It's not nearly as surprising as who will receive an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, as who has not received a competitive Oscar.
The list, to name a few, includes Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Peter O'Toole.
That said, the year 2013 is memorable for brilliant directing, brave acting and superb productions. It was a year for the ascendancy of African-American directors and actors, as well as for fact-based stories.
This year, there could even be a WeightWatchers honor in the first category:
Usually, the merchandise tie-in, toys and product promotions occur immediately before, during or after the release of a major motion picture.
With "The Lego Movie," the toys were there first.
Lego (from the Danish, "leg godt" (play well) is the brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter in Denmark. From 1949 to 2013, an estimated 560 billion Lego were manufactured. The colorful interlocking plastic bricks and accompanying gears, figurines and parts are connected imaginatively to construct vehicles, buildings and displays.
A new Northampton Area High School "Konkrete Kids" varsity football coach has been hired, with promises to "turn the program around."
Mark Scisly was hired, as recommended by the Northampton Area School District administration, by the Northampton Area School Board, by a vote of 7-0 Monday night. Two board members were absent.
Scisly, an East Penn School District Lower Macungie Elementary School health-physical education teacher since August 2002, has been the Boyertown Area High School head football coach since February 2008.
In "The Royal Family," playwrights George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber take Shakespeare's dictums that "all the world's a stage. And men and women merely players" and "the play's the thing" and apply it to a thinly-veiled send-up of the first family of theater, the Barrymores.
Only, in "The Royal Family," through Feb. 16, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, the Barrymores are called the Cavendishes and Kaufman and Ferber take liberties with the subject material by minimizing their accomplishments and maximizing their foibles.
"Her" is a brilliant, prescient and unsettling romantic comedy by director Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; director, "Adaptation," 2002; "Being John Malkovich," 1999).
The "Her" of the film's title is an OS1 (as in "Operating System," the recorded voice within a phone, mobile device or computer).
"Her" takes place in Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future where Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a Cyber Cyrano, composing hand-written love letters for folks at a loss for words to express their feelings to their significant others.
Return with us to the days when newspaper editors were tyrants, entry-level journalists were treated like chattle and the ever-present sound of the newsroom was the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of manual typewriters.
That's the setting for a world-premiere musical, "Here Comes the Bride," through March 9, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
"August: Osage County" is an embarrassment of (rhymes with riches).
The men in the film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play for drama by Tulsa, Okla., native Tracey Letts (who also wrote the film's screenplay) are deserving of equal-opportunity insults.
"August: Osage County" is a film to relish. The "August: Osage County" sauce is hot. Oscar-nominated Julia Roberts, as Barbara Weston (best supporting actor, female), and Meryl Streep, as Barbara's mother, Violet Weston (best actor, female), lay it on thick.
By a voice vote and with no comment, the Northampton Area School District School Board accepted the resignation of Jeffrey Brosky as Northampton Area High School head football coach.
The NASD board accepted Brosky's resignation by voice vote, at the recommendation of the administration. Brosky resigned Dec. 19, 2013.
He coached the Konkrete Kids football team for two years. His record as coach was two wins and 21 losses. This past season, the football team had no wins and 12 losses overall and no wins and nine losses in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
A preliminary North-ampton Area School District budget for fiscal year 2014-15, calling for a 3.5 percent tax increase of 1.67 mills from 47.71 mills to 49.38 mills, was approved Monday night.
The NASD school board voted unanimously 9-0 to approve a preliminary general fund budget of $91,349,344, athletic fund of $173,569 and food service fund of $2,381,657.
For many film aficionados, a Coen Brothers film is an event.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a non event.
The film, set during a cold snowy winter in 1961, mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village nascent folk music scene, follows the career and personal train wreck that is the life of a guitar-strumming, songwriting, folksinger, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).