Hot Links: Did You Read It?

Friends! I’m back!

Forgot to mention, that I have been super busy at work and therefore missed posting all my Oscar rants and raves last Thursday. Mostly the report goes like this: I loved the dresses; I laughed at MacFarlane while being keenly aware of his sexism and immaturity (I was kind of taken aback at the knee-jerk reaction to his performance – did they not know who they hired?, so this post from Lindy West sums up my feelings best); I still wish Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain won for Best Actress, and I found the timing of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s retraction of an investigation into Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal quite suspect. (The baseless investigation completely derailed the movie’s chances for big awards, what with their trumped up charges of the film makers’ saying that the US’s participation in torture, oh, sorry I mean “enhanced interrogation”, did not lead directly to the capture and killing of Bin Laden.)

Arriving at sunset at Reagan National in DC.

Arriving at sunset at Reagan National in DC.

That is the perfect segue into this week’s links, which reflect the other part of my world, my work for a nonprofit/policy think tank/politics incubator/ etc. I was sent off to DC on a moment’s notice to help wrangle events that our organization was participating in and so, I thought I would give y’all some links to sites and stories I like reading when I am not updating my Life List over at Go Mighty.

If I am feeling particularly snarky, I catch-up at Wonkette. Be prepared, it’s super bitchy, but oh so funny.

If I need to see what the R’s are up to on the Hill, it’s the Washington Times. Wow, so tone deaf, but you have to know what your opponents, who may soon be your co-sponsors, are up to.

Ezra Klein. That is all.

Oh wait, not sure if I was a liberal yet? I also love Think Progress.

And before I really embarrass myself, I will leave it to Fred and Carrie to explain how much of this stuff I read. Yes, I read it.

Hot Links: Finally, the Academy Awards!!

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD!!! It’s the Academy Awards this Sunday night, broadcast live on ABC, starting with their red carpet show at 4PM here in California, but if you’re like me, you’ll be watching E! from sun-up on Sunday. The big stars start arriving on the carpet at about 2:45PM (again, all times Pacific) and so they flow until the show starts at 5PM. I have been watching the Oscars every single year as long as I can remember, glued to the TV and now to my Twitter feed, but basically, just loving every overwrought minute of it. The Oscars website is great for all things nominee related. You can cast your own ballots, read up on each movie and the talented people who are nominated, and basically go uber-multimedia there. Oh! And make sure to check out the Shorts!

(Speaking of Twitter, of which I am a late adopter, but truly enjoying so much, check out that my hometown of Santa Fe, NM is the 4th happiest city in America by tweet!)

Back to the movies!

For those who want some inside industry gossip, er I mean, anonymously sourced news bits, head over to Deadline Hollywood. Beware, SPOILERS.

On to the gowns!

NY Times has this searchable red carpet database of all the looks over the past several decades. It can be filtered by wearer, designer, color, gown type… It is TOTALLY fun and cool. Get clicking.

A designer whom I adore is British genuis and Dame, Vivienne Westwood. In looking at some energy and climate news this week for work, I saw that she is also a tireless activist for our environment and read her blog. Remember, she is the woman who brought us punk fashion. In 1971. Love her.

Although I want Zero Dark Thirty and Jessica Chastain to win everything this year, they won’t. The other CIA movie, Argo, is going to win Best Picture. It is a fantastic movie, and will be enjoyed for years to come. Here is the declassified CIA report on which the script is based. Absolutely INCREDIBLE.

And finally, Beyoncé in her own words.