Congratulations! You Survived Oscar Sunday!


That’s it!  That’s a wrap!

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We hope everyone has enjoyed Oscar Sunday!

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Now that the Oscars are over with, it’s time to start a new year in entertainment!  Thank you everyone for reading us over the course of 2021 and the first three months of 2022!

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Now, let’s make 2022 the best year ever as we continue to celebrate the 12th year of the Shattered Lens!

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A Few Random Thoughts On The Oscars


Let’s just be honest about this.

No matter what else you or I might have to say about the Academy Awards, the only thing that anyone is going to remember about this year’s ceremony is Will Smith walking up on stage and slapping Chris Rock.  That’s it.  That’s what these awards are going to be known for.  Whenever this ceremony is written about in the future, the accompanying picture won’t be of the cast and crew of CODA.  Instead, it’ll be Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.

The Slap, itself, was unpleasant to watch.  Will Smith sitting back down in his chair and continuing to shout at Chris Rock was unpleasant to watch.  It left me feeling awkward and uncomfortable and I was just watching it on TV.  I can only guess what it was like the celebrities sitting in the auditorium.  You know that they were probably terrified that something unexpected would happen with the vote for Best Actor.  At that moment, there was probably a lot of worry about what would happen if Andrew Garfield pulled off an upset.

Will Smith, however, did win Best Actor.  After making a few “fierce protector” excuses, he did, eventually, get around to apologizing to the Academy and “my fellow nominees.”  He also did a lot of God talk and I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to mention God twenty minutes after slapping someone on national TV.  He mentioned that Denzel Washington had apparently taken him aside and warned him that the Devil would come for him at the height of his success.  Which …. I mean, okay.  The thing is, Will Smith is 53 years old and he’s been a star longer than I’ve been alive.  By this point, the Devil should have moved on to someone else.

A few notes on the rest of the show:

It was good to see the show taking place in a theater, as opposed to a train station.  Just by using an actual theater, this year’s Oscar ceremony was a significant improvement over the previous year’s.

The hosts were pretty boring.  There was nothing gained by having three of them.  Amy Schumer needs to fire whoever picked out her first outfit.  If Schumer picked it out herself, she needs to hire someone to pick out her outfits.  Regina Hall looked lost.  Wanda Sykes was okay but that museum segment bogged down the whole show.

CODA is a likable film and it’s obvious that the audience appreciated its heartwarming approach more than the emotionally detached style of The Power of the Dog.  The fact that this tiny little indie film managed to defeat the expensive Netflix slate was gratifying in a David vs. Goliath sort of way.  CODA, if we’re going to be honest, really does feel more like a made-for-TV movie than a feature film but I think that, emotionally and mentally, people were just ready for a positive movie that wouldn’t leave them feeling disturbed or depressed.  After two years straight of pandemic panic, voters were perhaps not inclined to honor a film that ends with its main character dying on anthrax poisoning.

Dune swept the technical awards and ended the night with the most Oscars.  Dune II is probably going to win Best Picture.

Troy Kostur’s acceptance speech was definitely the most moving part of the night.  It’s a bit of a shame that it’s going to be forever overshadowed by The Slap.

Politically, it was pretty much a typical Oscar ceremony.  At this point, I think anyone who cares enough to be offended by Hollywood’s liberalism has probably already stopped watching the Oscars.

As the Academy promised, the cut categories (i.e., the Oscars there were awarded before the start of the live show) were edited into and shown during the show.  They were awkwardly inserted, so that we would see the people in the auditorium reacting to a speech that was given two hours earlier.  It just came across as weird and fake and, whenever the hosts did anything, I found myself thinking, “They cut categories for this.”  Even a brilliant hosting trio would have suffered as a result.  In this case, you had Amy Schumer dressed like Spider-Man on live TV while the winner for Best Film Editing had to make due with edited highlights of his speech.

What’s hilarious is that, even with all of ABC’s new measures, this year’s Oscar run longer than the previous two years.  The total show clocked in at nearly 220 minutes.  For comparison, that’s 20 minutes longer than The Godfather, Part II.  Will Smith’s acceptance speech alone ran for seven minutes.  Of course, would you want to be the person tasked to tell Will Smith to wrap it up?

It was hard to tell but I guess Army of the Dead won the Twitter Poll and Zack Snyder’s Justice League won the Oscar Cheer Moment thing.  Even from just watching on TV, it was obvious how annoyed everyone in the auditorium was with them.  Personally, I have to respect the ability of the Snyder fandom to game the system.

