Oscars night is always huge for lovers of fine entertainment everywhere.
Here’s a look at some of today’s notable Oscar ceremony front pages from Los Angeles and around the country…
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Daily News placed the five individual big winners across the top of its front page and led that front with a huge picture of the Artist, winning Best Picture.
That great group shot is by Robyn Beck of Getty Images.
Executive news editor Brian Harr was kind enough to send along the doubletruck he built for the inside. Click for a much larger view.
The big picture of the Cirque du Soliel is by Getty’s Kevin Winter. The shot of host Billy Crystal is by Mark J. Terrell of the Associated Press. Daily News staffer David Crane took the red-carpet shots at left.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Times reversed its entire front-page Oscar package out of black this morning.
The lead picture of Meryl Streep is by staffer Al Seib.
The Cleveland paper produced one of the day’s most attractive fronts, also resorting to reverse treatment. The picture here is by the AP’s Mark J. Terrell.
And a number of papers stripped larger displays across the top of A1 today and referred into packages inside. The best I saw today was this one by the Omaha World-Herald.
The subject matter of the Help and the performance Octavia Spencer gave in that movie meant that her big win for best supporting actress wasn’t a total surprise. But still, her hometown paper in Montgomery blew out the win on page one.
That’s yet another picture by Mark Terrell. Ditto for the next two pages.
Here’s how the largest paper in the state of Alabama played Spencer’s win.
The Help was based on a novel by Jackson, Miss., native Kathryn Stockett. In addition, the screenwriter and the producer are from Jackson. And part of the movie was filmed there. Therefore, the Clarion-Ledger blew out the win on page one, as well.
Meryl Streep picked up her third Oscar. I love the way the Sun-Times played this Getty photo and I especially love the headline.
Newsday cropped in very tight on this AP photo for this great front featuring Streep.
NEWS & ADVANCE
The best Meryl Streep picture of the day, however, might be this one by the Associated Press and played nice and large by the paper in Lynchburg, Va.
St. Petersburg, Calif.
And the Tampa Bay Times‘ free-distribution tabloid, tbt*, chose to go after low-hanging fruit today: The format of the Oscars’ TV broadcast.
I will admit, that’s a great picture to run with that headline.
You can’t help but notice that both of the Los Angeles metro papers used the same “silent night” gag for their main headlines today.
Brian Harr of the Daily News tells me:
Our A1 hed was Silent Night. Our sister papers (the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Torrance Daily Breeze) spun it to Silent Might.
I was tempted but I stuck to my guns. We used Silence is Golden for the Golden Globes or I would have used that.
Also using theÂ Silent Night theme were the St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer Press…
…the Chicago Tribune…
By far the most common “silence” pun use today, however, was “Silence is golden.” Among the papers using that one: The Cherry Hill, N.J., Courier Post…
…the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star…
…the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call…
…the Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune…
…the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader…
…the Lodi, Calif., News-Sentinel…
…the Bergen County Record of Hackensack, N.J…
…the Las Vegas Review-Journal…
…the Sacramento, Calif., Bee…
…and the Tampa Bay Times of St. Petersburg, Fla.
The News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, found a more subtle approach for its headline…
…as did the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Sun of San Bernadino, Calif., came up with this nice headline.
The Modesto, Calif., Bee used a sledgehammer to pound this one home.
And after all these others, I couldn’t help but laugh at this headline in the Stockton, Calif., Record.
Good job, all.
NEW YORK POST
New York, N.Y.
One headline I didn’t enjoy quite so much was this one in today’s New York Post.
That might have worked, had the awards won by the Artist been unexpected. But many critics had expected it to win big last night. You’re stretching, Post.
The inside L.A. Daily News spread is from that newspaper. All the rest are from the Newseum. Of course.