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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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January 23, 2013

WHO’S THAT KID? Rachel Wilwerding A MEMBER OF GSB ’16 MAJOR: UNDECIDED FROM: OMAHA, NE What is your favorite aspect of Fordham and why? [It is] near the city. [I have] made some good friends. I like rowing. If there was one thing about Fordham you could change what would it be? The guest rules — having to sign in friends who actually also live on campus. What is your favorite thing to do in New York City? Geocaching. What is something about you that not many people know? I’m a ginger. What is your favorite class at Fordham? Macroeconomics

BY KAREN HILL

What is a personal goal you would like to accomplish over your four years here? None, I just kind of go with the flow. What show, food, artist or movie would you consider your “guilty pleasure?” I will watch anything on TLC or The Food Network. No shame.

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You wouldn’t know it by looking at this B & W photo, but Rachel is a ginger.

What is the biggest misconception people have about you? That I’m a redneck. I’m not.

ects or organizations are you involved with at school? Crew Team and Paranormal Society.

Do you have plans, career or otherwise, for post-college life? I want to move to London.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring with you? A boat with some sort of navigation device so I could get myself back to the civilized world.

What activities, clubs, proj-

If you could go back to your first day at Fordham, what advice would you give yourself? I would advise myself against letting my mom move my desk and dorm furniture. It’s really been an inconvenience, and I’m far too lazy to move it somewhere else.

And the Oscar Goes To ... The Wrong Movie! By DANIEL FINNEGAN STAFF WRITER

The Academy Awards, while being one of the most prominent cultural award ceremonies in the world, has been criticized in the past for its predictability. Whether it is the Academy’s supposed weakness to the influence of big money marketing rather than sheer movie quality, or the folly of obvious frontrunners, the Oscars are never short of controversy. With notable snubs in this year’s nomination process, it is time to take a look at some of the most disputed decisions in Oscar history. Perhaps an even bigger travesty than overlooking Vertigo (1958) in the Best Picture and Best Director categories is the fact that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for Best Director in his entire career. Although he was nominated five times, the only Academy Award Hitchcock ever received was the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which seemed to be more of an apology than an award. With Vertigo, Hitchcock corralled the numerous themes that fill his movies, his fear of women, or, rather, his unique voyeurism, into one sympathetic film about a manipulated and heartbroken man. Transcending the comic book genre, Christopher Nolan managed to create haunting and electrifying characters who occupied the ever-morbid city of Gotham. To this day, the final act of The Dark Knight remains one of the most tightly-wound and actionpacked conclusions in movie history. While it did garner eight nominations, mostly in the technical categories, and did win a well-deserved Oscar for Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, the Academy’s failure to nominate The Dark Knight for Best Picture is still a hot topic today, causing many to wonder if a superhero

film could ever overcome the connotations that come with the genre and ultimately win the Oscar. Another famous snub is Saving Private Ryan. It is one of the few films which received the award for Best Director, but failed to receive the statuette for Best Picture. The shockingly graphic opening scene at Normandy paired with Tom Hank’s performance as the courageous Captain Miller, who, while seemingly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, always manages to perform his duty, merited an Oscar. Stephen Spielberg displayed his incredible gift of creating numerous visual delights, while capturing vulnerable and relatable characters through the immensely powerful film. Today, the Academy must be amazed at the film’s ability to sustain the test of time and manage to remain an incredible viewing experience. Prior to Martin Scorsese’s Best Director win for The Departed, he had never received an Academy Award. Scorsese was not only overdue for a Best Director statue, but seemingly could have won a Lifetime Achievement Award that year. Since the beginning of his career, Scorsese has constructed his own identity, establishing a unique style that characterizes all of his films. Scorsese is known for his lengthy and entertaining plays on morality: He uses pop music in contrast with the escalating emotions of his characters. He builds tension with long steadycam takes. Scorsese seemed destined to live an Oscar-less life, even though he had created arguably the best films of three consecutive decades, with Taxi Driver (1976), which lost the Oscar to Rocky, Raging Bull (1980), which lost to the incredibly ordinary Ordinary People, and Goodfellas (1990), which lost to the sleep-inducing Dances with Wolves. With The Departed, Scorsese was awarded both Best Director and Best Pic-