The interpretive dance that went along with the In Memoriam segment was distracting and annoying.  If I’m ever included in a memoriam segment, I’m hoping there will be no gospel music and no interpretive dancing.

The Godfather tribute was nice but I wish they had gotten Sofia Coppola to do the introduction instead of Sean “Whatever” Combs.

In the end, the Oscars weren’t as much of a train wreck as I thought they would be but it was still a fairly unfortunate ceremony.  The category cutting didn’t sit well and I doubt I’ll ever be comfortable with that.  (It’s something that I hope will be abandoned in the future.)  This ceremony will always be known for The Slap and probably not much else.  I would say that I would hope the Academy and ABC would learn from this but the only thing they care about is ratings.  If the ratings are good, ABC will take the credit.  If the rating are bad, the Academy will get the blame.  Who knows what next year will bring?

Speaking of next year, that’s what I am now concentrating on!  There’s a lot of good movies coming out over the next few months and a whole new Oscar race to prepare for!  Let’s get to it!

AMV of the Day: A Good Song Never Dies (Black Butler)


As Oscar Sunday comes to a close, let’s just remember that, like a good song, a good movie never dies.  Here’s an AMV of the Day to remind us of that.

Anime: Black Butler

Song: A Good Song Never Dies (Saint Motel)

Creator: AMV World

(As always, please consider subscribing to this creator’s YouTube channel!)

Past AMVs of the Day

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 3/21/22 — 3/27/22


Congratulations to all of the Oscar winners!

Films I Watched:

  1. A Nightmare On Drug Street (1989)
  2. The Atomic Brain (1963)
  3. The Canyons (2013)
  4. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  5. Fatal Instinct (1993)
  6. Escape from New York (1981)
  7. Happy Gilmore (1996)
  8. Llamageddon (2015)
  9. Moonrunners (1975)
  10. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club (1978)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Academy Awards
  2. Allo Allo
  3. American Idol
  4. Beyond the Edge
  5. The Brady Bunch
  6. The Dropout
  7. Last Man Standing
  8. Open All Hours
  9. Saved By The Bell
  10. Survivor
  11. Talking Dead
  12. The Walking Dead

Music to Which I Listened:

  1. Britney Spears
  2. The Chemical Brothers
  3. Elle King
  4. Hatchie
  5. KAS:ST
  6. King Princess
  7. The Killers
  8. Lady Gaga
  9. Lindsey Stirling
  10. Lorde
  11. Muse
  12. New Radicals
  13. Nine Inch Nails
  14. Saint Motel
  15. Sigrid
  16. Subsonica
  17. Taylor Swift

Awards Season:

  1. Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions
  2. Paddie’s Oscar Predictions
  3. The Oscar Winners

Trailers:

  1. 6 Classic Trailers For 3/25/22
  2. The Offer
  3. The Ambulance
  4. Moon Knight

6 Times The Academy Got It Right:

  1. 1920s
  2. 1930s
  3. 1940s
  4. 1950s
  5. 1960s
  6. 1970s
  7. 1980s
  8. 1990s
  9. 2000s
  10. 2010s

Live Tweets:

  1. The Shattered Lens Live Tweets The Oscars

Links From Last Week:

