Originally posted on the Democrat & Chronicle Rochester Young Professionals blog page.
When Jesse Eisenberg hosted Saturday Night Live, he delivered his monologue in his typical likable slightly nervous style. He, of course, has been bestowed with a best actor nomination for his role playing Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network.” In a hilarious SNL twist, both Andy Samberg (as Mark Zuckerberg) and the real Mark Zuckerberg jumped in on the monologue. “C’mon. I invented poking.” If you haven’t seen it, yet, it’s well worth a peek at the totally (as Samberg put it) awkberg moment.
I love when films like “The Social Network” get nominated for best picture. It seems to infuse a little quirkiness and pop culture into the whole event. Kind-of like when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay® back in 1998. The host will makes jokes about liking, poking and friending. And some in the audience will have no idea what he is talking about, but laugh anyway. When films like The Social Network and likeable accessible actors like Eisenberg are nominated, it makes the Academy Awards® relevant for an audience that sometimes tunes out to the traditional side of the whole event. Not to mention what a sign of the times a film like this being included in the Oscars® is. Most of us live by social networking now. Even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweets now.
Join us February 27th to celebrate the 83rd Academy Awards® at the annual George Eastman House Academy Awards® Party. Walk the red carpet, blow a kiss to the paparazzi, bid on some fabulous silent auction items, get your picture taken with an Oscar®, dance in George Eastman’s own ballroom, dine on all sorts of goodies and raise a glass to your favorite nominees. The awards show will be broadcast in the Dryden Theater. You can wander in and out as you mingle at the party, or sit down and watch the whole thing. You can even come dressed as Mark Zuckerberg.
Renee Stetzer is a member of the Eastman Young Professionals. She holds a masters degree in strategic intelligence and was an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force after graduate school. She worked for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, one of the world's leading public relations firms, in Washington DC for many years. She now lives in Rochester, NY and is a freelance writer.