BALLOTS DUE TODAY



Sample Ballot

The Oscar Ballots are due today by 5pm at PricewaterhouseCoopers Office in Los Angeles. The campaigning is over and time to count the votes. Much of the counting process is kept secret, but here is a little bit of how the votes are counted. Each panel of the ballot is torn off and staffers count the votes for each category. After that only 2 people look over the results and by the end of the day Thursday they will be the only people that know the results. Friday envelopes are prepared for every conceivable winner as to not leak any information. Then the set of envelopes with the winners are prepared by the 2 partners and the rest are destroyed. Then Sunday night the envelopes are opened. Hopefully the right ones.

OSCAR APPS

Each year with the advancement in technology comes more ways to interact with the Academy Awards. There are some pretty good Apps this year. Here are some courtesy of Appolicious:

A good place to start is The Academy’s own The Oscars app (free). It is broken down into two main categories: The Academy and The Oscars. In The Academy section you will find related news, photos and video. It also has a fabulous database of past winners which can be searched by category or decade. Do you want to know who won for best actor in a leading role in 1952? You can find it in the database: Gary Cooper for his role in High Noon.

If you are the opinionated type, then you must be dying to put in your two cents with a vote. The Vanity Fair Hollywood: Oscars Edition app (free) allows users to vote in 27 categories. It probably includes the ones you barely know anything about, like “Achievement in Makeup,” too. Download this app, and you’ll have a shot at winning a free trip for two to Los Angeles.

The Awards Guide: The Oscars app (free) also allows you to vote for your favorite film, or actors and actresses. And this app shows real-time voting results, so you can know where your top picks stand. The app also includes a nice feature wherein users can see not only past Oscar winners, but also how many times an individual was nominated and for what. This is a great feature, given that some of the best films ever made were overlooked by Academy voters.
For the very best in movie history, check out the Oscars History app ($1.99). It includes a great trivia game with questions like “Who was the youngest winner of an acting award? (from Paper Moon, 1973).” It was Tatum O’Neal at 10-years old.

As lovely as they are, we all know that the Oscars aren’t just about the movies. Built around it is an entire industry of parties, red carpet events, stylists and lots of very expensive fashion. Day-after analysis often includes as much talk about sartorial decisions as it does about who went home with the little bronze statues. That is why the Live From the Red Carpet app (free) is an absolute must-have. From the one-shoulder dresses to the Christian Louboutins, it’s all there.

BEST PICTURE BOX OFFICE

I thought that it would be interesting to see how the 10 Best Picture nominated films performed at the Box Office domestically.

127 Hours: $17.0 million
Black Swan: $100.2 million
Inception: $292.5 million
The Fighter: $86.4 million
The Kids Are All Right: $20.8 million
The King’s Speech: $96.7 million
The Social Network: $96.6 million
Toy Story 3: $414.9 million
True Grit: $161.7 million
Winter’s Bone: $6.4 million

TOY STORY 3 was the highest grossing film of 2010.

MY TOP 10

I really haven’t seen many movie this year outside of the Oscar contenders. I got a late start, but I think that there are some films that I saw that did not get their due, so here is my top favorites of 2010 in order:

1. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
2. INCEPTION
3. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
4 THE FIGHTER
5. THE KING’S SPEECH
6. LET ME IN
7. BLACK SWAN
8. RABBIT HOLE
9. BLUE VALENTINE
10. SHUTTER ISLAND

NEW ENVELOPE!!

Source: AP

For the last 70 years the Oscar envelope was just a white envelope that you could get at Staples. This year a new envelope was designed. The article from the AP says, “The idea of the envelope was created by the Oscars, so this really is THE envelope,” says Steve Bass, the production designer for this year’s show who helped usher in a new envelope era. “It made so much sense to heighten the visual experience of what the envelope is.”
The new envelope, designed by Marc Friedland, is made of iridescent gold paper watermarked with little images of Oscar. It’s lined with shiny red paper embossed with gold Oscars. The winner’s name appears on a heavy piece of lacquered red paper inside, with the category listed on front and back. The envelope will be sealed with a shiny red sticker adorned with two strips of red ribbon.”