Monday, March 08, 2010

And that's a wrap...

I am glad that The Hurt Locker won and that the Academy didn't hold any of "the controversies" against them. Still... it was too long and drawn out. While I don't think Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin did a bad job, and it's possible that no one can be a good host these days, I wanna see Neil Patrick Harris host this thing. Next year, please get folks who can read a teleprompter. And, while nice, I guess, I don't know that we need the dancing. Also, while I'm glad Sandy won, I want to see Meryl stand up there and accept an award again. So, hopefully she's continuing to choose wisely.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

And the winner is...


Avatar - James Cameron and Jon Landau, producers

The Blind Side - Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, producers

District 9 - Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, producers

An Education - Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers

The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, producers

Inglourious Basterds - Lawrence Bender, producer

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, producers

A Serious Man - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, producers

Up - Jonas Rivera, producer

Up in the Air - Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, producers

I said at the outset that I didn't know if any film would match the movies of 1943 (the last time that the Academy nominated 10 films). I think The Hurt Locker might have the best shot at that in terms of being remembered.

And the winner is...


Avatar - James Cameron

The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow

Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - Lee Daniels

Up in the Air - Jason Reitman

I am really happy for this win. I missed it. Did James Cameron stand and applaud? I like her speech also. It's kind of listy, but I like that she's kind of trying to work in what the various folks do. And, as Sean said, did they have to play Hear Me Roar as the walk off?

And the winner is...


Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Helen Mirren in The Last Station

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

So tired... so very tired... These are all very nice stories, but we're already 15 minutes late and 2 1/2 main categories to go. I did like Stanley Tucci's speech for Meryl. And, I liked Oprah's speech about Gabourey.

Awww... she's crying! Don't cry, Sandy. I'm glad she won. I wouldn't have minded if Meryl had won, but I'm glad for Sandy. And, I liked her speech. A lot. Even if she gets mocked tomorrow for crying.

And the winner is...


Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

George Clooney in Up in the Air

Colin Firth in A Single Man

Morgan Freeman in Invictus

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Why is Michelle Pfeiffer talking so slowly? Why are they spending time talking about the actors (and I assume the actresses, as well)? Also, wouldn't it be great if one of these co-stars just busted out with a story about how evil it was to work with the Best Actor/Actress nominee?

Oh, yay... Haven't seen this yet, but I've always liked Jeff Bridges. And, I like his speech as a salute to his folks. However, why did he get to talk forever while other get played out like after 30 seconds?

Avatar clips...

Apparently, Avatar made a lot of money. And was nominated for a lot of categories. And, it was visually stimulating, but I still say it's not the best picture of the year. Let's see if the academy agrees with me.

And the winner is...


Ajami - Israel

The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) - Peru

A Prophet (Un Prophète) - France

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) - Argentina

The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) - Germany

Didn't see that one coming either. I probably would have assume The White Ribbon would get it because it was nominated for other awards or Ajami because Israel always seems to do well in this category.

And, aww... no one laughed at the Argentinian director's joke. And, he lost the teleprompter. That was cute and a li'l sad.

The Hurt Locker clips

With Keanu Reeves introducing it. Huh... Interesting choice. I really enjoyed this movie. I hope it wins. And, the thing is, I didn't expect to like it. I rarely like movies because I find they are generally too jingoistic or too anti-soldier. Not that this was a happy medium, but what it tried to do (and mostly succeeded in my mind) was tell the story of this particular group of soldiers who were doing a job they were told to do. And they were doing it to the best of their ability.

Avatar - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron

District 9 - Julian Clarke

The Hurt Locker - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Inglourious Basterds - Sally Menke

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - Joe Klotz

Tyler Perry is too rich to be self-deprecating. He's also clearly not a stand-up comedian.

Wow... Didn't see that one at all. The Hurt Locker is doing quite well for itself. And I liked that dig at the end about making a movie without compromise.

And the winner is...


Burma VJ - Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller

The Cove - Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens

Food, Inc. - Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

Which Way Home - Rebecca Cammisa

I kind of really want to see all of these films and am kicking myself I didn't take advantage of the AMC Showcase Best Documentary airings. Next year.

Two and a half hours in...

And I'm tired. Which generally means the show is dragging. That's not good. Though, it started off with little energy so that could explain it. However, in the words of VampWillow, "Bored Now."

Up in the Air clips...

This movie, like A Simple Man, is a cute enough movie, though not (IMO) worthy of a Best Picture movie. I did enjoy (much of) the writing and the acting was great. But, it didn't earn its ending.

And the winner is...


Avatar - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

District 9 - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken

Star Trek - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Okay, now who didn't see that one coming? And, this win Avatar totally deserves.

