Tag Archives: Kristin Chenoweth

Super Sonic

Turns out teeny tiny songstress Kristin Chenoweth and I have something in common.

It’s not our singing ability — which I’m sure was your first thought — and it’s certainly not our size.  (I have shoes bigger than her.)  And while it’s true we both love musical theatre, I’m talking more ‘guilty pleasures’ here.

Kristin and I are both fans of chain restaurants.

She waxed poetic for her love of ’em on Conan last night — Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Applebees.  He called her a ‘cheap date.’  I call her a comrade in arms.

One of her favorites and mine?

Sonic Drive-In

Grilled cheese on Texas toast, tater tots, and a grape slush is my favorite meal at Sonic.  But we don’t have Sonics in Manhattan.  Apparently LA doesn’t have them, either.  So Kristin and I both suffer their national ads.  And dream.

See?  Celebrities are just like us.

Critics schmitics

Did you see the winners’ list for the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards last night?

Did you know they were on?  (Did you even know they exist?)

I found them quite by accident.  But hey, it’s an awards show, and Kristin Chenoweth was hosting, so I decided to hang out for a while and see what was what.

Here are the night’s big winners:

Best Picture: ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Actress: (tie) Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side,’ and Meryl Streep, ‘Julia And Julia’
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire’
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Up In The Air,’ Ivan Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Best Acting Ensemble: ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Animated Feature: ‘Up’
Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan, ‘The Lovely Bones’
Best Action Movie: ‘Avatar’
Best Comedy Movie: ‘The Hangover’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Los Abrazos Rotos’
Best Documentary: ‘The Cove’
Best Song:The Weary Kind’ from ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Score: Michael Giacchino, ‘Up’
Best Picture Made For Television: ‘Grey Gardens’
Best Cinematography: ‘Avatar’
Best Editing: ‘Avatar’
Best Visual Effects: ‘Avatar’
Best Sound: ‘Avatar’
Best Costume Design: ‘The Young Victoria’
Best Makeup: ‘District 9’

I’ve noted in orange where my Golden Globe predictions and the Critics’ Choice winners have crossed paths.  Obviously, the two ceremonies have very different categories — the Globes honor television as well — but when you consider movies alone, the Critics and myself feel quite differently about the best movies of the year.

For Best Picture, they chose to reward yet another war picture.  Now, I know the “The Hurt Locker” is being billed as a truly spectacular film about war.  But I am really hopeful that the Golden Globes (and other subsequent awards shows) will chose to give their trophy to films that took an original cinematic bent on original cinematic topics.

Call me crazy, but I think audiences prefer a little variety.

We’ll see who’s right (me) and who gets the awards.