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Grand Hotel- Best Picture WInner: 1932

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The Basics – Grand Hotel (1932) – Director, Edmund Goulding; starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford; Run Time – 112 mins. – Drama, Romance 

Prior Knowledge

Kristy – Once again, I know pretty much nothing about this classic flick. The lineup of stars is obviously stellar, though, so I am looking forward to the acting in this one.

Koob – Once again, I actually saw this movie around 15 or so years ago and don’t remember much about it other then that it’s about a bunch of lives and loves intersecting at a very glamorous hotel.  I think I also remember there being some comic relief even though it is listed as mainly a drama and a romance.  And of course it has the classic Greta Garbo line, “I vant to be alone.”

Fun Facts from IMDB

-There are no scenes where Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford are in the same frame. This was done to eliminate the possibility that one of the two great stars might upstage the other.

Joan Crawford was irked by Greta Garbo‘s insistence on top billing and decided to take her revenge. Knowing that Garbo loathed tardiness and Marlene Dietrich in equal measures, Crawford played Dietrich records between shots and made sure to arrive late on set.

-The only Best Picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.

-The original MGM Grand in Las Vegas (where Bally’s now stands) was built to resemble the design of this film.

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Why Leo Doesn’t Deserve the Oscar

Good Morning Double Gobblers. Kristy here, and today we are going to narrow our focus a bit to discuss something that has been bubbling up on the internet for quite some time.

On Wednesday, we wrote about some talented actors and actresses who earned more than one Academy Award for their portrayals on the big screen. Today, we are going to talk about one actor who many believe to have been snubbed time and again for Oscar-worthy performances: Leonardo Dicaprio.

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Yes, it’s true that when I was in 6th or 7th grade I owned a book similar to this: Leonardo Tear-out Photo Book. While I can’t deny that my young adult self started off as a fan girl for Leo, I would like to believe that my film tastes have matured over the years to look beyond his boyish smirk to see a really talented young actor emerge.

I appreciate many of DiCaprio’s films and I think he is one of the finest American actors of my generation. That being said,  I do not believe that the campaign for Leo to win an Oscar in 2014 is warranted (see this article for some over the top fan tweets campaigning for Leo’s Oscar win).

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List of the 2014 Oscar Nominations

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Alright Double Gobblers, here we go! The 2014 Academy Award Nominations are:

Best Picture

“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years A Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years A Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Click Below for Full List of Major Nominations

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When Lightning Strikes Twice…

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Winning an Oscar is an undeniable milestone is an actor’s career. For newer actors, it can open doors to amazing roles and for more seasoned professionals, winning can validate a long and challenging career.

It is widely believed that many of the award granting organizations, such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have  favorite actors and actresses that tend to win out over others. While this may be true about nominations, in fact, it is still quite rare to win multiple Oscars in acting categories.

In total, there have only been 39 actors and actresses with more than one Oscar win for acting. This list includes such megastars as; Marlon Brando, Robert Deniro, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jessica Lange. Even more illustrious than winning two Oscars, is the rare feat of winning 3 or more. This club holds only 6 members to date; Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

While it is always fun to root for the under dog, it is nice to see some of the world’s most talented actors and actresses consistently rewarded for all of their hard work.

This year, there are quite a few actors and actresses expected to be nominated, and possibly join the “Multiple Oscars Club”;

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5 Reasons Why You Should Watch the Golden Globes Tonight

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Here at Double Gobble we are primarily an Oscars blog, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only awards show that we watch. In fact, some arguments can be made that the Golden Globes may actually be more entertaining.  We won’t go that far, but here are 5 reasons why you should definitely check out the Golden Globes tonight at 8pm on NBC:

1. The Golden Globes have two separate Best Picture categories, one for Best Drama and one for Best Musical or Comedy, so for those of you who favor more comedic films over sweeping dramas this is the awards show for you.  Even if you’re not a fan of musicals or comedies, the ten films nominated in these two categories are generally a pretty good indicator of what will be nominated for the Academy Awards.

2.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (there have been promises of “feet tweets” and Pink-style aerial acrobatics).

3.  Alcohol + celebrities + comedic hosts = hilarious viewing and awkward gaffes.  See: 2014 Golden Globes drinking game.

4. Some would argue that some of the best writing and acting in the entertainment industry today can be found on the small screen and, unlike other awards shows, the Golden Globes honors the best shows on TV (plus you get to see your favorite stars of the big and small screen mingle together – we are rooting for a shot of Jack Nicholson staring at Sofia Vergara creepily from across the room).

