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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Some random Oscar fallout

After yesterday’s flurry of Oscar talk, a bit of fallout:
— Vulture here rates the plausibility of the nominees who claimed that they were unaware of the announcement, or that they “slept through it.” For what it’s worth, I don’t believe Glenn Close either.
— Tilda Swinton is absolutely ready to sing that duet with Andy Serkis. For what it’s worth, I believe her.
— “The Artist,” “Hugo” and “The Descendants” will be vastly expanding their theatrical engagements this week — with “The Descendants” adding as many as 1,000 additional screens and the other two adding several hundred each.
— I just learned today that “Footnote,” the Israeli film that’s among the five nominees for best foreign language film, has a tentative Seattle release date: April 6, at a Landmark theater to be determined.
— And, of all the various it’s-such-an-honor-to-be-nominated statements made yesterday, my favorite response came from Bret McKenzie, a new Oscar nominee for best song (“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”) and better known as one-half of the comedy duo “Flight of the Conchords.” He spoke to the New York Times:

Mr. McKenzie said the whole idea of himself at the Oscars was surreal. “More awkward parties with the stars!” was how he enthusiastically put it. “What I’m excited about is being able to say ‘Academy Award nominee’ when I introduce myself,” he said. “I’m going to put that on the bottom of my emails: ‘Did you catch up with Mom? – Academy Award nominee Bret McKenzie.’ I’m quite formal with my mom.”

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