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January 13, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “If not enough people doubt you, you’re not making a difference.” ~ Seth Godin
★~Rubber Ducky Day:
Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!
You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you
Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin. Though rubber duckies are typically a domesticated species, they can often be found in the wild owing to a Pacific storm in 1992 that set over 29,000 duckies free from a cargo ship. For months after the storm, the rubber duckies made their way to the shores of Indonesia, Australia, and South America. Some even entered into the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia and became trapped in the Arctic ice. Indeed, to the rubber ducky, the world’s just one big bath tub.
★~ Golden Globe Awards:
Tonight is a big night for the entertainment industry—the Golden Globes! The first Golden Globes ceremony took place in December of 1947. It was a modest luncheon hosted by the newly formed Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) to honor Harry M. Warner, the president of Warner Brothers. Today, an average of 250 million viewers tune in to watch this star-studded Hollywood event.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in both film and television entertainment. In 1951, the HFCA also made the decision to separate the big awards into two categories—drama and musical/comedy.
This year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. For those tuning in on TV, the Hollywood party/awards show will begin at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday and will be aired live across the country on NBC. The red carpet officially starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern) and the pre-show will air on NBC at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern).
Leading the pack of film nominees this year is Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which scored a record seven nominations, including best dramatic film, director and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. “Lincoln” also led Thursday’s Academy Award nominations with 12 nods.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated a selection of dramatic films that focus on other U.S.-centered themes too. The category includes Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage crisis drama “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow’s account of the search for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty”. Ang Lee’s shipwreck epic “Life of Pi” is also nominated for dramatic film.
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “Silver Linings Playbook” are the best comedy or musical nominees.
In TV land, HBO’s “Game Change” and “The Girl,” BBC’s six-part period piece “The Hour,” History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and USA Network’s “Political Animals” are up for best TV miniseries or movie.
“The Big Bang Theory,” “Episodes,” “Girls” and “Smash” are up against reigning TV comedy winner “Modern Family.”
In the TV drama category, “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey: Season 2” and “The Newsroom” are up against last year’s winner, “Homeland.” “Downton Abbey’s” first season took home the Golden Globe for best miniseries, but the “Masterpiece Classic” series is now being categorized with the best TV drama label.
A dish of Peach Melba might be just the dessert to pair with the Golden Globe awards…
★~ Peach Melba Day:
Peach Melba it’s a refreshingly simple pairing of peaches and ice cream topped with Melba sauce. Created by the noted French chef Auguste Escoffier, this dessert is fit for a queen — or at least a diva, like Dame Nellie Melba , the Australian opera singer for whom it was created. While Melba was performing in London, Escoffier created the dish in her honor, serving the peach-topped vanilla ice cream in an ornate ice-carved swan and topping the dessert with spun sugar. He later adapted it for the Carlton Hotel in 1900 by creating a new “Melba” sauce, consisting of pureed red currant jelly, raspberries, sugar and cornstarch. Peach Melba
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1863 – Thomas Crapper pioneered the one-piece pedestal flushing toilet. He is also said to have pioneered the self raising seat for said toilet, which worked on a system of counter weights that left men free to concentrate on the job at hand.
♥~ 1957 – The Wham-O Company developed the first plastic Frisbee. The most popular theory as to how this flying disc came to be dates back to the 1920s when Yale students invented a game of catch by tossing around metal pie tins from the Frisbee Baking Company in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut. They would frequently shout “Frisbieeeee” to warn passersby of the oncoming pie plate. Building inspector Fred Morrison puttered with and refined a plastic flying disc that he sold to WHAM-O (for $1 million) in 1955. The disc was introduced to the consumer market in 1957 as the Pluto Platter (the name inspired by the U.S. obsession with UFOs). Wham-O changed the name to Frisbee in 1958, upon hearing the Yale pie-tin story. (Mattel now owns the rights to Frisbee, which has become an American icon.)
♥~ 1962 – Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.
♥~ 1973 – Carly Simon’s No Secrets was the #1 album in the U.S. for the first of five weeks
♥~ 1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus Emmy Award-winning actress: Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine; Saturday Night Live, Hannah and Her Sisters, North, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 1962,
♥~ 1966 – Patrick Dempsey actor: Fast Times, The Right to Remain Silent, Loverboy, Meatballs, Grey’s Anatomy
★~ Did You Know: Golden Globe Awards
♥~ The first national telecasts of the Golden Globe Awards were during a special segment on “The Andy Williams Show” in 1964 and 1965.
♥~ Rat Pack Take Over: Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA up until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show. Since then, stars have ruled the show.
♥~ Five Favorites: The most Globes won by a film is five — and the honor has been shared by five winners: “Doctor Zhivago”(1966), “Love Story” (1971), “The Godfather” (1973), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976), and “A Star is Born” (1977).
♥~ Awards Sweep: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay).
♥~ Biggest Shut Out: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1967) and “The Godfather, Part III” (1991) each received seven nominations — but no awards.
♥~ Nashville Nine: “Nashville” (1976) holds the record for most nominations ever for a film — but the film only won one the Best Song award for Keith Carradine’s “I’m Easy.”
♥~ Academy Snub: Actress Rosalind Russell won all five Golden Globes that she’s been nominated for, but never nabbed an Oscar for her achievements.
♥~ Jack on Top: Jack Nicholson holds the record for most individual Golden Globe wins — the actor has won six statuettes.
♥~ Nomination Domination: Jack Lemmon and Meryl Streep hold the record for most individual nominations — Lemmon has 22 and Streep has 19.
♥~ Three Way: There has only been one three-way tie in a category at the Globes — in 1989, Jodie Foster (“The Accused”), Shirley MacLaine (“Madame Sousatzka”), and Sigourney Weaver (“Gorillas in the Mist”) all won for Best Actress.
♥~ Youngest Recipient: Ricky Schroeder became the youngest award recipient ever when he won the Globe for Best New Star of the Year in 1980 for “The Champ” at age 9.
♥~ Unbeatable at 80: Jessica Tandy is the oldest award recipient ever, having won Best Actress at age 80 for “Driving Miss Daisy” (1990).
♥~ Star Protest: Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Globe for “The Godfather” in 1973 to protest U.S. “imperialism and racism”. He also refused his Oscar statuette for the same role.
♥~ Giving Back: The HFPA has raised nearly eight million dollars for entertainment-related charities and scholarships.
Last night the Miss America Pageant aired on television, and I laughed out loud when I saw this picture on Facebook; it was posted by Catherine’s daughter (remember, Catherine from Mrs Rhodes Darlings). Catherine, for as long as I have known her, has never missed a Miss America Pageant, and seems to have passed this legacy on to her daughters and Basset Hound, Daisy.
In case you missed the show:
Miss America is…Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan!
“And there she is
“Walking on air, she is
“Fairest of the fair, she is
“There she is – Miss America”
Runner-ups include —First: Miss South Carolina. Second: Miss Oklahoma. Third: Miss Iowa.
Daisy won Miss.Congeniality.
Will you be tuning into the Globes tonight?
Odd Loves Company,