ICYMI: Recapping the Academy Awards, Chicago style

ICYMI: Recapping the Academy Awards, Chicago style
March 4, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Tom Cooper

The Academy Awards took place Sunday in Los Angeles, and plenty of talented directors, actors, actresses and screenwriters took home hardware for their work.

But what about the Chicago "stars"?

Tom Cooper took a look at some of the finest performances (both in leading and supporting roles) from the past week, including Kris Versteeg's goal in the Stadium Series win over the Penguins. With that goal, he is now the only player to have scored a goal in Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and the United Center. While this would seem to indicate that Versteeg does his best work in outdoor settings, his rap at the 2010 Stanley Cup parade probably debunks that.

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Sidney Crosby could have been the perfect villain -- because, hey, somebody stole Corey Crawford's pads and mask from Soldier Field -- but after he essentially no-showed against the Blackhawks on Saturday, everyone realized he wasn't much of a threat.

Joakim Noah used to be a supporting actor behind Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but he's been just as good as Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club since Rose went down and Deng was traded. He continued his recent tear with a triple-double against the Knicks, setting a Bulls center record with 14 assists.

And LeBron James probably won't win any awards for costume design with his clear mask on -- his black one was stellar -- he still managed to score a career-high 61 points against the Bobcats yesterday. That was good, and his recent trend of flopping should have him as a nominee for best actor for years to come.