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The Academy Awards — Eagles edition

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The Academy Awards — Eagles edition

Macaulay Culkin stole the show — at least in Philly — during the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. 

He thinks the Eagles deserved to take one home. 

Thanks, Macaulay. That gives us an idea. 

What other Eagles deserved an Oscar on Sunday night. The nominees are in: 

Best supporting actor 
Nick Foles 
Halapoulivaati Vaitai 
Nigel Bradham 

All three players were called upon after the Eagles suffered major injuries throughout the season. 

Costume design
Lane Johnson 
Jason Kelce
Chris Long 
Malcolm Jenkins 

Lane Johnson and Chris Long get equal parts credit for the dog masks. Malcolm Jenkins owns his own clothing store and is clearly the most dapper of the Birds. And Jason Kelce actually wore the Mummers costume to the parade. Donnie Jones and his sweatpants were unfortunately snubbed here. 

Best live action short
The Electric Slide
The Home Run 
The Jeff Lurie Shuffle
The Flying V 

There were plenty to choose from in this category. The Eagles certainly didn't lack celebrations during their Super Bowl season. The Jeff Lurie Shuffle is the rare independent film that has a real shot. 

Best Original Screenplay
The Philly Special
Wentz's Houdini 
North Dakota Pass to Clement
Patrick Robinson Pick-6

Plenty of great plays from the championship season. For a long time the play Carson Wentz brought with him from North Dakota State looked like a front-runner. But The Philly Special is like Titanic in the Best Picture category in '97 — a no-doubter. 

Best Original Song 
"No One Likes Us, We Don't Care"
"Dreams and Nightmares" 
"Bodak Yellow" 
"Fly Eagles Fly" 

Toward the end of the season "Dreams and Nightmares" became an anthem for the Eagles, even thought a few of the guys were caught dancing to "Bodak Yellow" in pregame warmups. But Kelce might have won it for "No One Likes Us, We Don't Care" at the parade. 

Best Directing 
Doug Pederson 
Jim Schwartz 
Howie Roseman
Frank Reich 

The Eagles had plenty of directors. Pederson is the front-runner in this category but Schwartz led the defense and Roseman put together the whole team. 

Best actor 
- Nick Foles in The Philly Special
- Corey Clement in The Flea Flicker
- Doug Pederson in The Least Qualified Coach in NFL History 

Foles' acting job on The Philly Special was, well, special. Clement did a great job selling that flea-flicker against the Vikings. And Pederson's performance, getting everyone to believe he wasn't a great coach, was pretty impressive too. 

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

It was 15 years ago today that Veterans Stadium went crumbling to the ground. But a piece of Vet Stadium history has risen from the ashes for a second life at Citizens Bank Park.

The giant 19-foot Liberty Bell that stood high atop Vet Stadium has been refurbished from storage and placed near the Pattison Avenue and 11th street entrance of the ballpark, next to the new Pass and Stow area that will feature a beer garden and some great new food options. The Pass and Stow name is in homage to John Pass and John Stow who re-cast the original Liberty Bell in 1753. Their names can be found on the original, slightly more famous bell with a crack in it across from Independence Hall.

With opening day just a week away, fans passing the ballpark on Thursday got their first glimpse of the bell’s new placement. The bell was installed today.

It’s hard to miss and will surely make a nice new photo opportunity for Phillies fans and out-of-towners looking to capture a memory.

The bell you see today was actually the "second and final bell that was displayed at Veterans Stadium," according to the Phillies. It was installed on the Vet's catwalk prior to the 1983 season and remained there before being removed prior to the Vet's implosion in 2004. It is made of steel and aluminum, weighs more than 5,000 pounds and contains over 300 light bulbs.

The new (old) bell outside the ballpark will make a nice complement to the bell inside the park that lights up and rings whenever a Phillies player hits a home run. In a nice twist, this season the Phillies' team Twitter hashtag will be #RingTheBell. Brett Brown likely approves.

As you can see from the short video of the bell above, the weather in South Philly today was wet and dreary. The forecast for opening day next Thursday when the Phils host the Atlanta Braves is much better, with no rain currently in the forecast and highs in the upper-50s. Not exactly hittin’ weather, but not bad for the first day of baseball either.

We can't wait.

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Here's a look at the Vet going down 15 years ago today. Miss that dirty old place.

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel joined Steph on his series called "5 Minutes From Home" in which the duo sit in the back seat of a car and chat on the way to Mrs. Curry's restaurant. Curiously, the clip lasts over 8 minutes.

Somehow, the two of them didn't mention their sneakers.

There's not a ton of new ground covered in their chat -- Joel talks about his journey onto the basketball court again -- but they do discuss Embiid's desire for a new nickname.

"The Process is never gonna be over. You gotta win a championship. When you win a championship, it starts over."

"I do like [the Process nickname]. Mainly because of the history of how we got here. That's why I like it. I'm actually thinking about creating something else. I'm tired of 'The Process.'"

Any suggestions, Sixers fans?

Embiid and Curry finish their trip with a meal at Steph's wife's restaurant.

The waitress jokes that the burrata appetizer they eat will be the key to the players dropping 50 points in the game the following night.

Almost. Steph went off for 41 but the Sixers got the win.