Weekly Recap: Ingrid Upsets Katharine, Best Songs Are Sung and Scooby Dooby Doos
It’s a tale as old as time and a song as old as, well, 1991. So not that old really. But “Beauty and the Beast” was one of the Oscar winning tunes highlighted here at Le Blog this week. With the 89th annual Academy Awards just a week away, readers were bombarded with must-read articles. There’s been so much good stuff, even I haven’t been able to keep up with it all. If you want to catch up over your President’s Day weekend, here’s your weekly recap.
Our resident Oscar expert, Daffy Stardust, is in the process of counting down 15 of his favorite winners in the Best Original Song category. Here are the seven songs he covered this week:
- “Lullaby of Broadway”
- “Beauty and the Beast”
- “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe”
- “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”
- “White Christmas”
- “Chim Chim Cher-ee”
- “Secret Love”
Considering two of these songs come from Disney movies, I look forward to Daffy’s coverage of the Phil Collins classic, “You’ll Be in My Heart”.
You readers are of course always in our hearts. And so are all the celebrities out there who celebrated birthdays this week. (Did you see what I did there? That’s called a transition). Every week is jam packed with celeb’s getting older, but this week included five WTHH subjects who added an extra candle to their birthday cake. Here’s a look at the week’s headliners:
- February 13: Stockard Channing and Peter Gabriel
- February 14: Simon Pegg and John Barrymore
- February 15: Matt Groening and Jane Seymour
- February 16: Elizabeth Olsen and Mahershala Ali
- February 17: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jim Brown
- February 18: Molly Ringwald and John Hughes
- February 19: Benicio del Toro and Lee Marvin
If you’re scanning those headliners looking for five WTHH subjects, you may come up short by four. Mena Suvari, Rene Russo, John Travolta and Matt Dillon are all hidden below the jump. But two of them share a birthday with Molly Ringwald, so February 18 is a good day to look if you want to track them down.
I typically make a point of reading and commenting on all the contributions to this site. I’ve been keeping up on reading for the most part, but have fallen behind when it comes to comments. That’s largely due to the fact I’m running the Best Actress Bracket Game which is nearing its end. Here is a list of this week’s exciting pairings:
- Halle Berry Vs. Hilary Swank
- Vivien Leigh Vs. Ingrid Bergman
- Katharine Hepburn Vs. Julie Andrews
- Diane Keaton Vs. Meryl Streep
- Jodie Foster Vs. Hilary Swank
- Ingrid Bergman Vs. Katharine Hepburn
- Meryl Streep Vs. Jodie Foster
Every bracket game needs at least one upset. We finally got one this week when Ingrid Bergman unseated the only four-time Best Actress winner in history, Katharine Hepbern. Today, Jodie Foster faces an uphill climb against the most nominated actress of all times, Meryl Streep. The winner will face off against Bergman for all the marbles. So make sure to get your vote in today and then come back tomorrow to help decide the winner.
But there was more Oscar goodness. Daffy Stardust also outlined how to beat the Oscar clock as the last week ticks away. I’m going to need all the help I can get since I have yet to see any of the nominees in major categories! I have seen a lot of Razzie nominees. Not sure what that says about me…
It wasn’t all Oscars and birthdays here at Le Blog. We also saw the return of The Walking Dead with an episode that was a little better than average. Things got a little hot and heavy for Valentine’s Day with Movieline articles from the magazine’s annual sex issue. First we went on a date with Sharon Stone just before the release of the movie that would finally make her a household name, Basic Instinct. Then writer Michael Atkinson asked his friends and family which of Hollywood’s latest crop of talent (circa 1997) made them horny. After that, it was time for a cold shower in the form of an interview with director David Cronenberg.
If you didn’t have a date this Valentine’s Day, you could always stream some episodes of Dr. Who. We had an interview with the most prolific of the Doctors, Tom Baker, in the Starlog archives. And finally, if your week was missing a talking talk made of Lego bricks, we had you covered with a look at the Lego Dimensions Scooby Doo Team Pack.
Next Week: An extra Zaney week of birthdays, the Best Dang Songs ever to win Oscars (including at least one more Disney song), the winner of the Best Actress bracket game, more Oscar coverage, more zombies, more Movieline and we go back to the future with Doc Brown.