The television program I always watch between Christmas and New Years is the Kennedy Center Honors; it is generally quite entertaining. “The Honors recipients [are] recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts-whether in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television…” The event took place on Sunday, December 2. Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 26, 2012 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT.
The awardees this year are Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin.
I admit not knowing much about ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova.
The selection of talk show host David Letterman really surprised me. I like him well enough, but his gift just didn’t seem to be at the level of many of the past selections. Maybe it’s that it seems premature; in another decade. Maybe.
Historically, the choices tend to be people such Buddy Guy, who is a blues pioneer. He has “been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who’s picked up an electric guitar in the last half century, including [Eric] Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Slash, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer.” Here he is playing Sweet Home Chicago. I have only two or three of his albums.
Speaking of Jimmy Page, I have a LOT of albums from Led Zeppelin: the first four albums, and some others, on vinyl; a box set on CD. Additionally, I have four or five solo albums by Robert Plant, his duos with Page and with Alison Krauss, and even a cassette of Plant’s group The Honeydrippers.
It’s Dustin Hoffman, though, who, like Buddy Guy, is the archetypical selection. LONG career with a lot of success. Hoffman movies I’ve seen:
The Graduate, 1967 – the only one I saw on video, and only in the last four years; I’ve owned the soundtrack for decades.
Midnight Cowboy, 1969 – I saw this four times in the first year or so after its release. Has one of my favorite quotes: “I’m WALKING here!”
Lenny, 1974 – much of what I first knew of Lenny Bruce, i learned from this
All the President’s Men, 1976 – the Watergate film which gave me hope about a free press, since dissipated
Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 – the first “divorce movie” I recall
Tootsie, 1982 – apparently, Hoffman was a PITA making this film, which he poured into the Michael (pre-Tootsie)character
Death of a Salesman (TV movie), 1985 – first version of this I ever saw
Rain Man, 1988 – possibly Tom cruise’s best role, plus a great soundtrack
Wag the Dog, 1997 – a faux war made plausible
Finding Neverland, 2004
I Heart Huckabees, 2004 – did not love this
Meet the Fockers, 2004
Stranger Than Fiction, 2006 – definitely the best film I’ve seen that Will Farrell made
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Interesting how life seems to interconnect. I’m not one for awards shows but I was watching a gig with Muddy Waters Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy on TV the other night. That in mind if I could only have one DVD on a desert island it would have to be “Blues Brothers 2000”.
Did you forget Hoffmans’s “Little Big man” or not see it?
Did not see Little Big Man. Should I?
I thought “Little Big Man” was Dustin Hoffman’s best movie, he played a western hero who survived the fight at Little big horn.
Buddy Guy is awesome. I’ve always kind of admired how blunt he is (he’s said before that he’s never shied away from trying to make hits as blues covers are seemingly the only way blues artists are remembered in this country). Anyway, here’s a live recording from ’82 of “Dust My Broom” that sufficiently kicks ass — http://overlookedsongs.grigr.com/2011/09/volume-27-track-1/