“Rain Dance!” & other memorable Phillip Seymour Hoffman moments

I woke up Sunday morning with the hopes that the day would be filled with both relaxation and excitement. I planned to lounge around in my dorm room, to eat copious amounts of chicken wing dip, and to cheer for the Broncos on their quest for the Lombardi trophy.

But, the morning of Super Bowl Sunday was marred by the sudden death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, an actor who possessed a rare amount of talent that radiated with every character he portrayed. Hoffman was a native of Fairport, NY, a suburb of Rochester only 25 minutes from my own hometown. My friend’s mother and her brothers went to high school with him, a claim to fame for a small town resident if there ever was one.

Since I first found out Hoffman was a Rochester native, I’ve been a fan of his work. It’s funny how the small connection of simply being from the same area as him put his acting on my radar. I have yet to see all of his works, but I now plan to make my way through his filmography. Death has a way of increasing the worth of a celebrity; I’m just one of many who are now probably watching his films with newly discovered fervor.

The most recent of his films I’ve seen is the latest addition to the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. According to reports of his death, Hoffman was set to wrap up filming of the last adaptation, Mockingjay. It’s a shame to lose a talented man so soon.

Hoffman and Woody Harrelson in Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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I’ve seen many of his films over the past few years, including Moneyball, The Ides of March, and The Savages. After Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award in 2006 for Capote, I’ve been meaning to see that film as well.

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Who’s watching the 20th Annual SAG Awards tonight?

After a Friday night out that caused my friends and I to get stuck in a near white-out of snow and freezing temperatures, I’m planning on staying in and curling up in bed. Thank God the SAG Awards are on tonight because it provides me with a semi-legitimate excuse to just be lazy.

When it comes to awards shows, I never miss the Golden Globes or the Oscars. My viewing of the SAGs, on the other hand, has been lacking over the past couple of years. I’m hoping to change this tonight.

Today, ABC News posted an article saying the SAG Awards are a good predictor of the upcoming Academy Awards. Both 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are favorites this year. So like every other awards show the past two years, I’m sure we’ll be provided with more gif-worthy actions thanks to Jennifer Lawrence.

J-Law creeping up on T-Swift, just one of her many gif-worthy moments.
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Tonight, the stars will gather at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, a place that is a seasoned vet when it comes to awards shows, having been the location for the Grammys, Emmys, and even the Academy Awards themselves.

The Shrine opened in 1926 and is one of the largest theaters in Southern California. The auditorium’s website states the theater can hold 6,300 people and has the largest proscenium stage in North America. Now, I’m no theater buff, so I just looked up this term. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is “the frame or arch separating the stage from the auditorium.”

The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
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I’d love to be a seat-filler for an awards show one day.
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Besides hosting awards shows, the auditorium puts on concerts, boxing matches (held at the Expo Hall), and other events . Upcoming concerts include Childish Gambino and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

So, here I am again, back to adding things to my bucket list. If I can’t attend an awards show in my lifetime, I’ll hopefully catch a concert or other event at this auditorium one day. Until then, I’ll just watch from my television screen.

-Morgan