Links to columns on the Oscars, fast food joints, etc.

I don’t feel like writing much here today. Instead, here are links to some columns of mine that ran this week: First, my News Watch column on fast food joints, which recounted a notorious trip to a Carl’s Jr. in Los Angeles years ago that went so badly that it was comical.  (Pictured above: a…

What are you most excited about today? Daytona 500, or the Oscars?

As usual, the great American tradition of Oscar Night is colliding the same day as another great American event: NASCAR. Boogity Boogity Boogity!  It seems like this happens every year, except this time the Oscars are up against the Great American Race, the Daytona 500! I guess the good news is this year they won’t…

It is Oscar night tonight in rain drenched Southern California!

It promises to be a far more exciting Academy Awards than usual tonight, with tossup races for the Oscars and a lot of unpredictability. Much of the speculation is that the leading Best Picture contenders are American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. Also nominated is The Wolf of Wall Street but that movie…

THIS YEAR’S OSCAR NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OUT

Indeed, the Academy  Awards nominations have been announced today and I cannot say I am surprised one bit by the nominations. Seems like all the usual suspects are there —American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Her, Gravity etc. — but some are saying Tom Hanks, who starred in Captain Phillips, got…

IN MY OPINION, THE SETH MACFARLANE OSCAR SHOW WAS THE USUAL MESS

I’m planning to do a big writeup in my cinema column about the Oscar show from last night. While it had it’s interesting moments — the Michelle Obama presentation of Best Picture direct from the White House being one of them, the James Bond tribute being another — I think the whole show was pretty much a…

I FIND MYSELF MORE INTERESTED IN NASCAR THAN THE OSCARS THIS YEAR

Usually I am all hyped about the Academy Awards but for some reason I was still more interested in the Daytona 500 even though there was that awful wreck the other day that sent many fans to the hospital. Amazingly, no one has died. Even more amazingly, they pushed ahead with today’s race in spite of…

BIG DAY OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS/SNUBS

The 2012 Academy Award nominations came out today and Lincoln came out ahead of everyone else with 12 nominations including Best Picture. That was closely followed by Life of Pi with 11 nods. It appears the film that got the biggest shaft was Zero Dark Thirty, the much ballyhooed movie about the capture of Osama bin…