Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar hosts

Daniel Brizuela                                                                                                                               2/9/12

                                                The Guy With the Big Job: Oscar Hosts.

    Something that’s very common almost every year during the Academy Awards is that at least one person hosts the movie awards event since the first Oscars. The host can either be the actors themselves or any other celebrity, especially if they’re known for their hilarious late night talk shows.
    The first Oscars were hosted by actor/screenwriter/director/producer Douglas Fairbanks and screenwriter and director William C. deMille on May 16, 1929. Other Academy Award hosts include Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Frank Capra, James Stewart, and so many others. The years when the Oscars didn’t have a host were in 1939 for the first time, 1969 to 1971, and the last time was in 1989 when Best Picture went to Rain Man.
    Bob Hope is the man who’s hosted the Academy Awards the most times at 19, which includes the 1939 to 1942 Oscars and the last time he hosted was in 1978, when Annie Hall won Best Picture. In second place is Billy Crystal at nine times hosting the Oscars, which includes his first in 1990, 1998, 2004, and this year’s ceremonies will be his ninth. Others who have hosted the Academy Awards multiple times include Johnny Carson at five times, David Niven at three, and Jack Lemmon at four.
    Most of the time, the Oscars have been hosted by at least one person, but occasionally there’s more than one. The 2011 Academy Awards were hosted by both Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who was also nominated for his role in 127 Hours that year. The first Oscars ceremony in 1929 was hosted by two people, along with the 1953 Oscars with Bob Hope and Conrad Nagel, some of the members of the original Rat Pack in 1975, and Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in 2010.
    Since the 1990s, when Billy Crystal was hosting, usually the host would start the ceremonies by appearing in the films nominated that year or other films or would do something related to one of the films nominated that year. At the 1992 Academy Awards honoring the films of 1991 Crystal first came out shackled like Hannibal Lecter and walking to Anthony Hopkins telling he’s having the Academy members over for dinner and if he would like to join him. At the 1998 Oscars, Crystal, with clever use of special effects and editing, appeared in the films nominated for Best Picture that year, including Titanic and Good Will Hunting. He did this the next few times he hosted the Academy Awards including appearing in The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, American Beauty, and a Charlie Chaplin film in 2000 and in 2004 he was in the third Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, Monster, and other films. The last time this happened was at the last Oscars which was hosted by, once again, Billy Crystal where he went into Bridesmaids, Hugo, and other films. One will wonder how Seth MacFarlane will do when he hosts the 85th Oscars this Sunday.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Actor trademarks

Daniel Brizuela                                                                                                                               3/8/12

                                        What makes them well known: Actor trademarks.

    There are many ways that actors of the past and present are different from each other in the same way as directors are different. The way in that each actor is different from each other is by their trademarks, like their voice, looks, or what they usually play in movies.
    For example, a lot of actors are famous for their distinct voice, like Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin is known for his distinctive hoarse voice. His predecessor in the role of Chekov, Walter Koenig, doesn’t have a familiar voice but when he plays Chekov he has the famous thick Russian accent where he says anything with a v to a w. Ghostbusters and Lost in Translation actor Bill Murray has many trademarks and one of them is his soft mellow voice.
    In addition to his voice, another of Murray’s trademarks is that he frequently works with directors Wes Anderson and Ivan Reitman. Bill Murray is also known for his deadpan expression and early works of playing loud, mean, and often rude anti-heroes, like in the Ghostbusters films and Caddyshack. Now, however, because of his work on movies like Rushmore and his Oscar-nominated performance in Lost in Translation, Murray has frequently played depressed characters.
    One of Robert De Niro's many trademarks includes his frequent work with friend and director Martin Scorsese. Another actor who has worked with Scorsese to the point it’s one of his trademarks is Leonardo DiCaprio.
    James Dean, the late actor who was known for playing troubled teens and died before his career began to really take off, is known for two things on how he looks. One is his distinctive hair being laid back in such a perfect place and the other is his squinty, sleepy looking eyes.
    Someone else who is also well known for their looks was Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart’s wife before he died of cancer. The deep, sexy voiced actress, who worked with Bogey on such films as The Big Sleep and Key Largo, is also known for her cat-like eyes.
    A final movie actor who has well known trademarks is 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe who was known for three things. One was her lisped breathless voice which she had to hide her stutter, her platinum blonde hair and her voluptuous figure.