Oscar Pool

In 6 days you could have a chance to win cash and help cure cancer! The Oscar Pool is up and running! Check out the ballot and send it in with who you think will take home the Oscar. All entries must be received by noon February 27th. Please let me know if you would like an electronic copy sent. Right now you have a great chance of winning!

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 bonnie@gartleyviolinstudio.com. 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 bonnie@gartleyviolinstudio.com and I’ll send it your way. Thanks for playing with us!


“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”

Richard O’Brien, runner

I remember what it was like. I remember the phone call, and my parents whispering upstairs about what it all meant. I remember when they came and told me. I remember getting cleaned up from my run that day thinking that cancer was something that people survived all the time. I remember going to my computer and researching pancreatic cancer. I remember the voice in head saying this didn’t look so good.

I try not to show what I’m thinking to my parents all of the time. It’s how I got mom through my Dad’s stroke when we were in the emergency room. It’s how I made it through my Uncle’s cancer diagnosis and surgery. Some one needs to keep things together. I’m “that” person.

I remember checking my phone on every break I had during a training class I had the day of my Uncle’s surgery. I remember the feeling of relief when my Dad called at lunch to say he had survived. I remember my Aunt’s tearful phone call two days later, there were complications, and he was going back into surgery. I remember lots of details from those three weeks. I remember the feeling of wanting to something, anything to help. I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing. And then my friend told me she had signed up for the San Antonio rock-n-roll Marathon. I had just finished my first marathon a few months before. I went and looked at the website. I kept going back and looking at the charities. There it was, all in purple. Team in Training. And then came the phone call. There are two things I remember about that day, stopping to get a chocolate cake on the way home to try to cheer everyone up, & filling out a form to attend a Team in Training information session. Four days after my Uncle’s death I sat in a room filling out paper work and trying not to sob as I listened to Tommy Owens tell his story. I almost ran out of the room because I couldn’t take it. It had only been four days. But I stayed, and with every step I took, and every dollar I raised I was telling cancer it wasn’t going to win. It couldn’t keep visiting my family and expect me to do nothing.

Since that day in July 2008 I’ve run 3 of my 5 marathons with Team in Training (2008 San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon, 2009 Nike Women’s Marathon, and the 2010 Chicago Marathon), and raised $10,000. There are many charities I could have chosen, but I picked Team. I can see where the money is going and how it makes a difference. I have friends alive today because of the money raised by Team in Training participants for cancer research. We will not give up until we beat cancer.

This week, Team in Training is paint the social media world purple. It’s a chance to honor and remember those who have fought. To find out more about the Team in Training program you can go to their website and join us as we paint the web purple!