Morning Show Fun

by Cooper on February 25, 2013

in Front Page News,Morning Show Fun

Oscar Winners

BEST PICTURE – Argo
BEST DIRECTOR – Ang Lee, Life of Pi
BEST ACTOR – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
BEST ACTRESS – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Argo
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Django Unchained
ANIMATED FEATURE – Brave
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Amour
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Searching for Sugar Man
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Life of Pi
COSTUME DESIGN – Anna Karenina
FILM EDITING – Argo
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING – Les Miserables
PRODUCTION DESIGN – Lincoln
ORIGINAL SCORE – Life of Pi
ORIGINAL SONG – “Skyfall,” Skyfall
SOUND EDITING – Skyfall(Tie) Zero Dark Thirty(Tie)
SOUND MIXING – Les Miserables
VISUAL EFFECTS – Life of Pi
ANIMATED SHORT – Paperman
LIVE ACTION SHORT – Curfew
DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Inocente

Today’s Oscar Acceptance Speeches are More Weepy

Winners who teared up during their Oscar acceptance speeches last night (February 24th) were continuing a recent tradition, with a study showing that the crying is a relatively new phenomenon. Researcher Rebecca Rolfe of Georgia Tech university analyzed clips of nearly 60 years of Academy Award acceptance speeches from the lead actors and actresses, supporting actors and actresses, and directors, and found that 71 percent of the teary speeches have taken place since 1995. Actresses cry about twice as often as actors, with 12 of the last 15 best actresses shedding tears, and Rolfe suggested, “Much like the movies, acceptance speeches are a type of performance. I believe the tears are real, but perhaps, maybe even subconsciously, actresses know what is expected of them when they accept the honor.” The only director ever to cry during an acceptance speech was Steven Spielberg, for Schindler’s List. As they’ve gotten tearier, the speeches have gotten longer too, with Rolfe finding the average one now is nearly two minutes, up from 40 seconds in the 1960s.

MA Plowtruck Driver Admits To Burying Cars

A man in Lowell, Massachusetts who plowed snow onto parked cars was fired after he posted a video of the act on YouTube. The man, identified only as “Dogg” shot the video through his window during the big Northeast blizzard at the beginning of February. He defended himself, saying that he had no choice but to bury the cars in order to widen the streets — and that he can’t help it if he had fun while doing his job. A city manager said the video was appalling, adding, “The words stupid, moronic — those certainly apply. It was truly just a bad reflection on the hard work that so many people do.” Dogg said he doesn’t blame his boss for firing him. (CBS)

Contest Chooses Song to Replace “Happy Birthday”

“Happy Birthday” is the most recognized song in the English language, but even though it dates back to the late 19th century, it’s still copyright protected, meaning films, TV shows, etc. have to pay royalties to use it. According to Bloomberg, copyright holder Warner Music Group takes in some $2 million each year in royalties from “Happy Birthday,” and the song won’t enter the public domain until 2030 at the earliest. Because of this, the Free Music Archive decide to hold a contest for a replacement birthday song that anyone would be able to use for free. A winner has now been crowned, “It’s Your Birthday,” by Monk Turner + Fascinoma, chosen by a panel of judges that included, among others, Ira Kaplan of the band Yo Lo Tengo, Greg Saunier of the band Deerhoof, and Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig.

Yahoo! Employees Told They Can No Longer Work From Home

Work flexibility that allows employees to sometimes or even always work from home has been touted as the wave of the future, but tech giant Yahoo! has decided it no longer wants to be a part of it, sending a memo out Friday (February 22nd) saying that all employees who work remotely will have to start coming into the office by June. The website AllThingsDigital obtained a copy of the memo, which reads, “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” The decision, which will affect both those who’ve been working full time remotely and those who only do so for a day or two each week, apparently came down from CEO Marissa Mayer, who took over the chief executive position last summer. Many employees are unhappy, including some who say they were hired with the understanding that they’d have flexibility in working remotely, with one emailing that the new rule was, quote, “outrageous and a morale killer.”

Michelle Obama ‘Mom Dancing’ with Jimmy Fallon Goes Viral

A clip of First Lady Michelle Obama doing “mom dancing” moves with Jimmy Fallon on his Late Night show Friday (February 22nd) went viral over the weekend, with the Internet loving how Mrs. Obama made the silly moves look good. The skit, a take-off on the popular video “Evolution of Dance,” was called “Evolution of Mom Dancing,” and showed both Fallon and Obama dressed as suburban moms doing dance moves like: “Go Shopping, Get Groceries”; “Driving the Station Wagon”; “Oh My God, I Love This Song”; and “Where’s Your Father (Get Him Back Here).” It ended with Mrs. Obama doing the “The Dougie” — which she famously pulled off a couple of years back — as Fallon walked off stage. The first lady appeared on Fallon’s show to promote her “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign, which marked its third anniversary this month.

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