Monday, May 10, 2021

NASA and '60 Minutes' explore the contributions of Asian-Americans to the Mars mission of Perseverance and Ingenuity

I decided to not give Elon Musk "his own post about space and technology tomorrow to dominate" today. That's because I didn't feel like taking another bite from that apple after 'SNL' celebrates Mother's Day with the cast's and guests' moms. Instead, NASA and "60 Minutes" gave me different material for a space and technology post combined with a celebration of diversity for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month just like they did for International Women's Day. I open with NASA's With Much Ingenuity, We Soar Together.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Honoring the culture, tradition, and diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, NASA celebrates the achievements of individuals and teams that support our missions every day.

With the recent milestone of performing the first-ever controlled, powered flight on another planet, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Project Manager MiMi Aung shares her experience and hopes for the younger generation.
"60 Minutes" featured MiMi Aung and Al Chen in Perseverance rover, Ingenuity helicopter, and the search for ancient life on Mars, again highlighting the importance of Asian-Americans in the current Mars mission.

Anderson Cooper reports on the nerve-wracking Mars landing of the rover Perseverance, the painstaking process of launching the tiny helicopter Ingenuity, and the extraordinary images the two have already sent back to Earth.
That's an amazing segment for a space enthusiast like me. I wanted more and I got it in More images from Mars, the "60 Minutes Overtime" web extra.

"This is something that we've never done before," said NASA's Al Chen about the cameras that captured the dramatic landing.
In addition to being awestruck by the images of the landing, I enjoyed watching Anderson Cooper geek out about piloting Terry, the terrestrial demonstration version of Ingenuity as much as I enjoyed geeking out about the rover and drone myself.

I close with NASA's NASA Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2021, featuring other scientists and engineers working at the space agency in addition to Aung and Chen.

Each May, NASA commemorates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to recognize the significant contributions of past and present employees of AAPI descent. Each of them embody the enduring and resilient spirit this community brings to advancing science, research, and discovery. Hear their stories.
Like NASA, I think the U.S. as a whole needs to use all the talent it has and can get, so diversity is one of the country's strengths. That makes the current spike in anti-Asian hate crimes all the more tragic and counterproductive. I'll examine that in future posts this month. Right now, I just want to celebrate something positive.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

'Knives Out' and 'Mulan' lead thriller and action film nominees at the Saturn Awards



When I promised my readers "another installment of this series about the Action/Adventure movie nominees," 'Birds of Prey' and 'The Flash' lead comic-book and superhero movies and television nominees — DCEU and Arrowverse at the Saturn Awards, I had allowed Deadline lead me astray. The Hollywood trade publication listed "Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker," "Tenet," and "Doctor Sleep" as the three most nominated movies, then mentioned "Other noms went to the likes of this year’s Mulan, Birds of Prey and The Old Guard alongside last year’s biggies Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker, Parasite and 1917." I checked the nominations of all those movies and found that "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" had seven and both "Birds of Prey" and "Mulan" had six, so I planned my posts accordingly. Deadline ignored "Knives Out" even though it has eight nominations, tied with "Doctor Sleep" for third most nominated movie, so I missed it until I checked its nominations this morning. Naughty Deadline! Bad journalism! *Glare*

Therefore, I am covering "Knives Out" and the rest of the thriller movie nominees along with "Mulan" and the other action/adventure movie nominees today beginning with their nominations from the Saturn Awards website.

Best Thriller Film Release:
Da Five Bloods
The Good Liar
The Irishman
Knives Out
Mank
Uncut Gems
I think this is a really good field of the films I'd likely pick if I were choosing thriller movies from the eligibility period, so I have no complaints. It balances professional and popular choices while including worthy films that the Motion Picture Academy snubbed in addition to Oscar nominees. In addition to "Knives Out," "Mank" has five nominations, "Da Five Bloods" has two, and the rest just the one nomination in this category. If the Hollywood professionals dominated the electorate, they would likely vote for "Mank," as they couldn't resist a good story about Hollywood if all else is equal. Since the fans compose the bulk of the voters, they're going to vote for the most entertaining, and that's "Knives Out," which is my choice.

I have to resist a particular pull to vote for "The Irishman." The restaurant parking lot where witnesses last saw Jimmy Hoffa sits exactly three miles away by car from where I live now and even less as the crow flies. In addition, my wife worked for the Teamsters decades ago. I have connections to the story, but they aren't enough to get me to vote for the movie, which I've heard is a slog. In contrast, watching "Knives Out" was a lot of fun.

Best 4K Film Release:
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection
Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut
Flash Gordon Limited Edition
Jaws 45th Anniversary
Knives Out
Mad Max
War of the Worlds (2005)
That written, I'm probably not voting for "Knives Out" in its nominated home entertainment category. Instead, I'm torn between Hitchcock and "Jaws." I have only the foggiest idea of what the rest of the Saturn electorate will choose, so I won't venture a guess.

Best Action/Adventure Film Release:
1917
Bad Boys for Life
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
The Gentlemen
Mulan
Now for the category I planned on featuring today before I discovered that "Knives Out" had eight nominations. As I opened this entry, "Mulan" has as many nominations as "Birds of Prey" to lead Action/Adventure movie nominees with six, followed by "1917" and "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" with two. The rest have only one nomination in this category. The nominees fall in two groups, war movies like "1917" and "Mulan" and crime films for all the rest, although "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" has ventured into James Bond territory along with the rest of the more recent "Fast and Furious" movies. "Mulan" is also a fantasy film, making it more distinctive from the rest of the field. I'm going to vote for the professional choice here, "1917," but I have my doubts it will win. I think any of the four crime capers have better shots.

Best Film Presentation on Streaming Media:
Enola Holmes
Extraction
Shirley
The Vast of Night
All of these television movies include one or more of action, thriller, or mystery in their IMDB descriptions, so I'm including them here. My favorite is "Enola Holmes," so I'm voting for it. I consider its main competition to be "Extraction." I don't know which will win.

I'm not reviewing the acting and behind the camera nominations for movies today, so surf over to Star Wars at the 2021 Saturn Awards for Star Wars Day and 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' on Cinco De Mayo plus the horror, independent, and international film nominees at the 2021 Saturn Awards to read those. For the acting nominations for television, click on 'Birds of Prey' and 'The Flash' lead comic-book and superhero movies and television nominees — DCEU and Arrowverse at the Saturn Awards.