And the winner is...


Avatar - James Horner

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Alexandre Desplat

The Hurt Locker - Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders

Sherlock Holmes - Hans Zimmer

Up - Michael Giacchino

A montage of the nominees work danced by a Legion of Extraordinary dancers. Huh... I feel like they tried this back in the 1990s and it didn't work then. Does it work now?

Not sure...

My ear doesn't automatically tune to the music, I'm much more story driven, however, I do recall liking this score. And, I kind of loved Michael's speech. Being creative is not a waste of time. It's not. It's what makes life worth living.

Now I'm going with nope. Though the dancers are uniformly excellent. I just don't get it.

Death montage

So, the salute to John Hughes wasn't part of or instead of the Death montage. Huh... And now we get James Taylor singing a song over the montage. And, once again, no names to tell who some of these older folks are. Oh, wait, here are the names. Okay, and they are readable this year, which is a good thing.

I feel like this isn't in chronological order this year. Huh... Why do I get the feeling that they keep trying to improve this each year and never getting it quite right. I also feel like they should do the middle school thing of asking people to hold their applause to the end.

And the winner is...


Avatar - Mauro Fiore

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Bruno Delbonnel

The Hurt Locker - Barry Ackroyd

Inglourious Basterds - Robert Richardson

The White Ribbon - Christian Berger

First off, way to go Sandra Bullock for dropping some Yiddish knowledge and using mishegas correctly. And good for Mauro Fiore for winning the actual award.

Inglourious Basterds clips

This was another good movie that probably won't win the Best Picture award. It was violent for the sake of being violent, which I don't have a problem with, but parts of it just didn't make sense, which I also didn't have a problem with, but which is why it wasn't the best of the 10 nominees.

Sci/Tech Awards...

And, they weren't even allowed on stage? Wow. It was a picture from the awards on Feb. 20. Just wow.

And the winner is...


Avatar - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson

The Hurt Locker - Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Inglourious Basterds - Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano

Star Trek - Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Why do all the young presenters sound so miserable? Also, Paul N.J. Ottosson wins two in a row? Not bad.

And the winner is...


Avatar - Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

The Hurt Locker - Paul N.J. Ottosson

Inglourious Basterds - Wylie Stateman

Star Trek - Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin

Up - Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Oooh... I think I called this one. I did call this one!

Salute to Horror

Why are Kristen and Taylor speaking in a monotone? Is this how they are when they act?

And, while I'm not a fan of the horror genre, I do understand that it has its place in movie history. That said, so do the winners of the Governor's Awards. So, we're getting a horror retrospective (intro'd by a pointless bit by Alec and Steve) instead of devoting the five minutes to entertainment legends? I call foul!

Precious clips

This movie was brutal. While I still think Avatar will win and want The Hurt Locker to win, I wouldn't be upset if Precious won. It was not enjoyable to view this movie, but I'm glad I did. The acting was great. The writing was fabulous. It felt (unfortunately) real.

And the winner is...


Bright Star - Janet Patterson

Coco before Chanel - Catherine Leterrier

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - Monique Prudhomme

Nine - Colleen Atwood

The Young Victoria - Sandy Powell

Did not see any of these movies, but you never bet against the Victorians when it comes to costume. Wow, she started a bit harsh (having won 2 already), but she pulled it out by dedicating it to the costume designers who work in modern looking films. Though she's still keeping it.

And the winner is...


Avatar - art direction Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; set decoration Kim Sinclair

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - art direction Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; set decoration Caroline Smith

Nine - art direction John Myhre; set decoration Gordon Sim

Sherlock Holmes - art direction Sarah Greenwood; set decoration Katie Spencer

The Young Victoria - art direction Patrice Vermette; set decoration Maggie Gray

And the first of the design/tech awards goes to Avatar. I'm not surprised. Whoah... I see a tv movie made of Robert Stromberg's life.

An Education

While I liked this film, I would be surprised if it won. It was an enjoyable, but soft film (even when the protagonist was at her nadir). And the Best Picture winners generally stand for something more.

And the winner is...


Penélope Cruz in Nine

Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air

Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Good for Mo'Nique. She had a hell of a performance.

Shout out to Hattie McDaniel. nice. Not sure that I understand the point about performance over politics. Clearly, I'm missing something.

Booo... Hisss...

Horrified that the Academy Awards shunted the Governor's Awards to a non-televised event.

2009 Governors Awards

On November 14, four extraordinary individuals were honored at the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards event. Producer-executive John Calley received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, and Honorary Awards went to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis.

I hope that the Thalberg Award winner, John Calley, gets his own televised piece.

