Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2010 Pennsylvania 4th District Race: Centrist Democrat Jason Altmire Looks to Retain Seat over GOP's Keith Rothfus

Keith Rothfus wasn’t the Republican Party’s first choice to compete against Democratic incumbent Jason Altmire, but since he won the primary, that’s who they have. He completely trounced Mary Beth Buchanan and faces Altmire in a race that strongly favors the incumbent. This Pennsylvania race may be one of the few bright spots for the Democrats this election.

Candidates for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District (two-year term)
(This district includes Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Westmoreland counties and suburbs of Pittsburgh. See a boundary map here.)

Candidate: Jason Altmire

Party: Democrat

Political experience: Altmire was elected to represent the district in 2006. Prior to his election, he was legislative assistant in the Capitol Hill office of former U.S. Rep. Pete Peterson of Florida.

Professional experience: Altmire worked for the Federation of American Hospitals and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Key issues: By failing to vote yes for the health care bill and TARP, Altmire has demonstrated he is a centrist, a stance he take some pride in. However, he did support the stimulus package. He pushed to make sure the steel used to secure the Mexico border was American-made, not Chinese, according to his website.

He made sure that veterans received their enlistment bonuses when wounded by passing legislation to make it so. He helped ease debt cancellation for vets, created family and medical leave for military families and improved treatment of traumatic brain injury for veterans.

Endorsements: Altmire has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and Alleghany County Labor Council.

Chances of maintaining his seat: Altmire is making the case that Rothfus is too extreme for this very centrist district. By contrast, he is seen as a moderate and, having avoided nearly all of the most controversial bills, he seems well-positioned to maintain his seat. He isn’t hurt by having a great deal of money, either. According to OpenSecrets.org, Rothfus has raised $563,431; Altmire has $1,930,633 as of mid September.

Candidate: Keith Rothfus

Party: Republican

Political experience: Rothfus is a former Department of Homeland Security official.

Professional experience: Rothfus has been an attorney prior to running for office.

Key issues: Rothfus opposes taxpayer funding of abortions and giving tax dollars to organizations that support abortion. He is opposed to same-sex marriage and doesn’t feel stem cell research should be expanded beyond the 112 existing adult stem cell treatments now not using embryonic stem cells.

He wishes, according to his website, to expand domestic energy production by tapping the Marcellus Shale deposit for natural gas and is in favor of drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Endorsements: Rothfus has been endorsed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and civic leader Glen Meakem.

Chances of unseating Jason Altmire: Rothfus is not strongly favored to win this race. He has almost no money in his campaign fund and isn’t likely to receive a lot of national support from the Republican Party. If he can win over independents, he may have a chance, but his platform does suggest he is running more to the right than his competitor. The district is R+6, which means Republicans should be favored, but voting history suggests that locally Democrats are fairly competitive.

Key Differences between Keith Rothfus and Jason Altmire

Jobs and the economy: Altmire’s record on jobs creation has been one of reaction. He has voted in favor of modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures, voted for anti-recession and economic recovery stimulus funding and voted yes to regulating the subprime mortgage industry. Rothfus opposed all stimulus spending and wants to cut corporate tax rates and capital gains tax rates. He’d like to reduce regulation and taxes in general.

Health care: Rothfus argues that the Democrats’ health care bill should be repealed and replaced with more common sense reforms, making insurance portable from job to job and giving better tax breaks for individuals buying insurance. Altmire’s record on health care issues has been to vote against the Democratic plan while still wishing to make health care more affordable and accessible. He’d voted to regulate tobacco as a drug, expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility and making mental health on par with physical health.

Pennsylvania‘s 4th U.S. Congressional District

Location: The Pennsylvania 4th District is a western district, bordering Ohio and West Virginia. It includes suburbs of Pittsburgh.

2008 results: Altmire defeated Republican Melissa Hart 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent.

Demographics: According to the U.S. Census, 92.8 percent of the district is white, 3.5 percent black, 1.4 percent Asian, 1 percent Hispanic and 0.1 percent American Indian and Alaska Native.