Three action and thriller movies have nominations for Best Film Composer, "1917," "Knives Out," and "Mank." I begin with Jos Slovick - I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger | 1917 OST.


That's haunting.

Next, Knives Out! (String Quartet in G Minor).


That's fun and lively, while still mysterious. I can understand why it earned a nomination.

I conclude by recycling from Oscar nominated scores and songs for National Film Score Day with Welcome to Victorville from "Mank."



Welcome to Victorville · Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Now that I've listened to all the scores, I think I'll vote for "Parasite." I listened to that soundtrack all the way through and enjoyed it thoroughly.

I have now completed examining all the movie nominees, including the TV movies. I'll continue with the television nominees in future posts, but I may not complete the series before I vote. The deadline is the 14th and I have other topics I want to write about more first. After all, this blog is a hobby, not a job.

Previous entries about the 2021 Saturn Awards

'SNL' celebrates Mother's Day with the cast's and guests' moms

Happy Mother's Day! I'm beginning today's post the same way "Saturday Night Live" did last night, with Mother’s Day Message Cold Open.



Miley Cyrus helps the cast pay tribute to their amazing mothers.

The writers intended that to be both funny and moving and I think they succeeded.

I was not planning on posting anything about Elon Musk on the show today, instead saving it for tomorrow's entry, but he brought his mom out at the end of his monologue.

First-time host Elon Musk talks about why he loves Saturday Night Live and shares what he was like as a kid.
It may be a joke, but it wouldn't surprise me if Musk really did give his mom Dogecoin for a present. On a more serious note, while I found his admission that he has Asperger's to be brave and admirable, I also know that, as The Wrap pointed out, Elon Musk Isn’t the First Host With Asperger’s.
Unfortunately, this isn’t actually true. Because original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Dan Aykroyd disclosed in 2013 that he has Asperger’s — and he hosted SNL in 2003. Sorry, Elon.

Now, strictly speaking Asperger’s syndrome isn’t necessarily a recognized condition anymore. In 2012, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders removed the diagnosis of Asperger’s, as it was being applied to several dissimilar kinds of high functioning people on the autism spectrum. Instead, the American Psychiatric Association uses the term Autism Spectrum Disorder to describe people like Aykroyd and, apparently, Musk.

Incidentally, Musk’s statement during his monologue was apparently the first time he has publicly disclosed this information about himself.
So, it was still a first, just not the first Musk claimed it was.

Now I remember why I didn't want to mention Musk today; he takes over everything and makes it about himself. Enough of him today; I might give him his own post about space and technology tomorrow to dominate.

I close with SNL's take on Disneyland reopening, Weekend Update: A Weary Mother in Her Darkest Hour on Disney's Reopening.

A Weary Mother in Her Darkest Hour (Ego Nwodim) stops by Weekend Update to discuss Disney reopening their parks.
Her complaint about "sitting in an inch of foul Disney water" that smells like bromine is a universal one about Splash Mountain. She could have said much worse about the ride that's about to be rethemed.

Once again, happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

'Birds of Prey' and 'The Flash' lead comic-book and superhero movies and television nominees — DCEU and Arrowverse at the Saturn Awards


In the previous installment of this series, I told my readers to "Stay tuned for...the next installment about the Saturn Awards, which will be about either comic book movies or action/adventure movies." I decided to cover comic book movies because I could also tackle superhero television series. It helps that the leading nominees in both fields use DC properties, which I've historically liked more than Marvel, although that's changing as my wife and I started watching "Wandavision" and "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" followed by watching or re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Next year's television nominees will be very interesting, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to this year's nominees from the Saturn Awards website.

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Bloodshot
Joker
The New Mutants
The Old Guard
While I expect a lot of the other Saturn Awards voters will cast their ballots for "Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)," I think "Joker" was the superior movie, having won two Oscars and been nominated for nine more, including Best Picture, so I'm voting for it. I hope the plurality of the electorate does, too.

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:
Batwoman
The Boys
The Flash
Stargirl
Supergirl
The Umbrella Academy
Watchmen
With the combining of the new media categories into the rest of the television categories, the fields may be fewer, but the competition is stiffer. This is particularly true of the superhero nominees, where the range of quality is much closer than for the movies. In a normal year, I'd be voting for "The Boys," but this isn't a normal year, so I'm voting for "Watchmen." I don't have much confidence that the rest of the Saturn electorate will vote for the professional/critical choise. They might vote for "The Flash" with four nominations, the most of any superhero series, or "Supergirl" with three nominations, tied with "Stargirl," again. They might even vote for "Stargirl," which would be my fourth choice behind "Watchmen," "The Boys," and "The Umbrella Academy." Yikes!

Best Action/Thriller Television Series:
Better Call Saul
Castle Rock
The Outpost
Pennyworth
Riverdale
Snowpiercer
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
I'm including this category in today's installment because both "Pennyworth" and "Riverdale" are both comic-book adaptations. Since "Pennyworth" is about Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred before he entered the Wayne Family's service, it's superhero-adjacent. Neither will win. "Better Call Saul" has won this award two years in a row and has five total nominations, so I'm voting for it and I expect the plurality of other voters will as well for a three-peat.

Follow over the jump for the acting nominations on the big and small screens and the behind the camera nominations for movies.

Seeker and CNBC examine the hidden environmental costs of electric cars and how to reduce them by recycling

When I told my readers to "Stay tuned for a retrospective about the highlights of Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Pinterest" yesterday, I didn't know how I was going to to connect my top pins to current events. Last year, I didn't even try. Once I found out that Driving update for June 2017: Pearl plus Tesla worth more than GM or Ford was the most saved pin during the tenth year of this blog, I knew; it was either going to be pirates or electric cars, because the post associated with that pin is about my car Pearl the Prius, named after The Black Pearl from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. I'm choosing electric cars; the pirate fans will have to wait until Talk Like A Pirate Day or my next driving update, whichever comes first.

I begin today's coverage of electric vehicles with an overview of The Hidden Environmental Costs of Electric Cars from Seeker, formerly DNews.

