And The Winner Is …

Tonight the 83rd Academy Awards will be broadcasted, so what better time for another installment of le Marquis’ Bad Film Festival, except that I have already been upstaged by the Razzies. The Razzies is that awards ceremony that you definitely don’t want to find your name listed inside any of its envelopes. The Razzies is dedicated to recognizing the worst films of the year. I’d seen their nominees list and fortunately the only movie on their list that I had seen was Sly Stallone’s The Expendables and that film was truly expendable. So if I can’t write about bad films that just leaves the good ones, I guess.

In preparation for tonight’s Oscars, on Saturday night, Anne and I went to go see The King’s Speech. After watching this lovely show, I find it hard to believe that the tag-team of Rush and Firth won’t be able to bull-rush their film and themselves to the gold. We’ve seen four of this year’s ten best picture nominees. In addition to The King’s Speech, we also saw The Kids Are All Right, The Social Network and True Grit. I wanted to see Black Swan, but that will just have to wait for DVD.

So rest assure as soon as Monday’s post is written, Anne and I will be in front of the TV with our dueling pair of Oscar bingo cards in hand. We’ll be waiting for someone to say or do one of the following, winner crying, someone wearing sunglasses inside, 5+ people accept one award, “Go to bed kids”, well you get the idea. Bingo is supposed to make the TV show more interactive. I think that I’ll still end up going to bed before the end of the show. By bedtime, I’m sure that I will have imbibed enough glitz and glamour to last me for another year.

I purchased Adobe’s PhotoShop and Premiere Elements (version 9). Not only has Adobe finally synced-up the release of their PhotoShop and Premiere Elements products, but also the Windows and Mac versions too and all in one release. I started playing around with some of PhotoShop’s new features and have included a result. I used their out-of-bounds technique to create the preceding picture of a Great White Egret.

In other new, Chris’s photograph (see below) with this post shows some of Saturday morning’s snowfall in Monterey. Hardy Midwesterners may be underwhelmed with the accumulation, but this is a lot of snow for the central coast of California. Also, Dave never made it back to DC on Friday. He got as far as Chicago, where he had to get a room for the night. He flew back on Saturday.

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