The Cook Partisan Index gives the Pennsylvania 4th District a rating of R+6, favoring Republican candidates in this district.

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2010 Oscar Review: Best Director Goes to Kathryn Bigelow for Hurt Locker in Historic Win

Right before midnight on the east coast it was the next to last category at the Oscar ceremonies. Of course the show’s producers knew everyone wanted to see history being made so they dragged it on for as long as possible. Barbara Streisand was then introduced as the next presenter. She was an appropriate choice, because Streisand had directed many films herself, some of which should have been nominated in years past. Before announcing the nominees and seeing their film clips she informed the audience history could be made with two of the nominees: one a women and the other an African American. Here are the nominees for Best Director:

Jason ReitmanUp in the Air
Lee DanielsPrecious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Quentin TarantinoInglourious Basterds
Kathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker
James CameronAvatar

When each one was called out you saw film clips of the directors on the set of the films they’re nominated for and the actors talking about working for them. Once that was over the tension and excitement was building up. Finally as Barbara Streisand opened the envelope and stated: “And the winner is… the time has come….Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.”

It cannot be stated enough what an achievement it was for Kathryn Bigelow to win. This was indeed historic as no women until now had won Best Director in the Oscars 82 year history. It was quite an extraordinary moment. Why there has been a nearly one hundred year drought period is beyond anyone’s comprehension, but it is over. No, it was not a complete shock or surprise for Bigelow’s epic win as Best Director. She had been the first female director this year to win a BAFTA and the Director’s Guild of America awards. She was primed to inevitably win the Academy Award and definitely succeeded.

When her name was announced it was pandemonium as she was hugging all those around her including the main actor, Jeremy Renner, as she walked down the aisle towards the stage. This California native in her acceptance speech was somewhat at a loss for words, understandably so. One thing I was very impressed at the end of her speech was thanking the servicemen and women overseas fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. I could tell Barbra Streisand was thrilled for her as they briefly chatted while Streisand was handing the Oscar statuette to Bigelow.

It was interesting to see her sitting directly in front of her ex-husband, James Cameron, who just so happened to be nominated for Best Director too. They were married from 1989 – 1991. Obviously they are good friends now, so it was great seeing them together like that. I was wondering how awkward it might be. Bigelow wore a very flattering, yet simply elegant dress that I would love to own. Overall, the 82ndAcademy Awards ceremonies were far superior from previous years. I thought Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin were hilarious as co-hosts. It would be nice to see them next year. However, it was memorable to witness history in the making with Kathryn Bigelow’s major win as Best Director. Congratulations.







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2010 PGA Championship Leaderboard Enters Third Round

This 2010 PGA Championship leaderboard, now in round three, could lead to a first time PGA Championship winner before the weekend is over. That is only a good thing for golf, and Matt Kuchar appears to be the golfer with the best chance to do just that. Through the first two rounds, Kuchar had posted an eight-under-par 136 to lead the 2010 PGA Championship by one stroke. Just behind him was Nick Watney at seven-under-par, another golfer who would love to take home the title this year. Predicting the top ten golfers on the 2010 PGA Championship leaderboard at the start of round three would have been pretty difficult, and it is really setting up the last two days of the tournament to be very entertaining.

Everyone has already taken to the course on the third day of play at the 2010 PGA Championship, and it means that television viewers should get to see at least a few holes for every golfer that made the cut. The cut line this weekend was at two-over-par, leaving just 72 golfers in the running to take home a major title. With the way that weather has hampered play during both of the first two rounds, we can only hope that for the rest of round three and all of round four on Sunday that the fog doesn’t set in again. Or maybe that’s exactly what leader Matt Kuchar would like to see, because it is something that he has taken full advantage of to take the nice early lead. It puts him in the primetime threesome to end round three on Saturday, so it should be very interesting to see how he finishes the day.

