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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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