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I hate the Oscars. Unfortunately, as a masochist I continue to tune in each year. These will be the worst ones yet. Black Panther is nominated for Best Picture, after all.

The opening 3-woman act was extremely cringy. They couldn't even find a host this year.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma) ~ My prediction
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) ~ My pick
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)


WINNER: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Hey, they didn't screw it up.

BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG ~ My pick & prediction


WINNER: Free Solo

Never saw it, but I'm not too upset RGB lost.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Vice
Border
Mary Queen of Scots

WINNER: Vice

I don't really care about this one.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Wouldn't mind this one)
Black Panther (I also wouldn't be upset)
The Favourite (My personal pick)
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scotts (My prediction)


WINNER: Black Panther

One of the only awards it deserves. The Black Panther suit is pretty slick and the costume design all around was good.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Black Panther (I wouldn't mind much)
Mary Poppins Returns
The Favourite (My personal pick)
Roma (I'd like this)
First Man


WINNER: Black Panther

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cold War
The Favourite (Wouldn't be too upset)
Never Look Away
Roma (My pick, it's absolutely gorgeous)
A Star Is Born (My prediction. I will be pissed)


WINNER: Roma

Wooh! They did it! The film is gorgeous.

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“All The Stars” from Black Panther (I might kill myself)
“I’ll Fight” from RBG (Please no)
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" From Mary Poppins Returns (It was okay)
“Shallow” from A Star Is Born (My prediction but I want Buster Scruggs to win)
"When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" (I love this song. HARDCORE rooting for Buster Scruggs)


I'm dropping my live updates bc I'm watching the rest with a group but I will write up about how pissed I am afterward. If Black Panther wins Best Picture I will never watch the Oscars again.

WTF? Green Book won Best Picture? Nobody expected that. Even the crew looked really surprised when they got called over Roma and The Favourite. The Academy Awards are a joke. That's all, folks.

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Off Topic / RIP Zealot's Car
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:28:14 PM »
~snip for privacy~

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Off Topic / It's Election Day! ~ Blue Wave 2018
« on: November 05, 2018, 11:19:01 AM »
Come on Dems! Get out there!



If the Senate is split 50-50, Republicans maintain majority control because Vice President Mike Pence has the tiebreaking vote. This brown townysis treats independent Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King as Democrats because they caucus with that party.

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Off Topic / Oklahoma Legalizes Medical Marijuana
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:29:48 PM »
http://www.newson6.com/story/38516468/sq-788-passes-legalizing-medical-marijuana-in-oklahoma

56% Yes - 44% No, it went through! We did it Oklahoma! Also, top Republican is in the 20s with the top dem in the 60s, so Republicans are gonna get slammed in the gubernatorial election also.

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Games / The Elder Scrolls VI announced
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:51:52 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkFdqqyI8y4

Currently in pre-production at Bethesda Game Studios, the acclaimed developers of Skyrim and Fallout 4. The highly-anticipated next chapter in the iconic The Elder Scrolls series.

I-it's really happening!



Also, check out the brand new Skyrim ports.

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http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/oklahoma-now-leads-nation-with-highest-incarceration-rate-study-finds/article_0561c981-5e48-51a0-812e-19c22b33f55d.html

We've also lead the nation in female incarceration for a long time.

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Oklahoma has overtaken Louisiana as the state with the highest incarceration rate in the United States, according to a new study.

The state of Oklahoma's incarceration rate is 1,079 per 100,000 people, leading the nation after previously sitting at No. 2, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

The nonprofit organization's report also states that Oklahoma incarcerates people at higher rates than all countries with a population of at least 500,000.

...and I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free...