Both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods made the cut this weekend, allowing both the chance to increase their PGA Tour point totals in 2010, and for Woods to possibly climb the Ryder Cup standings. Mickelson started out Saturday with an even par score, but as the round was coming to a close, had pushed himself to two-under-par. Tiger Woods started his third round at three-under-par, but struggled early on with bogies on holes four and five during his front nine play. That doesn’t bode well for him to stay in contention if he can’t get his swing back under control. As for defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang, he didn’t even make the cut, finishing his tournament at four-over-par, and missing the cut line by two strokes on Friday night.



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2010 Olympic Recap: The Best and Worst Moments of Week One

Day 9 marked the halfway point of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, so it makes sense to take a moment to look back at some of the best — and worst — moments in Vancouver thus far. From Apolo Ohno’s historical short track runs to Scotty Lago’s internet gaffe, here are five of the highest of the highs, followed directly by five of the lowest lows.

2010 Olympic recap, highlight #1: American dominance in Alpine skiing. Lindsey Vonn. Julia Mancuso. Bode Miller. If you didn’t know these three names prior to the start of the Vancouver Games, you’ve certainly heard of them by now. Vonn, Mancuso, Miller and surprise men’s Super G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht have so far captured a jaw-dropping seven medals in alpine skiing events. With more races still scheduled to come, including Slalom, Giant Slalom and men’s Super Combined, Team USA could send the rest of the alpine world a serious memo by the close of the 2010 Winter Games: US skiers are strong, able and ready to take more World titles.

2010 Olympic recap, highlight #2: Shen and Zhao win pairs figure skating gold. Theirs was a story of dedication, devotion, and ultimately, love. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo of China, who twice won Olympic bronze, came to the Vancouver Games for one last shot at Olympic gold. The now-married couple, who were among the oldest members of Team China at 36 and 31 years of age, were first paired up in 1992 and channeled their long history and powerful performance skills into two striking performances that secured the win.

2010 Olympic recap, highlight #3: Apolo Ohno skates his way into United States Winter Olympic history. The short track mega star entered the 2010 Games trailing speed skater Bonnie Blair by one medal for a distinctive record: Most decorated U.S. Winter Olympic athlete of all time. A silver medal in the men’s 1500m event quickly tied him with Blair, and a bronze in the 1000m on day 9 secured his spot in history for good.

2010 Olympic recap, highlight #4: Snowboarder Torah Bright’s parents make a surprise trip to see her win halfpipe gold. Aussie Bright didn’t expect to see her parents in Vancouver, since she plans to be married in Utah this summer. She was stunned — and delighted — when they made the trip after all and witnessed her taking the gold.

2010 Olympic recap, highlight #5: Simon Ammann becomes King of the Hills. The affable Swiss ski jumper, who bears a striking resemblance to Harry Potter in some press photos, put his struggles at the Torino Games behind him and came away with gold medals in both the normal hill and the large hill men’s ski jumping competitions. It marked a repeat of his double gold performance at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, so he’s an official comeback kid of Olympic-sized proportions.

2010 Olympic recap, lowlight #1: Georgian luger Nodar Kumarishtavili’s tragic death. The 2010 Games were marred by tragedy even before the torch was lit in Vancouver. The Georgian luger was killed in a horrific accident that led to dramatic changes in the course as well as an onslaught of blame-game action over the ethics of showing his death video on television and who was ultimately responsible for his demise.

2010 Olympic recap, lowlight #2: NBC’s Olympic coverage. It’s sad but true: Despite earning solid ratings, NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Games has been lacking at best, awful at worst. Fans from around the US have publicly voiced their concerns over broadcast quality, but it seems that the complaints have fallen on deaf ears. From tape delays for West Coast viewers to spotty coverage of major events to way too many commercials, it’s been a big disappointment.

2010 Olympic recap, lowlight #3: Lindsey Jacobellis fails to redeem her snowboard cross loss in Torino 2006. Lindsey Jacobellis was an embarrassment to herself and to the United States in 2006 when a premature celebratory move near the finish line of the women’s snowboard cross cost her the gold medal. She came to Vancouver looking for redemption, even if she didn’t say so, but it wasn’t to be: She failed to qualify for the finals and faded from view.

