Yet another amazing video by OK Go. This is so much fun.
The complete list of gifts, which are given only to the nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director categories, is below:
- Haze Dual Vaporizer ($249.99)
- Personalized M&Ms ($300)
- A 10,000-meal donation made in the nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice ($6,300)
- A lifetime supply of Pu-erh Tea Nourishing Cream and Pu-erh Tea Cleansing Bar ($31,200)
- A year’s worth of Silvercar rentals ($45,000)
- 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Israel ($55,000)
- Tribute video services ($125)
- Caolion Ultimate Pore Care gift set ($134)
- Healing Saint Luminosity skin serum and hair follicle stimulant ($193)
- Private walking tour of Japan for up to 15 days ($54,000)
- 10 personal training sessions with Alexis Seletzky ($900)
- Belldini gift certificate ($300+)
- Chapstick ($6)
- Chocolatines Drunken Fig Cake Bites ($35)
- Dandi Patch to make sweat stains ($21)
- Delovery gift basket ($2,000)
- Druzy earrings ($25)
- Fit Club TV “Ultimate Fitness Package” ($6,250)
- Gleener on the Go ($11.99)
- 3-day stay at the Golden Door Resort & Spa in San Marcos, CA ($4,800)
- 3-night stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, Italy ($5,000)
- 3-night stay at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como ($5,000)
- Greenhill Blanc de Blancs wine ($39)
- Hydroxycut Gummies ($19.88)
- 3 fitness training sessions with Jay Cardiello ($1,400)
- Joseph’s Toiletries toilet paper ($275)
- Sterling silver necklace ($150)
- Memobottles ($47)
- El Silencio Mezcal ($75)
- Mission1 protein bar ($5.64)
- Nuelle Fiera arouser for her ($250)
- Phantom Glass screen protector ($49.95-59.95)
- Purely Inspired Organic Protein ($19.97)
- Rouge Maple culinary products ($99)
- Sedone Lace makeup brush set ($109.95)
- Signature Vodka ($70)
- Slimware plates ($29.95)
- Steamist spa system ($5,060)
- Sundial powder coating ($500)
- Blow dryers and flat irons ($250)
- Vampire Breast Lift ($1,900)
- Wallet ($125)
- 740 Park plastic surgery ($5,530)
I didn’t realize the gift bags aren’t actually affiliated with the Oscars. They’re distributed by a company called Distinctive Assets, and the Academy is suing them.
Mark came home with a volume on English civilization by Winston Churchill while Oliver went with the less meaty but funnier Calvin and Hobbes.
This made me laugh.
Upside Down & Inside Out by OK Go has become my favorite music video of all time. Here is how they did it.
I think I prefer the original by Suzanne Vega.
Natalie Cole was born on Feb. 6, 1950, to Nat Cole and his wife, Maria Cole, who had sung with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Natalie grew up surrounded by music and celebrities, and she made her recording debut as a child, singing with her father on a Christmas album. But after Nat Cole’s death in 1965, she turned away from music. She majored in child psychology and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1972.
But she was soon singing in clubs — although she resisted singing her father’s material.
“I had to do my own songs in my own way,” she told Rolling Stone in 1977.
She was noticed by producers based in Chicago, Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who wrote much of her early material. She married Mr. Yancy in 1976, the first of three marriages.
Ms. Cole is survived by her son, Robert Yancy, and her two sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole.
Capitol Records, which was also Nat Cole’s label, signed Natalie Cole and released her 1975 debut album, “Inseparable,” which drew comparisons to Aretha Franklin from reviewers and included the Top 10 single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” She was named Best New Artist at the 1976 Grammy Awards, where “This Will Be” also won as “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female.”
Ms. Cole’s third album, “Unpredictable” in 1977, was also a Top 10 pop album. She showed off her acrobatic live vocals on “Natalie Live” in 1978 and made a duet album, “We’re the Best of Friends,” with the R&B crooner Peabo Bryson in 1979. But her pop profile dwindled, in part because of her drug problems.
Her career was revived in 1987, after rehab, with “Everlasting,” which included three Top 10 pop singles: “Jump Start,” the ballad “I Live for Your Love” and her version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.”
Yet it was with “Unforgettable … With Love” in 1991, leaping back to a previous generation’s songs, that Ms. Cole would establish her latter-day career. “Unforgettable” reminded both radio programmers and the record business that there was a large audience for music offering comfort far from the cutting edge.
“The shock of it all is that this record is getting airplay,” Ms. Cole said in an interview at the time. “It’s absolutely shocking to see it between Van Halen and Skid Row on the charts, totally out of its element. It should be encouraging to record companies and my contemporaries.”
I know this is so 2014 but what a great song by Mumford & Sons.