03 March 2014

A friend of a friend

Typically dressed in jeans and a flannel shirt, toting a book and a camera, perpetually scraping mud from my boots, and with hands recently calloused by moving mountains of firewood, you wouldn't peg me for a fan of the Oscars.

Photo by Jordan Strauss, AP

But I am. I love the dresses, the conflagration of actors, art, costume, sound, music, and technology all under a glittering roof, and this year more than ever. My pick for Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyong'o, on top of nailing her part in 12 Years A Slave, comporting herself with grace in every public appearance, and looking like a super model the whole time, just happens to be best friends with a close high school pal of my daughter.  Lupita Nyong'o's date throughout the awards season has hung out in my house! We've gone dress-shopping together! I've watched him on a high school stage! I know his mom.  Our kids went to prom together. Now he is a film student in NYC, and the "chosen best friend" mentioned in Lupita's acceptance speech.



Crazy. It almost makes me feel famous myself, this Six Degrees of Separation thing.

Lupita, by the way, directed what appears to be a very interesting short film on albinism in Kenya. Here's the trailer for it:



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  1. They do kind of draw you in, but Sue had to go to bed after about an hour.

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    1. AC, one advantage of living on the west coast is that the Oscars are over by about 8:30 or 9PM!

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  2. how very cool to have a close connection to the whole scene. :) she is an absolute gorgeous woman, although i've yet to see her film (or any of the others nominated).

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    1. She is drop dead gorgeous, and 12 Years totally deserved the win. But what an interesting field of competitors this year; it was a tight call.

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  3. The short looks fascinating, thanks! Exciting to have that link to such a talented young person.

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    1. Patience, I'm interested to see what she does in the future. The arc of a career doesn't usually look like this: an academy award in a first role. What's next?

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  4. I love it that you love the Oscars. It's the closest to royalty that we have in our society. What is not to love?

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    1. It is our closest thing to royalty, an indulgence. I can't not-watch it!

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  5. That is so cool. Seriously. I'm going to check out her short film!

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    1. Kady: daughter J and Lupita's date B texted each other before, during and after the SAG awards and the Oscars. How fun is that. We are all big big Lupita fans around here & it was fun to have an inside view of things.

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  6. Grace personified!
    I like to see the dresses but not the awards and speeches. I plan to watch Fashion Police for the condensed version.

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    1. Oh the dresses. Maybe I've lowered my standards, but I liked more of the dresses than usual. Hmm. A few of the speeches were noteworthy: the Anderson-Lopez rhymed one, Matthew McConaughey's impassioned 3 minutes, Lupita's graceful one. Yeah.

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  7. How neat is that! She is a beautiful girl. I really want to see this movie, especially since it's set and filmed in Louisiana. I downloaded a free Kindle edition of the book, but have not read it yet.

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    1. Oh wow, the book! I have not read that, but what a story written way back then. I was told that this was a terribly hard movie to watch, but what else could you expect from a story about slavery? There are some tough scenes, but really it is a tribute to the human spirit that a person can live through that pain.

      Also, I am ashamed to admit I will watch anything with Benedict Cumberbatch in it. Anything.

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  8. I don't watch though I do like to see the dresses but haven't seen any pictures of any of them save the one above. thanks.

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    1. To save you the trouble, Ellen:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oscars-2014-red-carpet-fashion-poll-who-looked-the-best/

      Plus it has the link to Jennifer Lawrence's fab stumble.

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  9. We were all rooting for Lupita in our household last night. It was a nice awards show. Nice to read of your brush with celebrity ... or ... brush with a brush. (Comb with a brush? ;))

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    1. Brush with a brush with a brush. Or maybe there were only two. I don't know how to count these degrees!

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  10. I know exactly how you feel on the six degrees of separation thing. My goddaughter works for the Academy and attends the Oscars every year, entering on the red carpet. Only once have I seen her, but I always watch and hope to catch a glimpse, feeling like I am connected. Later she will send me a picture of her posing in the background with some nominee. I am so excited for your connection and for you friend being there with the winning of best supporting actress. Her dress definitely was a spectacular display as was she. Chill bumps.

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    1. GA, what fun! It must take an army of staff to prepare for the awards every year, what an interesting job.
      Lupita said she "had to practice" wearing her dress b/c with the wrong posture it would have been disastrously revealing. Sure glad it wasn't me wearing that beautiful thing and then forgetting to sit up straight...

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  11. Six degrees...my son in law is a friend of and went to school with Bradley Cooper. Small world.

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    1. Tabor, does this mean you and I are related? I think so.

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  12. Oh my gosh, you almost know her! And see, we almost know Jennifer Lawrence, because she's from here (Louisville), LOL!

    Lupita gave the most beautiful acceptance speech, and I've enjoyed watching her this whole award season, she is so graceful and just gorgeous. I love watching the Oscars, too...

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    1. I adore Jennifer Lawrence & love how you never know what's gonna come out of her mouth. There's a pic of her backstage trying to wrestle the Oscar out of Lupita's grasp. :) I can't decide if she's a publicist's nightmare or dream client?

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  13. How cool is that. I'll bet there was a lot of hooting and hollering in your home that nice. She's absolutely lovely and I hope her career is long and enduring.

    The closest connection I had to Hollywood came when I was a child. My dad had a store in Montreal. Across the street was a live theater. For a period of time (no idea how long, but at least a month or more), there was a Folies Royale show happening regularly at that theater. The performers would stay in the highrise apartments above my Dad's store. Among those performers was a woman named Kathy McKee. Her little sister (about 12 at the time) traveled with her and became friends with my older sister during their stay here. That younger sister was actress/singer Lonette McKee. She was writing songs way back then and I remember my Dad (who was always teasing) asking her if she could write one about him. She looked at him and summed her tune up in two notes as she sang the words "the nut!"

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    1. Oh wow, what a cool, vivid memory! I wasn't sure who she is so I just looked her up and see she's been in tons of shows. What a great little story about your dad's "song." I wonder who else passed through your dad's building's apartments. Probably lots of famous people.

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    2. Possibly. Well now, you've kick-started something. I found that Kathy has an online presence as a casting director, and has been an actress through the years, also. I found an email address and decided to write to her with my memories of her days in Montreal - few as those may be. She wrote back promptly and said she remembered us and in fact had been looking for information about that time in Montreal for a book she had hoped to write. Gotta love technology. Thanks for this prompt.. it's been a fun morning of email back and forthing. :)

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    3. yeee-HA! Awesome! I heart technology at times like this. There will be a book and you will be part of it! :-) And in an extremely tangential way, me too, a full 6 degrees away-or maybe just 5!

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  14. Now that is really something, Kerry.
    She is such a beautiful young woman, and an extremely talented actress.

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    1. Lisa, she has an old fashioned kind of class to her that is remarkable.

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