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#2821 - 01/15/11 08:58 PM Miscellaneous
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Zsa Zsa Gabor just had her right leg amputated. She's 93.

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#2822 - 01/16/11 05:06 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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Good god. How can a 93-year-old recover from trauma like that? Poor woman.

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#2823 - 01/16/11 11:57 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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According to CNN: "When Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband told the actress Saturday night that her right leg was amputated Friday she joked about it, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt said Sunday.

"She said 'I'm gonna die anyhow,'" Von Anhalt said.

Von Anhalt didn't tell his wife what was about to happen when she was being rolled into surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He said he feared she might become hysterical or have a heart attack if she knew they were going to amputate her right leg above the knee."

He is husband #9, BTW...George Sanders was #3.
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#2824 - 03/01/11 08:03 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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Now that the Academy Awards gave us no surprises, I want to mention that last week I happened to watch two of the winners' earlier movies, for which they were both nominated for Oscars but both lost. I'd read several times that this year's award would go to Colin Firth in part because he should have won it last year for A Single Man. After seeing that movie, I have to agree. He acted rings around winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), no question of that. Likewise, Melissa Leo's brave performance in Frozen River made winner Kate Winslet's acting in The Reader seem rather pedestrian.

Got a theory. I think it was the movies they appeared in that caused them to lose, not their performances. There's a lot of pain in A Single Man, and sometimes it gets to be unbearable. There is absolutely no hope for a happy ending. It's not a perfect movie, but it does get under your skin. Frozen River is also a downer; you know from the very first scene that everything is not going to work out all right. Not an especially well-made movie; some scenes are so dark it's impossible to make out what's going on. But you hurt for the Melissa Leo character, the stress and anguish she feels are so real.

The Motion Picture Academy likes upbeat movies. The King's Speech shows the overcoming of difficult obstacles, the growth of a friendship, the acceptance of responsibility, etc. The Fighter also shows the overcoming of obstacles as well as the regaining of trust and the need for family unity. By contrast, The Social Network shows the loss of trust, the end of a friendship, the breakdown of both business and sexual partnerships, etc. Firth and Leo had upbeat movies working for them this time and I'm glad they both won, but I think they won for the wrong reasons.

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#2825 - 03/02/11 10:52 AM Re: Miscellaneous
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Has a downer movie ever won an Oscar?

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#2826 - 03/02/11 05:27 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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Well, Chinatown didn't, although it should have. But it was nominated.

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#2827 - 03/02/11 10:02 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? got nominations for actors, director, writing, some minor awards, and Gig Young won best supporting actor. But the movie itself wasn't nominated.

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#2828 - 03/02/11 10:50 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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Midnight Cowboy wasn't your all time feel good flick. Platoon

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#2829 - 03/02/11 11:58 PM Re: Miscellaneous
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Eraserhead not only gives you nightmares, it IS a nightmare. It got no nominations from the Academy. NONE.

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#2830 - 03/03/11 09:11 AM Re: Miscellaneous
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Hm, I'm not sure I'd call Midnight Cowboy or Platoon (both Oscar winners) downers. I was fascinated by the journey of Joe Buck and Ratso, but the way I'd be fascinated by two Martians traveling through their alien landscape. It didn't leave me feeling down. Platoon was so overblown I couldn't take it seriously...Oliver Stone showing off. I'd say Full Metal Jacket came closer to being a downer than Platoon.

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