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Off Topic / McZealot is in the emergency room
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:32:24 PM »
AMA

Nah I can't actually answer questions bc I only got a sec but I felt sick in class and went to the bathroom. I didn't eat anything today so I wasn't sure what upset my stomach. Surprise--I start voming a mix of blood and stomach acid. I uncontrollably vomited for a few minutes, but got extremely weak and couldn't stand up. I passed out with my head against the toilet bowel and didn't wake up until it automatically flushed on me. When I got up I called my mom and told her to call the school and let them know I can't stand up (vomiting mid call). I passed out again in a pool of stomach acid and woke up when the nurse came in with a wheelchair. Getting off the floor was one of the hardest things I ever did--I was shaking uncontrollably. The pain I was feeling was the worst I had felt in my entire life. It was like all my organs were melting. I kept falling out of the wheelchair because I was shaking and also lurching forward constantly to vomit. I got taken to our family doc--she came to the car since I was too weak to move--and pretty quickly said I needed to go to the ER. They forbid me from drinking water despite how thirsty l was. I snuck away and took a drink of water and it was obviously a bad idea--I started convulsing in pain and fell out of the wheelchair. In the ER room I got pumped full of fluids (I was getting really lightheaded at this point and couldn't tell what was going on) and my blood got drawn. I got to answer some symptom questions about my illness which resolved to "didn't eat anything, it came out of nowhere". They asked to rank the pain and I told them 8/10. Previously it was definerely a 10. They told me it could be an appendix tear or kidney stone. I got to pee in a jar--surprise, blood in the piss! Just now I went down for a cat-scan and got x-rayed. I also have tachycardia--my pulse hasn't dropped below 100 in hours.

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Off Topic / Protest at Oklahoma Capitol
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:36:26 AM »
The Oklahoma Teachers Union has been on strike for two weeks now during negotiations with the Oklahoma Legislature. With no school, I headed down to join the teachers and students at the capitol. I'm alone atm in a crowd of hundreds of extremely hot teachers and students. Most people are marching outside the building, but I'm in a group inside the Senate that's going to meet with representatives (mine is Bridenstei) in about 15 minutes.

AMA

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Games / Crusader Kings II is FREE right now (Permanent Copy)
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:18:32 PM »
https://store.steampowered.com/app/203770/Crusader_Kings_II/

Pick this game up guys. I've played it for hundreds of hours and it's one of the most memorable games I've ever played. The crazy situations you get into (like getting murdered by your kids and playing as them only to learn that you and everyone else in the court is secretly Jewish) can be pretty hilarious and it's a very RPG like strategy game (esp with Monks & Mystics adding artifacts).

DLC is intimidating but 99% are just aesthetic. If you really get into it the only ones you should really get are Horse Lords & The Old Gods, because Vikings & Mongols are extremely fun to play.

Fun fact: If your character has a low intelligence, their cat will "go to live with their aunt" instead of dying.
Also you can host Satanic murder orgies in this game.

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It only has 45 views, but when YouTube autoplayed this video for me I found myself in a deep trance. This music is some of the most mesmerizing and incredible I have heard in years. "Spooky Max" as he goes by, despite having 125 subscribers, is clearly a talented musician. I would not be surprised to see some of these masterpieces topping the Top 100 charts.

Here's a good segment, but the entire album is a musical achievement.
https://youtu.be/sp331NMacfg?t=5m35s

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Off Topic / Tomb Raider film
« on: March 28, 2018, 11:45:01 PM »
Anyone seen the new Tomb Raider film? Imo it's the best video game movie ever, and by that I mean it's not awful. The bar would probably be set with Warcraft, which I'd give a 4/10. Fun movie to watch but man it was bad.

Lara's actor was really solid and gave a convincing performance very similar to the Tomb Raider reboot series (and nothing at all like the old games in which she is a psychopathic bitch). These are significantly better than both Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider Films, although that bar is ridiculously low. I'd give it a solid 7/10. Extremely forgettable movie but still very fun and the thing that I liked the most was a certain scene (that I won't spoil) that was taken shot-by-shot from the first Tomb Raider reboot game. It was ridiculous and actiony and a straight-up remake of game footage for a solid 4-5 minutes.

We did it guys--we got a good video game movie. A new era has begun.

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General Discussion / ~BR~ Battle Royale ~BR~ [CLOSED]
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:38:44 PM »



Battle Royale is a 10-minute Survival Deathmatch. Players parachute out of the sky over an abandoned tropical island. They will be forced to scavenge for completely randomized weapons, ammunitions, and traps that have been left across the island. A lethal force-field slowly closes in over the arena, slowing forcing towards the middle of the island where those who survive will battle the last players left standing.




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Off Topic / Oklahoma Teacher Strike
« on: March 12, 2018, 11:09:24 PM »
The Oklahoma Teacher's Union is organizing an indefinite strike on April 2nd in which teachers will not return to work until public education spending is increased. As someone who has personally watched this state's education dissolve into garbage despite going to some of the nicest schools in the state, I'm really proud of their actions.

Write-up I posted on Reddit:
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Oklahoma teachers are paid almost twenty thousand dollars below the national average, and they spend about twice as many hours working as they are paid for (because of after school programs, proffesional development, grading, and more.)

Oklahoma has recently surpassed Mississipi as the lowest funded state for education. It's really bad here. Every day my teachers have to beg students for basic things like paper and notecards because they either have to purchase them out of pocket or go without. A massive portion of our school's supplies come from student and parent donations.

They constantly call homes to ask for donations, and at the end of each year, they send home surveys asking what programs and services parents would prefer they cut next year to save money, as the budget drops each year. Our teachers haven't gotten a raise in ten years. Two weeks ago, they eliminated gradual pay increases for teachers, so a 30 year teacher would be paid the same as someone fresh out of college.

Our state issues almost two thousand "emergency teaching certificates" a year because our educators are fleeing to Texas and other states for better pay. The 2017 Teacher of the Year left for Arkansas. These new teachers are wildly under-qualified. Several of our temporary teachers have been arrested for extorting money from students, coming to school drunk and on the influence of narcotics, and having schizophrenic breakdowns in class (including one guy who threw a computer across the room). February, one of our teachers was charged as a love offender for sending nude photographs of themselves to freshmen.

The situation here is desperate. It's far worse than the US in general and you can genuinely sense the collapse of our education every year. With all this said, I go to one of the ten best-funded schools in the state, which illustrates just how terrible things are getting for rural schools as well.

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Off Topic / The Oscars
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:01:59 PM »
Anyone else watching? I do it just to get pissed. Updating with wins.

Best Supporting Actor winner: Sam Rockwell; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
I wanted to win: Three Billboards
I guessed would win: Three Billboards

Best Makeup & Hairstyling winner: Darkest Hour
Didn't care much. Was disappointing that Shape of Water didn't get a nomination.

Best Costume Design winner: Phantom Thread
Didn't care much.

Best Documentary Feature winner: Icarus
I wanted to win: Icarus
I guessed would win: Icarus

So happy Icarus won this. Incredible documentary, second favorite one ever. "Tickled" is my #1, it's insane.

Best Sound Editing winner: Dunkirk
I wanted to win: Baby Driver or Blade Runner 2049
I guessed would win: Baby Driver

Really, Dunkirk? It had a lot of gunfire and stuff but nothing about the audio blew me away, except for how loud it was.

Best Sound Mixing winner: Dunkirk
I wanted to win: Baby Driver or Blade Runner 2049
I guessed would win: Baby Driver

The hell? The entire movie of Baby Driver was synchronized to an INCREDIBLE soundtrack so that all the actions were fluid and brilliant. But DUNKIRK wins because... it had some nice sounding guns.

Best Production Design winner: The Shape of Water
I wanted to win: Blade Runner 2049
I guessed would win: The Shape of Water

Really? Shape of Water gets it over Blade Runner? That movie was incredible and every set was soaked in brilliant set and lighting design. The cgi blended well with the rest of it and the whole thing was incredible. Shape of Water was great and pretty but not even on the same level.

