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As some of you may know we are a little giddy about the Oscars tomorrow. It's Hollywood's biggest night of the year and we wanted to make it just as exciting for all of you watching at home. We're dressing up, opening some wine and cooking the same food the stars are eating so join us at our party. Here are just a few of the exciting things going on:

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Oscar Worthy? Jennifer Hudson's Scene-Stealing Song from Dreamgirls

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 1, 2007 at 1:19PM

The studio kept this clip under wraps leading up to this year's Oscars, but if you've yet to see Dreamgirls, you can now watch the video of Jennifer Hudson performing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," her scene-stealing and impassioned ballad. You guys were pretty conflicted over whether Hudson deserved to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, so maybe this clip will help you decide. (Thanks to Best Week Ever for directing me to the video.)

I, for one, think it's a very impressive performance as far as musicals go, and there's no arguing that Hudson has an amazing voice. But I still don't think she deserved to win an Oscar; to find out why,

First, let me just say, it was great to see how happy Hudson was on Oscar night, and I got into the excitement of seeing a young actress win for her first movie. But then again, it was her first movie, so while we know now that she can kill at musical theater, we don't really know if she has any versatility whatsoever.

But that's beside the point, really. My main gripe with Hudson's win can be summed up in two words: Adriana Barraza. I just rewatched Babel last night, and seeing Barraza's brilliant performance again made me realize how much she was robbed. (Others argue that Rinko Kikuchi should have won, and she was probably robbed too.)

In her role as the nanny Amelia, Barraza cycled through a stunning cycle of emotions — from a subtly concerned caretaker in the beginning of the movie to an ordinary woman torn apart by utter despair during the desert scenes in the film's climax. Never has a film elicited such a feeling of dread from me, and I credit Barraza's acting for most of that.

Mostly, I found myself wondering if Hudson saw Babel and, if so, if she really thinks her job was harder than Barraza's. What do you guys think?

Photo courtesy of Paramount

Oscar Worthy Gadgets: Microphones in Dreamgirls

Posted By Tech on Feb 22, 2007 at 4:00PM

One of my favorite things about historical dramas is that there are often a handful of bloopers that only the discerning (or really geeky) eye can catch. Considering the other techie mistakes in the film - the lip-syncing is off during some verses of "It's All Over" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" - I thought someone in the tech department might have been asleep at the wheel when it came to using the right microphones for the time period. My sources tell me this is not the case. Apparently, the movie featured an Electro-Voice from the '50s and early '60s and an old Neumann mic, which among others was perfectly accurate for the time.

Electro-Voice received a special citation at the end of WWII for the development of the T-45 lip microphone and even won an Academy Award in 1963 for its advances in the world of film sound. Those famous photos of Elvis Presley show him performing with one of the Electro-Voice's best models. For more photos from the film and a gadget goof,

Gadget goof: During a 1965 press conference in the film one of the photographers is shown taking pictures of the Dreams using a Nikon camera, which was not sold until the late 1980s. I guess you can't get everything right.

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