BABEWATCH: Karen Han

March 9th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana




Name: Karen Han

Occupation: Erhu (Chinese two-stringed violin) Virtuoso

Hails from: Los Angeles

Why She’s A Babe: Flawless Skin. Elegant Lines. A killer musical talent. And then some.

It was hard to take our eyes off of Han during the broadcast of the Oscars, in which her husband Paul N.J. Ottosson won two consecutive awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing on The Hurt Locker. Now, winning is damn near everything to Asians, but when someone other than ourselves does the winning, it can be another story. In fact, one of the most of telling moments in any of our lives is watching someone else–particularly our partners–win.

See video of the acceptance speech:


Jen and I have both watched our dudes take the stage to accept shiny and important awards before, and I think it came as a shock that we were actually as happy as if the awards had been our own (Typically, like Gore Vidal, “whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies“). So when I watched Han’s genuine ecstatic tears, which spilled for both hubby and his sound mixing partner, I melted. I thought of the late nights and loud studio sessions and long bouts of confusion and intensely difficult periods during post-production, all of which Han (who also performed an erhu solo for The Hurt Locker‘s original score) likely held Ottosson’s hand through. That shit ain’t easy.

There are few things more attractive in a human being than the ability to be a warm and supportive partner–which is perhaps why, in just a few silly award show cutaways, Han looked like the most beautiful woman in the world.

[Karen Han - Official Site]
[Examiner: 'The Hurt Locker' Score Nominated For An Oscar]
[Oscar: Oscar Night - Winners]

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