2010 Olympic recap, lowlight #4: Scotty Lago is sent home early when racy photos picturing him, his bronze halfpipe medal and an unnamed woman show up on the internet. There’s not much more that can be said about this; it’s a disappointment and an embarrassment when an ambassador of a nation does something questionable. Period.

2010 Olympic recap, lowlight #5: Evgeni Plushenko publicly decries rival Evan Lysacek’s gold medal win in men’s figure skating. The Olympic men’s figure skating competition was something of a disaster waiting to happen from the very beginning. Anyone who watches the sport knew from the get-go that 2006 Torino champ Evgeni Plushenko of Russia expected to win. When he didn’t, he and a small army of critics quickly went to working slamming victor Evan Lysacek’s win. Judging controversy may be a mainstay when it comes to figure skating, but that doesn’t make a sore loser’s wrath any less bitter.


Jeff Passan, Parents surprise Bright in her golden moment, Yahoo Sports

Sherry Wight, Olympic Men’s Figure Skating: Controversy Rages on for Plushenko, Lysacek, AC

NBC Olympic Broadcasts, February 2010

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2010 PAC-10 Football Preview

The PAC-10 conference has been all over the news this NCAA offseason. It started with the dismissal of defending champion Oregon’s starting QB Jeremiah Masoli. Then it saw the departure of Pete Carrol to the NFL, leaving USC in a transition period. Then the hammer really fell on the Trojans, as NCAA sanctions will keep them out of the post-season for two years as well as costing them several scholarships. Finally, the PAC-10 was the big player in expansion, and in a year or two will have a new look, that for now includes Colorado and Utah joining the league. But the 2010 season will feature the core 10 teams in the league, and a lot of stars returning at QB. Here’s an early season look at the conference.

10. Washington State

Wazzou has been declining for several years now. The memories of their run near the top of the conference early in the 2000’s are a distant memory. They have posted just one league win the past two seasons, and have rarely been competitve in those games. The Cougars are young and figure to be a heavy underdog in all their conference games. But QB Jeff Tuel has potential, and protecting him will be important. The season will be all about getting Washington State some momentum heading in to 2011. One league win would be a big stem.

9. Arizona State

The Dennis Erickson tenure at ASU has yet to be successful. The Sun Devils seem to underachieve every year. They were 4-8 last year, and lose most of their offensive starters. They also have questions at quarterback, which won’t help them in a league that’s loaded at that position. Arizona State will have to try and relish the fact that expectations are low this year, and hope they can pull a few surprises.


Things are looking up for LA’s other team, and with USC in trouble UCLA could make a major play. It won’t be this season though. The Bruins have a brutal schedule, and are pretty young around the field. QB Kevin Prince is good, but in this league he’s not in the top 5. UCLA is good enough to win some games it won’t be favored in, but they won’t be a top team in the league.

7. California

California comes in to every year with seeminly too high expecations. Most of the time they disappoint, losing games in mind numbing fashion. This year’s Cal team won’t come in to the year as good. They should struggle much of the season. They’re well coached by Jeff Tedford, and they’ll win some games and probably go bowling. But they’ll be hard pressed for a top 5 spot in the league.

6. Washington

The Huskies are a big mystery. They followed an 0-12 2008 season to 5-7 last year. They have the top QB in maybe the country in Jake Locker, a threat for the number 1 pick in the NFL draft. Steve Sarkisian is a great coach, and he has the abillity to make the Huskies finish higher than this. I’m just not sure they’re quite ready for elite status yet. Washington has a tough schedule but also has a lot of returning starters, so don’t be surprised to see them make a run.

5. USC

USC took a major stepback last year, seeing their PAC-10 run end and losing games in horrendous fashion, including to Oregon and Stanford. The Trojans are loaded with talent, but also have a new coach and a tricky schedule. Matt Barkley has a year of experience behind him at QB, but the road schedule has been hard on USC in recent PAC-10 years. They won’t be bad, but I don’t expect a big year unless Lane Kiffin can really motivate them to forget about their NCAA penalties.

