Team in Training Oscar Pool

So, do you think you know who all of the big winners will be on Oscar night? or Do you have favorites that you hope will win? Well, here’s your chance to show us, and help make a difference in the process. My friend Katie and I are putting together an Oscar pool. Take a look at the list below, and pick who you think will be the big winners on Oscar night. You can e-mail me your choices at It’s $10 cash or check to enter (and 100% tax-deductible). You could win half of the money we raise, while the other half goes directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ballots must be received by noon on February 27, 2011 to be eligible.


Oscar Nomination Sheet. Place an “X” next to who you think will be the winner for each category.

$10 to enter the LLS Oscar Pool. All forms and $10 entry fee must be turned in by noon February 27, 2011. Winner will receive 50% of the pot. The remaining 50% will go directly LLS.

  127 Hours   “Another Year”
  Black Swan   “Inception”
  The Fighter   “The Fighter”
  The King’s Speech   “The Kids Are All Right”
  The Social Network   “The King’s Speech”
  The Kids Are All Right   “127 Hours”
  Winter’s Bone   “The Social Network”
  Toy Story 3   “Toy Story 3”
  True Grit   “True Grit”
BEST ACTOR   “Winter”s Bone”
  Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network DOCUMENTARY
  Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”   “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
  James Franco, “127 Hours”   “Gasland”
  Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”   “Inside Job”
  Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”   “Restrepo”
BEST ACTRESS   “Waste Land”
  Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right” DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
  Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”   “Killing in the Name”
  Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”   “Poster Girl”
  Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”   “Strangers No More”
  Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”   “Sun Come Up”
DIRECTOR   “The Warriors of Qiugang”
  Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” ART DIRECTION
  David Fincher, “The Social Network”   “Alice in Wonderland”
  Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”   “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
  Joel and Ethan Coen, “True Grit”   “Inception”
  David O. Russell, “The Fighter”   “The King’s Speech”
  Christian Bale, “The Fighter” CINEMATOGRAPHY
  John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”   “Black Swan”
  Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”   “Inception”
  Jeremy Renner, “The Town”   “The King’s Speech”
  Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”   “The Social Network”
  Amy Adams, “The Fighter” COSTUME DESIGN
  Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech   “Alice in Wonderland”
  Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”   “I am Love”
  Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”   “The King’s Speech”
  Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdome”   “The Tempest”
  “How to Train Your Dragon” FILM EDITING
  “The Illusionist”   “Black Swan”
  “Toy Story 3”   “The Fighter”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE   “The King’s Speech”
  “Biutiful,” Mexico   “127 Hours”
  “Dogtooth,” Greece   “The Social Network”
  “Incendies,” Canada VISUAL EFFECTS
  “Outside the Law,” Algeria   “Alice in Wonderland”
  “In a Better World,” Denmark   “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
MAKE-UP   “Hereafter”
  “Barney’s Version” “Inception”
  “The Way Back”   “Iron Man 2”
  “The Wolfman” ORIGINAL SCORE
ORIGINAL SONG   “The Social Network”
  “If I Rise” (“127 hours”)   “How to Train Your Dragon”
“We Belong Together” (“Toy Story 3”)   “Inception”
  “Come Hone” (“Country Strong”)   “The King’s Speech”
  “I See the Light” (“Tangled”)   “127 Hours”

If you would like an electronic copy please e-mail me at and I’ll send it your way. Thanks for playing with us!

Change is good

I’ve been in my current violin studio space just shy of five years. When I first walked into the room it was a high gloss, ice blue with holes in the wall. The glare off the wall with the afternoon sun was, um, distracting. A week later with the help of paint & spackle it transformed into a fabulous space. A little shopping in my parent’s basement filled the space with some fun, relaxed furniture.

And then this week I got tired of it all. The space was feeling tight and stale. It needed a little rearranging

It was a little weird yesterday, but it’s growing on me. And there is so much more room!!