Quick Hits: February 27

  • On this day in 2011, The Social Network took home three awards at the 83rd Oscars – Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. It should have won more – it was absolutely the best film of 2010, and the fact that David FIncher hasn’t won a Best Director Oscar yet is criminal (of course, Hitchcock, Kurosawa and Kubrick never won competitive Oscars either). But these three awards were certainly well deserved. Aaron Sorkin’s brilliantly structured screenplay, full of snappy, Sorkin-y dialogue, jumps seamlessly between the two timelines (the creation of Facebook and the deposition for the lawsuit). Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall’s taut editing establishes the tone of the film immediately – the five-minute opening scene apparently took three weeks to edit. And that music! Forget Jesse Eisenberg – he’s great, don’t get me wrong, but the real stars of the film are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Their score accompanies more than sixty percent of the film, and creates a humming, electric tension throughout the film. The music is a character in itself, rather than background noise. I never could have imagined such tension could be procured from scenes of characters sitting around computers. Absolute fucking genius. The Social Network remains Reznor/Ross’s only Oscar nomination; the Golden Globes have been more generous, nominating them for 2012’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and 2014’s Gone Girl. They are up for two more Globes tomorrow night – for Mank (their fourth collaboration with Fincher) and Pixar’s Soul, co-written with Jon Batiste.
  • Happy 91st birthday to Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman’s better half, philanthropist and Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar winning actress. With Olivia de Havilland’s death last July, Woodward is now the oldest living recipient of the Best Actress Academy Award.
  • On this day in 1990, Wilson Phillips released “Hold On”, a lovely pop confection that would go on to become the #1 single on the Billboard charts that year. Producer Glen Ballard presented the track to the group, but it needed lyrics. Chynna Phillips, struggling with substance abuse and a bad relationship, wrote the lyrics, basing them on the tenets of AA, specifically the notion of taking things one day at a time. The group added their trademark gorgeous harmonies, and the rest is history.

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