And the winner is...


District 9 - written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

An Education - screenplay by Nick Hornby

In the Loop - screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Up in the Air - screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Oooh, I think I called that one. Also, is he the first African American to win a writing Oscar?

A Serious Man

I'm still not sure I get this movie. Though, I think it's because I didn't realize it was a Coen Brothers movie when I saw it. And, no I don't know how that happened. It was quite an enjoyable and funny film though. Though, if I weren't in a theater-ful of New York Jews (or at least over 50 percent Jewish), I don't know that it would have garnered half the laughs it did in Murray Hill. While I really liked it (heck, it had Wolowitz from Big Bang Theory), I don't think it's Best Picture material.

And the winner is...


Il Divo - Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano

Star Trek - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

The Young Victoria - Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Okay, Ben Stiller, you realize that every second you're babbling, some winner doesn't get to thank his agent, right?

Also, I was hoping this would win cause... aliens!

And the Winner is...


The Door - Juanita Wilson and James Flynn

Instead of Abracadabra - Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström

Kavi - Gregg Helvey

Miracle Fish - Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey

The New Tenants - Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Okay, I know nothing about this one either. And the old guy didn't get to speak? People, you need to time out your thank yous to 15 seconds, that way if there are more than one of you, everyone gets a chance to speak.

And the Winner is...


China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province - Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner - Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant - Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

Music by Prudence - Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Rabbit à la Berlin - Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

I'll admit it, I know nothing about this category. Though all of the nominees looked good. And, I wish they named the two folks talking, cause that was hard core the way the woman just interrupted the dude. And the music not only plays them off, but the camera pulls back? Wow, that is cold. I haven't been paying attention, but is that the way all of the winners have been played off?

And the winner is...


French Roast - Fabrice O. Joubert

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty - Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) - Javier Recio Gracia

Logorama - Nicolas Schmerkin

A Matter of Loaf and Death - Nick Park

Huh... I would have assumed Nick Park would win, because doesn't he always win those? Though, Schmerkin's (great name, btw) picture looked pretty.

Blind Side clip

I admit it, I am a sucker for these movies, even though I wish I weren't. I just like when wealthy folks do something to change the course of a life. At the same time, I get a bit uncomfortable when it's a white person changing the course of an African American. But, this had the benefit of being based on a true story. and, it's such a great story, too. I would not be upset if this movie wins. Surprised, but not upset.

District 9 clips

Okay, this and the Blind Side clip will be out of order...

Now, this was the one movie nominated for Best Picture that I didn't end up seeing. But, based on the clips I saw, I do regret that and will be rectifying that as soon as possible. Is the movie out on DVD yet? Must add it to my Netflix queue.

Up clips...

Man, this was a good movie. I just wish I could have seen it in 3-D. It was winsome and heartwarming and suspenseful and sad and beautiful.

John Hughes retrospective?

With Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick. Okay. Is this in addition to the death montage? Or, instead of? Because, I love John Hughes, and I think his work is pretty much genius. He made movies for an entire generation. But is this demeaning the work of other folks who passed away? But, man, he made some great movies. Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Beuller, 16 Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc., etc., etc.

And now, the Breakfast Club, Ducky and Macauley Culkin giving a shout out to John Hughes' family. Wow, Matthew Broderick looked younger when he was quoting Ferris.

And the winner is...


The Hurt Locker - written by Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds - written by Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger - written by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman

A Serious Man - written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Up - screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

I LOVED the interplay between Tina Fey and Robert Downey, Jr. They were funny and looked like they may have even rehearsed. Or, possibly read what they would be doing beforehand.

Also, I liked that Up pretty much did what tina Fey said all acting would be. Something that the writers (or directors) could fix on a laptop alone.

Mark Boal won for The Hurt Locker. I did not expect that, but I am happy he won. It was a grand movie. And Kathryn Bigelow gets a shout-out, as do the troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan (and Mark's dad).

And the winner is...

Okay, from afar, both Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus looked like they were wearing wedding dresses.


Almost There from The Princess and the Frog - music and lyrics by Randy Newman

Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog - music and lyrics by Randy Newman

Loin de Paname from Paris 36 - music by Reinhardt Wagner, lyrics by Frank Thomas

Take It All from Nine - music and lyrics by Maury Yeston

The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart - music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

I really do need to see this movie.

Did they thank the guy whose estate they were suing? or, the guy whose estate was suing T-Bone?

Best Animated Feature Film...


