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"Frozen" Displays "Legs" in its 12th Week, Will it Take Home Oscar?
"Frozen" has become a fabled film that viewers won't let go, displaying "legs" similar to such classics as "Star Wars" or "Saturday Night Fever" and so-called "little" word of mouth productions like "Billy Jack" and "Walking Tall." Assisted by a top selling musical soundtrack that catapulted "Let it Go's" popularity, the song will be one of four competing for an Oscar , too.
Other Best Song nominees include:
"Alone Yet Not Alone" (Alone Yet Not Alone)* Disqualified due to former Academy Board member status of nominee who sent out emails publicizing the song. (per Hollywood Reporter)
"Happy" (Despicable Me 2)
"Let It Go" (Frozen)
"The Moon Song" (Her)
"Ordinary Love" (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Other nominees for Best Picture:
The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri)
Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Tosh
"Frozen" has been heralded as Disney's newest animated standard by avoiding the stereotypical "handsome prince" happy love found theme. Instead, the film emphasizes the quality of unconditional love between sisters, Anna and Elsa. As viewers already know, Elsa inherits powers that control ice, snow and cold. After she cannot control her emotions, she isolates herself from her kingdom --- and sister. Believing that she must exist in seclusion for fear of "hurting" others, she mistakenly thinks that withdrawal will protect everyone. Instead, her actions have created an endless winter which is slowly damaging all of the queen's subjects.
Her lack of self-control originated when she accidentally hurt Anna with her powers. Significantly, it is Anna --- emotionally hurt by her sister's non-explanatory withdrawal --- who defends her sis and braves the blizzard to express love to the strong , yet isolated, Snow Queen.
Anna interacts with potential love interests, but Elsa's power prevent her from sustaining a normal relationship with anyone. It's only after she experiences the impact from her non-action (in the isolated ice castle) that she recognizes that her "talent" must be displayed and that emotions come naturally. She just has to learn how to undo moments when her ire effectively freezes the kingdom, leading certain powers that be to seek her demise.
Aside from empowering "girlhood" and "sisterhood," the film underscores multiple versions of "love," therefore not limiting it to a romantic context. Whether love or animals or the equalities of dwarfs, "Frozen" illustrates a 21st Century family friendly depiction that does not limit women's success to having a princely right man return her glass slipper.
Interestingly, Huntington has it's own extraordinary Elsa. Blonde like her animated counterpart, she has incorporated professional cosplaying activities to her repertoire that includes modeling. Having assisted with the Huntington artwalk which resumes in March, she's secretary of the Visual Arts Committee.
Ms. Littlepage tentatively will be appearing at the Gem City Comic Convention at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, April 5-6 , and the Lexington Comic Con in March where the featured guest is William Shatner.
Award winning photographer Chris Hayes is chair of the Visual Arts Committee, co-founded the Huntington Artwalk with Littlepage, and had a photo of her accepted in a national juried exhibit in Ashland. An earlier photo won a competition for the Boyd County Library.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Our thanks to the management of Marquee Cinemas for their assistance with this story.