Tag archives: Academy Awards

A Golden Oscars Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   March 26, 2024

Society gadabout Rick Oshay and La Boheme dancers founder Teresa Kuskey teamed up with Scott and Karen Davis to host an Oscars bash at Rick’s Montecito estate while the 96th annual event was shown on giant TV screens around the gardens decorated with giant figures of the awards trophy. Among those noshing on the canapés […]

Segueing from SBIFF 
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 27, 2024

What was a singly superb 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival ended with a bit of a downer as Annette Bening, announced as the winner of the inaugural Arlington Award – the fest’s newest and the last to be awarded this month – had to cancel the tribute event due to illness. (On the […]

Talking Baseball in Tokyo
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 21, 2021

Veteran journalist and author Robert Whiting is one of only a few Western writers to have written a regular newspaper column in the Japanese language. The author of several highly successful books on Japan and the city where he has lived on and off for more than half a century include the best-selling You Gotta […]

In Passing: Alan Kozlowski – 1948-2020
By Montecito Journal   |   September 24, 2020

Alan Kozlowski passed away peacefully the morning of September 17 with loved ones by his side. Alan lived a most extraordinary life. Born in Hayward, California in 1948, Alan grew up in the Bay Area spending many of his early days on the streets of Haight-Ashbury. Although he eventually created a multi-million-dollar Hollywood post-production company […]

SBCC Helps
By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2020

The Santa Barbara City College Foundation has sprung into action to support students facing multiple challenges resulting from the current health crisis, including loss of paid work, and homeschooling of children. “When a crisis hits, philanthropy has a unique role to play,” says foundation CEO Geoff Green. “Community-based organizations can immediately move resources to help […]

Puppy Power: Collective Confers Jazz-plus
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 21, 2019

Trying to pigeonhole Snarky Puppy into a single genre would be a fool’s errand, but suffice it to say that the three-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based collective that features a revolving cast of up to 25 musicians makes music that’s at once heady, heart-centered, and headed for the dance floor, an amalgam they call “music for […]

‘Guest Artist’ a Blast from the Past
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 7, 2019

Guest Artist is the 10th of 18 plays written by famed actor-author-director Jeff Daniels that he has premiered at his Michigan-based Purple Rose Theatre Company, but only the second to be adapted into a movie. The 2006 work has only been produced a few times elsewhere, but the play still resonates for Daniels, who looked […]

Smugness on Parade
By Montecito Journal   |   March 15, 2018

The Hollywood crowd must be asking why the Oscar’s ratings continued to decline again this year? Why is it that more people don’t want to watch a bunch of glitzy starlets with boob jobs and drunk on their own self-importance trying to impress each other? Could it be that they can’t help themselves from using […]

It’s All About Eva at 93
By Richard Mineards   |   March 8, 2018

How nice to see veteran Montecito actress Eva Marie Saint at the age of 93 back at the Oscars. Eva, who picked up an Academy Award as best supporting actress in Elia Kazan’s gritty 1954 movie On The Waterfront, presented the coveted trophy for best costume design to the beautiful Daniel Day-Lewis film Phantom Thread. […]

Oscar Nod, by Design
By Richard Mineards   |   March 1, 2018

Longtime Montecito resident Gary Fettis will be on tenterhooks on Sunday, March 4. Gary, 68, who has lived in our rarefied enclave since 1992, has been nominated for his fourth Oscar for Best Production Design for Christopher Nolan‘s epic $110-million World War II film, Dunkirk, about the May 1940, evacuation of 330,000 troops to safety […]