As green technologies become more common, scientists are trying to 'green' the lithium-ion batteries that power them. One question being: can we innovate ways to reuse and recycle these complicated batteries?
Welcome to another example of two of Commoner's Laws, "there is no free lunch" and "everything must go somewhere." While electric vehicles reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the car itself, they create other environmental problems. As Seeker points out, recycling would reduce those costs, but there are technological and economic obstacles to achieving these reductions. CNBC's How Tesla’s Battery Mastermind Is Tackling EV's Biggest Problem reports on how one company is working on clearing those obstacles, not only to reduce waste, but to increase supply to meet the expected demand.

Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere — in phones, laptops, tablets, cameras and increasingly cars. Demand for lithium-ion batteries has risen sharply in the past five years and is expected to grow from a $44.2 billion market in 2020 to a $94.4 billion market by 2025, mostly due to the boom in electric cars. And a shortage of lithium-ion batteries is looming in the U.S.

Former Tesla CTO and Elon Musk's right-hand man, JB Straubel, started Redwood Materials in 2017 to help address the need for more raw materials and to solve the problem of e-waste. The company recycles end-of-life batteries and then supplies battery makers and auto companies with materials in short supply as EV production surges around the world. Straubel gave CNBC an inside look at its first recycling facility in Carson City, Nevada. Watch the video to learn why battery recycling will be an essential part in making EV production more sustainable.
This video illustrates two more of Commoner's Laws, "everything is connected to everything else" through the movement of materials through the global supply chain and "nature knows best" through recycling, which mimics natural chemical cycling in the environment. That connects to "everything must go somewhere" not only through "there is no away" but also because "there is no waste in nature." All of those, plus its optimistic tone, makes it a video I can mention to my students. Welcome again to blogging as professional development.

That's it for today's update on automotive energy technology. Follow over the jump for the most saved pins during the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

Friday, May 7, 2021

'Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood' and the fantasy and animated movie nominees at the Saturn Awards for Flashback Friday

Moving on from science fiction and horror, the genre at this year's Saturn Awards with the nominee boasting the most nominations is fantasy as "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood" ended up with seven total nominations, including one for Best Fantasy Film Release. Like all Tarantino films, it takes place in an alternate reality, one that diverged from ours when the Allies killed Hitler in "Inglourious Basterds" and where the Manson Family fails to kill Sharon Tate, so it qualifies as fantasy, if just barely.


Like my previous posts, I begin with the nominees from the Saturn Awards website.
Best Fantasy Film Release:
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Jumanji: The Next Level
The Lion King
Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Witches
The best film in this field is definitely "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood" and I suppose I'll vote for it. On the other hand, the film that best depicts a conventional fantasy world with magic and monsters is "Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil" with three nominations. If I wanted to protest the categorization of "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood" as fantasy, I could vote for it or "The Lion King," which also has three nominations. I won't, but some of the voters might, or they could vote for "Bill & Ted Face the Music" to show their love of nostalgic entertainment. I think "Maleficent" is more likely to be the popular choice.


Since I don't know of a better place to put them and most of them qualify as fantasies as well, I'm examining animated movies next.
Best Animated Film Release:
Abominable
The Addams Family
Frozen II
Onward
Spies in Disguise
Trolls: World Tour
The only film in this field nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars was "Onward," while the only other Oscar nominated entry was "Frozen II," which earned a nod for Original Song. I suppose the professional choice would be "Onward" while the popular choice would be "Frozen II." The latter was the highest grossing animated movie and the fourth highest grossing movie overall in 2019. I think I'm going with the popular choice, "Frozen II." I would like to think the Saturn electorate would, too, because that would be a way of telling off the Hollywood professionals and insiders, but they could surprise me.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the nominations for fantasy films.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brad Parscale working with Caitlyn Jenner updates the Trump Campaign's 'Death Star' for the Revenge of the Sixth on Throwback Thursday


Beware the Revenge of the Sixth, the dark side of Star Wars Day! For today's celebration, I'm revisiting Brad Parscale calling the Trump digital campaign the "Death Star" in a tweet, the most active link from this blog on Twitter during Crazy Eddie's Motie News during its tenth year. Think of it as a serious Star Wars political self-parody.

I'll cover the blog's year on Twitter over the jump. First, I'm sharing Inside Edition's Caitlyn Jenner Will Run for Governor of California.

Caitlyn Jenner has announced that she’s running for governor of California. The reality star and former Olympian kick started her first bid for public office on social media, tweeting, “I’m in,” with a link to her campaign website. She’s assembling a high-powered campaign team including Brad Parscale, who was Donald Trump’s campaign manager until he was arrested last year. Jenner is running against current governor Gavin Newsome, who is facing a recall because of his handling of the pandemic.
It looks like I'll be blogging about Newsome's recall election, a consequence of how he handled the pandemic, from today until November 2nd. It also looks like Inside Edition, not the hardest news source, compressed two events in Parscale's timeline, Parscale's demotion from campaign manager and his arrest, and likely reversed cause and effect. CNN reported on both, beginning with Brad Parscale out as President Trump's campaign manage on July 15, 2020.

President Donald Trump shook up his campaign leadership announcing he was promoting Bill Stepien to be his campaign manager and demoting Brad Parscale, who had been serving in that role.
There is no mention of any arrest, which came more than two months later on September 28, 2020. Watch CNN's Video showing Trump's former campaign manager arrested by police.

Fort Lauderdale Police released segments of bodycam video showing officers handcuffing former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. It is not clear what occurred in the moments not shown in the edited three-minute compilation provided by FLPD.
CNN did not speculate on what prompted Parscale's meltdown, but People summarized a Fox News interview of him and a statement he and his wife made to Politico in which he explained what happened.
Brad told MacCallum in his interview Tuesday that he and his wife "went through a very stressful time" in recent years, amid the back-to-back presidential campaigns.

He said he and Candice "lost two children during the election," suggesting she miscarried, and he said he had deteriorated over time.

“We were completely attacked by the left, the right, the media. And I got to a bad place. My wife was worried about me, and she helped," Brad said. "And she was there every day, by my side, and I love her for it.”
...
He resigned shortly after the incident, having been demoted from his role as captain of the campaign earlier in the summer.

