Saturday, January 19, 2013

Don's Oscar Picks: Visual Effects

The Four Horseman of Hilarity: see joke below
Rachmil Cohon in a bathtub

This is the first post of my take on the Oscars of 2013. I am somewhat of Hollywood insider. I know a guy who was an assistant director of the Oscars telecast in 2000 . I actually saw my friend on TV handing a script to Peter Coyote (nee Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon), who was the "Oscar" narrator that year.

Also, Peter Coyote played, "Oscar" is Roman Polanski's disturbing 1992 film, Bitter Moon.

Visual effects. The nominees are:
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott | Life of Pi
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill | Prometheus

Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick | Marvel's The Avengers

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson from Snow White and the Huntsman.


From 1964 to 1971, the name of the category was Best Special Visual Effects. The name was since changed, in 1977, to Best Visual Effects.

Ok, now here is a very long way to get to the joke. So, in the forgettable film Road to Hong Kong, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are part of a lame inside joke about "Special Effects"

If you want to play along at home, go to 1:29:35 and use the cursor because the movie is horrible. If you are really bored you can also go to 13.49 and see Peter Sellers as an Indian Dr. Who hilariously put "too much curry in his corn flakes"

I have never heard of any of nominess. so I am totally objective.


I only saw Life of Pi.

 Prometheus is a guy from a Greek or Roman myth. I'm too lazy to search for it.

The Avengers has Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., and I think Hugh Jackman. Never saw it. I liked Iron Man. But ultimately I'm a DC guy. Superman. Batman. Marvel seemed too out there. Not like the real fortress of solitude, Stately Wayne Manor, and bizarro world.

 The Hobbit. Again with the Hobbits. We just had a decade of Hobbits. I am an older person. I admit. Not as fantastical as many. Not ready. ready for another Hobbit.

Snow White and Huntsman sounds like a porno film about Michelle Bachman and the other Mormon candidate

My selection: Life of Pi


  1. Hey, Special Effects! How about some teamwork.


  2. Absolutely. Brilliant bloggers need to unite!