  1. Celebrating Oscar Sunday With Celebrities Eating Food! — Bite! Eat! Repeat!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 3/25/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Paddie shared his Oscar predictions!
  2. Leonard reviewed West Side Story!
  3. Erin shared A Killer Among Us, Crusher’s Girl, The Girl From Mimi’s, He Learned About Women, Honey Broadway Playgirl, Terror Detective Story, and The Producer!
  4. Erin profiled artist Shannon Stirnweis!
  5. Erin reviewed Coffee Shop!
  6. Doc welcome you to Oscar Sunday!
  7. Jeff reviewed Sliver, The Last Castle, Montana Incident, The Great Outdoors, Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8, and Locked Door Part VII!
  8. Jeff shared a great moment from comic book history, a great moment from TV history, and a great moment from Gary Oldman history!
  9. I shared music videos from Lady Gaga, KAS:ST, Hatchie, King Princess, Subsonica, William Shatner, and Sigrid!
  10. I reviewed Llamageddon, Happy Gilmore, A Nightmare on Drug Street, The Dropout, The Walking Dead, Shooting Midnight Cowboy, Icahn, Lucy and Desi, and Oath of Office!
  11. I shared 6 performers who I hope win an Oscar by 2032, 6 directors who I hope win an Oscar by 2032, a scene from Reservoir Dogs, a scene from Doctor Zhivago, a scene from Mulholland Drive4 Shots From 4 Films About Being A Star, and my week in Television!
  12. I paid tribute to Quentin Tarantino, David Lean, Akira Kurosawa, and Russ Meyer!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Check it out!
  2. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared Happy Birthday Alan Silvestri, Cold Day in the Sun, and Nobody Like U!
  3. For the Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from New Radicals, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Public Service Broadcasting, Muse, Taylor Swift, and Arcade Fire!
  5. At Horror Critic, I reviewed Monster Portal!
  6. At SyFyDesigns, I shared I’m Going To Be A Wordle Hustler and Last Night!
  7. At my dream journal, I shared Did I Dream Last Night?, and Lost Laundry Dream! 
  8. At Pop Politics, Jeff Shared Hugh Grant As The Doctor, Hugh Grant Will Not Be The Doctor, The Worst Job In Politics, Filemon Vela Resigns, Help From The Dead, Jeff Fortenberry Resigns, and Zelenskyy and the Oscars!
  9. At her photography site, Erin Shared passing by, be happy, Wasps, Creek in Black-and-White, Creek, Flower Power, and Driving in the Rain!

Want to see what I did last week?  Get a time machine!  Or click here.

Here’s The Trailer For Moon Knight


Here’s the trailer Moon Knight!

Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke both should have an Oscar by now.  Well, they won’t win any for Moon Knight because it’s a miniseries.  They might get some Emmy love but eventually, everyone wins an Emmy so it’s not as big of a deal.  I mean, I’ve got an Emmy somewhere around here.  It arrived in the mail and I was like, “Cool, I guess I won something.”

My point is, Oscar Issac and Ethan Hawke should both be in a lot of stuff.  Anyway, here’s the trailer:

Here Are The Oscar Winners


Best Picture — CODA

Best Director — Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Actor — Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress — Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Supporting Actor — Troy Kostur, CODA

Best Supporting Actress — Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Best Adapted Screenplay — CODA

Best Original Screenplay — Belfast

Best International Film — Drive My Car

Best Documentary Feature — Summer of Soul

Best Animated Film — Encanto

Best Cinematography — Dune

Best Costume Design — Cruella

Best Film Editing — Dune

Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Production Design — Dune

Best Sound — Dune

Best Visual Effects — Dune

Best Original Score — Dune

Best Original Song — No Time To Die

Best Animated Short Film — The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short Film — The Long Goodbye

Best Documentary Short Film — The Queen of Basketball

Here’s The Trailer For The Offer


To be honest, I can’t really say that we need a fictionalized miniseries about the making of The Godfather.  I say that as someone who is a Godfather fanatic and who eagerly reads anything that she can get her hands on that has to do with the production of the film.

I mean, the film’s production is an interesting story, don’t get me wrong.  But it’s a story that should be told by the people who were involved, people like Coppola and Pacino and Duvall and Caan and …. well, you get idea.  What it really doesn’t need is a fictionalized miniseries, one that will inevitably be more concerned with appealing to Twitter than with getting the facts right.

That said, my concerns aside, it looks we’re going to get at least one miniseries about the making of the film.  (Maybe two.)  Here’s the trailer for Paramount Plus’s The Offer.  For the record, this is the miniseries in which Miles Teller replaced Armie Hammer in the role of the film’s producer, Al Ruddy.  Hopefully, this will be good because a lot of people are going to assume it’s telling the genuine story of how The Godfather came to the screen, regardless of how many liberties it takes with the truth.

6 Directors Who I Hope Win An Oscar In The Next Ten Years: 2022 Edition


David Cronenberg

The master of the Canadian independent film, David Cronenberg, has never been nominated for an Oscar.  He’s been honored by the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars but the Academy itself has never seen fit to nominate him.

Some of that is because Cronenberg’s early films were all of the horror genre and that’s usually the kiss of death when it comes to the Oscars.  (Though that has started  to change in recent years….)  But, even as Cronenberg moved more into the “mainstream,” the Academy still seemed hesitant to embrace him.  After Map of the Stars, it was rumored that Cronenberg had retired from filmmaking and it seemed like the Academy’s only hope would be to eventually give him an honorary award, as they did for David Lynch last year.

