Dan's Oscar Picks

The Academy has put together quite a list this year. There are so many strong performances and fantastic films that choosing winners becomes difficult. There hasn’t been a race like this in a few years. Place those bets...

BEST PICTURE
As much as I’d like “Gravity” to win, and it deserves to, this one seems pretty locked. The Academy has a long history of leaning toward a film like “12 Years” over one like “Gravity.”
    “12 Years a Slave”
BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso deserves this more than any other director this year. “Gravity” is daring and beautiful. Since it’s not likely to win best picture, it’s likely to be recognized for best director – the way Ang Lee earned it last year when “Argo” took best picture.
    Alfonso Cuaron - “Gravity”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
I’m torn between 11-time nominated Roger Deakins’ work on “Prisoners” and Lubezki’s on “Gravity.” Both are impressive, but “Gravity” will likely take home a handful of golden boys and this could easily be among them.
    Emmanuel Lubezki - “Gravity.”
BEST ACTOR
It’s not a perfect movie, no, but “Dallas Buyers Club” has some remarkable performances. McConaughey demonstrates, yet again, that he is a terrific actor, far more capable than just “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” With his performance in “Mud” and in HBO’s “True Detective,” well, it’s basically the year of McConaughey. If not Mc, I’d like “The Burbs” alum Bruce Dern to take this one home for “Nebraska.”.
    Matthew McConaughey - “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST ACTRESS
She probably has already cleared a space on her trophy shelf. Blanchett should take this home, no question.
    Cate Blanchett - “Blue Jasmine”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
This one is a little more difficult to predict. Leto seems to be a favorite, but I wasn’t in awe of his performance. Fassbender is a solid bet too. But I’m going to bet on the dark horse nominee and say Jonah Hill. And I know it sounds crazy to say ‘Oscar winner Jonah Hill’ but crazier things have happened, haven’t they?
    Jonah Hill - “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Another difficult choice, I’d really like to see June Squibb win. She was funny and dynamic in “Nebraska,” a film that deserves more attention. But I could also see this leaning toward “12 Years.”
    June Squibb - “Nebraska”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Wind Rises” is the final film by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, and that alone could land him a congratulatory award. But in the other hand we have “Frozen,” which ruled the box office and critics... “Frozen” should take it, but Hayao could get it out of respect.
    “Frozen”

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 6-29-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Wednesday, June 29.

New cases as of Wednesday: 2,123

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 261,987

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,772

Current Hospitalizations – 87

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 22

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,763

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

  

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20 YEARS AGO

June 2002

Photo caption: The ANB team celebrates after winning the Sitka Major League tournament. From left are Billy Allery, Gordon Reeder, Chris Scott, Ross Venneberg, Cole Venneberg, Kale Vilandre, Cedar Mayo, Rhys Kimmel, Leslie Isaacs, Ian Blair, Kory Hansen and Kyle Foot.

 

50 YEARS AGO

June 1972

For the second year in a row, Don Barton Jr., a Washington state logger, has walked off with the All-Alaska Logging Championship all-around logger trophy. Two other former winners, Mike McGraw (1968) and Jack Adams (1970), again placed high.

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