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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oscar rule of thumb: If someone is nominated for playing a real person, pick them.

Recent winners:

2004: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles

2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote; Reese Witherspoon as June Carter

2006: Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin; Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II

2007 (tonight): Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf

Of course, there is often more than one to choose from:

2004: Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina; Johnny Depp as Sir James Matthew Barrie; Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes

2005: Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash; David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow

2006: Will Smith as Chris Gardner

2007: Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I

With the exception of Elizabeth I of England, we at least have photographs and in many cases footage of all of these people.

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Wanted to go to a concert of new compositions at Cornish College for the Arts tonight, but my son had a fever and my beloved spouse had to work, and I wouldn’t get a babysitter for a sick child. Hope the concert went well. I watched the Oscars instead. Not as funny as in some years. Also, the only film I’d seen this year is Ratatouille. Would like to see some others; no rush.

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My son and I sometimes like to play a game where I try to type something and he tries to thwart me by grabbing my arms and hands. We laugh when I read the results out loud. Today I was trying to write something to the effect that “I like poetry, and my son is making me type crazy.” Here are the results.

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Isn't that a page from John Cage's Empty Words?
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