Well, it turns out that the rumors of Cronenberg’s retirement were premature.  He’s got a film coming out later this year.  Now, I realize that David Cronenberg is about 80 years old and, in another ten years, he’ll be at an age when most people are very much retired.  That said, I hope he does have a few more films in him and I would love to see David Cronenberg win his first Oscar between now and 2032!  Seriously, I think his acceptance speech would be killer.  If nothing else, he deserves it for being such a good spot about appearing in Jason X.

Here are five other directors that I would like to see win their first Oscar within the next ten years:

2. Wes Anderson

He was previously nominated for Grand Budapest Hotel.  That this year’s French Dispatch was both praised and criticized as being “the most Wes Anderson film that Wes Anderson has ever made” is a sign of why he sometimes struggles with the Academy.  Anderson is one of those directors who people either love or hate.  You either respond to his trademark quirkiness or you sit there with a permanent frown on your face.  My hope is that enough people will love him that he’ll pick up his first directing Oscar in the next ten years.

3. Fran Kranz

Mass was one of the best and, in its low-key way, bravest films of 2021 and I can’t wait to see what Kranz is going to do next.  Somehow, it seems appropriate that the stoner from The Cabin In The Woods just might be our next great director.

4. Emma Seligman

Shiva Baby was one of the best films of 2021, with director Emma Seligman deftly mixing comedy, horror, drama, and even a little romance with the surest of hands.  Much as with Fran Kranz, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

5. David Lowery

Like Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, David Lowery is a Texas filmmaker who has emerged as one of the best independent voices working today.  A Ghost Story and The Green Knight both deserved a bit more Oscar consideration than they were given.

6. Sofia Coppola

Get with it, Academy!

6 Performers Who I Hope Win Their First Oscar In The Next Ten Years: 2022 edition


We talk a lot about which performers and directors have been snubbed at Oscar time.

For movie lovers, that’s an important subject.  We all know that great actors like Peter O’Toole, Cary Grant, Albert Finney, and far too many others all went to their grave with several nominations but not a single competitive Oscar to their name.  Just two years ago, Kirk Douglas died at the age of 103 without having ever won a competitive Oscar.  And certainly, over the past two years, we have been made far more aware of the fact that everyone is going to die someday.  We always talk about how certain actors are overdue for their first Oscar but sometimes we forget that being overdue doesn’t always translate into an eventual win.  Sometimes, it translates into people watching a movie on TCM and saying, “How did that person never win an Oscar?”

With that in mind, here are 6 performers who I sincerely hope will have won their first Oscar by the time that 2032 rolls around:

  1. Bradley Cooper

Seriously, if you look up overdue in the dictionary, there’s a chance that Bradley Cooper would be used as the example.  He’s been nominated so many times and he has yet to win, though I do get the feeling that he may have come close a few times.  He deserved a nomination this year for Nightmare Alley and, if his role had been bigger, you could probably argue that he deserved one for Licorice Pizza as well.  One gets the feeling that Cooper is taken for granted, in the way that many effortlessly good performers are.  Maybe his upcoming biopic of Leonard Bernstein will finally do the trick.

2. Rachel Sennott

Rachel Sennott’s performance in Shiva Baby was one of the best of 2021 and it’s one for which she deserved to be nominated.  It’s impossible to imagine that film working without her performance.  Hopefully, it’ll lead to more worthy roles for her.

3. Chaske Spencer

Chaske Spenser gave one of the best performances of 2021 in Wild Indian.  Though the film may not have been widely seen, Spenser’s performance was powerful and unforgettable and, much as in the case of Sennott, I hope it leads to more worthy roles for him.

4. Ann Dowd

It’s hard to believe that Ann Dowd hasn’t even received an Oscar nomination yet.  Her performance in Mass was one of the best of 2021.  In a role that others probably would have used as an excuse to overact and show-off, Dowd gave a quietly devastating and emotionally honest performance.  Perhaps because Dowd disappears so effortlessly into her role, the Academy took her work for granted.  Perhaps the film’s subject matter was simply too grim for the voters.  Regardless of why the Academy didn’t respond to Mass, Dowd deserves an Oscar.

5. Adam Driver

It’ll happen soon.  And I bet this former Marine will give the best acceptance speech of the night.

6. Scarlett Johansson

Much as with Driver, it’ll happen soon.  Picking up both a lead and supporting nomination in 2020 was definitely a good start.

I can’t wait to see all six of these performers win their first Oscar!  Don’t disappoint me, Academy!