4. Stanford

Andrew Luck is a dominant QB. He will help Stanford contend despite losing star RB Toby Gerhart. Jim Harbaugh has given spark to The Cardinal, who could threaten to make a run at the Holiday Bowl. Stanford has weaknesses, but return most starters, and will only get better offensively with Luck. The question will be how the defense handles other elite league QB’s.

3. Arizona

Add Nick Foles to the list of PAC-10 QB’s with NFL potential. Foles will lead a potent offense. Coach Mike Stoops has assembled talent on both sides of the ball, but the Wildcats have been underachievers in recent years. This could be the year that talent gels and the Wildcats make a strong run at their first Rose Bowl. They showed signs last year, and should at least match their 6-3 conference mark from 2009.

2. Oregon

The Ducks will no doubt suffer from the loss of Masoli, but they are experienced everywhere, with 18 starters back. The Ducks have a lot of talent, and the defense will be a lot better. Oregon has an early season road game at Tennessee, which should prepare them for a tough PAC-10 season. Even without Masoli, don’t expect the Ducks to drop off too far from Rose Bowl form.

1. Oregon State

The Beavers came close to beating Oregon last year in the season’s final game to reach Pasadena. Don’t sleep on head coach Mike Riley, who always has the Beavers contending. Unlike other PAC-10 contenders, the Beavers don’t have a strong QB. They do have a loaded ground game though, and that will help nullify the potential problems at QB. Oregon State will be battled tested, playing both Boise State and TCU in non-conference games, and neither at home. But expect the PAC-10 title to come down to the Civil War game once again.













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2010 Oscar Nominees Announced, Countdown Begins to 2010 Oscar Awards Ceremony

The 2010 Oscar nominees were announced live on Tuesday morning. Among the 2010 Oscar nominees are the 10 nominees for Best Picture of the Year, as well as the five actors and actresses nominated as the best in the business over the past year. These 2010 Oscar nominees are for the Academy Awards that will take place on Sunday, March 7th, 2010. The excitement leading up to that event is only topped by the intrigue of the nomination ceremony itself.

One of the biggest surprises of the 2010 nominees is the varied choices in the category of Best Picture. The inclusion of The Blind Side and District 9 could come as a shock to some, but shows that the Academy is getting more in touch with how viewers are feeling. Up in the Air also had a big day already, with all three leads being nominated for Oscars, as well as the film itself being placed up for Best Picture of the Year. One shock is that Crazy Heart didn’t get a nomination for Best Picture, despite a Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nomination.

The debate is going to be heated about which movie deserves to win Best Picture now, and whether it should be Avatar (which has made more money than any other film) or one of the great independent films nominated this year. Could it be possible that Up wins both Best Picture and Best Animated Film? Guess we will all just have to wait and see!

The 2010 Oscar Nominees

Best Picture

Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined

District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers

An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined

Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers

A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers

Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer

Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”

George Clooney in “Up in the Air”

Colin Firth in “A Single Man”

Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”

Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon in “Invictus”

Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”

Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”

Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”

Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”

Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”

Carey Mulligan in “An Education”

Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz in “Nine”

Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”

Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”

Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”

Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film

Coraline” Henry Selick

Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson

The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements

The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore

Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith

Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


Avatar” Mauro Fiore

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel

The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd

Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson

The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

Bright Star” Janet Patterson

Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme

Nine” Colleen Atwood

The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell


Avatar” James Cameron

The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow

Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels

Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller

The Cove” Nominees to be determined

Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron

District 9” Julian Clarke

The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

Ajami” Israel

El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina

The Milk of Sorrow” Peru

Un Prophète” France

The White Ribbon” Germany


Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano

Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

Avatar” James Horner

Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat

The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders

Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer

Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas

Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston

The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia

Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin

A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn

Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström

Kavi” Gregg Helvey

Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey

The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman

Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin

Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson

The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano

Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken

Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby

In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy


Oscar Nominations

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2010 Reverse Cell Phone Look Up Services

If you have been looking for an updated 2010 reverse cell phone look up service, you have come to the right place. We would like to share with you how you can find the best cell phone look up directory that will allow you to locate the most accurate information quickly and effectively.

