Showing posts from January, 2009

mtvU announces semi-finalists for red carpet contest

It was the moment Rincey and I were waiting for - the phone call . We had lost a lot of sleep during week so the waiting might not be too bad in our state of mind. Saturday and Sunday came and no phone call. " OK... that's not bad. We still have Monday and Tuesday ," we told each other. It was Thursday morning, Rincey tweeted: " i've given up on mtvu and am moving on with my life. i can't live with all the suspense for this long. " She called me a few hours later, telling me to check the site. Our names were not included among the semi-finalists. Instead of being angry and screaming so that my neighbors could hear my ire, I decided to watch the 10 videos. As a good journalist, I noted what I liked about each and decided to share my thoughts so that I could help others who might not want to watch all 10. Here is my Top 10-styled list , with number one being my favorite: 10. Diana Snyder, freshman - New York University My main point of contention is the f

Oscar® nominations announced 31 days out

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actor and Academy member Forest Whitaker announced the 81st Annual Academy Award® nominees this morning. ( Full list here and video embedded at bottom of post.) Nominations highlights: Nom Count : "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," 13; "Slumdog Millionaire," 10; "Dark Knight" and "Milk," 8; "Doubt" and "Frost/Nixon" and "The Reader" and "WALL-E," 5. Best motion picture of the year : “ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), “ Frost/Nixon ” (Universal), “ Milk ” (Focus Features), “ The Reader ” (The Weinstein Company) and “ Slumdog Millionaire ” (Fox Searchlight). Music, original song : "Down to Earth" (from " WALL-E "), "Jai Ho" and "O Saya" (from " Slumdog Millionaire "). Notably absent include Golden Globe nominees from "Gran Torino&q

Countdown to the Oscars®: 37 Days

With 37 days left until the 81st Annual Academy Awards®, here are some bullet points to start your weekend off on the right note: launched this afternoon , much to my excitement. While there is nothing really on the site right now but an intro video, much more content will be posted when... Nominations are announced this Thursday , Jan. 22 at 5:35 a.m. PST (note the time zone and adjust accordingly) from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater most likely by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and an Oscar winner (such as Kathy Bates last year). Normally, the Academy would announce in advance who will reveal the nominations, but it could just surprise us - in keeping with this year's hush-hush atmosphere in not announcing ceremony presenters . The British Academy Film Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning in London. Best Film nominees: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," &q