Good morning! It's Sunday, and it's also Oscar day. Once upon a time I used to try to see every single nominated film (I never actually succeeded), but these days I rarely go to films, even with the coolest theater in all of L.A. right down the street. However, thanks to the magic of "For Your Consideration" DVDs, I actually managed to squeeze in a few this year. Hell, I'd watch it anyway, and follow it on Twitter, because it's fun.
Anyway, the questions today are all movie related.
What is your favorite drama of all time? What is your favorite comedy of all time? What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? What is your favorite musical of all time? What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this).
The Twitter Emitter
The meek shall inherit the earth, but only after we're done with it.— Yuppy (@TradingYuppy) February 22, 2013
Many are called, but few are at their desks.— Yuppy (@TradingYuppy) February 22, 2013
Photo IDs required for voting under guise of protecting freedom. No IDs for gun purchases...under guise of protecting freedom#uppers— @ceut (@ceut) February 23, 2013
Turns out Walmart refuses to stock that "offensive" Prince album we wanted to buy. They do have a great selection of assault weapons, though— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) February 23, 2013
I really want national same-sex marriage while the few people it will annoy are still alive. nationalmemo.com/obama-administ…— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 23, 2013
Veterans commiting suicide, people dying from tainted food, drugs, a few spectacular plane accidents. Republicans say: "What's not to like?"—UltraVerified (@UltraVerified) February 23, 2013
Remember when Steve Jobs said Apple was a miserable failure until he ordered some new business cards from vistaprint?— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) February 23, 2013
If Queen of England walked onto NASCAR racetrack, stripped naked and committed suicide, NASCAR would assert copyright trumps newsworthiness.— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) February 23, 2013
Christianity would be in much better shape if the flesh of Jesus Christ tasted more like prawn cocktail crisps— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis) February 23, 2013
Will seek royalties from victims with NASCAR tire shaped scar on head @dewittcbs: NASCAR blocking fan videos of crash as copyright violation— Austan Goolsbee (@Austan_Goolsbee) February 24, 2013
I'm not sure I believe in Myself anymore either.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 24, 2013
Iran says it captured a drone but it won't release any video of it because, you know, copyright.— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) February 24, 2013
On This Day
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar.
In 1803, in Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review.
In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain.
In 1863, Arizona was organized as a territory. They are still pretty territorial these days. Maybe they should all just spray along the border instead of building a fence.
In 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.
In 1920, the Nazi party was founded (under the name of the German Workers Party).
In 1945, American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
In 2006, NASA said 2005 was the warmest year in more than a century of record-keeping.
Born on This Day
1463 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494)
1500 - Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1558)
1836 - Winslow Homer, American artist (d. 1910)
1863 - Franz Stuck, German painter (d. 1928)
1874 - Honus Wagner, American baseball player (d. 1955)
1885 - Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral (d. 1966)
1885 - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
1890 - Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975)
1914 - Weldon Kees, American poet, musician, artist (d. 1955)
1914 - Zachary Scott, American actor (d. 1965)
1921 - Douglass Watson, American actor (d. 1989)
1922 - Richard Hamilton, English painter (d. 2011)
1922 - Steven Hill, American actor
1928 - Barbara Lawrence, American actress
1938 - James Farentino, American actor (d. 2012)
1942 - Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds)
1942 - Joe Lieberman, weasel
1944 - Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994)
1945 - Barry Bostwick, American actor
1948 - Tim Staffell, English singer (Smile)
1950 - George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist
1954 - Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer and songwriter
1955 - Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)
1962 - Michelle Shocked, American musician
Died on This Day
1732 - Colonel Francis Charteris, known as "The Rape-Master General". (b. 1675)
1825 - Thomas Bowdler, English physician and editor, famous for "Bowlderizing." (b. 1754)
1930 - Jacobus van Looy, Dutch painter (b. 1855)
1970 - Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)
1982 - Virginia Bruce, American actress and singer (b. 1910)
1990 - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (b. 1917)
1990 - Johnnie Ray, American singer (b. 1927)
1994 - Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
1998 - Henny Youngman, English-born comedian (b. 1906)
2006 - Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
2006 - Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)
2006 - Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)
National Tortilla Chip Day
Estonian Independence Day
Flag Day (Mexico)