The first method to find an updated reverse cell phone look up directory is by looking at each directory individually. You can examine them to see which year they were updated. You should be able to determine this information somewhere on the page, either in the copyright section or at the top of the page where you can see when the site was last updated.

Another easy method to determine if a cell phone look up directory is up to date is by conducting a search within that directory. Start by entering your very own telephone number into the directory. This will provide you with a result that will allow you to see if the site is up to date.

If your personal information is current and up to date within the software, then you know the information is reliable. If it looks as though the map is incorrect or the information is not right, then it may not be the most current information available.

There are a number of excellent ways to find a reverse cell phone lookup service that is updated and current for the year 2010. Ensure that you take the time to locate one that is current or you may be receiving old outdated information that is not what you are looking for when performing a reverse cell phone look up.

Visit the Reverse Cell Phone Look Up website to trace any phone number and discover the owner and associated info on any Cell Phone, Landline or Unlisted number.

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2010 Printable and Interactive Oscar Ballots

Please see 2011 Printable Oscar Ballots for the 84th Annual Academy Awards for links to 2011 Oscar Ballots.

Just days after the 2010 Academy Awards nominations were announced, several sites on the Internet began making available for download 2010 printable Oscar ballots in preparation for Oscars night, Sunday, March 7. This year sees ten movies up for Best Picture, with a huge box office smash Avatar named among those elite ten. With so many flicks up for Best Picture and other categories, you’ll definitely need printable Oscar ballots to hand out to guests, or pass around at work if you are planning to have an office pool. If you are playing by yourself or in a group, there are also interactive ballots available online.

2010 Printable Oscar Ballots

Moviephone’s printable ballot is pretty bare bones, with radio buttons to check off or fill in. It lacks a certain Je ne sais quoi, but it will do the job for an office pool situation. The categories are listed in three columns, and it can be a little hard to read because of that layout.

Print Moviephone’s Oscar ballot here.

For everything Academy Award related, head over to Oscar.com. There you can read more about the hosts, the nominees, and even play a little Oscars trivia while you wait for the big night on March 7. The printable ballot available at Oscar.com is billed as the official ballot and may be a good choice for Oscar parties. I like the way it is laid out because each category is separated from the others on this ballot, making it easy to read.

Print the Official 2010 Oscar Ballot here.

Aside from printable Oscar ballots, there are a few sites that offer interactive ballots for fun on Academy Awards night. These sites will score your ballot for you, in real time.

Interactive 2010 Oscar Ballots

Oscar.com has an interactive ballot that can be filled completed online. If you played along on the Oscar.com site last year, you can use the same login. Forgot your password? No problem, just request that it be emailed to you. If you are a new player, you can log in via social media accounts and go from there. To access the interactive Oscar ballot, click on the Extras tab on the top of the landing page. See how you stack up against other competitors on Oscar night!

Visit Oscar.com by clicking here.

The New York Times, like Oscar.com, offers an interactive ballot that allows you to cast your votes, which will be scored during the telecast. Another feature of the site is the ability to join discussion groups. To use the New York Times ballot, you will need to sign up if you are not already registered with the site.

Access the New York Times‘ Oscar ballot here.

Whether you play with pen and paper or using your keyboard, these Oscar ballots will make watching the Academy Awards interesting and fun.

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2010 Prom Dress Style

May is just right around the corner and many people are just not sure what to wear. Today’s fashion is a mix of three different decades, all of which played a vital role in history. The 1950’s buffet and side curved hair-do is back and gives women a completely new hairstyle with an old look. The 1980’s neon colors and bangles can be seen all across middle and high schools, not to mention the 1990’s big hair and tight jeans.

