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Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

What a very exciting week it has been for silent movies and the people who blog about them. Suddenly, everyone wants to know more. It’s seems that an Best Picture Oscar win for the The Artist has confirmed this whole silent movie thing isn’t just a flash in the pan for the public. Everyone wants in on the action, up to and including the Winnipeg public library. Today is a great day for the newly initiated to dip a toe into the wild world of silent movies, since we have both a grave robbing and marriage scandal to look back on. See it’s way more interesting than you may have thought, huh? At any rate, here’s the silent movies doings and shakings. Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

The Artist Won Best Picture and I Partied Like It’s 1928

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Hello! If you watched the Oscars last night and decided to check out this whole silent movie rigamarole, welcome! Bien venue! If you’re a loyal reader and you’re just dying to know how the Pretty Clever Film Gal is celebrating… suffice it to say champagne gives her headache but she has struggled through to put it all in perspective. Read on! If you read the blog just disagree with me, boo-ya and word to your mama! Read the rest of this entry

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Now here we are, almost at the big moment. The Oscars air this Sunday and the question on every silent film fans lips is “Will it or won’t it?” This year is such a silent film bonanza, we have the silent related Hugo as a back up to the actually silent The Artist. Just a gentle reminder, if The Artist takes the prize on Sunday, it will only be the second time that a silent film has scored a Best Picture award. The first silent film to do so was also the first Best Picture winner, Wings. So, will it or won’t it? We’ll see. Now for the Film Friday Weekly Roundup – the all news edition! Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

One Movie, Two Best Supporting Actresses


I spent hours trying to figure out a way to make this piece for The Toronto Film Scene about The Artist or Hugo or silent movies, in general. Turns out, it’s tougher than you think. Then I noticed two different actresses are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the same movie. It also turns out that this happens with shocking regularity. (Way more than two dudes going head to head for Best Supporting Actor, by the way). Then it turns out some really fine movies have dual actress nomination, and voila a list of 5 cool movies for which this has happened. Check it out.

Sharp-eyed Oscar nomination watchers might have noticed that The Helps Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer both snagged a nod in the Best Supporting Actress category. While the possibility of a red carpet catfight might spice up an otherwise dull awards telecast, Chastain and Spencer will no doubt comport themselves with the same gracious dignity that 28 other supporting actress dual nominees have shown throughout history. Yes, in the 76-year history of The Academy Awards, 28 movies have scored dual Best Supporting Actress nominations for the same movie.  Here are five favorites. CLICK TO HERE TO READ THE REST.

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