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Really I just wanted to post Karen O’s beautiful performance of the song that should have won the Oscar, Her’s “The Moon Song.” Seeing her onstage at the Oscars was almost as cool as seeing Elliott Smith sing “Miss Misery” at the Oscars way back when.
Pink’s ruby red dress was definitely my favourite dress of the night. It was obviously created as a homage to the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, which her performance was celebrating the 75th anniversary of. It was also nice to see her give a performance that didn’t involve acrobatics, for once!
Another highlight was the brief on screen mention of Sarah Jones – the camera assistant who lost her life on set due to the producers not taking safety precautions - something that happens on film sets far too often – and not telling their crew that they DID NOT have permission to be shooting on that train track – and also not going over an in case of emergency (aka if a TRAIN COMES – as it did – where should everyone run to) routine.
Obviously, film workers everywhere were and are outraged. The fact that crews shoot 14+ hour days and everyone is exhausted is bad enough for their overall health, but something as horrible as this is just unnecessarily stupid. Having a sister that works in film, she experiences these things first hand, and I am always complaining that she shouldn’t agree to sleep on set and work insane hours – it should be illegal. But the fact of the matter is, the industry demands this. The standards are ridiculous. And if you complain, you won’t get hired again - so no one ever dares to. It has to change. When a 27 year old camera assistant is killed because she was not informed they weren’t even legally allowed to be on the track, that’s a new low for the industry. #slatesforsarah
Speaking of film figures lost this past year, another highlight was Bill Murray’s perfect impromptu shoutout to recently passed, beloved collaborator Harold Ramis as he announced the nominees for Best Cinematography:
Oh, we forgot one, Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.
And my absolute favourite part of the night came from the intro Robert DeNiro read while announcing Best Screenplay, about what it means to be a writer:
The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self loathing and soul crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.
Even better was that the two most deserving screenplays, 12 Years A Slave, and my personal favourite, Her, both won their categories. It was shameful to me that the directing category left out Spike (and Jean-Marc Vallee – truly the best director of the year).
Cate Blanchett also made me cheer out loud when she said this:
To the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences. Audiences want to see them – and in fact they earn money.
Other quick highlights – Jared Leto’s shoutout to his mom + brother + Ukraine + Venezuela + AIDs victims; Matthew McConaughey’s speech about always envisioning himself in 10 years in order to set goals – reach them – and set new goals; Lupita’s tearful speech; Steve McQueen jumping up and down in pure glee after finishing his speech for Best Picture.
Things I could have done without – Ellen’s lack of any real comedy, instead opting to mingle in the audience the whole time; that awful Bono loves Bono U2 performance; the cringeworthy Bette Midler performance; Pharrell’s hat; the Frozen songwriters giving a truly awkward and annoying rehearsed acceptance speech; Gravity winning almost every category despite having some of the cheesiest lines of all of the films I saw in 2013.
What did you think about this year’s ceremony? Did the right people win? Tell me below!
I would go to work from 9 to 6, go home, nap for two hours, then write from 8 to 2 a.m. There was an urgency to what I was doing. That’s where a lot of the creative ideas I am still working with began.
Hey guys! So today is officially my last day at my full-time job writing for Zoomer Media. It’s been a great two years where I’ve learned a ton – and the sheer amount of writing I’ve had to do every day has certainly made me a better writer and taught me how to push through writers block – but it was definitely time for a change. I’m very excited to take Dan’s advice up there and finally follow my bliss and pursue the thing I’m truly passionate about – which is this place and my ability to help grow and inspire the indie music and arts community in Toronto and eventually in cities around the world. That said, if you know of any leads or great jobs I should be considering (or you want to hire me to help you!), do get in touch.
On another note, I hope you like the changes that I’ve recently made to the blog – you can now see my recommended shows/events in the sidebar, and just click the little ‘show calendar’ button to pull up the full month of events. Also, musicians and publicists (or even just fans of a musician) can now submit songs to me for consideration via that little widget in the sidebar – this is the best way to get your song on the blog (I am far too overwhelmed with the emails!). Oh and I got nominated for a few Canadian Weblog Awards – best designed, best arts & culture blog, and best pop culture & entertainment blog – fun!
BTW I’m looking for interns! So tell your friends. Anyone interested in learning about blogging, wordpress, writing, photography and social media with a few hours a week to spare should get in touch. Bonus if you’re interested in music, art and based in Toronto, but that’s not required – just a good work ethic, decent internet and organization skills, and the ability to dedicate some months to helping out here and there. Email me!
And if you’re in Toronto this weekend, The Sweet Mack are playing their final show at the Horseshoe on Saturday (sad they’re calling it quits but I’m sure they all have something new and awesome in the works) – it’s not to be missed.
Now, for the links:
- That time Toronto saved rock and roll Oh how I wish I was around when this happened.
- Stop with the album teaser trailers already Couldn’t agree more with this article. It is beyond obnoxious to post a trailer hinting at something, but I’m not surprised because JT just is obnoxious. Why can’t everyone be as amazing as David Bowie and immediately announce and release a song at the same time?
- Speaking of Bowie, I am CRAZY excited about his return, even if I don’t really dig the song and it looks as though he won’t be touring it. One of my last articles for Zoomer is a little retrospective on his best work.
- As bartending is my part-time gig, this enrages me like nothing else. What a pathetic excuse for being a cheap bastard. If you can’t afford to tip – YOU CAN”T AFFORD TO GO OUT – it’s that simple.
- A literary examination of 2012′s best lyrics
- Basia Bulat at AGO First Thursdays I was sooo sad I had to miss this – AGO First has become my favourite interactive art experience in the city – so I was super excited to see they filmed her performance.
- What happened to music writing this year? One of the most inspirational articles I’ve read in terms of my writing goals.
- The 10 biggest band beefs of 2012 this is fun.
- The music legends we lost this year A lot of heavy hitters seemed to pass away in 2012 :/
- Is indie music dead? No
- Creativity is like a slot machine This is inspiring.
- 6 harsh truths that will make you a better person While David has written many terrible articles on Cracked, this one is a MUST read for anyone, especially those of us in our 20s. Incredibly true advice. If you only read one of the articles I posted today, make it this one.
- Facebook’s fake Like problem This is creepy and weird. I once had a dead friend come back online on MSN Messenger and it scared the hell out of me (but that was probably just family turning on her computer).
- The simple truth about gun control A powerful, must read article on the facts about gun control around the world.
- Who comes first – you or others? I continue to be obsessed with metaprograms. I’d like to think I put others first but I know that isn’t always true.
- The 5 types of work that fill your day A very interesting look at how we break up the work we do, and how to prioritize the important stuff in order to get more done.
- Finally, if you didn’t see the unintentionally hilarious/scary video of Alex Jones on Piers Morgan’s show, you can find both videos of it on my tumblr – instead I thought I’d share this hilarious edit Conan’s team made from it: