I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of election campaigns. So I'm glad that hot on the heels of the Presidential showdown of 2012 comes a contest that really matters, the Oscars.
That race got off to a semi-official start Saturday night at the 24th annual "International Black Tie Awards Gala" hosted by the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Ben Lewin's moving and provocative film "The Sessions" is based on the
true story of Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed
polio victim in an iron long, played by John Hawkes, who employs a sex surrogate,
played by Helen Hunt, to lose his
virginity. As it turns out the surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene, still works in
that profession and has written a book about her experiences coming out in
Our jury met yesterday. I can't divulge the results just yet, but I can share some new award categories I came up with that were wisely rejected when cooler heads prevailed.
Best performance as the victim of a disaster enduring an excruciating struggle for survival:
1) Naomi Watts in "The Impossible" as a mother vacationing in Thailand with her family who must ***endure brutal hardships in order to find her lost sons and husband.