Like most Murphy fans, I'd been waiting for years for him to return to his comedic roots and ditch the family comedies. I figured the Oscars would be a great platform to run wild as he did in the 1980s.
I knew seeing Sophia Loren on the red carpet at the Academy Tribute was going to be a great, but I had no idea this iconic role model could still inspire me to feel good about being a woman now, at my age.
This week, Loren was honored by AMPAS at their Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. What I came away with was how extraordinary a talent this woman was, with a range of performances probably unrivaled in film history.
In the artistically vibrant NYC of the 50s, Cassel was an acting student with the famed Stella Adler when he encountered Cassavetes, just six years his senior, a man who'd go on to redefine what independent film could achieve and be.
The whole show reeked of older writers attempting to appeal to younger viewers. No, awkward references to smart-phone apps, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and "the Internet" are not going to appear cool to the young kids.
Some people have greeted this week's selection of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts for next February's Oscar broadcast as a harbinger of doom. Yeah, right -- like this annual ritual wasn't already one of the walking dead.