Yes three decades of fashion have come back into one decade making this year’s prom something of spectacular. Neon colors, bangles and sequins are just a small piece of what this year’s prom will offer.
First of all, let’s start with the item that takes the longest to choose, the dress.

Pastel colors are out and neon or even bright colors are in. Neon yellow, green or pink, bright blue, dark red, metallic black, silver, or gold and even patterns such as floral can be worn.

Through-out the 80’s and 90’s longer dresses were in fashion, however in today’s prom world you could get away with both long and short dresses depending on the style you are trying to pull off.

If you are looking for the Madonna style dress up, which is popular then you will want to make sure your dress is not only short, but has lace. Sequins and jewels are very popular so don’t forget those as an addition. Don’t forget the lace gloves and wavy hairstyle and you will pull off the look just fine.

For a mellower look, you can pull off a black, silver or gold metallic dress with a bun hair style or even a buffet.

Hair is not too much of an importance for this year’s prom because bed hair is what is in. Roll out of bed, comb your fingers through it wrap it up or leave it down and that is what is most popular.

Accessories do make the outfit and through the 1980’s it was all about the accessories. Bangles, stretch bracelets, hoop earrings, chokers, necklaces and of course handbags should all be included in the makeup of your prom outfit.

If you are wearing a nice short, backless, black metallic dress than hoop earrings and a choker is definitely the way to go.

If you are wearing a halter top dress, than do not wear a necklace but either hoop earrings or dangly ones will make the outfit.

For a long, strapless neon dress you can wear hoop earrings and a necklace but no choker.
No matter what sort of dress style you do wear to prom, you want to make sure it hugs at the hip area. Huge flourishing dresses are out.

For your handbag, make sure you carry a clutch with you, preferably one with a wrap around the wrist string. A velvet or satin handbag is best and again sequins or jewels will shine it up.

Keep it to the 1980’s this year for the prom and you’ll rock the whole room.

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2010 Players Championship Television Coverage Horrible

2010 Players Championship television coverage is just terrible. The Players Championship television coverage on Thursday doesn’t even begin until 1 p.m. EST, missing almost six hours of live coverage that someone like the Golf Channel could be showing. At a tournament like the 2010 Players Championship, it would seem that they could find enough viewers to tune into live coverage over recycled programming, and that they could certainly increase the number of golfers covered on the first day of the tournament. With the first tee times on Thursday starting just after 7 a.m. EST, that means we miss quite a few golfers in the early morning rounds.

What makes the 2010 Players Championship television coverage even worse, is that Phil Mickelson is in one of the morning threesomes, taking most of his cuts before the Golf Channel even gets started with first round coverage. This could have been one of the most watched rounds of Phil Mickelson’s career, but instead it will be relegated to highlights from day one at TPC Sawgrass, rather than getting the first stage treatment it deserves. What Phil Mickelson is playing for at the 2010 Players Championship is pretty special, because he has the chance to take over the PGA ranking for the first time in his career. That’s right, Phil Mickelson is going after the No. 1 ranking, and there is no live coverage.

This is what is wrong with golf right now, in that one of the best golfers in the world won’t have any of his first round covered live, meaning he will be back at the clubhouse in time to tune in himself. Golf and the PGA Tour really needs to take the initiative to allow and present live coverage of tournaments like this, and to not hold back in order to get as many viewers in the limited space of coverage later in the day. The ratings for the Golf Channel would go up if they could cover everyone, and we already know that the cameras are out there to record how the golfers do before the live coverage begins, so why not just air it right away? Golf has the opportunity to present some excitement to viewers this weekend, but the PGA Tour has messed up a golden opportunity here.

Phil Mickelson is on a quest to take over the No. 1 ranking on the PGA Tour, but only those in attendance will get to see his first round play out.

Phil Mickelson’s Mission

The Players Championship TV Schedule

Thursday — May 6th — 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST — GOLF

Friday — May 7th — 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST — GOLF

Saturday — May 8th — 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST — NBC

Sunday — May 9th — 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST — NBC


PGA Tour Site

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