February, 2013

The 2013 Oscar Winners

February 25th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by under The Movie Guru, Uncategorized

This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here.  Well, The Academy Awards have come and gone and what can I say … winning an Oscar was easy as “Pi”.  That’s why Life of Pi was a big winner taking home 4 Oscars, including surprisingly Best Director for Ang Lee.  “Pi” also took home the Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Original Music Score Oscars.  There was a “silver lining” on Oscar Night when Jennifer Lawrence won for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.  Although many will remember her for tripping up on her dress as she goes up to accept her Oscar.  Hey, she’s an Oscar Winner now … can I fall down and win one? 

Tying for second place in Oscar wins were Les Miserables & Argo with 3 a piece.

“Les Miz” took home the Makeup/Hairstyling & Sound Mixing Oscars … and a little one for Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway … guess cutting off all of her hair and the singing paid off for the lady who critics thought that she wouldn’t make a good “Catwoman” in The Dark Knight Rises.  Now we call her “Oscar Winner” 

Argo brought home the Film Editing & Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars … and the “Best Revenge” …. Oh, I mean Best Picture Oscar, announced by the First Lady Michelle Obama from the White House via satellite no less.  Ben Afflick  gave a fine acceptance speech saying that the many times you fall down in this business you have to have the courage to “Get Up” – and that’s what Jennifer Lawrence did when she stumbled on the first step to go on stage to receive her Oscar … just get right back up and laugh it off because it’s been seen on YouTube about over a million times by now.


Lincoln & Django Unchained each took home 2 Oscars on this Night of Stars …

Lincoln received the Production Design Oscar and made Oscar History when Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor  Oscar for a third time for his portrayal as the 16th President of the United States. (Quick Note: Jack Nicholson also has 3 Oscars but one was for Best Supporting Actor and two for Best Actor)

Speaking of Best Supporting Actor Oscar, that honor once again went to Christoph Waltz for his role in Django Unchained which also gave Quentin Tarantino an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  Two different telling of how things were during the Civil War Era in our country … both earning Oscar Gold this year in some major categories.


The Academy Awards also honored the 50 years that James Bond 007 has been on the big screen.  The movie franchise was honored with song … Dame Shirley Bassey came out and sung her signature Bond Song “Goldfinger” to a standing ovation – and later on during the program Adele sung the latest Bond film song “Skyfall” and it was awarded this year’s Oscar for Best Original Song and Skyfall won for Sound Editing (it tied with Zero Dark Thirty for that honor).  What a year MI6’s best “Licensed To Kill” secret agent has had … and … “James Bond Will Return”.


Lastly, Disney’s Brave won for Best Animated Feature Film & Disney released Paperman which won the Animated Short Film Oscar.  The “House of Mouse” does it again in this movie genre.  And as predicted, Amour won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


We have to give props to Oscar host Seth MacFarlane.  What can I say, you got what you asked for when you ask Seth to be your host.  For his first time as host it’s wasn’t too bad.  Being a Hardcore “Trekker” or “Trekkie” myself I got a hoot out of him having William Shatner as “Captain Kirk” to break out the old movie Starfleet uniform and trying to get him to change the Space-Time Continuum to make sure he has a great Oscar Night as the host.  All and all he did an OK job; some jokes got the “Oohs” and “silence” pause of shock as he crossed the line.  But that’s Seth MacFarlane!  And if they decide to have him as the host next year we’ll all be ready.


This is the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru, Marcus Jackson.  Hope that you all enjoyed the biggest night in Hollywood honoring the best this past year of 2012 had to give us.  See you when I post my next blog entry when I’ll talk about the big movies coming up in March.  See you at the movies.  Can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer us as the race for “Oscar Gold” begins anew once again.


Time for The Oscars 2013

February 22nd, 2013 at 12:37 pm by under The Movie Guru, Uncategorized

This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here.  Well, The Academy Awards are almost here and we will see who will walk on the stage when they announce “And the Oscar goes to …”  With 2012 being an election year and by the result of the Golden Globe & SAG Awards Winners this movie award season is going be “political” in many ways.  The Academy Awards are no exception – The 3 main movies that are getting the most buzz as far as nominations for the Oscar  – Argo, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.   We can’t forget about  Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook (huge buzz), The Life of Pi, and Django Unchained; as well as Beasts of the Southern Wild  and  Amour – which may win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

Now the big Oscar buzz is the fact that one of these film’s directors was not nominated for the Best Director Oscar, even though he won it for the Golden Globe – Ben Affleck.

With him out of the running the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars may not goes to the same film.  As a “Movie Guru” my pick for Best Picture is going to go to Argo, BUT, the Best Director Oscar I think will go to Steven Spielberg for Lincoln or David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. 


Now to see all of the Oscar Nominations you can go to the Official Website ….

www.oscars.com  or  www.oscars.go.com.  There you can get all the latest insights to get you ready for this Sunday, February 24th at 7e/4p on ABC.  That’s 6pm here in the Mobile/Pensacola viewing area. 

Well, being the FOX affiliate station here in the Mobile/Pensacola area I’m excited for “The Simpsons” getting an Oscar nod for its Animated Short Film – Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” and for this year’s Academy Awards host, Seth MacFarlane.  Can’t wait to see what the creator of FOX’s Family Guy & American Dad as well as last summer’s big hit comedy, Ted, has planned for us the viewing audience.  I think he’s going to be just as funny as Billy Crystal who has host The Oscars a few times.  He could join the ranks of Bob Hope & Johnny Carson as being one of the most memorable hosts for this Star-Studded Event.

Well, my friend and co-worker, Meteorologist Michael White says it’s going to rain all this weekend so Sunday I’ll be right in front of the TV watching to see who will win the coveted prize for motion pictures here in the Good Old U. S. of A.  If you do the same make sure that the next day you watch FOX 10 News starting at 4:30am and Studio 10 at 8am when we will recap the Academy Awards and talk about the Oscar Winners …. And the fashions and all the after parties …. Etc. etc. etc.


This is the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru, Marcus Jackson.  Hope that you all stay safe and dry from the rain this weekend and watch The Oscars this Sunday with me …. Well, at your own homes … unless you’re throwing an Oscar party, so then by all means invite me over.  See you when I post my next blog entry when I’ll talk about the big movies coming up in March.  See you at the movies.

Faces of Humility

February 11th, 2013 at 4:03 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

Some things stick with you.

  • I learned President Kennedy had been shot when I was leaving class in elementary school.
  • I found out Pope John Paul I died while I was living in an apartment on Dauphin Street.
  • The news of Pope John Paul II’s death reached me as I got off an airplane in Madrid.

I will always remember I heard about Pope Benedict’s resignation the first thing on a Monday morning.

Granted, this Pope is 85 years old, having been elected Pope at an age that most people are enjoying their retirement. Lately, when approaching the altar at St. Peter’s Basilica, he used a moving platform rather than walk the 100 yards down the center aisle. Late last year, people who spent time with the pontiff said they found him weak and too tired to engage with what they were saying.

But his predecessor, John Paul II, suffered from trembling hands and slurred speech, an inability to walk or hold his head up, and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for years and still held the job until he died at the age of 84.

Perhaps this Pope realized he didn’t want his pontificate to end like that. Perhaps there is some underlying personal, medical reason for which we may never know.

Maybe the last two Popes represent different faces of humility. Pope John Paul II, despite displaying symptoms that would have given a lesser person reason to withdraw from public life, purposely used his appearance to show respect for life until the moment of natural death. Pope Benedict, knowing he could have occupied the position for life, in humility chose to renounce the papal throne, to open the way for someone else. As he put it:

… in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.







HRT means business

February 6th, 2013 at 1:25 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

Thanks to a Twitter friend, I read a new version of what happened during the successful rescue of 5 year old Ethan in Midland City this week.  The story highlighted the work the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, known as HRT.  They train to go into, what appear to be impossible situations, and rescue the innocent while, in FBI terms, stopping the threat.

I had my own experience with the Team during a visit to Quantico, Virginia with FBI sniper Charlie Spaht.   I was in the Washington area with Charlie to do some stories about FBI training.  While Charlie was visiting his favorite gunsmith at Quantico, he asked me to wait for him outside the HRT headquarters, which was just a short walk from where we were.

I strolled there, enjoying the view when, out of nowhere, a voice boomed out, “LEAVE THIS AREA”.

I addressed what sounded like the Voice of God telling Him I had clearance and was asked to meet another agent there, when I heard:


I left.

I told Charlie about this later and he just laughed and said, “They mean business”.

It’s clear from what happened in Midland City, they know their business, too.