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Great Oscar Snubs: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was never nominated for an Academy Award. She is one of the most famous people of all time, and definitely one of the most photographed. But for all that she was a pretty face, she desperately wanted to be taken seriously for her craft. It is my opinion that she was one of the greatest comediennes of all time. She also gave a handful of wonderful dramatic roles during her career. I think a lot of people don’t realize that the bubbly “Marilyn” the public knew was a persona she played. Also a lot of people see her blonde hair and effervescence and think she is a dull bulb. She was one of the smartest people working in Hollywood, maybe ever. Her main fault, although calling it a fault is unfair, was her need to be loved. A need that she had her whole life, stemming for deep abandonment issues created in childhood, that she was very rarely able to fulfill. She was a beautiful soul and on this 48th anniversary of her tragic death, she is still missed by so many, having touched our lives so profoundly with her work and with her grace.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Some Like It Hot, 1959 (dir. Billy Wilder)

Jerry: Oh no you don’t! Osgood, I’m gonna level with you. We can’t get married at all.
Osgood: Why not?
Jerry: Well, in the first place, I’m not a natural blonde.
Osgood: Doesn’t matter.
Jerry: I smoke! I smoke all the time!
Osgood: I don’t care.
Jerry: Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I’ve been living with a saxophone player.
Osgood: I forgive you.
Jerry: [Tragically] I can never have children!
Osgood: We can adopt some.
Jerry: But you don’t understand, Osgood!
[Pulls of wig]
Jerry: I’m a man!
Osgood: Well, nobody’s perfect!

An Ode to TCM

Sorry I’ve been m.i.a. since the Oscars. I’ve been having some problems at work. Long story short work’s no longer a problem, so I’m back. I’ve got a few posts related to film in 2010 that I want to post, but I’ve got to flesh them out a little before I post them.

However, today I spent quite a bit of time watching Turner Classic Movies. They had an amazing line-up today. I’d recommend all four of the films I watched today, but each one for very different reasons.

The first film I watched was Some Like It Hot. I’ve seen this film numerous times. It is definitely one of the absolute funniest films of all time. Billy Wilder truly is a genius.

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