“I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future,” Brad said in his Sept. 30 statement to Politico, adding that he intended “to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress.”
The stress of the campaign got to him causing him to leave the campaign. I think that's true as far as it goes, but blaming the media and opposition doesn't tell the whole story. For that, read Amanda Marcotte's article Death Star blows itself up: Trump ran his campaign finances like his businesses — into the ground in Salon.
Life rarely plays out like a children's sci-fi movie, but I am happy to say that the people who made Death Star jokes turned out to be right. The Trump campaign's Death Star had its own version of the ray-shielded particle exhaust vent that allowed the Rebel Alliance to fly directly into its reactor core to blow up the entire apparatus: The greed and incompetence that defines Trump and everyone around him.

On Monday night, the New York Times published an article so satisfying that it felt almost pornographic, about how the Trump campaign has burned through most of that Death Star cash, with little to show for it — except, of course, when it comes to the bank accounts of the Trump family and their ancillary leeches.

It appears much of the problem was the way that Trump himself, along with Parscale, the Trump's family and other associates, treated the campaign as a personal piggybank. Trump paid his family's enormous legal bills with campaign cash. Money was routinely spent to fluff Trump's ego, as with the reported $11 million spent on Super Bowl ads. Nearly a third of the cash was routed through "a single limited liability company linked to Trump campaign officials." The partners of Trump's two sons are literally on the payroll. Trump's own incompetence is also a factor, leading to massive losses as he impulsively switched the Republican convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville to and then, effectively, to Washington. And the campaign spent far more money on fundraising than is typical, suggesting that Parscale was more interested in bragging about his Death Star than making it run efficiently.

Say what you will about Darth Vader, but at least he didn't destroy the Empire by greedily sucking all its resources dry so nothing was left to fight the rebels.
LOL, Darth Trump and Moff Brad did it to themselves. Jenner better hope she doesn't allow that to happen to her campaign although I wouldn't mind if it did, just as long as Parscale doesn't harm himself or pose a physical threat to others. Once was enough.

Follow over the jump for a retrospective about the highlights of Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' on Cinco De Mayo plus the horror, independent, and international film nominees at the 2021 Saturn Awards


Once again, ¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo! I'm continuing the celebration by examining this year's Saturn Awards Horror Film nominees because Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro produced nominee "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," connecting the awards to the holiday like I did three years ago for "Coco." It's a tenuous connection, but it works as a MacGuffin to blog about leading horror film "Doctor Sleep," the third most nominated at this year's ceremony with eight nominations. Since I already covered "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" and "Tenet," the two films ahead of it yesterday, it makes sense to write about it and the other horror film nominees today.


I begin with the nominees for Best Horror Film Release from the Saturn Awards website.
Doctor Sleep
Freaky
The Invisible Man
It Chapter Two
Midsommar
Ready or Not
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
As I've already mentioned, "Doctor Sleep" has eight nominations, ranking third among all films at these awards, so it would be the nominal favorite by that criterion. However, I suspect the two horror films with three nominations, "The Invisible Man" and "It Chapter Two," have good chances to upset it. The professional choice would be "The Invisible Man," winner of Best Horror Movie at the Critics Choice Super Awards. The popular choice would be "It Chapter Two," which earned $211,593,228 to rank eleventh at the box office in 2019, while "Doctor Sleep" lagged behind at 79th with $31,581,712 the same year. Even "The Invisible Man" outgrossed "Doctor Sleep", earning $70,410,000 in 2020 to rank fifth for the pandemic-interrupted year. The dark horse would be "Midsommar," definitely a critical choice, but not a popular one. I would be very surprised if it won. Based on the above, I expect "It Chapter Two" to win this because the Saturn Awards are about entertainment more than art and they like spectacular, not subtle. Electorates matter. As for my vote, I'm waiting until my wife I watch "The Invisible Man" before deciding between it and "Doctor Sleep," which we enjoyed and think was underappreciated by the horror movie audience, who vastly preferred the other Stephen King adaptation.

Two other categories included horror films, Best Independent Film Release and Best International Film Release. Here are the nominees for Best Independent Film Release.

Angel of Mine
Encounter
The Aeronauts
Color Out of Space
Freaks
Palm Springs
Possessor
The obvious horror movies are "Color Out of Space," an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story, and "Possessor," whose title gives it away, even though it's as much science fiction as horror. I think "Color Out of Space" is definitely the favorite, but I'm voting for science fiction comedy "Palm Springs" even though I think "The Aeronauts" would be the professional choice as an artistic action/adventure film. I'm justifying my vote by recycling my mini-rant from 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' has two Oscar nominations plus two Golden Globes and awards from the Critics Choice Association and WGA.
Before I move on, as much as Grace dumps on "Palm Springs," I want to stand up for it. Not only was it a decent comedy, but it won the Critics Choice Super Awards for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie (Andy Samberg), and Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie (Cristin Milioti). Given the other nominees in these categories, I would agree with those wins.
"Palm Springs" managed to win Best Comedy at the Critics Choice Awards, so the critics generally like it, even if Grace Randolph doesn't. It also earned a nomination at the Saturn Awards for Best Independent Film Release. I might even vote for it.
Next, the nominees for Best International Film Release.

Jojo Rabbit
The Nightingale
Official Secrets
Parasite
Sputnik
The Whistlers
Both "The Nightingale" and "Sputnik" have horror listed at their IMDB entries. I think "The Nightingale" is the better of the two, as it was the best Australian film of 2019. That doesn't mean I'll vote for it. Instead, my top two films in this category are "Jojo Rabbit" and "Parasite" with four nominations each. I'm voting for "Parasite," but the rest of the Saturn voters might vote for "Jojo Rabbit" instead.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the horror movie nominees.

ABC News and NBC News explain Cinco De Mayo, a holiday more celebrated in the U.S. than Mexico

¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo! Like I did two years ago, I'm sharing a video explaining the actual history behind the holiday. Watch ABC News' Cinco de Mayo: A Brief History.

George Stephanopoulos brings you the amazing true story behind America’s favorite Mexican holiday.
To emphasize the holiday's historical importance to the U.S., I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling an excerpt from David Von Drehle of The Washington Post about Americans misunderstanding of today — We get Cinco de Mayo wrong. But we’re not wrong to celebrate it.
[I]t’s entirely appropriate that Cinco de Mayo matters more in the United States. The event commemorated on this holiday was a triumph of Mexican spirit and courage. For us, though, it just might have saved our nation.
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As it happened, the tide of the Civil War was just about to swing away from the North. In the summer of 1862, a Union campaign against the Confederate capital of Richmond fell to pieces and the rebels advanced on all fronts. Pressure for European intervention reached the boiling point.

