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Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Philadelphia": Academy Awards 1994

Neil Young's "Philadelphia" received an Academy Award nomination in 1994 and heperformed the song during the ceremony.


Both Bruce Springsteen and Young were nominated for Best Song in a film for Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia". Bruce's nominated song was the film opening "Streets of Philadelphia" and Neil's was the closing title track "Philadelphia".

Bruce Springsteen won the Oscar award for his song "Streets of Philadelphia". In his acceptance speech, Springsteen acknowledged Young and said that the award really deserved to be shared by the other nominee's song.

UPDATE 2/28:
From ThinkProgress » Oscar Winners Celebrate Union Crews That Are ‘A Very Important Part Of The Middle Class’:
At the 83rd Academy Awards last night, two different winners took veiled shots at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and promoted the work of union crews on their films. Gary Rizzo, who won an Oscar for sound-mixing on “Inception,” thanked “all the hard working boom operators and utility sound people that worked on the production crew. Union, of course.” Wally Pfister, who won a cinematography Oscar for “Inception,” thanked his “fantastic union crew” during his acceptance speech. When asked backstage about the shout-out, Pfister gave a rousing defense of unions:

PFISTER: I think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now. I have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family. They have given me health care in a country that otherwise does not provide health care and I think the unions are a very important part of the middle class of America, so I stand strong behind any of the union members in this country and in any other country. All we are trying to do is get a decent wage and have medical care.

Watch it:

Also, later in the broadcast, Charles Ferguson — who won the Best Documentary Oscar for his film “Inside Job” — called for the prosecution of those responsible for the 2008 economic crash. “Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong,” Ferguson said.

More on why I'm Proud to Be A Union Man.


At 2/27/2011 10:21:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

This is such a beautiful performance, too.

At 2/28/2011 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

One of Neil's most moving songs - and one that has moved me to tears on more than one occasion.

At 2/28/2011 08:37:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Of course union rank & file members are a vital part of the middle class but for crying out loud - why can't they contribute to their own retirement and health care like the MAJORITY of working Americans do? Most citizens here in the USA are not union members and should resent the fact that union leadership refuses to face up to the fact that the free ride is over. Most states and the federal government are broke - hello? Future calling - where's the money? Oh wait - it's been spent by political hacks from both parties.

At 2/28/2011 09:31:00 PM, Blogger mike d said...

I'm not a union man and have never been in a union. The situation that government (federal, state and local) find themselves in today is only exacerbated by pension and pay. The real culprit is the people that the Director of "Inside Job" spoke to in his acceptance speech - financial fraud. Government Pensions and salary were no problem when revenue was normal, or at least what was thought to be normal. However, the fraud caused a domino effect. Stock markets dropped values which hurt every pension fund and 401k accounts. Government tax revenue were cut by 30% due to unemployment and poor sales. My understanding is that unions in WI have agreed to cuts but the Governor has union busting as his goal. He is playing politics. I believe unions have rights. He does not. There is a hard wind about to blow.

At 2/28/2011 10:13:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Mike _ you're right. The unions are being scapegoated. The WI Gov is being used by Wall St to cover their fraud.
It's a shame to see hard working school teachers bailing out corporation executives.
And just as sad to the Jonathan, s of the world defending it.

At 2/28/2011 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Bingo, Mike d. There are always at least two sides to everything, and there is more to it than what you have addressed- I think you would probably agree, but there is not a word that you wrote that can be refuted.

A Friend Of Yours

At 3/01/2011 10:52:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Jonathan - Please check this link and respond; Sacrifices must be made! - This Modern World -

It sums up the debate more succinctly than we ever could.


At 3/01/2011 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature Mad As Hell said...

Jonathan, Contributing to a profit margin doesn't give us a say about how our money should be invested. When we buy a Reprise record, do we have a say in how they invest their money? How they manage their employees? What their employees can invest in?

What gives anyone the right to interfere with unions? Do we really want our government having that much control over people? To minimize collective bargaining for a group that is demanding it?

Just say no to "democracy?"

Ironically, the Scott Walkers of the world who are yelling "TYRANNY" are the same folks inflicting tyranny rule!

At 3/01/2011 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's how to boycott the union buster Kochs Brothers,

get the word out & STOP KOCH!!

At 3/01/2011 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Koch Bros products to boycott

Angel Soft toilet paper

Brawny paper towels

Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups

Mardi Gras napkins and towels

Quilted Northern toilet paper

Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper

Sparkle napkins

Vanity fair napkins

Zee napkins

Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes

All Georgia-Pacific lumber and building products, including:

Dense Armor Drywall and Decking

ToughArmor Gypsum board

Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood


Densglass sheathing

G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)

FibreStrong Rim board

G/P Lam board

Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing

Blue Ribbon Sub-floor

DryGuard Enhanced OSB

Nautilus Wall Sheathing

Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing

Broadspan Engineered Wood Products

XJ 85 I-Joists

FireDefender Banded Cores

FireDefender FS

FireDefender Mineral Core

Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
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Wood Fiberboard

Commercial Roof Fiberboard

Hushboard Sound Deadening Board

Regular Fiberboard Sheathing

Structural Fiberboard Sheathing

(INVISTA Products):

COMFOREL® fiberfill

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PHENREZ® resin

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LYCRA® fiber

At 3/02/2011 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Thrasher - let's just agree to disagree. Reading these far left kook websites that you reference is giving me a stomach ache - Salon/Think Progress/Daily Kos, etc. Whatever.

I respect your right and the rights of all Americans to have diverse and often completely differeing opinions - that's what makes the USA so damn special. I just don't want the government involved in most of the garbage that it has gotten entangled in during the last 60+ years.

Greed sucks - human nature is often not very pretty but through it all, I'm very thankful to be alive - especially during these times on the planet Earth.

Boy Neil sure as hell called another one with 'Rumblin' didn't he?

Peace and Love (Lennon's good-bye)

At 3/02/2011 01:47:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Jonathan - yes, i think we agreed to disagree long ago.

So I take it that you have no response to the Tom Tomorrow link I sent b/c you feel it's a "kook" site?

Seems a bit intolerant doesn't it given your support of free expression?


At 3/02/2011 06:19:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

My response is - Tom Tomorrow did a wonderful job with the Backspacer artwork.

As far as the political statement that he is attempting to make - when someone's foundational premise for any argument is fundamentally wrong, then any and all arguments that flow from that initial false premise are therefore also incorrect.

Trying to argue and/or reason with today's American liberal is the equivalent of trying to capture a squirrel in a backyard with a tennis racket - all that is accomplished is frustration.

At 3/02/2011 06:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Jonathan, with all due respect, your reply is a total cop out.

You made no attempt to dismantle Tomorrow's thesis.

So we'll take that as vindication that TT speaks the truth.


At 3/02/2011 09:06:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Umm no. It would be an extremely LONG post here on what was initially a 'Philadelphia' Oscar thread to dismantle goofball Tom Tomorrow's silly little cartoon but perhaps I could delve in deeper at another time. Do you read my posts or scan them and reply without a thought to what was actually conveyed? His premise (and yours and the entire Democrat party) is skewed and FUNDAMENTALLY flawed. Therefore, in order to fully comment, I would have to first prove the fact that his foundation of thought is WRONG. It would be much easier to have a few beers and discuss - I do have a life to live.

Peace again on the Spirit Road.

At 3/03/2011 03:16:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Joanathan - cop out #2 in the same thread. You've got all the time and room in the world here.

i've really got my doubts that you can articulate a genuine coherent argument...


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