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Geez I did not recognize Viola Davis at first

 

English: Viola Davis at the film premiere of H...

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I don’t know why she did not wear a wig to the Oscars but she looked great.  The dress was a winner and Viola Davis was a winner who was nominated for best actress in a drama.

Yes it is a big deal to wear your own hair.  I would love to wear my hair natural and out but because I have students who are not home trained they make fun of teachers who are not like them or white.  In the summer I wear my hair natural and down and love it.  Way to go Viola.  Chicago women wear more natural hair than other climes.

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Meryl Streep wins—again

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

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I am so glad it was her if it could not be Davis.  However, I did not think Davis deserved the award the same way that Spencer did.  In fact I was not going to include her but thought it would be rude not to say she was also a show stealer.  The real show stopper was Olivia Spencer

And with the sweep of The Artist a movie I had no intention of seeing; it was hardly worth staying up late to see Meryl win.  I heard the Iron Lady was not a great film but her performance was.  Michelle Phillips had no business being nominated.  I did not see the film and I am glad she did not win.  This year’s awards with that horrible, old, Billy Crystal was a sham.

And Ryan Seacrest you should sue that ugly Sasha Baron Cohen for dumping those ashes on you. 

Olivia Spencer wins Oscar

Ove Overmyer With Melissa Harris-PerryThat’s a big deal and a big gal. I could have predicted as much when I blogged my review for The Help.

If you have not seen the movie you can get it from Netflix.  It is worth the time.  Her character was alive, real and not corny in the least.  I don’t know what problem Melissa Harris has with the film but she said the acting was good. 

Take it from a reviewer who gets it right most of the time: Spencer gave an Oscar-worthy performance.  You can take that to the bank. 

Davis and Spencer poised to win Oscar

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The wisdom of the twitter points to two beautiful black women trotting out with Oscar in tow.

I am pulling for them even if Melissa Perry Harris blasted them or whatever.  Where are her Hollywood creds? Stick to politicking Melissa. I didn’t think you were into reviewing films.  Just because the movie has black women in it does not make you an expert on the film industry hello…

Anyway the movie was great and the acting as I pointed out in my review of the movie that they would be on the Oscar short list.  Now take that black women who did not like the movie.

Viola and Octavia win SAGs

The Help wins big at SAG awards I told you so.  Lots of black women didn’t like the idea but I predicted they would not be forgotten at awards season.    The cast of the help won best cast award from SAG.

The Oscar In-List of Nominees

 

English: Actress Octavia Spencer

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http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/84/nominees.html

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

 and for best picture “The Descendants” made the list.  I don’t think so.

Best Picture

 
  • “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
  • “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
  • “War HorseSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

I blogged The Help and I think I predicted it would be a part of the Oscars and it is.  It might be this years “Precious” who knew?  Black women did not like this film because again it pictures black women in subsurvient roles to the almight white woman.  What else is news?

I saw at least four of these films but not all.

Viola Davis leading actress and Denzel Washington Leading actor Fences both win Tony

Wow, I was just thinking how much better NYC and the Tony Awards are to black people than Hollywood. So many beautiful black actors nominated tonight and congrats to them. Damn I wish I were in NYC just to catch a few of the fine plays there.

But first Viola accepts win for FENCES, then Denzel acceps win for FENCES, which is the famous play, revival by August Wilson, he died a few years back. When I heard Denzel was playing that role I knew it would be a win for him. They will be rolling in to see this one.

Wow I am impressed.

Movie Review: Some “Doubt” by Heloise

As one who has spent twelve-plus years in parochial school in Chicago, St. Anselm and Mercy CHS to be exact the one thing that Catholic-schooled children know well are the ways of the nuns and sisters. The movie Doubt portrays life  in such a Catholic setting. The watch word is “strict,” not critical. Strictness is what you remember about going to Catholic school and being taught by nuns. They brooke no arguments therefore are never critical. I mean what’s there to criticize when your word is law?

While nuns may not wear the garments of criticism  Heloise does share some critical doubts about Doubt. Meryl Streep is once again nominated for best actress in this little film. Viola Davis is also nominated as best supporting actress. And I can tell you Viola nearly takes nun Meryl’s habit off while they argue in a “bring it” manner on the cold snowy streets near the school her son attends.

Sister Streep is cold, calculating and critical of the priest who is also the pastor of the school. He hears confessions and says mass on Sundays. The object of his affection is a young black boy who is also one of the altar boys. He craves the attention of the priest because he is the token black student in the school. That happens in Catholic school but more often than not. The schools are typically segregated just like the public schools except that they are not housed in run-down shanties as so many black public schools in the deep South.

Streep plays spiritual foil to that other great male actor Philip Seymore Hofman. One can easily worship at his altar . He delivers another crack performance as the suspicious priest of Doubt.  When the token black boy is picked on he is there to literally help him pick up the pieces that some boys have slapped to the floor.

Priest Hofman seems well, sleezy enough, but then that is not the plan. Priests aught to be above suspicion and this is the mantra of Sister Streep–we suspect you therefore we doubt you therefore you must go.

He does go but we know how that will end. We know that he will get another rectory and another chance to appear “suspicious.”  We also get a peek inside the classroom of Sister Amy. She is a new, nervous, shaky teacher who cannot handle the nice little white kids in her charge. That lack of control in Catholic classrooms in my day and the day of this film is just about as rare as married priests, again doubtful.

While I have no direct experience or knowledge of priest doing wrong and wrong doings sexual or otherwise, I have followed those who have experienced this betrayal. And this is the other thing that makes this movie doubtful in my eyes–why would a mother let her son be abused knowingly? This is what Viola’s charater asks us to believe. We should not doubt that it is urgent that her son be accpeted, educated and graduated.

Doubt is a short film, not a very convincing film despite four very fine performances from the cast. Four stars would be one too many for this film. But I do recommend it. Will Meryl pull it off again? Stay tuned for my Oscar predictions.