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Pat McMahon

News? What news? It's Oscar season

As the days of sequestration draw close -- with the national economy on the brink -- and the future of a large part of Christianity anxiously waiting for the election of a new Roman Catholic Pope, what is the single topic that is at the forefront of all our thoughts this weekend?

The Oscars!

Yes, Sunday is Academy Award night and the only drone most of us are interested in has to do with the length of the acceptance speeches. There are Oscar parties all over the Valley and, if you're not going to one, it may be that you don't want company while you decide on your own whether the Academy got it right.

Everybody makes predictions, but I'm about to go out on a limb by sharing my personal choices for who I think the winners should be.

Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln for introducing me to someone I thought I knew well.

Best actress: Surprise! Quvenzhane Wallis for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The other nominees had a lifeline of experience. She was only 6 and astounding.

Best picture: "The Life of Pi," in recognition of Director Ang Lee courageously creating an entire motion picture around the number 3.1415.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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