And the Oscar goes to…

February 28, 2011

Critics say that the Oscar winners were well-deserved.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Best Actor: Colin Firth, King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech


Hollywood’s Biggest Night!

February 26, 2011

Last minute moviegoers say they are using this time, between now and Sunday to see the movies that are nominated for Best Picture. While expert movie critics can make predictions of the winners, each year there are always a few upsets and surprises.

For Best Picture:
(In order of the number of nominations)

  1. The King’s Speech – 12 nominations
  2. True Grit – 10 nominations
  3. The Social Network – 8 nominations
  4. Inception – 8 nominations
  5. The Fighter – 7 nominations
  6. 127 Hours – 6 nominations
  7. Black Swan – 5 nominations
  8. Toy Story 3 – 5 nominations
  9. The Kids are All Right – 4 nominations
  10. Winter’s Bone – 4 nominations
  • For a while the buzz surrounded The Social Network to walk away with Best Picture. However, the spotlight has shifted this week and sources say without question that The King’s Speech has been heard and it’s a favorite.

Best Actor

  1. Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
  2. Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
  3. James Franco – 127 Hours
  4. Javier Bardem – Biutiful
  5. Jeff Bridges – True Grit
  • Critics are pointing to Colin Firth’s role as King George the 6th in The King’s Speech and say it will likely win him Best Actor.

Best Actress

  1. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
  2. Annette Bening – The Kids are All Right
  3. Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
  4. Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
  5. Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
  • For Best Actress it is a close race between front-runner Natalie Portman in Black Swan with Annette Bening in The Kids are All Right. Although many say Portman is more deserving of the Oscar, there are rumors that Bening, nominated three times without winning, might take it.

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Christin Bale – The Fighter
  2. Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
  3. Jeremy Renner – The Town
  4. Mark Ruffalo – The Kids are All Right
  5. John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
  • Christin Bale put up a hard fight as Mickey in The Fighter that may very well win him Best Supporting Actor.

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Melissa Leo – The Fighter
  2. Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
  3. Helena Bonham – The King’s Speech
  4. Amy Adams – The Fighter
  5. Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
  • Experts “lock in” Melissa Leo in The Fighter as Best Supporting Actress. However, there is talk of 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit.

Best Director

  1. Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  2. David Fincher – The Social Network
  3. Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit
  4. David O. Russell – The Fighter
  5. Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • Tom Hooper and David Fincher are both favorites for Best Director.

The true talent of these professionals creates the excitement and suspense of who will be the winners. Ultimately it will come down to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the final verdict.

Be sure to watch the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC beginning at 8:00 pm and check back for an update of the winners.

Jodi Goldberg, LI News Tonight

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

February 23, 2011

Many of Long Island’s Muslim Americans are worried—and they’re not the only ones.
An interfaith prayer vigil was held yesterday at Representative Peter King’s Massapequa Park office in the hopes of convincing King to cancel his planned Committe of Homeland Security hearings to “investigate claims of radicalization in American Muslim communities”. Many call the hearings “un-American” and fear they could become something similar  to Senator McCarthy’s witchhunt-type hearings during the 1950’s.
Dr. Shaik Ubaid, from the NY chapter of the Muslim Peace Coalition said that by holding this event: “We are telling him by holding these discriminatory hearings, he is not making this community more secure….Muslims have been the biggest victims of al-Qaeda, directly and indirectly. We are as worried about national security as anybody else.”
Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and community members said they intended to gather to pray and peacefully spread their message–but the atmosphere didn’t stay peaceful for long. Protesters also came out to share their thoughts.
King supporter Felicia Chillak held a sign that said Nothing is more expensive than regret and said, “We’re not going after the whole group of people–we want to identify that small percentage….We’ve got to get off this tolerance thing and identify the enemy before it’s too late.”
Although many Muslim community members present said they hoped the hearings would be canceled, they were worried about national security and agreed something had to be done—but that it had to be done fairly.
“I hope Congressman King, for the sake of morality, for the sake of national security and for the sake of his own legacy, will conduct these hearings in a manner befitting this great nation and befitting his own position, ” said Ubaid.
Representative King (R-Seaford) reportedly said the event doesn’t represent most Long Islanders, and he does not intend to back down.

For more on this story, watch LI News Tonight at 7 pm on Channel 18—or at

–Tara Evans

Nice weather

February 21, 2011

My first MOS package… I was able to stay on NYIT campus and question students about the nice weather we had on Friday. After interviewing the students I came back to the newsroom and I was able to record my voice. My camera person got a lot of B-rolls which came in handy. Recording my voice was difficult at first. I had to constantly re record until it was close to perfect. I was able to hear my tone and it wouldn’t match what I was saying so I had to re record.

Stephanie Belizaire

Massage Parlor Busted

February 17, 2011

My story this past Monday, at LI News Tonight, was to cover a Deer Park Massage Parlor that was shut down by Suffolk Police and the Town of Babylon. This massage parlor isn’t an ordinary place. That’s a nice way of putting that there crimes were carried out there. At this particular location, it’s unknown what kind acts occurred, but I covered a press conference that was held outside. I found it interesting that the place was called Happy Smoke Shop. The police officer that spoke pointed out that places like this use false names to hide it from being known. Furthermore, during their investigation, they found it noteworthy that a smoke shop had surveillance cameras outside and a buzzer to enter. These were just some clues that helped them figure out the place was up to no good. Overall, this was a good experience to cover a crime story.

Stay tuned for my story on LI News Tonight!

-Kyle Reitan

Electrifying Music

February 15, 2011

Today’s shoot was about an unique man Mark Wood teaching Mineola High School’s string orchestra how to electrify their performance, with a rock twist. Not only is this really cool but I wonder how style of music will effect upcoming generations? What significant impact tonights concert will have on their audience?

Charles J. Perry


Dental Health in Nassau County

February 14, 2011

Recently, Henry Schein Inc., the American Dental Association, and the Nassau County Dental Association hosted National Give Kids a Smile Day in Garden City.  It was my first story and a wonderful way to start.  As [budding] journalists we have the opportunity to sometimes bring often unspoken issues to light.  I was shocked to learn that nearly one in four children, aged two to seven, have untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  According to the National Institute of Health, 80% of tooth decay is found in 25% of children, mostly from low income families.  Even for children enrolled in Medicaid, many do not receive dental services throughout the year.

With so many awful medical issues that can arise, and so many that cannot be prevented, poor dental health should not be one of them.  A simple check-up once a year and proper daily dental care can help prevent so many problems.  Hundreds of dental professionals, sponsors, and members of the dental community gathered to provide free oral health care to many young children across the county.  I was struck by the number of children, in the county alone, who do not receive regular dental screenings.  It was quite disheartening.  But I was pleased to see the dental community come together to work for these children, and really do something hands on to help them. 

I was unaware until attending the event that tooth decay affects children in the U.S. more than any other chronic infectious disease.  However, unlike other unfortunate issues families can face, tooth decay can be prevented.  While the issue at hand was quite serious, it was a pleasure to see so many smiling faces leave that day, dental community members and children alike.  And it was my pleasure to help bring the issue to light on LI News Tonight.

– Elsa Gillis