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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.

The Mother Lode of Entertainment at this Year’s Awards

Posted by on Feb 21 2011 | Motion Pictures, Other

Originally posted on the Democrat & Chronicle Rochester Young Professionals blog page.

 

The producers of this year’s Academy Awards® ceremony have come up with a brilliant strategy.  In addition to reaching out to a younger audience, Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer want to include moms more.   After all, who doesn’t think of moms in the midst of all that Oscar® cleavage and tomfoolery?  And it’s not just the cutesy mom-as-date role.  They are inviting mothers of nominees, who they call “mominees” (yes, “mominees;” it’s so bad I shuttered to repeat it), to participate in the 90 minute pre-show festivities. They’ll be asked to share stories about their sons and daughters.   And – here’s the kicker – they announced Monday during the Oscar® nominees’ luncheon that they are asking moms to tweet.  Helena Bonham Carter’s mom already volunteered: “Yes, of course I will do it if they tell me what a tweet is.”

Oh, lordy. Moms tweeting. I don’t know how savvy your mom’s social networking skills are, but if my and Bonham Carter’s moms are any indication, this will be a real treat.  (Notice I passed on the “real tweet” pun. I thought “mominees” was more than enough pun for one blog post.)  My mom, who recently joined Facebook, writes the longest comments ever. And she signs them. I’m surprised there aren’t stops in there like a telegram.  I love my mom, but there is no way I would give her unfettered access to tweet away about me now, let alone if I was famous and nominated for an Oscar®.

Join us February 27 to celebrate the 83rd Academy Awards® at the annual George Eastman House Academy Awards® Party and tweet yourself to a mother lode of entertainment.

  • @portmanmom at #Oscars. Very fancy. Kidman looks way too skinny. She should have eaten something before the ceremony.
  • @momtobonhamcarter Annette Benning is gay?
  • @firthmum Loved my son’s performance. He must have been nervous because he stuttered a little.
  • @Balemummy That hiker lad’s arm is back!

Editor’s Note: Read Renee’s other entries leading up to this year’s celebration:

Let Hathaway and Franco Entertain You at Eastman House

Celebrate an Awkberg Moment at the Eastman House Academy Awards® Party

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Let Hathaway and Franco Entertain You at Eastman House

Posted by on Feb 20 2011 | Motion Pictures, Other

Originally posted on the Democrat & Chronicle Rochester Young Professionals blog page.

 

In case you still haven’t heard, James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be hosting this year’s Academy Awards® ceremony.  Holy hotness, Batman. The Oscars® are known for some interesting host choices; some better than others.  Last year they seemed to step-up the host entertainment value by having Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin share the emcee responsibilities.  Safe, yet entertaining for the typical traditional ceremony viewer.  But never have they handed the host duties to such young Hollywood hot commodities.  Franco and Hathaway are two of the most sought-after A list celebrities.  The pair are among the young in-demand actors gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2011 Hollywood issue.  I already blogged about films like “The Social Network” and accessible actors like Jesse Eisenberg (who is also on that Vanity Fair cover) bringing the Academy Awards® ceremony to an audience that typically has not tuned in. The choice of Hathaway and Franco was a brilliant one that will widen the appeal of the traditional awards show.  Some people may watch with the sound off hoping that Hathaway will do something nude, but they’ll be tuning in.

Hathaway isn’t an Oscar® ceremony newbie.  She did a kitschy song-and-dance bit with Hugh Jackman when he was the host in 2009.   It was well-received, which can be a hard thing to achieve at a ceremony.  Hathaway is pretty entertaining and self-deprecatingly funny when hosting Saturday Night Live.  She can be dorky.  She doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously and people like to see beautiful people who can be funny and dorky.   And female Oscar® hosts have been few and far between, so I’m happy to see another woman step up to the plate.

Franco is known for being incredibly smart, handsome and quirky all in the same breath.  His announcement that he will teach a course for editing students at Columbia College Hollywood based on his own career is proof enough. (Yes, I said “based on his own career.”)  I love Franco and think his unique weirdness will be a good counterbalance to all the hubbub surrounding Hathaway’s decision to participate in all the über nakedness of “Love and Other Drugs.”

Join us next Sunday February 27 to celebrate the 83rd Academy Awards® at the annual George Eastman House Academy Awards® Party.  The awards show will be broadcast (with the sound on) in the Dryden Theater.  It will be a little chilly to pay homage to Anne Hathaway by wearing only your birthday suit, so clothing is required.

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Celebrate an Awkberg Moment at the Eastman House Academy Awards® Party

Posted by on Feb 15 2011 | Motion Pictures, Other

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.

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