January 9, 2014 |
Here's a modest proposal for the Golden Globe Awards telecast Sunday night: Make the presenters wear tragic masks when reading the nominations in the drama categories and comic masks when reading the nominations in the musical/comedy categories. That way we'll have a better chance of keeping the knuckleheaded division straight this year. How else are we to remember that "Inside Llewyn Davis," a somewhat downbeat picaresque adventure from the Coen brothers, is competing as a comedy, while "Philomena," a real-life morality tale masquerading as a chuckling odd couple comedy, is contending as a drama?
June 8, 2012 |
The Academy Awards telecast has been such a snooze in recent years. By the time the ceremony rolls around, the winners are completely predictable. What was the big surprise last year? That Meryl Streep, the most decorated actress alive, won over Viola Davis. Not even the master of impersonation herself could feign being all that shocked. For those who like their awards shows with a modicum of suspense, Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony, otherwise known as prom night for glee club geeks, should provide a refreshing change.
September 20, 2013 |
It might seem that the range of scents humans can detect is infinite, but scientists have managed to sort them all into 10 basic categories, ranging from peppermint to pungent. The classifications are meant to be the olfactory equivalent of the five basic tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami). To come up with the 10 scents, neuroscientists turned to a 30-year-old database that contained profiles of 144 odors. Each odor was assessed by human subjects, who were given a list of 146 words and asked to rate how well each word described the odor.
February 12, 2011 |
Who gets nominated for a Grammy? Musicians, sure. But who exactly, on paper, are they? Take Frank Sinatra. Yes, he was a singer of incredible power, and garnered deserved nods for the beauty of his tone and his mellifluous phrasing. But artistry aside, on a basic level, pop singer Francis Sinatra was a native of Hoboken, N.J., a white male who earned his first nominations in the Grammys' first year, 1959. Or multifaceted jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, a surprise nominee for best new artist this year.
October 1, 1995
The O.J. Simpson trial is a shoo-in to win Oscar nominations in all categories except best director. JOHN A. SELEINE Seal Beach
April 7, 1996
As producer of the recent Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, I feel a reply to Lin Shaye's letter last Sunday is needed to clarify the situation. If Shaye was not so close to one nominee, she may have noticed there were three categories, not one, that had nominees but no recipients. I felt it was kinder to just list the nominees in the printed program. The show's host, Nan Martin, did announce early in the program that the Circle honors "excellence" and not "best" and therefore there would be multiple recipients in some categories while other categories would have no recipients.