Random thoughts on The Oscars (TM)

Before I get out the door and go to school….

  • I thought Jon Stewart and his whole Daily Show-like approach to the show was great. Hollywood needs a good smart-ass.
  • We actually saw two movies that won Oscars this year: Crash and Wallace and Grommit. Go figure. Both of them were really good, for obviously different reasons.
  • Personally, I don’t think people voted “against” Brokeback Mountain as much as the running was probably split three or four ways and Crash came out on top. But I don’t have any unique insight on this.
  • We haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain; actually, we almost went to it, but we went and saw Goodnight, and Good Luck instead (also a great movie). To be honest, I’m not that interested in Seeing Brokeback Mountain, though I’m sure we’ll rent it at some point. This is probably obvious, but it has nothing to do with the “gay thing” for either me or Annette. Rather, it has more to do with the “love story” “cowboy/western” thing, two film elements that really are not on my “must see” list. I mean, if it was a hetro couple getting it on in a love that was “denied” in some way, I’d probably never see it.
  • I thought “the academy” has a lot of nerve bitching about DVD sales (which they did directly and indirectly in a couple of different segments last night) when a) the vast majority of movies nominated for the Oscar this year don’t really demand the “big screen,” b) movies that really do look good on the big screen are typically passed over for Oscars (The Revenge of the Sith, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong okay, okay, King Kong did win a bunch of awards for special effects), c) actually “going” to the movies is an increasingly unpleasant and expensive experience, and d) DVD sales are what is saving Hollywood’s dropping box-office numbers collective ass right now.
  • Thing #1 to remember if I ever win an Oscar: be sure to thank my wife and son before I thank anyone else.
  • Thing #2 to remember if I ever win an Oscar: if I win and then go up on stage with the person I won with (a co-writer, a co-producer, etc.), then I either want to talk first or I want to make damn sure that the first person doesn’t ramble on so long as to cut the second person off.
  • It is indeed still “Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” Afterall, Phil Collins beat out “Blame Canada” a few years ago….

4 thoughts on “Random thoughts on The Oscars (TM)”

  1. Steve said, “I mean, if it was a hetro couple getting it on in a love that was “deniedâ€? in some way, I’d probably never see it.” Well, when you put it that way, some of my favorite films I’ve seen over and over are “Room with a View,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Phantom of the Paradise,” “The Cook, The Thief . . .” and “Remains of the Day,” all, um, about hetero couples whose love is denied in some way. So, maybe I like *some* chick flicks better than I care to admit. “Brokeback Mountain” just looks cheesy in that Oscar-contender “English Patient” sort of way. Of course, I *loved* “Croutching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “The Ice Storm,” both, in different ways, flms about desires denied. — Anet

  2. Hey, you’re not me. How did that happen?

    Well, Moulin Rouge was really a spectacular! spectacular! kind of show– I didn’t go to that for the love story/chick flick aspect of it, and the rest of those movies I saw on video. And as I think about it, it’s more of the cowboy thing than the love story thing. Well, it’ll be out on video soon enough.

  3. I definitely want to see Brokeback Mountain. I never saw the Ice Storm (I’ve always wanted to though) and I didn’t like Crouching Tiger or Hulk, but Sense and Sensibility is fantastic.
    HAHAHA— evryone is stealing Steve’s identity!

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