Michelle Obama presenting Oscar Best Picture Award

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  1. PracticalMac, Feb 24, 2013
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    PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    Let the political firestorm begin!!
    (political messages were easy to find)

    (BTW, she looked fabulous, and one of the service women (immediate left, cadet?) was eying her big time. Love struck? :p )

    (PS, her appearance by by satellite. Should have noted that when posted).
     
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    Would have been a bit awkward had Zero Dark Thirty won.

    :D
     
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    Inb4ConsStartNitPickingRandomThingsLikeHowSheDresses.
     
  4. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Even as a liberal I found it terribly gratuitous.
     
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    Unnecessary and I'm not one of those you know ... Why is the President taking AF1 to vacation in Florida, Our tax dollars Mr President, Yeah everything our tax dollars, no one ever complained when Bush took so many vacations, Anyway I find no justification for those ridiculous comments, there can only be one reason HATE......., but Back to the Point this Oscar Appearance was so unnecessary
     
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    Like the rest of the Oscars? The entire night is one giant Hollywood circle jerk.
     
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    Most years I don't watch it (or much of it). This year was different and I saw quite a bit of it ... possibly out of curiosity to see how Seth McFarlane would do.

    Talk about gratuitous navel gazing, that segment with William Shatner at the beginning was jaw dropping.

    So yeah. The entire night is a circle jerk. But that's why I would rather the First Lady step in and get her hands dirty.
     
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    While I don't watch the Oscars, I thought this was great, if only for the right wing reactions on Twitter. Faux rage makes me laugh.
     
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    If this is worth complaining about, Obama must not be doing too shabby otherwise....
     
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    Having not watched the Oscars, at first I thought all of the outrage was from the travel costs associated with the first lady going to Hollywood, which, with the sequester and spending cuts is almost a valid point. Then I found out that she appeared via satellite feed from the White House. So once again, the righties are outraged just to be outraged at the black family in the White House.
     
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    All of the award shows are like this which is why I never watch any of them or click on any article about them.
     
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    I have to agree with you on this. (I know a first right? :)). Not sure about right wing reactions, but this conservative has no issue with this at all. Would the right have had an issue is Laura Bush had done this? Probably not.
     
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    So the (mac)rumor Ted was talking about on stage was true! :eek:
     
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    No different than other industries that hold annual circle jerks.
     
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    We didn't need a five minute speech about the films before the envelope was opened. She delivered her lines well, but the whole thing was a no.
     
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    Exactly. If you don't like the Oscars, turn them off. They're not required viewing. They are only marginally meant for the public. They're primarily meant for Hollywood.

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    Are you saying it was a TED talk?
     
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    It was a buzzkill.

    And I had so little of a buzz to begin with.
     
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    I didn't have a problem with it, but I don't know what it really added to the show other than another 5 minutes.
     
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    Maybe it was payback for all those hollywood contributions.
     
  20. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Oscar-related question ...

    I watched a good portion of it last night and saw a number of singing performances. I could not detect the usual signs of lip syncing, yet every one of the performers hit every note perfectly.

    Even with professional singers this is virtually impossible, and even more unlikely when a number of the performers are known more for their acting than their singing.

    My theory is that the vocals are processed live in some way that seamlessly fixes flat or sharp tones to hit the right note more precisely.

    Does anybody know about this? Or am I missing something obvious?
     
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    A few things to consider: They were performing indoors in a (presumably) comfortable and climate-controlled environment, unlike Beyonce and friends trying to perform outdoors in the freezing cold outside on Inauguration Day. They were also, for the most part, standing still and singing their song(s), unlike some live performances where the singer's also trying to pull off some elaborate dance number while singing. So it's not too hard for me to believe that a lot of the Oscar night singing was done without "enhancement".
     
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    I have little doubt that certain segments are "sweetened". I'm thinking particularly about the "When Tomorrow Comes" Lés Miz performance. I'm sure the chorus was filled in. Or perhaps they hid the 100 singers offstage or in another building as they did the orchestra.

    But I'm speaking specifically about the solo performances. While I understand what you're saying about the conditions, I still can't buy that every note that I heard was "on". Live performer usually are off a bit here and there.

    It leads me to believe that technology is getting better at fixing notes that are a little sharp or flat without sounding artificial or autotuned.

    I wish I could believe that everybody just had a really superb performance. But I still suspect that something else was contributing to it.
     
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    Dolby owns the naming rights now and they have put in state of the art sound equipment in the theater. Most likely that place has the best sound system in the world.
     
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