A Few Notes on the Oscars

Normally we do a big comfort food fest at the house on Oscar night (Oreo truffles – see below, chips and clam dip, etc.).

Oreo Truffles taste amazing (albeit too rich for my wife) and require only three ingredients. 1 normal-size package of Oreos (we like the mint kind the best), 1 package of cream cheese (softened – 15 seconds in the microwave works for us), and a container of dipping chocolate (2 packages of melted Bakers chocolate can be substituted but the container one is easier to work with).

1. Crush all the Oreos.

2. Mix in the softened cream cheese.

3. Roll 1-inch balls.

4. Dip in chocolate.

5. Refrigerate for an hour.

You can also get fancy and use white chocolate or decorate them but it is all we can do to wait until they harden before devouring them.

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This year we went to a local specialty theater, Cinebarre that was playing the Oscars on their largest screen for free. We had a really nice time. Cinebarre has table service and their food is quite good (albeit expensive).

Dan O’Bannon was completely missed in the In Memoriam section of the Oscars. He was instrumental in the special effects for Star Wars. He directed Return of the Living Dead and The Resurrected.

On the cult hit Dark Star, he was an editor, production designer, special effects supervisor, and writer. He also starred as Sgt. Pinback.

His greatest body of work was in screenwriting. He wrote or co-wrote Dead & Buried, Lifeforce, Total Recall, and Screamers. His biggest contribution for me was in the creation of my favorite movie series, Alien. I think that it is a shame that the Academy missed him.

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I cannot comment too much on the Awards themselves as there were no categories where I saw all the films. I am so comfortable at home that it is extremely rare that I venture out to the movies. One only has to wait about 4 months for a movie to come out.

Of the nominees the only ones I had seen were Star Trek, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Up, Coraline and Transformers 2. Of those all were excellent and I would highly recommend them EXCEPT Transformers 2 which was big, loud and stupid. I guess that is why the nomination for Transformers 2 was in the Sound category.

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The show was very enjoyable. Having two hosts was a nice change of pace but I have to admit that Hugh Jackman was a hard act to follow. I loved the Neil Patrick Harris number and would love to see him host someday.

Obviously I have bumped up The Hurt Locker which has been in my queue for a while.