1. “Alain Resnais, Acclaimed French Filmmaker, Is Dead at 91.” His death was confirmed by the French president, François Hollande, who called Mr. Resnais one of France’s greatest filmmakers.
“Memory, with an increasingly complex use of montage to evoke the mind’s unpredictable associations, became the central subject of Mr. Resnais’s films: from La Guerre Est Finie (1966) to Providence (1977). Perhaps his most innovative film of this period was the 1968 Je t’Aime, Je t’Aime, which used a time-travel premise to compose a complex series of enigmatic images and dramatic fragments spiraling through one man’s subjective experience of life.”
2. “2014 Oscar Winners: Gravity Wins Seven, 12 Years A Slave Takes Best Picture, American Hustle Shut Out.” “...And that’s it on another year.”
“Tied with American Hustle for most nominations heading into the night, Gravity led the pack with seven awards, taking the tech categories as expected and major prizes for Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Original Score for Steven Price and Best Editing. But when it came to the big prize, it was 12 Years a Slave that nabbed Best Picture, in addition to prizes for Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley, and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o. Meanwhile, American Hustle was completely shut out, taking home nothing after earning 10 nominations. The film joins American Hustle and Gangs of New York in the 0-10 Oscar trivia books. Among the surprises, Spike Jonze took home a trophy for Best Original Screenplay for Her.”
3. “Matthew McConaughey One of Few to Thank God in Oscar Acceptance Speech.” Fox News points out the rarity of the Best Actor winner’s declaration of being #blessed by the Almighty.
“McConaughey’s words earned him quite the applause on social media: ’I’m willing to bet God delighted in your acknowledgment and praise. Congrats!’ tweeted one viewer, while another weighed in: ’U will be blessed more! Well-deserved.’ Scores of others wrote that they were ’loving’ the star right now. But of course there were plenty of detractors, too: ’OK so you really deserved it McConaughey. Just stop the stupid god talk,’ tweeted one observer, as others concurred. ’I thought we could get through the Oscars without someone thanking god but no he had to ruin it. Fuck you McConaughey.’”
4. “Seitz on the 2014 Academy Awards: It’s Hard to Completely Screw Up the Oscars Telecast.” Matt Zoller Seitz reviews the show for Vulture.
“The Academy Awards telecast was too long. It didn’t spend its time wisely. The repartee was weak. There were too many montages and too many moments where the stars, the host included, seemed full of themselves. And it was still awesome. Why? Probably because the Oscars telecast is by its nature un-screw-upable. It’s a singular event: a three-plus-hour live broadcast (six if you count the televised red carpet arrivals) that lets us watch impeccably dressed famous people go off-script, make mistakes (John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name was the low point), struggle to balance personal pride with awareness of historical injustice (the awards for 12 Years a Slave and the AIDS-era drama Dallas Buyers Club sat rather uncomfortably amid the glamour and lightheartedness), and otherwise let what seem like authentic personalities shine through makeup-airbrushed facades.”
5. “The Winning Quips, Speeches, and Moments at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards + the Real Winners.” Jared Leto wins “Most Meandering Speech.”
“Leto started by saying, ’I’d like to thank the youngest and most inspiring actor in the entire fucking room, Bruce Dern.’ And then: ’In case it’s the last time I get to thank anyone, I wrote down a couple names…because it’s important to me.’ Then he pulled out note cards and started rattling off a litany of names that included, but wasn’t limited to, Calpernia Addams, Mark Twain, Ansel Adams, David Bowie, Mozart, C.S. Lewis, River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain, ’the 7 million human beings on the planet and all the plants and animals,’ James Gandolfini, Terrence Malick, Stanislavsky, Boleslawski, Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Peter Travers, Wayne Gretzky, ’whoever makes size 12 heels,’ Christopher Walken, homemade burritos, my brother Shannon, my mother Constance, the city of angels, vegan butter, ’all the women I’ve been with and all the women who think they’ve been with me,’ Dr. Seuss, the C.I.A., ’my future ex-wife—Lupita, I’m thinking about you,’ people who have died of AIDS, people who are living with AIDS, and ’the dark horses, the dreamers, the outsiders.’”
Video of the Day: Lupita Nyong’o accepts the 2014 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress:
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