ture awards in 2006, thus ending the most embarrassing misstep in Oscar history. While the Academy attempted to incorporate a diverse range of directors into the Best Director category this year, it still played true to its front-runner roots. Although the nominations for Ben Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, a magnificent and joyous explosion of creative genius squeezed into a small independent film which was the Sundance darling this year, and Michael Haneke’s Amour, the socially conscious and critical Austrian director, were fresh and unexpected, the Academy still had its miscues. The Academy also played to the typical conventions, nominating David O. Russell for his commercial hit Silver Linings Playbook and, of course, Steven Spielberg (a favorite of the Academy’s) for

Lincoln. The critically acclaimed directors Kathryn Bigelow, whose Zero Dark Thirty has been dominating the critic’s society awards, and the National Board of Review awards, and the previous front-runner Ben Affleck, director of Argo, failed to be nominated. Other snubs this year come in the omission of Wes Anderson’s indie hit Moonrise Kingdom and Paul Thomas Anderson’s amazingly assembled, but critically divided The Master from the Best Picture Category. Although the Academy allows for up to 10 nominations, this year it only managed to nominate nine films, leaving a hole for either of these films to fit. With numerous snubs this year, it seems as though the criticisms of the Academy Awards will not be over in the near future.

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A classic thriller by a master of the genre, Hitchcock’s Vertigo never won an Oscar .

Bound by iron gates, we have our own little world here on Fordham’s campus. All trapped in one fairly small patch of green in a big city, we mingle with each other. Boy meets girl, girl meets boy and then we start to mate. From this mating process #FordhamDatingProblems are born. We can’t escape them. That guy you hooked up with at Mugz’s last weekend is going to be there next weekend too. Your crazy ex-girlfriend, she is going to casually walk past your room in O’Hare giggling extra loudly so you know that she is there. Running into he-or-she-whoshall-not-be-named is only one small subset of the various Fordham dating problems. More problems include running out of places to date, not knowing where to meet new people of the opposite sex and every single person on campus knowing your “business.” The common trend here is that these problems solely exist “on campus.” I believe the cliché goes if you can’t stand the smell, then get out of the petting zoo. Well, maybe I made that one up, but the point is the same. It is time to get off campus people; we live in one of the greatest cities in the world. #FordhamDatingProblems are inconvenient, but they have such simple solutions. Did you ever think if you put as much energy into solving your problems as you did into complaining about them, you just might be all right? If you do not want to see your random hookup from Mugz’s, then either do not randomly hookup with guys at Mugz’s or find a new hang out spot. If your crazy exgirlfriend keeps walking past your door, you should not be spending so much time in your room to notice. If you are having trouble meeting new potential mates, this is a tricky one, just go up to the next person you find attractive and say “hi.” If every person on campus knows your business, then stop sharing your business with everyone on campus. Perhaps I am stating the far too obvious, but with dating problems we tend to overanalyze. I am here to fill you in on what you might be missing. Be reassured in knowing that you are not alone. We all join in solidarity over our oppression on this campus. By oppression I am referring to our own pity and self-inflicted limitations. Maybe Fordham isn’t the problem. Maybe the problem is us. If we stopped to think before we spoke or acted, then after the fact we would not have to question what we said or did when we are dealing with the repercussions. Let us hold up our shields and braces ourselves as we dare to venture out into the world beyond Fordham’s gates. This weekend, instead of downing shots of vodka at Tribar, take a shot of true confidence. It is much more efficient than any form of liquid courage and there is no hangover. A little confidence in yourself is all you need to face your Fordham dating problems. At the very least, know that I believe in you. Questions about your love life or lack thereof? Tweet @hiKarenHere.

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