83rd Oscar Wrap Up and Bryn Mawr Film Institute Oscar Party

Monday, February 28, 2011

This excellent Oscar ice sculpture greeted the guests at the 3rd Annual Oscar Party and Simulcast at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute.  After which you had the choice of mingling in the lobby or mingling upstairs where the silent auction was taking place, and more importantly where a flat screen TV was set to Academy Awards red carpet!

As happy as I was to receive press credentials and to be a part of this gathering of enthusiastic film-goers. I really missed being at home glued to my TV for every fashion moment on the red carpet.  I did happen to catch Mila Kunis resplendent in lavender, from what I saw, my best pick for the night.

Shannon Leahy-Miller (Matti) and Allyson Gant (Rooster) were obviously big fans of the movie True Grit, but they were rooting for Amy Adams - "She played a different character, instead of just being an apple pie little girl, this time she was a little gritty". Shannon had seen all 10 Best Picture nominations along with Biutiful and would have preferred to see Javier Bardem take home Oscar gold.

Thank the gods of good taste that Hailee Steinfeld dressed elegantly, yet age appropriate, and didn't try to play dress up, like a lot of young starlets tend to do.

  Of course I got to know the woman sitting closest to the TV and pouring champagne. This is volunteer Toby Blender and she'd like to give a shout out to my good friend Cynthia who used to manage all the volunteers at The Prince Theater.

 In fact, my former life of employment collided, as I too used to work for The Prince Theater and I also worked for the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, where these two fun and dapper people, Lily Williams and Craig Starn were members.

 Deborah McKibben was dressed very Oscar appropriate for the event.  It was her first time attending, but said she and her friends would like to make this BMFI Oscar Party an annual tradition. She saw all the best picture nominated films (except for Toy Story 3 and 127 Hours) in a week!  Her pick would have been Black Swan for Best Picture.

 Most critics and movie-goers alike predicted The King's Speech would sweep the Oscars this year. They threw us off briefly with the loss of the first two categories; which included Helena Bonham Carter losing in a role that was a refreshing departure from her usual wacky, witchy husband casting characters. And I have to say, if you watched her often unpleasant facial expressions (not to mention her style) during the evening, I think she rather deserved an Oscar for playing a conservative, compassionate wife.

John McKee and Elise Laird are new to Philadelphia, but where most people make getting a dry cleaner, new doctor and dentist a priority, they sought out a great place to see films. Elise was another BMFI member who saw all the nominated films and then some.

That's what I enjoyed most about this year's Oscars, their really were no losers. I saw and loved every movie nominated and in my opinion every actress/actor was deserving of the honor (except I can't speak for Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom, that totally got by me).  Normally, there's one film that I just don't feel like seeing, like last year's The Hurt Locker. My Netflix Queue still contains The Last King of Scotland and Syriana, but I know I'll never actually see these movies.

Speaking of enjoyment, you know for me that word is synonymous with eating. JMP Caterers provided the evening's gourmet buffet: Boneless Braised Short Ribs, Chicken White Wine Sauce and Rosemary, Chilled Spinach Tortellini, Ratatouille and Caesar Salad - It pains me to write this, I much prefer to give things a rave, but I'm always honest -  buffet on a whole receives 1 ½ Tines  
(* Excellent - 4 Tines * Great - 3 Tines * Good - 2 Tines * Fair - 1 Tine * Poor - Tarnished).

 And since I'm panning things, we may as well talk about James Franco's stiff and grimacing turn as Oscar host.  What happened to that charming young man with the10,000 watt smile that makes women swoon and men want to be his best friend.  He was just a shell of himself, often looking off to the side somewhere. And why was it only when he was dressed as Marilyn Monroe that the dark circles under his eyes got covered with makeup. This is a prime example of what happens when you spread yourself too thin.

 Thank goodness, they let Anne Hathaway do most of the hosting.  She, at least was effervescent and genuine. She played to her strengths, entertaining us with glorious gown after glorious gown on her lithe, lovely figure.  But as Whoopi & Sherri said on The View this morning, there's a reason why it's important to have a comedian/comedienne do the hosting, so that when things happen during an acceptance speech, they can come back to the podium and make a quick funny to keep things lively.


 I don't think Christian Bale really forgot his wife's name, I think he was trying to think of a more poetic way to thank her and was getting a bit choked up, so it looked like he went blank. Or perhaps I'm giving him too much credit.  At any rate, it was interesting to see both he and Melissa Leo turn their Golden Globe wins into Oscar gold.

 Speaking of winning and gold, I really enjoyed talking to this party attendee, Lee Cummings, who's also a Philadelphia Film Society Member and Ambler Film Member. She said she had the opportunity to meet film historian Robert Osborne and was told she could rival him in film facts and history.  I asked her to name her favorite classic film, to which she replied, Cinema Paradisso (Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore). Have I seen it? Of course not, I'm just glad I at least knew of it!

What I do know is that I wish I had Jennifer Hudson's new svelte figure without actually having to do Weight Watchers.
 That this chick Lora Hirschberg who was part of the winning sound mixing team for Inception has huge biceps (or "guns" as my brother would say). That Atticus Ross (Oscar winner The Social Network, Composer) and Angus Wall (Oscar winner The Social Network Film Editor) have awesome names!

Russell Brand and Helen Mirren (so lovely, as always) were actually funny introducing the foreign film category; Brand deliberately mis-interpreted Mirren's french as "My queen was much more realistic than Colin Firth's king".  Reese Witherspoon's hair was the best of the night, although a close second was Sandra Bullock.

The best speech of the night is a tie between The King's Speech Director Tom Hooper who said his mom who almost never goes to see plays, happened to see a very early version of "The King's Speech"; after which, she called her son to say, I think you should do this as your next movie! And Luke Matheny, short film winner for God of Love, who opened his speech by saying he should have gotten a hair cut!

While we're on the subject, this is the winner of BMFI's contest for best acceptance speech, Janice Marini.

Once I took my seat inside the theater it immediately struck me that I needed some dessert.  I turned around and queried these women, Donna and Olga, asking "will they be putting out a dessert buffet?" The quickly chimed in with "YES! dessert and coffee comes out at 9pm and we can bring it to our seats".  That's all I needed to know.  Donna also has an aspiring filmmaker daughter (away at school) who started loving the Oscars at the age of 4.
 I'd like to thank BMFI director, Juliet Goodfriend (pictured with members, Donald and Billie Lee Orenbuch) and all her staff, particularly, Devin Wach, for a terrific evening.  There's something so fitting and exciting about watching the movies you've seen on the big screen, be honored on the big screen.
That being said, for the 84th Academy Awards celebration I want to be one of two places - sitting in front of the fireplace in my new swanky, but comfortable apartment, watching my 80-inch plasma flat screen TV; my boyfriend (who just happens to look a bit like Robert Downey, Jr.) is not just placating me by watching the Oscars, but has cleared his schedule for the viewing too, we're eating Pizza Hut Pizza, the 3lb box of Cheezits and sipping a really mellow table red.


I'm actually in LA attending the Oscars fully decked out from head to toe! (with Jennifer Hudson's new figure).

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP