Posts Tagged ‘Academy Awards’

PS22 Wows the Oscars

March 12, 2011

PS22, a choir of fifth graders from Graniteville, Staten Island, New York, wows a worldwide audience during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.If you tuned in to watch the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, you also watched a choir of 5th graders who performed “Somewhere over the Rainbow” at the end of the awards show.  They are known as PS22, which stands for Public School 22, in Graniteville, Staten Island, New York.  They are a real glee club known for performing pop song covers.  There are about 50-70 chorus members all directed by Greg Brienberg.  They put on a great performance at the Academy Awards, receiving many positive reviews from around the world.

PS22, a choir of fifth graders from Graniteville, Staten Island, New York, wows a worldwide audience during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.You may have wondered how this school choir got their big break.  Well, the performance at the Oscars wasn’t their first public appearance.  Ever since 2006, the school choir has performed at many different venues all over New York.  They even made TV appearances on VH1, Good Morning America, and It’s On With Alexa Chung. New York Magazine has called them “the best-known elementary school chorus on the planet”.  Last December, Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway went to the choir’s winter concert, surprising the choir with the invitations to perform at the Academy Awards.  As you can imagine, the kids were ecstatic.  After giving a wonderful performance at the Oscars, the kids later performed with Katy Perry on Oprah.  This choir is truly talented and I hope to see their success continue!

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Joie Montoya

The Oscar Awards 2011

March 1, 2011

The big winners of this year’s Oscar Awards ended with a tie, leaving “The King’s Speech” and “Inception” with a total of four wins each.  “The King’s Speech”, with thirteen nominations, won Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Directing, and Writing.  “Inception” had eight nominations and took home Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.  With these two big winners, it looks as if the Academy voted in a traditional way rather than going for modern movie choices.  However, movies such as “Alice in Wonderland” did take home two awards while “The Social Network” won three.

Throughout the night, awards went out to “The Fighter”, “Toy Story 3”, “Black Swan”, “Inside Job”, “Strangers No More”, “In a Better World”, “The Wolfman”, “The Last Thing”, and “God of Love”.  However, the big winner in this year’s award season was “The King’s Speech”, which is now number eight on my All-Time Top Ten list of awards won from The Oscars, SAG Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes.  This year’s Oscar Awards was unique in the way nominees were announced and who announced them.  The 2011 Oscars tried to draw a younger crowd with Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the two youngest hosts the Oscars have ever had.  The night concluded with the PS 22 Chorus from Staten Island singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  It was a great night for nominees and winners alike!

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Taylor P.

Why do Some Movies Take Home More Gold?

February 23, 2011

Over the past 83 years, award shows have been created to honor different movies, directors, actors, and many other people in the film industry.  Deciding who takes home the gold can be a long process.  There are a few rules regarding nominations for an award, such as: the movie must be in the previous calendar year; producers must submit a form giving credit to the right people as well as list the category they feel the nominee belongs in by a certain deadline; and the length of the film differs between ceremonies and categories.  Voting for the nominees is done by members of each award ceremony’s academy.  A couple of months before each awards show, members are sent a ballot and copies of the films that were entered to be nominated.  After the list of nominees has been downsized to just five hopefuls, members are sent a final ballot in which they choose one winner for each category.  Without further ado, here is a list of the all-time top ten winners from the Oscar Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTAs.

  1. Various award shows have been created to honor different movies, directors, actors, and many other people in the film industry.  Spanning the Oscar Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTAs, here is a list of the all-time top ten movies that have won the most awards.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” holds 19 awards.
  2. Slumdog Millionaire” also holds 19 awards, tying for first with “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
  3. Gandhi” received 17 awards throughout all four ceremonies.
  4. Schindler’s List” won 17 awards as well.
  5. Titanic” won a total of 15 awards.
  6. Ben-Hur” earned 15 awards, too.
  7. The English Patient” received 15 as well.
  8. On the Waterfront” won 11 awards.
  9. My Fair Lady” also won 11 awards.
  10. The King’s Speech”, a more recent film, won 10 awards.

While other movies may have won more awards from other organizations, the movies listed above are the ones with the most awards won throughout the aforementioned list of awards shows, which have the highest television audiences.  “The King’s Speech” might receive more awards in this year’s Oscar Awards ceremony.  However, we will not find out until February 27th, 2011 on ABC!

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Taylor P.

The BAFTA Awards of 2011

February 16, 2011

At this year’s BAFTA Awards, “King’s Speech” came out on top taking home seven awards.  Close behind were “The Social Network” and “Inception”, which took home three awards each.  “Alice in Wonderland” took home two awards, the first awards won for the film from the three major awards shows that have occurred so far this year.  There were many awards given out that night, such as the Academy Fellowship Award, which was given to Sir Christopher Lee, and the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, which went to Tom Hardy.  The BAFTA, or British Academy of Film and Television Arts, identifies and recognizes excellence in arts of moving pictures.

At the 2011 BAFTA Awards, or British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the big winners include “King’s Speech” with seven awards, “The Social Network” and “Inception” with three awards each, and “Alice in Wonderland” with two awards.The BAFTA Awards ceremony has brought “King’s Speech” to the top of this year’s awards leader board with ten awards from the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards altogether.  “The Social Network” has received seven awards.  After the BAFTA Awards, “Inception” and “The Fighter” are tied with four awards each.  With these new awards tallied up, “King’s Speech” will likely take home Best Film at the 2011 Oscar Awards.  Early forecasts predicted that nothing could stop “The Social Network” from taking home Best Film at the 2011 Oscar Awards, but after the strong showing by “King’s Speech”, no one knows which way the Academy will go?  Will the voters continue to honor more modern movies, or will they go for more traditional Oscar choices?  We won’t know until February 27, 2011.  Make sure you watch the Oscar Awards on ABC to see who takes home the gold!

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Taylor P.

Who Will Take Home the Grand Prize?

February 2, 2011

Throughout awards shows, you get to see who was the best and worst dressed.  However, except for Best Costume Design, awards shows recognize the talent of actors, actresses, producers, directors and a whole host of other people in the film industry.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the winners of this year’s awards so far.  At the Golden Globes, “The Social Network” won Best Motion Picture for Drama, Best Director of a Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.  Meanwhile at the SAG Awards, “The King’s Speech” received awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.  Curiously, no awards were given to the “The Social Network” at the SAG Awards.  Since the SAG Awards are focused on acting rather than other elements of a production, some expected that “The Fighter” cast would have won top prize.  The outcomes at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards have, therefore, made predicting the outcome of the 2011 Academy Awards, or Oscars, that much more difficult.

 The outcomes of the 2011 Golden Globes and SAG Awards have made predicting the outcome of the Academy Awards that much more difficult.Nonetheless, at this year’s 2011 Oscar Awards, “Inception” is predicted to take home two awards, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, even though the movie did not receive any awards at the Golden Globes or the SAG Awards.  “The Social Network” has been predicted to win Best Director at the Oscars.  While Christopher Nolan, director of “Inception”, was declared one of the most original directors in years, David Fincher was simply masterful in his cinematography and in assembling his cast.  Colin Firth from “The King’s Speech” is expected to take home the award for Best Actor.  Other awards are expected to be given out to “True Grit” for Best Supporting Actor, “Never Let Me Go” for Best Supporting Actress and “Black Swan” for Best Actress.  The Academy Awards presentation will be held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.  Watch this year’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011 on ABC.

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Taylor P.