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Netflix, Amazon and Oscars

The Polish period romance “Cold War,” for instance, has played in 217 theaters in the United States since arriving on Dec. 21, generating $2.1 million in ticket sales. The film will expand to roughly 275 locations on Friday. (“Cold War,” nominated for three Oscars, comes from Amazon Studios, which adheres to traditional Hollywood release patterns; it will not be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video until March 22.)

Netflix cobbled together a theatrical run for “Roma” despite opposition from the biggest theater owners, including AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas. Most movies still arrive in the same way they have for decades: first in theaters, for an exclusive run of about 90 days, and then in homes. AMC, Regal and other theater companies worry that shortening that period will hurt their already-fragile business.

More at NY Times

Oscar Awards 2015

I got introduced to Neil Patrick Harris in the early 90s, through his first TV show ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.”, which was one of my favorite shows. Later I did not track his career seriously , but read about his recent shows like ‘How I met your mother’ and spotted him in a small cameo in the recent blockbuster hit ‘Gone Girl’.

neil at oscars1

So, it was good to see him host the 2015 Oscars show. Overall, an ok performance.

Here are a few things that caught my attention.

  • The opening songs were pretty decent and the shadows play was neat.
  • Video projection/laser base door entry along with ushers, for the presenters was cool.
  • Transition effect used to show oscar nominiess in makeup category worked well
  • John Travolta with a wig…hmm!!!!
  • The set and the background projection used for the song ‘Glory’ performance was very good.

Tailpiece: I first saw Oscar Awards live telecast in 1988. As it was my first ever viewing (not sure if it were the first on Indian TV), I even recorded it on a VCR. Since then, barring a few misses here and there, I ended up watching the awards ceremony very year. Doordarshan, Star Movies, ABC etc, TV channels changed, but the ritual remained.

cher 1988 Oscars
Cher, at the 1988 Oscars, with her ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for ‘Moonstruck’.

So, what did I remember the most about my first i.e.60th Academy awards function…Cher, of course 🙂

Related links: NYTimes on Oscars 2015; The Guardian on Oscars 2015