Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
And the winners are....
It has taken me quite a few days to recover from the Oscars. Not only was I disappointed in the outcome of the winners, I think the show was an over-produced. The opening number grabbed me, but then the rest of the 3 1/2 hours was bloated and bogged down. Why can't the producers get it right? Year after year, they screw around with the format and it still turns out to be a 3 1/2 hour BORE!
Tina Fey and Steve Martin were a bright spot. It was the only time I laughed out loud during the telecast. Penelope Cruz's acceptance speech was fresh and eloquent. Sean Penn's speech was exciting, not only for what he said about gay rights but because a viewer never knows what to expect of Penn.
The single most heartwarming moment was the acceptance speech by Dustin Lance Black for winning the Oscar for Best Screenwriter for MILK. (See pic)
I will admit it, I am a HUGE fan of Meryl Streep. My biggest disappointment was that Kate Winslet beat her out for Best Actress for her work in THE READER. I love Kate as well, but did you see DOUBT? Streep's performance was excellent! She has more nominations than any actor: 15. She has only won twice. She often is called "the greatest actress of our time" but has not won the Oscar since 1982. HUH? Katherine Hepburn won four times, and Streep is a much better actress than Hepburn was. What's up academy?
Now, don't even get me started about SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE! About every five years the Academy has to have a political, social, or cultural cause. This year, the deplorable poverty of Mumbai is the cause. What can the Academy do but reward a handful of the poor? It's over. Now back to Bollywood! Meanwhile, the thinly realized story of a poor young man winning MILLIONAIRE will not even be relevant in three years. The already waning TV program will soon be a blip in our past, as will this movie. How embarrasing! Why not bring back Louise Fletcher (who?) to present an Oscar instead. OY!
The problem I see with the Oscars is that "twenty-leven" awards have already been handed out before the Oscars are even broadcast. The conventional winners of those awards now win the Oscars. There are no surprises by the time they are presented. That is why there is a dwindling audience for the show. The Oscars should lead the pack, not bring up the rear. The Academy should move the awards up by at least one month. I believe most academy members don't even screen the movies in contention, rather they just vote for those that have the most awards buzz.
Wake up! Okay, my rant is over!