Had a triumphant French army been raising the flag in Mexico City that summer, it might have made all the difference. The wavering Napoleon might have been emboldened to recognize the Confederacy, pulling the British along with him. Instead, the French army was licking its wounds, mangled by a smaller force of Mexican irregulars, and the emperor was momentarily chastened. Though France managed to topple the Mexican government the following year, its brief reign there came too late to help the South. The North had regained its momentum, and Lincoln was on his way to saving the Union.
That's right; Cinco De Mayo may have helped preserve two countries, the U.S. and Mexico.

NBC News has the story of the holiday's current commercial importance, What Cinco de Mayo Is All About.

For some, Cinco de Mayo is just an excuse to drink margaritas. So, we clear up some of the misconceptions about the holiday.
I grew up in Los Angeles, so I became aware of Cinco De Mayo decades before the distributors of Mexican beer jumped on the holiday. Still, I'm not surprised they're the ones who promoted it.

I close this entry with Tipsy Bartender's most recent upload, Cinco de Mayo Margarita Fishbowl YOUTUBE.


It may be cliche, but it beats a bunch of recipes that use Corona!

Stay tuned for another entry about the Saturn Awards, whether it's today, in which case I'll be looking at Horror Film nominees because Guillermo del Toro produced nominee "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," connecting the awards to the holiday like I did three years ago for "Coco," or tomorrow, when I will have something for the Revenge of the Sixth, the dark side of Star Wars Day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Star Wars at the 2021 Saturn Awards for Star Wars Day



Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth be with you! For today's cosmic cinematic celebration, I am returning to a theme I have been unable to explore since 2018, nominations for the "Star Wars" franchise at the Saturn Awards. Three different properties earned nominations, "Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker" with twelve, "The Mandalorian" with two, and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" with one.

As Deadline noted, the dozen nominations for "Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker" leads all movies at the Saturn Awards. "Tenet" follows in second with nine, while "Doctor Sleep" sits in third with eight. Since "The Rise of Skywalker" and "Tenet" are competing against each other in seven categories, including Best Science Fiction Release, I am framing today's entry as a head-to-head contest between the two as well as my usual angle of examining fantastic and futuristic politics and government in film and television.

I begin with the nominees for Best Science Fiction Release from the Saturn Awards website.

Ad Astra
Gemini Man
Lucy in the Sky
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
Tenet
Terminator: Dark Fate
Before the pandemic delayed all the awards shows except the Emmys, I was expecting a matchup between "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" and "Ad Astra." The latter is a more realistic depiction of futuristic politics and government than anything in the "Star Wars" universe, but it isn't as good a movie as either "The Rise of Skywalker" or "Tenet." I was planning on voting for the last installment in the literal trilogy of trilogies in this category last year and I'm still planning on voting for it this year. I also expect the Saturn electorate to vote for "The Rise of Skywalker" as well. I don't think they'll do to the culmination of the Skywalker Saga what they did to "Solo" two years ago and to "The Last Jedi" three years ago by voting for a movie not in the franchise. Remember, electorates matter and so does the field of nominees.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the nominations and my opinions, including my likely vote and whether the rest of the Saturn Awards electorate will agree with me.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Anthony Mackie interviewed about playing Captain America by Colbert, Noah, and Entertainment Tonight

I closed Disneyland reopens as more than 100 million Americans are fully vaccinated, a pandemic update with a footnote about today's post.
My other choice for today's topic was Anthony Mackie as the new Captain America. My wife liked that idea better than this one, so stay tuned to see if I write about tomorrow.
As I promised my wife, I'm blogging about it today. Watch "Humbling And Exciting" - Anthony Mackie On Becoming Captain America from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

Anthony Mackie, star of "Falcon and The Winter Soldier," talks about the significance of becoming the first Black Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Get used to seeing the clip of Mackie making his first appearance as the new Captain America and to hearing Mackie talk about his sons and praising the show's writers and director.

While Trevor Noah also mentioned Mackie being the last guest on his show before the pandemic lockdown and Mackie's workout regimen to achieve and maintain his physique, Trevor went into far more depth about the shows' social commentary in Anthony Mackie - Becoming the First Black Captain America.

Anthony Mackie talks about his experience becoming Captain America, explains how “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” tackled the turbulent relationship between Black men and America, and shares his love for New Orleans.
This segment shows the importance of the interviewer, as Trevor was willing to ask questions about the social issues in the show and eliciting answers about how the writers and actors handled them. In particular, Mackie saying "As a Black man, you're in an abusive relationship with America" was a hard truth. The good news is that Mackie is getting more positive feedback from fans about becoming Captain America than he expected and that bodes well for the country. I hope he's right.

Follow over the jump for two interviews of the creators of "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" from Entertainment Tonight.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Disneyland reopens as more than 100 million Americans are fully vaccinated, a pandemic update

I changed my mind about today's topic since Wednesday. Instead of integrating clips of the acceptance speeches and interviews for "Nomadland" into a final Oscar post for the Sunday Entertainment feature, I'm updating California theme parks may reopen as early as April 1, no fooling! A pandemic update. I felt it was less work and more fun.*

I begin with Disneyland Reopens Amid Signs Of A COVID-19 Recovery from NBC's Today Show.

Thousands of fans descended on Disneyland for the first time in more than a year as the California theme park reopened with capacity capped at 25 percent. Yet amid signs of the U.S. returning to normal, there is growing concern as the demand for COVID-19 vaccines declines. NBC’s Guad Venegas reports for Weekend TODAY.
After seeing all those happy park-goers run in at rope drop, I found it sobering to see and hear all the reminders that the pandemic is still raging in the U.S. and that half of the country is not yet vaccinated. My wife and I are not among them; we received our second shots two weeks ago, so we're among the 100 million fully vaccinated. As for the rest of you, if you can get vaccinated, please do so!

While Today opened its segment with the park reopening while shifting to and emphasizing the pandemic, MSNBC reversed the order, beginning with vaccination news before reporting on the reopening, including interviewing an attendee in Disneyland Welcomes Back Guests For First Time Today.

