20 Feet From Stardom, The Lady in Number 6 win Oscars

The two documentary films that won Oscars last night are 20 Feet From Stardom and the short The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. You can watch the nominees online or on demand, which I think should take less time than the telecast did.

The star of the latter, Alice Herz-Sommer, died last week at 110, the oldest living Holocaust survivor and oldest living pianist; director Malcolm Clarke’s short film follows the music teacher at age 109, sharing her philosophy about life. It will be distributed by Netflix, and is the company’s first Oscar (Netflix also produced documentary feature nominee The Square).

20 Feet From Stardom‘s win resulted in an impromptu performance by Darlene Love. The Morgan Neville-directed film about back-up singers is watchable online. As Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote, it is “one of those moving, tragic and triumphant secret histories of American culture where the biggest surprise is that no one’s told it before.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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