And the Oscar goes to...
Heath Ledger. The sympathy card is the one being played not the Joker. I believe Heath Ledger is getting the sympathy vote for this one. Yes, he did an outstanding job in 'The Dark Knight' but I still think that now he is dead more people are voting for him just to make it a great story. He is very qualified for the nominee and deserves it but I think he's getting votes he shouldn't be getting.

Here are the nominees for Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway 'Rachel Getting Married'
Angelina Jolie 'Changling'
Melissa Leo 'Frozen River'
Meryl Streep 'Doubt'
Kate Winslet 'The Reader'
And the Oscar goes to...

Meryl Streep. She is an Underdog unlike the last two winners. Some believe she is the most deserving for this award while others believe Kate Winslet will be crowned with an Oscar. This should be an exciting one to watch and another reason I have her winning is because I don't have 'Doubt' winning another big award.

Here are the nominees for Best Actor:
Richard Jenkins 'The Visitor'
Frank Lengella 'Frost/Nixon'
Sean Penn 'Milk'
Brad Pitt 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Mikey Rourke 'The Wrestler'

And the Oscar goes to...
Sean Penn. Another favorite gets the Oscar. I have been a big fan of Sean Penn and I am not surprised he is the favorite. Even though I have not seen 'Milk', I have heard tremendous things about his performance and I think that will show tonight.

Now the one you have all been waiting for
Here are the nominees for Best Picture:
'Slumdog Millionare'
'The Reader'
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

And the Oscar goes to...
'Slumdog Millionare'. Who else? This movie is maybe one of the best movies I have seen. The way it is put together is just amazing. I hope it wins. It is the favorite in about every poll and I am not surprised one bit.
There are your 5 Oscar winner and Congrats to all and we will see how I fare after tonight.

Monday, February 9, 2009

What 09' Brings Us: Februray Edition

For all you long time viewers you know that at the beginning of every month i like to review each month and highlight certain events or days in a month to look out for. January was a pretty intense month with all the presidential stuff going around so some might say February will be a slow month. I have to disaggree. The 1st of February was an exciting day because arguably the one of the greatest Super Bowls was played. That game set the bar high for Feb. Feb 21, a New Trier favorite, Turnabout. In my opinion Turnabout is the best dance at NT. Not because of I don't have to gain the courage to ask a girl but the overall dance segment is always better. It also seems that the girls do a much better job planning and organizing the nights opposed to the guys who settle everything a week before Homecoming. Also Valentine's Day. Everyone and their loved ones get to share a day of chocolate and flowers. I personally don't have anyone to celebrate with but no biggie. The other important event to watch is Obama's Stimulus Plan. His plan to create 4 million jobs is not the most believeable idea to come accross the White House. These three events or days are on my watch in February. Even though it is the shortest month of the year it certaintly isn't the least exciting

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Very Superstitious

Superstitions have sculpted the lives or almost every person to ever live. Superstitions can be found in athletics, academics, and many other aspects of life. Athletics and academics came to my mind first because I have superstitions for both. For me in sports, I am very superstitious. In night league, if i score a bunch of points or play well a certain night, I will make sure to wear the exact same thing the next week. Last week I scored a career high 25 points in my game. I was wearing my, sorry Doc Oc but, maryland basketball jersey, black new trier baseball shorts, a black nike head band, which was upside down, white nike high socks,  a sleeveless white undershirt, and Adidas basketball shoes. Tomorrow, sad to say, I will wear the exact same thing as last time. Even the upside down headband. Many professional athletes have these weird superstitions in all kinds of sports. Today in class we talked about Troy Polamalu crossing his chest every play of the Super Bowl. I'm not sure if he was actually praying to God every play or if he just had a mean case of Tourettes Syndrome. He by no means has the weirdest supersition. From getting slapped as hard as you can before each game to wearing a pair of your opposing team to sleep; here are the ten craziest sports superstitions according to Ethan Trek another blogger. In school i also have superstitions. these aren't as crazy as my night league rituals but they are a little goofy. For example, when i have to take a test, I can't sit in a wobbly chair, I have to use a mechanical pencil or pen when i write, and maybe my quirkiest one is that on every scantron sheet I use, I write the date in the period box and write the period in the date box (don't as why). to make my point clear i just wanted to show that many people have insane superstitions and you are not alone because I bet someone out there has a much crazier ritual than you.