Disneyland welcomes back guests for first time today. NBC News Correspondent Simone Boyce joins Katy Tur with more.
Yes, it does feel like returning back to normal. Just be aware that we're not there yet.

Also, I can tell I haven't been watching as much MSNBC as I used to, because this is the first I've heard that Katy Tur is expecting another child. No congratulations yet, instead I'm wishing her an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy daughter later this month.

It's not just visitors who are thrilled to have Disneyland reopen. CBS News reported on the economic effects outside the parks in Disneyland reopens and nearby small businesses rejoice as customers return.

One Anaheim, California, business owner said it will take him two years to recoup the losses associated with Disneyland's COVID-19 closure. He's grateful for any amount of foot traffic as the famed theme park reopens to visitors, even at partial capacity.
I'm glad the two small business owners interviewed were able to survive the shutdown. As the report mentions, many others were not so fortunate.

The owner of the Castle Inn & Suites said that business would improve when out of state residents could visit the parks. The Los Angeles Times mentioned that restriction in Disneyland reopens. What to expect.

Disneyland has reopened after more than a yearlong closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Los Angeles Times reporter Todd Martens details what visitors can expect as the park adheres to COVID policies.
As I expected last June, visiting the parks "will...be a much more careful and much less crowded experience than it was before the pandemic."

Speaking of last June, I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle what I wrote then with additional commentary from this March.
Both news items tie into what I first wrote in 2011, "America is quite clear about its screwed up priorities­. My experience has convinced me that the surest way to get Americans to act is to mess with their entertainm­ent." I elaborated on that in both Possibly (not) the last Detroit Fireworks Show and Christmas music from the Cadets and Crazy Eddie's Motie News, adding "Americans want their entertainment, and will do just about anything to keep it going." The pandemic keeping the parks closed is definitely messing with Americans' entertainment.
Once again, many Americans are being clear about their priorities. They've had enough of the pandemic messing with their entertainment and are happy to have it back, regardless of the public health consequences. Sigh. As I wrote last month, "My friend Nebris thinks this is one of my great insights. I'm sure it is, but, like Jimmy [Kimmel], I wish it weren't true."
*My other choice for today's topic was Anthony Mackie as the new Captain America. My wife liked that idea better than this one, so stay tuned to see if I write about tomorrow.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

1979 Santa Clara Vanguard's maypole in motion for a drum corps May Day


A happy drum corps May Day to my readers! Last year, I found something I had long been looking for, but worried about what I would post this year.
High-Stepper uploaded Top 100 Highest Rated DCI Shows #10: Santa Clara Vanguard 1978. It shows the maypole being put away during "If You Believe" instead of the full dance during concert, but at least it's a drum corps maypole in motion.
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That's as close to the "idea I've been avoiding for...year[s], the socialist meaning of May Day" as I wish to come today. Thanks to High-Stepper for helping me not have to go any closer to it this year. Next year may be another story.
Fortunately for me, High-Stepper also uploaded clips from 1979, which also featured the guard dancing around the maypole, so I got the clip I've wanted since the year I began this series. It only took seven years. Watch Top 100 Highest Rated DCI Shows #75: Santa Clara Vanguard 1979 (See Description).


The socialist meaning of May Day avoided for another year!

Now for the rest of High-Stepper's clips from the 1979 show, beginning with the opener...


...and ending with the percussion feature into concert.


With this post, I believe I have exhausted the theme of maypoles in drum corps. I may conserve my resources, but non-renewable ones eventually run out. It's time to switch to another theme, such as songs about spring played by drum corps (Appalachian Spring comes to mind), more fake trees in shows like 2012 Phantom Regiment, or just embrace socialist and communist show themes, like "Miss Saigon" by multiple corps and "Animal Farm" by Boston Crusaders. Which do you think I should do? Leave a comment!

Friday, April 30, 2021

A celebration and history of Arbor Day



Happy Arbor Day! I described my choice of blogging topics for today at the end of 'Contagion' vs. COVID-19 updates last year's most commented entries on Throwback Thursday.
Tomorrow is Arbor Day, but I might use it for a Flashback Friday retrospective anyway. Stay tuned to find out.
I decided that writing another retrospective today would be too time consuming, especially since I'm grading final exams, so I'm writing a short entry dedicated solely to Arbor Day today, the first ever on this blog.* Here is the holiday's description from National Day Calendar.
Each year in April, National Arbor Day encourages us to celebrate and plant trees. The observance takes place each year on the last Friday in April.

Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel, and office supplies.

Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day, and improve our quality of life. The day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalArborDay

Celebrate the day by planting a tree today. You can also spend time caring for trees in your area. Join an event near you or organize one in your community. Consider the trees you plant, too. While you may look for fast-growing trees so that you may enjoy the tree during your lifetime, planting a slower-growing tree is an investment in the future. Generations to come will enjoy the shade and beauty of the tree long after we’re gone. And leaving something as precious as a tree behind is quite an investment.
To see a tree planting, watch City of Calabasas Arbor Day 2021 from right next door to where I grew up.

It was a great Arbor Day celebration. Volunteers planted dozens of trees in an area off Agoura Road. Nice event — part of #EarthWeek2021
I'm glad to see the volunteers using Arbor Day to repair the damage from the Woolsey Fire.
I saw the damage up close in January 2019, when my mom and I drove from her California house to the sea and back. Once we hit the burnt area, we didn't leave it until we got to Malibu; the fire burned all the way to the coast. I was astounded. It's one thing to watch the news reports; it's another to see it up close and in person.
That experience shocked me. This video gives me some hope.

Three years ago, I remarked that "Arbor Day is probably the oldest environmental holiday." Watch Bottom Line Up Front: The History of Arbor Day from TV20 Cleveland to see how old.


National Day Calendar summarizes the history of the day.
On April 10, 1872, journalist and newspaper editor J.Sterling Morton established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the country. This first celebration challenged the people of Nebraska to plant as many trees as they possibly could. Since the pioneers missed the trees and forests of the east, they answer the challenge by planting more than 1 million trees that very first year.
Before watching the TV20 video, I hadn't known that Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as Arbor Day and made it a national holiday. Add that to creating the EPA and signing the Endangered Species Act as actions that made him the second most environmental president in U.S. history.

