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Lights, Camera, Tip-Off
Tinsel Town is known for its red carpets, memorable gowns, talent, motion pictures, movie stars, and of course, the Oscars. These are some of the words that come to mind when you think of the Academy Awards. Now let's take a look at the other well-known and well-respected stars of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers. With a career full of red carpet treatments, celebrations, jet-setting travels, and unforgettable game winning shots, the Los Angeles Lakers are not much different from the stars you see on the big screen. Since Los Angeles serves as "The Mecca" for films, creativity, and award shows, it is only fair to ask your Lakers what their favorite Hollywood films of the year are. Now let's roll out the red carpet and see what the purple and gold have to say about this spectacular event.
Once a year the biggest names get together for this awards show, which separates ordinary entertainment from distinguished talent. Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic claims, "I always thought that once you have made it to the Oscars, you know you have made it. There is not really anywhere else you can go from there." Broadcast live, this event always satisfies the viewers with feelings of joy, anticipation and excitement. The show caters to many people of all ages and interests, all while solidifying an actor's, actress's or filmmaker's efforts in the coveted pages of Oscar history.
This year's winners and nominees were similar to previous years, in that they all exuded sensational talent. What were some of the favorites from the Lakers bench? "Avatar" was best remembered and appreciated by forward Luke Walton and guard Jordan Farmar. Known for its costumes and make-up, "Avatar" was a fan favorite across the board. While Walton "loved it, even though I didn't see it in 3-D," Farmar took what little time he has off the court to see the film twice." It was amazing, especially in 3-D. I saw the regular version first and 3-D second. I wish I had seen it the other way around so I could have had the full effect the first time."
Another favorite Oscar film of the year was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," which Walton "didn't think I would like as much as I did, but Brad Pitt did an excellent job and it was definitely one of my favorite movies." Tarantino's creativity and attention to detail is what helped separate him from many in the field this year.
Neither Luke, Jordan, nor Sasha managed to see best motion picture winner "The Hurt Locker," however, all three maintained that it is a film they look forward to seeing soon. With all the long hours on airplanes and in hotel rooms while traveling with the team, they can catch-up on all the Oscar flicks they missed this season.
Another performance that stood out this year was Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart." Walton asserts that Bridges was "Great! He definitely deserved the Oscar. It was tough because I didn't see all the movies but I think he did an unbelievable job." Other favorite actors that were not up for awards this year are often found sitting courtside at Lakers games. For Vujacic, it is actors like "Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, and Andy Garcia" that star in some of his favorite films; all different actors from different genres, but Lakers fans none-the-less.
Overall, the favorite movie genres of the players are comedy and drama. While Walton bases his film choice on "what mood I am in," Vujacic likes films that "make sense. Hollywood started to do a lot of films that don't really make sense, which in the end leave you feeling confused and unsure of the outcome." Some of the all-time favorite films were classics such as "The Godfather" and "Hoosiers."
If the players were to take up acting, ever wonder what roles these big shots would take to the big screens? Walton would keep it serious in the "drama genre," with his favorite film of all time being "The Shawshank Redemption," while Vujacic lightens things up with a "desire to do comedies like 'Wedding Crashers' or 'Meet the Parents." However Farmar is open for anything. "I would want to do anything and everything. I think versatility is the sign of a great actor."
By representing and displaying the most powerful people in Hollywood, the Academy Awards highlight one crucial aspect of Los Angeles entertainment. The other of course focuses on one of America's favorite pastimes, sports, or more specifically Lakers basketball. To have both in one city is almost unfair, but that's why we love L.A..
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