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Monday, February 28th, 2011 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
As Steven Spielberg put it so aptly before announcing Best Picture winner for Kings Speech: “If you are one of the other nine movies that don’t win, you will be in the company of The Grapes of Wrath, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, and Raging Bull”, reminding everyone there are no losers. All the films were great despite many wondering how Social Network lost, and consummate producer of great taste Scott Rudin being told he was ‘robbed of an Oscar’, while others were put off that David Fincher didn’t win Best Director for his brilliant directorial style.
It appears that film popularity is still what the Academy voted for as its preference overall, because everyone loves King’s Speech, even though younger gens would like to see things get more edgy. Social Network failed to bring that home, with nay sayers graphically expressive about how popularity campaigning has taken over from peers voting for peers. But it wasn’t a sweep for the Brits and Social Network remains an important biographical project in history.
The writing kudos that went to David Seidler for Best Original Screenplay for Kings Speech was made even more meaningful in acceptance, when he reminded everyone you can be brilliant at any age (great wine brilliantly improves with age!) And everyone knows that Aaron Sorkin winning for Social Network was absolutely well deserved (tremendous writing talent is an understatement about him). Inception garnered some kudos but didn’t quite make it (though many younger gens thought it was best of all), another brilliant achievement picture. Such is the roulette of film making. And of course Toy Story 3 was pretty much in a class by itself winning animation movie of the year. Haven’t seen The Fighter (been in a whirlwind with no time), but I’m sure it’s a terrific film with many believing strongly it was best of all (movies are so personal after all), and only time turns them into cult favorites or classics to be watched repeatedly thereafter.
We saw the fashion brigade continue with lots of accolades and commentary by the usual critics, but I say who cares if they didn’t love a dress someone chose that expressed their taste interpretation as they prefer. Natalie Portman looked so radiant in her dress winning for Black Swan as she beautifully floated onto the stage with fellow dancer/love escorting her to the steps (with such elegant deep regard it was lovely to watch a conscious gentle-man knowing to do that), and one of the highlight speeches given. How she was able to remain so poised and clear remembering to give heartfelt loving thanks and acknowledgement to so many, is truly a professionals’ professional. More then anyone could imagine unless you’re in the business. At ISA staffing we truly know what that means as the people we place must perform with such high qualification skills.
In short, we were glad to see our clients who won so happy and others who didn’t will continue to make super films (because they’re all so remarkably talented), and we share in their joy of loving to make great pictures. Los Angeles post Oscars is still where dreams are made, and the possibilities unendingly open. See more great TIPS at our SITEMAP. We THANK YOU for your unwavering support.
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Saturday, February 26th, 2011 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
We love movies. I consider the Entertainment Industry of Music, Film, Arts and Sciences, a hugely important key to current peace efforts worldwide. Without a doubt films of cultural diversity contribute to freedom as recent events in the middle east vividly show, and the world watches and roots for the outcome to be liberation.
ISA staffing has been involved with The Academy Awards since our beginnings. From the 1960′s we’ve watched as other domestic help agencies come and go or are sold into ‘new management’. We’ve watched changes that people still argue as the world watches Oscars with intrigue and awe. One billion people are projected to see the awards, while we proudly serve clients in The Entertainment Industry who made those films possible. My mother’s and my memory goes back to times of Oscars past, before current award trends (like whether to wear your hair as if you just rolled out of bed, or coiffed in a retro inspired style). Millions excitedly tune into this event hedging bets on who will win, tracking it by the hour (tweet).
We watch as our clients are nominated and we gladly see them become awarded winners for best producers, actors, directors, writers, etc., while we work tirelessly providing support staff for Oscars night and related events, before and after this iconic show, with Chefs, Party Staff, Chauffeurs, Event Planners, Organizers, and more.
During tuff times, movies do better because many who are out of work escape to films (as they’ve done in decades past including during WWII). We become reassured and feel new hope that things will eventually turn out just right for us all. Dreams are made in Hollywood, and Hollywood borrows peoples dreams in real life to make its stories. People in the film industry are uniquely prepared for a life “on stage”, at all times conscious of their audience. They’re gifted artists who are assisted by some of our other clients helping them win these awards that everyone wants, which translates to huge profits and more. The perks are famous and the headiness strong as audiences participate in starry eyed anticipation.
Behind the scenes lobbying are heads of studios & production companies, agents, business managers, lawyers, publicists, and more as the PR campaigns continue annually to bring in new winners. I remember some of the impact on fashion and politics that Oscars brought in the past.
Who could forget Marlon Brando’s famous none appearance in 1973, when a young native Indian woman (Sasheen Littlefeather), took the podium on his behalf (for Best Actor in Godfather), only to refuse his Oscar as a protest of how native people were portrayed in films. Many in the audience were angry and booed, while others saw it as a powerful watershed event.
Did it change things? Yes, too slowly. There are still way too few women on the production end of things and the cultural bias continues to rage on. So much room for improvement, that some go to extremes in reaction to work still left to be done. But there is also the positive to acknowledge and those who brought them about.
How about the time Barbara Streisand walked on stage in a bell-bottom pants suit designer Scassi thought would be a novel modern design. It was a daring change. Isn’t it amazing to contemplate that women were solely allowed to only wear gowns (for decades!) unless you were Jean Harlow, who could show up in a negligee and call it a gown (and we still love that look today).
Ms. Streisand’s outfit was made of sheer black tulle covered sequins. That famous look showed transparent under bright lights and the world got an unexpected view when she stepped up to get best actress trophy for Funny Girl. She was the most photographed that evening not only for her Oscar, but for her fashion daring.
We love Audrey Hepburn and her fashion flair forever (the indelible Sabrina and Breakfast At Tiffany’s), but it was Streisand who set the trend for Cher’s famous costumes Bob Mackie designed afterwards, taking it yet to another level. Reminds you of Madonna and Lady Gaga as younger gens clearly got the message of how to outdo Cher, while she continues to entertain and is ever ready to reinvent herself along the way (as she taught them). What these wonderful performers have in common is not only the remarkable hard work ethic and discipline, but also a terrific sense of business. In classic fairy tale mode of rags to riches they took their burning desire initiative (there was no fairy godmother), through unwavering resolve of making their own dreams come true.
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