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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

A few more Oscar bits and pieces . . .

So, why am I feeling like having dinner when it’s only 2:30pm? A few more Oscars bits and pieces, as the day comes to an end:
Number of the 20 acting nominees who portrayed real people: 8
Number of those people who might conceivably show up at the Oscar ceremony: 5 (all but the “King’s Speech” characters, who are no longer living). Aron Ralston (played by James Franco in “127 Hours”) seems like the likeliest bet to show up, as might the trio from “The Fighter.” Don’t hold your breath for Mark Zuckerberg, though.
Number of nominations earned by composer Randy Newman: As of this morning, 20 (counting his latest from “Toy Story 3”), which in most families would be considered a lot, but . . . .
Number of nominations earned by Randy’s uncle, composer Alfred Newman: 43
Box-office total for the highest-earning best picture nominee: $415 million (“Toy Story 3”)
Box-office total for the lowest-earning best picture nominee: $6.2 million (“Winter’s Bone”)
Number of foreign-language film nominees that have played Seattle: 0 (“Biutiful” shows up Feb. 4, though)
Who I think should win the acting awards: Firth, Lawrence, Ruffalo, Weaver
Who I think will will the acting awards: Firth, Portman, Bale, Leo. But ask me again in a month.
Most stylish rivalry: There’s a nice battle-of-the-Oscar veterans going on in the costume design category, all of whom have 9 career nominations each: Colleen Atwood (“Alice in Wonderland”), Jenny Beavan (“The King’s Speech”), and Sandy Powell (“The Tempest”).
Cutest nominee title: “The Gruffalo,” an animated short film that I’m guessing has nothing to do with Mark Ruffalo
And now, I think I’m about to wander off into a Diet Coke-colored sunset. See you tomorrow.

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