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The Oscars

The Oscars

Date: Feb 21 2007

Themes: Party, Pop Culture


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Coming up on Sunday night (February 25), millions of viewers will tune into the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars). No matter how you feel about Hollywood, it’s still fun to see people win awards and be honored by their peers. Many shed tears of joy. Some use their few minutes of the world’s attention to vocalize their political views.

This year, Ellen DeGeneres will host the awards show. No doubt she will make it entertaining.

As usual, a lot of talented individuals have been nominated for the most prestigious film awards for their work in 2006. Listen to Kevin and Marni chat about what and who are up for Oscars.


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Kevin:  Did you see the Academy Awards nominations that just came out?

Marni:  I did!

Kevin:  Exciting.

Marni:  It is exciting. I really like, you know, a lot of the can… the women and the men who were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress. But I have to admit I haven’t seen a lot of the films.

Kevin:  I’ve seen in terms of… Gosh, what’s nominated for Best Picture? You have to remind me. I’ve seen…

Marni:  Babel...

Kevin:  Little Miss Sunshine...

Marni:  Or Babel, I don’t know how to pronounce it. Little Miss Sunshine is the only one I’ve seen.

Kevin:  I’ve seen that. It’s really great.

Marni:  The Queen.

Kevin:  I haven’t seen it.

Marni:  Uh, The Departed...

Kevin:  Haven’t seen it.

Marni:  And, uh, Letters From Iwo Jima.

Kevin:  I haven’t seen it. But I’ve heard it’s really good. I… I’m kind of over war movies but I know that he’s a wonderful director and…

Marni:  He is a wonderful director…

Kevin:  I’m sure that it’s very well done.

Marni:  And I think it’s a nice companion piece to do with Flags of Our Fathers.

Kevin:  Yes. Also it’s great to see there’s such an international presence. I think there are six nominations that are, um, either from… people from Spain or Mexico, which is wonderful.

Marni:  Penelope Cruz, Best Actress for Volver.

Kevin:  The director of Babel... Babel... how do you pronounce it?... is Mexican. Um, and then the people in it. And so, it’s… that’s great. I feel like it’s becoming…

Marni:  A lot more diverse.

Kevin:  ... not so Hollywood-focused.

Marni:  Yeah. Absolutely.

Kevin:  ... which is really…



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Marni and Kevin are excited about the Oscars even though neither one of them has seen many of the films nominated.

When they are talking about Letters From Iwo Jima, the “he” they refer to as the director is Clint Eastwood. Most folks who keep up with the movies know that he directed that film, so they don’t think it’s necessary to call him by name.

Do you watch the Academy Awards in your country?



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