That's it for April's blogging. Stay tuned for a drum corps May Day to kick off the new month.

*I came close in 2018, when I concluded Holidays for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Arbor Day by writing "I might actually devote a post just to Arbor Day." It only took me three years.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

'Contagion' vs. COVID-19 updates last year's most commented entries on Throwback Thursday

I told my readers to "Stay tuned for a retrospective about comments on Throwback Thursday" at the end of yesterday's 'Soul' wins Original Score and Animated Feature. Since readers (spammers) left more comments on Science fiction speaks to our current anxieties last year, I am looking at how well "Contagion" matched up to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic to update that entry.

The earliest and most viewed comparison video I'm sharing today is Everything Contagion got right on the Coronavirus outbreak. Its creator Caya examines the subject from an intelligent layman's perspective early on in the pandemic. He also chose the best preview image. I'm not above arranging my videos using that shallow criterion.

I’ve been stuck at home for a week after the coronavirus outbreak has halted the world… so I decided to watch Contagion.
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The 2011 film, written by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Steven Soderbergh, depicts a worldwide outbreak of a deadly virus… sound familiar?
Yes, it does. As I first wrote about "Contagion."
Roy Wood, Jr., is right about "Contagion." It hits way too close to home, as it accurately predicted what has happened so far. That's a point Grace Randolph made in Beyond The Trailer's Apple to Buy Disney? What to Watch on Netflix, Disney Plus, calling it "scarily accurate."
That extends to the penultimate sentence of Caya's video description, which was a transcript of his narration.
As for what comes next, the film predicts a suspension in basic services, food shortages, and mass graves. Let’s hope we don’t see any of that.
Unfortunately, the food shortages and mass graves did happen, along with looting and civil unrest, as I pointed out in CDC offering zombie apocalypse tips updates 'Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead,' the top post of the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News for Throwback Thursday.
The specialist I see for my diabetes and I talked about how accurate "Contagion" was during my last appointment, down to the civil disturbances and looting, although those were not directly connected to the pandemic. I told him "we are living in a horror movie." He replied "that's right!"
I like my doctor, especially when he and I agree.

Speaking of medical opinions, I'm moving to a scientific perspective on the movie, Disease Expert Compares "Contagion" to Covid-19 | Cause + Control from Wired.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, pandemic expert and former epidemic intelligence service officer, examines the 2011 film "Contagion" and compares the Hollywood feature to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The prescient film got a lot of things right, but plenty of the movie's main points were pure fiction. Dr. Yasmin combs through the picture, offering her professional insights.
Dr. Yasmin concentrated on the science in the film as well as the interactions between scientists and the government, not the average citizen's perspective, but she provided a valuable science lesson for her viewers.

I conclude with a cinematic perspective from Contagion — What Soderbergh's Pandemic Got Right About the Coronavirus.

Contagion (2011) was a chilling medical thriller upon release — now that COVID-19 has changed our lives forever, Steven Soderbergh’s film now functions more like a documentary. Contagion used to be a “what if…” kind of movie, leaving us to speculate whether it portrayed what life would be like in such a scenario. In hindsight, we can see that Contagion accurately predicted much of our current coronavirus circumstances.

Beyond comparisons to Contagion and our current lives in quarantine, there is something really fascinating about how Steven Soderbergh used the camera to capture a pandemic. Even before COVID-19, watching Contagion had a unique ability to get under our skin, so to speak — but how? In this video essay, we’ll explore the cinematography in Contagion and how Soderbergh used very simple yet effective techniques to make the fictional pandemic feel grounded, and much more terrifying.

Contagion stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne in a deadly global pandemic. Soderbergh’s filmmaking prioritizes these characters above the macro chaos swirling around them. Most films in this genre focus on an ensemble of survivors but few pay so much attention to the characters in the cinematography. Soderbergh uses three key elements to lock us into these characters: voyeuristic framing, shallow focus, and follow shots that never lose sight of the subject.

By prioritizing the characters and leaving the chaos more to the imagination, Steven Soderbergh keeps this outbreak grounded and real. Now that COVID-19 has shown us what life in quarantine is really like, we can see just how much truth there is in Contagion. Soderbergh’s cinematography and filmmaking skills were never more focused or prescient.
This was much more about the art of directing than about the science, but I found it interesting and useful just the same.

I conclude this section with another thought from CDC offering zombie apocalypse tips updates 'Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead,' the top post of the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News for Throwback Thursday.
By the way, the movie ended with people receiving the vaccine. That's a good sign, as my wife and I got our first shots today. The horror movie is almost over for us.
I hope that's really true, not just for my wife and me, but also for my readers.

Follow over the jump for the most commented on entries during the tenth year of this blog.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

'Soul' wins Original Score and Animated Feature


I wrote that "Soul" was my pick to win Original Score and thought it would win for Animated Feature after winning the equivalent categories at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. The film and the voters of the Motion Picture Academy did not disappoint me. Watch SOUL Accepts the Oscar for Original Score from ABC now, Oscars later.

Watch Jon Batiste accept the Oscar for Music (Original Score) for SOUL at Oscars 2021 with fellow musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Congratulations! Jon Batiste is as interesting and entertaining a speaker as he is a musician, which is why I'm glad he made the acceptance speech on stage.*

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross got their turns to thank people in SOUL's Thank You Cam Speech: Original Score.

Watch Oscars 2021 winner Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste's Thank You Cam Oscar acceptance speech for Music (Original Score) for SOUL.
The trio of composers met the press afterwards, which Variety captured in 'Soul' Composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste on the Film's Jazzy Oscar-Winning Score.

"Soul," Pixar's poignant film about life and inspiration, takes home the Oscar for Best Original Score. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste describe their inspiration for the film and speculate on what may be next for the three of them.
The entertainment press really engaged in a lot of inside baseball in their questions, although they were still informative. In particular, I hadn't realized that Reznor and Ross only have a Tony to win to earn and EGOT until I heard the question. If they and Batiste, like H.E.R., can compose a Broadway musical, that would be a great start. All they need is the right property.

The trio returned to ABC for Musicians of SOUL 'Oscars: After Dark' Winner Interview.

