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Fame Tip Number 1 - Always act like a star, and people will treat you like a star!
When I saw the nominations for the 2012 Oscars I was struck by one fact; there are only a handful of comedy movies among the nominees. Don’t get me wrong there are some great movies on the list but why are people not making comedies good enough to win awards any more?
Midnight in Paris is nominated in a few categories, but since when has a Woody Allen film actually been funny? The only comedic performance that stands out on the list is the excellent Melissa McCarthy who played badly behaved Megan in Bridesmaids. She has received a much-deserved nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category; let’s hope she wins it!
Bridesmaids was probably the outstanding comedy of the year, so why is it not included in any other category? And why is there a ‘Best Animated Short Film’ award but no comedy award? I have two theories why there is a distinct lack of humor at this years awards:
1) Something tells me that maybe the grand old movie awards is getting a little bit out of touch with what the public actually want. Where are Tower Heist, The Sitter, Puss in Boots, 50/50…films that actually make people laugh and do well at the box office? Maybe the Oscars needs to take itself a little less seriously?
2) Secondly, where are the big comedy performers this year? Mike Myers, Sacha Baren Cohen, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger? Maybe it’s the lack of the comedy heavyweights that explains it, it could just be that many people took a year out?
I say that more famous stand-up comics and TV comedy stars should be making movies. Why don’t Jerry Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer or Zach Braff make more movies? What about Dr House (Hugh Laurie), he’s a funny guy. Maybe I will have to write a script for my perfect comedy and see if I can change things next year. It would be a road movie about a dysfunctional family starring Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger….an Oscar winner for sure!
Seriously though, lets hope that the great comedies being produced start to get the recognition they deserve in future. You can be ‘serious about comedy’ after all!
I was so sad to see the news about Whitney Houston. It seems that as with the death of many music legends (Michael Jackson, Curt Cobain etc) that people are determined to discuss the lows of her amazing life, rather than the highs. I for one refuse to dwell on the negative and believe that people should always be remembered for their achievements.
Whitney had an unbelievable talent that inspired so many of the top artists working in pop music today. Her vocal range and the emotion she put into her work put her on a pedestal with the greatest divas of all time. She won an amazing 415 major music awards, including 6 Grammy and 2 Emmy awards. I feel that it is only right that we look back at some of the highs of her glittering career, so sit back, relax, stick on The Bodyguard soundtrack and think about this:
- Was the most awarded female musician of all time with 2 Emmy, 6 Grammy, 30 Billboard and 22 American Music awards among her collection.
- Sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos
- Had seven US number one’s in a row - the only artist ever to achieve that many
- Was awarded Rolling Stone’s Best Album of 1996 for her debut album
- Sang ‘I Will Always Love You’, the best selling single of a ll time by a female artist, for The Bodyguard soundtrack
- Had her own Barbie doll figure
- Was an all-round legend who will be greatly missed by all music fans
R.I.P. Whitney, you may be gone but we will remember you forever.
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