Weekly Recap: Countdown to Oscars!


We have spent most of the month of February counting down to the 89th Annual Academy Awards.  Tonight is the big night and you could definitely feel the excitement building all week here at Le Blog.  I’m pretty sure Daffy Stardust cloned himself.  Otherwise, I have no idea how he managed to crank out two Oscar-related articles daily.  Plus he also recruited an old friend of the site, therealadri, to contribute her annual look at the costuming category.  It’s been a week of glitz, glamour and Lego bricks.  Let the weekly recap begin!

For the last couple of weeks, Daffy’s been delving into 15 of his favorite winners from the Best Song category.  This week, he covered:


Our Best Actress Bracket Game came to an unsurprising conclusion.  Representing Old Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman didn’t go down without a fight.  But at the end of the day, Meryl Streep proved to be unstoppable.  My thanks to everyone who participated.  These games are a time commitment, but they are always lots of fun thanks to reader involvement.

The site’s Oscar coverage also included a breakdown of several of tonight’s categories:

I would like to nominate Daffy Stardust and therealadri for Best Oscar Coverage for an Entertainment Blog.  Please join me in a slow clap for our team of contributors.  They are doing this purely for the fun of it and their passion for the Oscars shows through.

Earlier today, hours before the awards ceremony kicks off, Daffy snuck in one final Oscar story for your reading pleasure.  I year’s past there have been times when Oscar voters heaped mounds of gold on just one film.  But this year, Daffy says they are spreading the wealth among multiple movies.

But not everything at Le Blog was Oscar related this week.  As always, Jestak brought daily coverage of Oscar birthdays.  His articles are like a sampler platter of history and pop culture.  This week’s headliners included:

  • February 20: Benicio del Toro and Lee Marvin
  • February 21: Rihanna and Sidney Poitier
  • February 20: Kelsey Grammer and Sam Peckinpah
  • February 22: Drew Barrymore and Lea Salonga
  • February 23: Robert Lopez and Kelly Macdonald
  • February 24: Edward James Olmos and Billy Zane
  • February 25: Rashida Jones and George Harrison
  • February 26: Michael Bolton and Johnny Cash

We’ve got a Beatle, a Barrymore and the latest Colonel Sanders in that group.

Yeah, in case you didn’t recognize him under that gold make-up, that’s Titanic villain and former Phantom Billy Zane as the Gold Colonel.

We had a few Movieline articles to get through before the end of the month.  Regular readers may not know this, but there is a method to the madness when it comes to archived articles.  The idea is to run articles that were published 15, 20 or 25 years ago.  This year, we’re covering issues of the magazine published in 1992, 1997 and 2002.  But there was actually a bit of a snafu this month and I’m sharing it with you readers of the recap because you guys are my favorite.  Don’t tell the others.

As it turns out, the December 2001 issue of Movieline was misplaced in the Movieline archives.  They had it listed as the Jan/February 2002 article.  This is probably the result of the magazine’s habit of only publishing 10 issues per year on average.  I ran into it last year when I was putting out the Movieline cover galleries.  When I got to the Halle Berry interview, I noticed the cover date on the issue wasn’t what was listed in the archives.  Ooops.

We also had a follow-up article from contributor Joe Queenan in which he reversed his position on bad movie accents.  A strange parody on Oliver Stone’s JFK in which the author imagined other directors’ takes on the project.  And an analysis of the importance of movie titles.

On The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes made “New Best Friends” with a group of Mad Max rejects.  It didn’t make a lot of sense, but a Thunderdome rip-off is still better than most of what the show has offered viewers this season.  And I wrapped up my Lego Dimensions coverage for the game’s first year with looks at Fun Packs from Back to the Future and The Wizard of Oz.

Next Week: I imagine things might settle down a bit post Oscars.  I’m going to be scrambling to put out the new Golden Raspberry recap some time this week.  And Jestak will be here with me for more birthday coverage.  I’ve got a little something from Kevthewriter waiting in the wings.  Not to mention another Walking Dead recap, more Movieline and we kick off Year Two of Lego Dimensions with a pair of figures you can’t buy in stores!








Posted on February 26, 2017, in Weekly Recap. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Let me tell you, having that one day where I knew that costuming article was being handled by somebody else was a big thing! Other than that I have mostly been just working and typing for the last two weeks. I used my weekends to try to get ahead of the game, and well…I did end up taking advantage of the situation one day when I fell sick to squeeze out one extra article. The result was that I was able to go see La La Land one extra time the next night so I could be sure how I felt about.

    My next Disney World trip is in just 42 days so I’m sure that will become my focus between now and then. I keep switching my meal reservations (I swapped out three just last night) as my research and plans evolve. I’m not sure what else I’ll post here about it, but you can probably look forward to some more videos once I get back.


    • I can relate. My hours at work have been insane so far this year with no signs of letting up. After sitting at a desk and staring at dual monitors for hours on end, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit down at another computer. On the upside, the OT pay will pay for a nice vacation this summer. Which leads me to my next thought…

      I have been leery of overdoing the Disney/Orlando coverage for the last few years. But I think we’ve reached a point where there are quite a few people who read the site who are interested in that sort of thing. If you look at followers of the site, a number of them maintain travel blogs or have sites that deal in Disney. Long term, I’m thinking about upping my Orlando-related output. Definitely looking forward to hearing more about your trip – both the planning and the videos that will follow.


      • I can tell you that if you’re not too obsessed with editing, a relatively quick video is pretty easy to do. If you have a topic you want to talk about but can’t stand the thought of staring at a keyboard for very long it’s a decent option. The planning video I posted a few weeks ago only took a few hours and that actually included a fair amount of editing/effects. If I had been content with simply sitting down in front of my camera and talking the whole thing probably could have been complete in about 30 minutes.

        Of course I know we both have a tendency to take simple projects and make them a little more complex.

        I will probably find a couple of more subjects for planning videos in the next few weeks. We’ll see if I get more efficient or more complex.

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  2. Thanks for the recap – I thought I had completed my due diligence, yet, somehow missed the costume design article, and it’s one of my favorites! I will have to make up for that oversight immediately. Appluase is definitely in order for this Oscar coverage – it’s the best on the internet, no question.


    • Glad to hear the weekly recap is functioning as intended. I started doing them this year based on reader feedback that even regulars were missing articles here and there. I also like the opportunity to give credit where it’s due on a weekly basis. This week in particular, I was just blown away by the effort. I can’t thank this sites contributors (or readers) enough.


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