5. Since it’s the first big red carpet awards show of the season, stars pull out all the stops to look their best.  You can catch a variety of red carpet  interviews before and after the awards.  We recommend watching E!’s after-party when celebrities are already sure to be two sheets to the wind while attempting to string together coherent sentences.

Bonus – Woody Allen is being honored with the Cecil B. Demille award for his lifetime contributions to the world of movies.  Since he is refusing to accept the award, we don’t have to sit through a stammering acceptance speech and, instead, we will be treated to the glamorous Diane Keaton accepting on his behalf.

For some previous Golden Globes drunken hilarity check out the following video:

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A New Year; A New Inspiration

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Happy New Year, movie fans!

If you are like us, your friends and family have probably posted their resolutions along with a handful of inspirational messages all over social media this week. If you think like us, these messages got your wheels spinning about some of your favorite inspirational movies. One great thing about movies, is that they have the potential and power to really move people to want to become better at life, better at love, and better human beings. If you are searching for a New Year’s Resolution, or if you just want to be inspired by some amazing stories, check out our list of movies below:

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Cimarron- Best Picture Winner: 1931

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The Basics – Cimarron (1931) – Director, Wesley Ruggles; starring Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor; Run Time – 123 mins. – Drama, Western

Prior Knowledge

Koob- I actually saw this movie around 15 years ago but I don’t remember much about it.  I just remember that it is about a family during the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Kristy- I am aware that it is a Western, and I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Western’s in general. That being said, the above poster image is by far the best we have seen, and gives me some hope that the film will indeed be “as terrific as all creation” (whatever that means).

Fun Facts from IMDB

– According to Anthony Holden’s book “Behind the Oscar” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), R.K.O. lost $5.5 million (approximately $58 million in 2003 dollars, when factoring in inflation) on the movie despite its winning a Best Picture Academy Award. Its initial financial failure was blamed on its being released during one of the darkest periods of the Great Depression
-The first film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture.
-It would be another 59 years before a Western would win the Academy Award for Best Picture again when Dances with Wolves (1990) took the main prize.

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Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

May your Christmas be thrilling and suspenseful!

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Grands Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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In anticipation of viewing Cimarron and Grand Hotel, I decided to make a delicious cinnamon inspired treat (get it, cinnamon/cimarron? Okay- it’s a stretch, but cut me some slack). I obviously had to use Grands Biscuits, to prep for Grand Hotel, and luckily, Pillsbury had an amazingly simple recipe already typed up and ready to go!

Ingredients

1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated biscuits
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

Steps

1 Place biscuits on cutting board. With 1 1/4-inch round biscuit cutter, cut hole in center of each.
2 In bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Dip all sides of biscuits and centers into butter; shake off excess butter. Coat with cinnamon-sugar. Place on ungreased large cookie sheet.
3 Bake at 350°F 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Try some very simple Grands Cinnamon Sugar Donuts here, and be snacking within 20 minutes.

Stay tuned for our reviews of Cimarron and Grand Hotel!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Awful Holiday Movies

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Hey Double-Gobblers! Kristy here, and it’s that time of year when we see some of our favorite holiday movies played over and over on repeat until we can no longer stand the shrill cry of “You’ll shoot your eye out!”.

I have a theory that the reason we see only a handful of movies on repeat during the holidays is because there are not a lot of quality holiday movies out there. Sure, turn on the Hallmark Channel right now and you will see what appears to be a plethora of Christmas films, but they all have the same basic premise and horrible acting. Anyway, I am not the only Christmas movie Grinch- here are the Top Ten Worst Christmas Movies according to FilmSchoolRejects.com

My personal favorite Holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and thankfully it came out before the era of franchises, otherwise we might be stuck with an “It’s a Wonderful Life 2: Angels Getting Wings to the Extreme”. Oh wait, my co-blogger and husband, Koob ruined everything by informing me that there IS a sequel set for 2015. Seriously, Christmas is ruined.

On a more positive note, last night I took  a look at Koob, and realized that he looks like a younger version of Santa Claus. Is it possible that I could be married to a man who lives a double life as Santa? What else might he be hiding? Am I going to have to move to the North Pole once his white beard starts to grow in? Can we take our cats with us? So many questions!  Now THIS sounds like a horrible Christmas movie in the making.

Santa Koob

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