Best Foreign Language Film winner: A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
I wanted to win: The Insult
I guessed would win: The Insult

A Fantastic Woman literally won because it starred a Trans-Woman as the lead.

Best Supporting Actress winner: Allison Janney; I, Tonya
I wanted to win: Octavia Spencer; The Shape of Water
I guessed would win: Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

I'm gonna be so pissy if Phantom Thread wins supporting actress. Rooting hard for Octavia Spencer from The Shape of Water. She just about made that whole movie.

Best Animated Short winner: Dear Basketball
I wanted to win: Revolting Rhymes (Incredible)
I guessed would win: Lou (generic Disney cartoon)

I am so pissed that Kobe Bryant's awful Basketball short won over the INCREDIBLE Revolting Rhymes. I was watching that film and I swear it just got better and better and better. One of the coolest looking animated shorts I've ever seen. At least it didn't go to this year's generic Disney short.

Best Animated Feature winner: Coco
I wanted to win: Coco
I guessed would win: Coco
I didn't like Coco that much (it was a good movie) but wow, the other options are garbage. I've seen them all and Boss Baby & Ferdinand were bad. Must've been a bad year for animation.

Best Visual Effects winner: Blade Runner 2049
I wanted to win: Blade Runner 2049
I guessed would win: War For The Planet of The Apes

So happy Blade Runner won this. Oscar judges always seem to vote for the mildly convincing monkey CGI that has been around for like 5+ years now despite the fact that it has made minimal improvements.

Best Film Editing winner: Dunkirk
I wanted to win: Baby Driver
I guessed would win: Dunkirk

What was the impressive film editing in Dunkirk? Baby Driver has incredible sync but Dunkirk didn't have any transitions or anything that astounded me.

Best Documentary Short winner: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Best Live Action Short winner: The Silent Child
I wanted to win: The Eleven O'Clock
I guessed would win: Watu Wote (I was SURE would win)

So pissed that Silent Child won. It was preachy and stupid. They villified the parents to an extreme degree and it was almost comedic. The ending was so stupid (with the girl signing "I LOVE YOU") and almost laughable. The Eleven O'Clock was HILARIOUS and brilliant, one of the funniest shorts I've seen. I didn't think it would win because of the lack of politics, but Watu Wote was also great and really touching. It had political issues and was very tense during the hostage scene. I am dumbfounded that Silent Child won because it was genuinely the worst (or second worst) of the entire selection. Did they watch the films they voted on?

Best Cinematography winner: Blade Runner 2049
I wanted to win: Blade Runner 2049
I guessed would win: Dunkirk

BLADE RUNNER WON BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY OVER DUNKIRK. I'M SO HAPPY I AM TURNING THE OSCARS OFF RIGHT NOW.

Best Picture winner: The Shape Of Water
I wanted to win: The Shape Of Water
I guessed would win: Three Billboards

Sorry that I didn't update, I was busy having a ten minute long climax after The Shape of Water miraculously beat out Three Billboards for the Oscar. So happy. This almost makes up for Star Trek Beyond getting it's award stolen by Suicide Squad.

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The Chicago Tribune - 13 Russians charged with elaborate plot to interfere in 2016 presidential election
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-russia-election-meddling-indictments-20180216-story.html

The Guardian - Robert Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/16/robert-mueller-russians-charged-election

Thirteen Russians have been criminally charged for interfering in the 2016 US election to help Donald Trump, the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, announced on Friday.

Mueller’s office said 13 Russians and three Russian entities, including the notorious state-backed “troll farm” the Internet Research Agency, had been indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington DC.

A 37-page indictment alleged that the Russians’ operations “included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” his Democratic opponent.

Mueller alleged that Russian operatives “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign”, but the indictment did not address the question of whether anyone else in Trump’s team had knowingly colluded.

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