Tag Archives: Academy Awards

Cinematic Excellence: Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave”, Starring the Outstanding Misters Chitwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassender and Brad Pitt

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Milan Report: The Excellence of Power and the Futile Protests Against It

Presenting two Excellent People, gathered outside of the Gucci runway show presentation in Milan on Saturday, February 27, 2010, wearing wigs and sunglasses, a la Anna Wintour, and t-shirts reading “I will only stay 3 days,” in protest to the forced shortening of the Milan show calendar (100 shows and presentations squeezed into 4 days) in order to accommodate the busy Vogue editor’s hectic schedule due to her attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on March 7, 2010, after a quick dash to Paris for the Fall/Winter collections on view there from March 2 through 10.

Excellent look-a-likes: Silent protesters, dressed as Vogue editor Anna Wintour, outside the Gucci runway show presentation in Milan, Saturday, February 27, 2010. Image via Jessica Michault via Tweetphoto.

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In this awards season, remembering, and honoring, His Excellency Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar (March 28, 1907 to December 30, 1993), Outstanding top Hollywood mogul, power agent, and deal-maker for only the most Excellent of stars and authors (Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote, Cher, Joan Collins, Noel Coward, Ira Gershwin, Cary Grant, Moss Hart, Ernest Hemingway, Gene Kelly, Madonna, Walter Matthau, Larry McMurtry, Vladimir Nabokov, Clifford Odets, Cole Porter, William Saroyan, Irwin Shaw, President Richard Nixon, and Tennessee Williams) and, according to Excellently-sourced reports, “too mean to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment.” Also legendarily Excellent post-Academy Awards party host.

His mean-spirited Excellence Irving Paul "Swifty" Lazar, wearing possibly cancerous liver spots and his signature, fabulously Excellent spectacles. Image via poorusher via Flickr.com.

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Presenting the Excellent and deliciously glamorous, true-to-our-lives, Parisian party scene from director John Schlesinger‘s Brilliantly Excellent 1965 film Darling, a satirical tale about a trendy, charmingly duplicitous and promiscuous young woman named Diana Scott who, on her way to becoming a top international fashion model, uses her indisputable and much-in-demand sex appeal to achieve fame and fortune, only to suffer the Excellently chic boredom and other self-destructive consequences of such narcissistic pursuits, starring the Excellent Julie Christie (Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role her performance as Ms. Scott), Dirk Bogarde, and Lawrence Harvey.

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