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Richard Burton's diaries only sparkle occasionally, most notably when he's demolishing one of his illustrious contemporaries
Richard Burton died in August 1984 at the age of 58, shortly before the premiere of Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which he gave his best performance for more than a decade as Orwell's totalitarian apparatchik O'Brien. His diaries cover some 44 years, from his early second world war schooldays in south Wales to the spring of 1983. In May that year he appeared on Broadway in a poorly received production of Coward's Private Lives with his ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor, and on 3 July he married his fourth wife in a Las Vegas hotel. A hefty brick-sized book, it brings to mind the telegram Warner Brothers boss Jack L Warner sent to the director Mervyn LeRoy, who'd inquired whether he'd got around to reading Hervey Allen's blockbuster Anthony Adverse. "Read it?" Warner replied. "I can't even lift it."
- Philip French
I'm calling it right now: The "75 Best Supporting Actresses" YouTube video, where a whippersnapper named Matt imitates all 75 winners of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a few minutes, is and will be the best video of 2012 (excepting those wonderful Verbal Vogueing and Weeklings clips, of course). It's a hilarious exhibition of talent, creativity and raw gay nerve. And it validates everyone's obsession with award shows too. Now every Best Supporting Actress from Hattie McDaniel to Jennifer Connelly is immortalized in one flavorful, quirky mix. It's not just entertaining; it's important. Let's bow down.
I caught up with the creator himself, an enigmatic YouTube star who goes by the Twitter handle @Diariesofdoom and prefers to go by just his first name, to talk about his marvelous video. We also spoke about the best Oscar moments, the worst Oscar winners, and the awardees who helped spread his gem on YouTube. »
This guy deserves his own Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (or some sort of equivalent thereof) after putting on a show like this.
Watch as one man time-warps through Oscar history as he channels all 75 winners of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, from Gale Sondergaard in "Anthony Adverse" (1936) through Octavia Spencer in "The Help" (2011), in just under five minutes.
His (extremely) multi-faceted performance ranges from spot-on imitations (Claire Trevor in "Key Largo") to over-the-top parodies (Ruth Gordon in "Rosemary's Baby") to a mixture of both (Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"). And, like the Oscars themselves, there are a few that are in (rather hilarious) poor taste (especially his Patty Duke in "The Miracle Worker").
We're also rather fond of his take on Kim Basinger in "L.A. Confidential," just because … well, he's right.
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind Oscar summary below, and thanks to Movieline for the find.
- Bryan Enk
We love to do top tens on Tuesdays and more of them will be coming your way soon. Today's top ten is not strictly ascending, some of these moments I loved and some I decidedly did not but they're ten things that I'm thinking about today and that I imagine will always come up when I think of the 84th Oscars.
Top Ten Takeaways
Things to remember, for better and for worse, from the 84th Oscars
10 Direction is Everything With Dance
When I first heard they were doing a Cirque Du Soleil number at the Oscars, I groaned. Not that I don't enjoy the odd acrobatic but why at the Oscars? If you want it to be a variety show, stop being so inexcusably high and mighty about the Original Song category (that music branch and those rules. sigh) and start nominating 5 songs each year like in every other category. »
- NATHANIEL R
4 items from 2012
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