Oscars

Every year, my wife and I have an extended date night around the anniversary of our first kiss. Usually, we do something simple, like watch a movie or two. Or, last weekend, about a dozen.

It's no big deal, really. Not when there's a neatly packaged collection of Oscar nominated short films in the theaters.

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Americans love trophies. Giving them, receiving them, and watching other people give and receive them. This is what makes the Oscars such popular television programming, year after year.  The Oscar, as simple as it is, has been purposefully designed to be as desirable an object as possible.

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It may have been passed over for an Oscar nomination, but the New York Times calls The Lunchbox a Bollywood anomaly - a  quiet movie of unexpressed anguish and yearning instead of movies that clutch viewers by the throat and assault them with glamour, pizazz and dancing.

But what’s really surprising about  The Lunchbox is it actually really made a splash in India with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

Minds Over Matter

Feb 24, 2013

Tonight's Oscars night panel are Dana Rodriguez and Lauri Fischer.

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I’ve always been intrigued by the short features that are nominated for Academy Awards every year. Everybody (who watches movies) is familiar with the best picture nominees, the best actors, actresses, and directors. But only recently have I become aware that the shorts that win the same awards are available to be seen as well.

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