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A good reason to watch the Oscars this year.

Have you seen Moneyball?  The movie about the Oakland A’s and its record breaking winning streak was developed from a book by former Wall Street insider Michael Lewis.     Billy Beane, manager of the A’s, hired a math and statistics guy on a whim, and together, they use numbers to find hidden gems in other teams’ baseball lineups.  It sounds kind of dry, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not and part of the credit for turning math into magic is due to film editor, Christopher Tellefsen.  A couple of weeks ago, he was nominated for his first Academy Award.  The New York Times had an interview with Chris about what it takes to be an Oscar nominated editor, and wrote it up for today’s paper.  A clip from the movie, Moneyball, demonstrates what Christopher sees, the shots he uses and why he selects them to describe an abstract concept (it looks like principal component analysis) in a film for the sports lover in the general audience.

And the reason why all of this is important is because Christopher is married to Bev who is a sister to

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Katiebird!

We’re nearly peeing ourselves with excitement for Christopher and looking forward to catching a glimpse of him and Bev on the red carpet.  And it goes without saying that we hope he wins.  Moneyball is a terrific movie with one of the tensest baseball game scenes I’ve ever seen.  It had me on the edge of my seat and as afraid to watch for fear of jinxing it as Billy Beane himself.

(note to Bev: Katie and I think lavender is your color and you should wear the Spanx in the dressing room when you try the dresses on)