Watch Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste on 'Oscars: After Dark' talking about working with Pete Docter in constructing the score for the animated feature SOUL.
The explanation of the score as reflecting the film's exploring different planes of existence is a theme Pete Docter examines over the jump.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

'Judas and the Black Messiah' wins two Oscars



I gushed over H.E.R. singing “Fight For You” from "Judas and the Black Messiah" in Oscar nominated scores and songs for National Film Score Day followed by my opinion of the movie's Oscar prospects.
Wow, I love this song! I don't think it will win, but I think it should! I have a feeling it will be the best live performance along with “Husavik” at the actual awards. Too bad the votes will be counted before the artists perform. At least Daniel Kaluuya is likely to win Best Supporting Actor, like he did at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, so "Judas and the Black Messiah" won't go away empty-handed.
Not only did I think the song should win, much to my pleasant surprise, it did win!


Watch H.E.R. - Fight For You (Oscars 2021 Pre-Show Telecast).



H.E.R. - "Fight For You” (from Judas And The Black Messiah)

Wow! I'm even more impressed seeing it "live." I feel it did have the most energetic performance of all of the nominated songs at the Oscar Pre-Show, not the awards ceremony itself, with “Husavik” a close second. Performing on location with local musicians and ending with a fireworks show helped “Husavik.” However, the ABC upload of “Husavik” has the most views of any of the performances with "Fight For You" in last on ABC's channel, which has the description "H.E.R. performs the Oscar nominated original song "Fight For You" from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH at Oscars 2021." I credit that to most of the artist's fans watching the video on H.E.R.'s channel instead of ABC and ABC uploading its clip after the show ended.

Now watch H.E.R. Accepts the Oscar for Original Song from ABC for now, Oscars later.

Watch H.E.R.'s Oscar 2021 acceptance speech for Music (Original Song) for the song 'Fight For You' from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.
Congratulations!

H.E.R. continued acknowledging the people that made her Oscar possible in JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH's Thank You Cam Speech: Original Song from ABC.

Watch Oscars 2021 winners H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, and Tiara Thomas's Thank You Cam Oscar acceptance speech for Music (Original Song) for JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.
I'm glad her collaborator Dernst Emile II was able to get in front of the microphone, too

Just like Pippa Ehrlich did in the Variety press conference I embedded in 'My Octopus Teacher' wins Documentary Feature at the Oscars, H.E.R. explained the greater significance of her award in H.E.R. Gets Halfway to an EGOT After Oscar Win for Original Song 'Fight for You'.

After winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Judas and the Black Messiah" anthem "Fight For You," H.E.R thanks collaborators Dernst Emile II & Tiara Thomas, expressing gratitude for being apart of a film that honors the Black Panther party.
The press here come off as fans as they do journalists, but they still asked good questions that got interesting, thoughful answers. One of them was that H.E.R. is also Asian-American, being half-Filipino, which I may not have learned for a long time. The other is that she is working on getting her EGOT. I want her to, but I'm hoping Lin-Manuel Miranda gets his first. He just needs an Oscar; I hope he earns one for "In the Heights."

H.E.R. and her collaborators gave one last interview by themselves for ABC, H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, and Dernst Emile II 'Oscars: After Dark' Winner Interview.

Watch H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, and Dernst Emile II on 'Oscars: After Dark' talking about their win for Best Original Song 'Fight For You' from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.
That was fun, but I'm not done. My readers and I will hear from Daniel Kaluuya about his performance and Oscar over the jump.

Monday, April 26, 2021

'My Octopus Teacher' wins Documentary Feature at the Oscars



I announced my plan for today in the footnote to Seth Meyers and Vox take closer looks at D.C. statehood for Flashback Friday.
I still plan on writing this post Monday in anticipation of "My Octopus Teacher" winning Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars the night before. Stay tuned and may I not be disappointed.
I was not disappointed. Watch MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Accepts the Oscar for Documentary Feature from ABC now, the Oscars later.*

Watch Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster accept the Oscar for Documentary (Feature) for MY OCTOPUS TEACHER at Oscars 2021.
Congratulations! Ever since my readers expressed their love for this movie last November, I knew that "My Octopus Teacher" had a good chance of winning if it was nominated, a story I'll tell in more detail over the jump. After it won at the Producers Guild Awards and BAFTA Awards, I realized that it was the favorite. I'm glad it lived up to my expectations, unlike some other nominees, a story I'll tell in future installments of this series.

Since this is the first of my posts about the Oscar winners, I'm commenting on the socially-distanced in-person setting. I think this was the best compromise between safety and entertainment the Motion Picture Academy could achieve. The result resembled a less tipsy Golden Globes. Since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held those remotely, the Oscars tried to fill the gap. From a viewer's perspective, the setup succeeded. I'll wait to see if it really kept everyone healthy.

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed had more to say in MY OCTOPUS TEACHER's Thank You Cam Speech: Documentary (Feature), again from ABC now, maybe the Oscars later.

Watch Oscars 2021 winner Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed's Thank You Cam Oscar acceptance speech for Documentary (Feature) for MY OCTOPUS TEACHER.
I can tell Ehrlich was still a bit nervous after her first acceptance speech. I hope she gets used to it, as I'm sure that "My Octopus Teacher" will be nominated at the Environmental Media Association Awards and one of the Emmy Awards, either Creative Arts or News and Documentary, and will likely win at least one trophy at each.

Ehrlich was much calmer when she faced the press in Variety's 'My Octopus Teacher' Documentary Directors on Filming Their Underwater Oscar Winner.

Following a man who forms a bond with an octopus inhabiting a kelp forest, 'My Octopus Teacher' won the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 93rd Academy Awards. Backstage, Directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed describe their hope that audiences embrace their message: that humanity find more "hopeful and respectful way of engaging with the planet".
Ehrlich gave exactly the kind of environmental message about the documentary at the end of the press conference that I was hoping for. Kudos not only to her, but also the reporter from Univision who asked for a response related to Earth Day. That was a smart question. Thank you.

Follow over the jump for the story of how 'My Octopus Teacher' wins Best Science/Nature Documentary and Best Cinematography at the 2020 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards earned its page views, along with other top entertainment posts about movies and television during the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News; I covered music under holidays in Broken Peach celebrating Halloween updates holidays for the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News for Flashback Friday.