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.
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.
September 20, 1992
After sitting through 3 1/2 hours of the Emmy Awards telecast (Fox), I've come to the conclusion that the Emmys aren't fair. Guest stars should not be nominated in categories designed for regular cast performers (i.e. Christopher Lloyd for "Avonlea" and Kelsey Grammar for "Wings). The television academy should create categories designed for guest stars. Jennifer Sato, Montebello
February 8, 2002
Re "Greenest Games Ever? Not!" Opinion, Feb. 3: I remember how much fun it was working at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics before things got out of hand. Here is my plan to save the Olympic Games. Both the Summer and Winter Games would be divided into three categories and staged consecutively at three different host countries. This would improve logistics, security and manageability, shift the focus back to the athletes and bring back the Olympic spirit. The three categories would be: 1. Sports: volleyball, tennis, hockey, baseball, etc. 2. Competition: track & field, races, weightlifting, etc. 3. Performance: diving, gymnastics, ice skating, anything decided by judges or involving horses, guns or kayaks.