Ben Stiller, eh? Apparently it was Sacha Baron Cohen who was supposed to do an Avatar sketch, but it was banned because it might offend director James Cameron. That would have at least given the night a pulse: the most controversial moment was when a short film director totally got Kanyed by a drunk woman, who we hope is involved somehow in the winning movie. Awkward afterparty, for sure.
Still, Cameron got his when Katherine Bigelow and The Hurt Locker blew up Avatar with golden statues. Relive the glory in our liveblog.
This is where you'll want to be Sunday night, as The Coast's movie crew dusts off their plastic tiaras and James Cameron shaking-fist for the Academy Awards and red carpet rundown liveblog. And we'll see just how right Coast readers were in our Oscars poll.
Why should the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have all the fun when it comes to the international sport of Oscar speculation? Cast your ballot as a member of The Coast's academy, and you might be one of five lucky winners of a prize from Empire Theatres: a pair of tickets that you and a friend can use for a free movie at Park Lane or the Oxford. Survey closes Monday, March 1. Results will be announced in the March 4 issue of The Coast.
Select who you think will take home hardware when the envelopes are opened for reals March 7, and your name will go in a random draw for the Empire Theatres prizes. Enjoy.
On November 26 we reveal our critics' top picks for top CDs, DVDs and video games of the year, and we want you to get in on the action! Comment to this post with your picks (for all, or any category), and you will become eligible to win this amazing book (and some boss runner-up prize packs) in our poorly organized, but totally legit contest.
Entries must be received by Friday, November 13 at 5pm.
When you're picking up tickets for the Atlantic Film Festival, grab
one for Atlantic Shorts IV (Monday, September 21, Park Lane, 7pm), so
you can give Heather Young an extra clap—-the NSCAD grad just won
Montreal's Canadian Student Film Festival. Dog Girl was inspired
by a teen Young worked with in New Brunswick, who was "very optimistic,
happy and hard-working," despite her difficult life. After an ex
started a rumour about the girl, it made Young wonder "what would make
him say something so cruel and so odd. The story came out of that, as
well as thinking about how badly teenagers can sometimes treat each