Coraline - Henry Selick

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson

The Princess and the Frog - John Musker and Ron Clements

The Secret of Kells - Tomm Moore

Up - Pete Docter

And, I'm 2 for 2. Aww, I'm glad. This was one of the films I wanted to be right about. What a great movie. From the beginning of the film to the end (the credits matched the picture on the screen - it took me a few credits to get it, but I finally did).

Uhhh okay...

Cameron couldn't remember that she was talking to Steve Carrell and not Jude Law? Really?

Though I do like the bit they are introducing. The animated characters talking about how glad they were to be nominated. Very cute and not a little bit of work.


Who blinked?

I'm guessing Cablevision blinked. With the number of folks just on facebook who threatened to go call Fios tomorrow. Then again, it could be ABC who blinked, realizing that without the Cablevision eyes for the Oscars, the ratings would go down and they would owe the advertisers. Thoughts?

ABC and Cablevision reached a deal...

Does this mean the Oscars will be joined in progress in cablevision homes?

Best Supporting Actor...

And the winner is:

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon
Woody Harrelson
'The Messenger'
Christopher Plummer
'The Last Station'
Stanley Tucci
'The Lovely Bones'
Christoph Waltz
'Inglourious Basterds'

These clips are kind of long. I wonder how much this telecast is going to run over?

Ha! I'm 1 for 1.

Also, I thought they were going to stop doing the "And the Winner is..." in lieu of And the Oscar goes to...

And Christoph is speaking in metaphors.

Alec and Steve... together again...

Any comments on Alec's most recent with the paparazzi?

Guess not.

And, poor Meryl. Most losses. She is the Lucci of Oscars. Except for the fact that she actually won a few.

Okay, they're actually kind of funny. Look, there's that Damn Helen Mirren. No Steve, that's the Dame Helen Mirren.

Steve Martin pulling out The Jerk. What a Call-back.

Okay, I'm kind of digging these one-liners. It's somewhat different for the Oscars.

Though, even if people are drawn in by the Oscars, how much are the ratings going to suffer due to the ABC-Cablevision fiasco?

George Clooney does not look happy. But, it might be a bit.

Okay, it's a bit. Still, was he supposed to be glowering whenever the camera went to him?

Taylor did not look like he expected to be on camera.

Neil Patrick Harris can do it all...

Even introduce the Oscar hosts.

In a Vegas style musical number that brings to mind the songs from Crosby-Hope films.

I like it. But, then it's NPH. That's a given.

And we're off...

Apparently looking at the Best Actor/Actress nominees.

Aww... Carey Mulligan looks so nervous. And Gabourey is just strutting. I like it.

Not sure of the point of this exercise is though...

And now they're off.

10 Best Picture Nominees

So, in the Red Carpet Show they were discussing the last time the Academy nominated 10 movies for Best Picture. It was in 1943. These were the films...

WINNER: Casablanca (Warner Bros.)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Paramount)
Heaven Can Wait (Twentieth Century-Fox)
The Human Comedy (MGM)
In Which We Serve (Two Cities; United Artists)
Madame Curie (MGM)
The More the Merrier (Columbia)
The Ox-Bow Incident (Twentieth Century-Fox)
The Song of Bernadette (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Watch on the Rhine (Warner Bros.)

A number of these are still considered classics today. I'm wondering which of the 10 films nominated for tonight will still be watched/discussed in 60+ years.

Time for the Red Carpet pre-show...

Let the inanity begin!

Bye-bye Barbara...

This was Barbara Walter's last time hosting her Barbara Walter's Academy Awards special. After 29 years. I wonder whose decision that was... ABC's or hers.

Liveblogging the Oscars

In case there was some doubt, I will be live-blogging the Oscars tonight. You can thank too much Sangria during brunch for that one.

It's a Wonderful Time for Oscars...

It's nearly time for the 82nd Academy Awards presentation. Yay! So exciting. Actually, it's not that exciting this year. I'm not sure why. I think because I'm afraid that it's a forgone conclusion that Avatar will win the Best Picture trophy, and I really hope it doesn't. Now, don't get me wrong. It's a very good movie with great special effects and very well directed. That is why they have the Best Director and Best Special Effects categories. Avatar is visually stimulating, but as far as the story goes, it is severely lacking. I hope The Hurt Locker wins, but I wouldn't be upset if Precious wins.

Other choices

Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”


Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”


Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon


Bright Star
Coco before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus
The Young Victoria

The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel
‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up in the Air


Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin


District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

El Secreto de Sus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
Un Prophète
The White Ribbon

Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
“Take It All” from “Nine”
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart”

French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper
(La Dama y la Muerte)

A Matter of Loaf and Death
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants


The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek


The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

District 9
Star Trek


An Education
In the Loop
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up in the Air


The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the
Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up in the Air