Lovely Diane Ellis emailed Rob, Richard Rushfield and myself a little while ago and asked us to post on the Oscars. I think the fact that we hadn't already posted on it speaks volumes as to our general esteem for the event. At least it does in my case. Of course I enjoy the dresses every year, like to gather with friends, over eat and make witty quips to the TV. But that's about it. This year however, I was in the air returning from a visit with family in Newnan, Georgia, where the real people live (as opposed to Los Angeles) many of whom didn't seem to give a whit about the Oscars either. So I can't comment on the telecast.
Of course when I was younger it was an EVENT. But the movies were better then, and the stars less accessible to us. We didn't know they even had stylists (if they even did) and their stylists didn't have tv shows! They were wittier (or their writers were.) We weren't deluged with meaningless award shows, nor actors opining on political and social issues they know little about. This has all been said before. Also, I hadn't experienced going to an award show, as I have now, and it just all seemed so glamorous, which it isn't. Not really. In fact, I'm not sure I even now what glamor is.
As for the winners? I think Meryl Streep summed it up herself when she mimicked the audience's boredom with seeing her nominated (again!). Not that she isn't a brilliant actress, but it was an obvious choice. I was thrilled for Christopher Plummer winning Best Supporting Actor. He's been long underestimated. I admired "The Artist" for doing something audacious, even though I found my interest flagging throughout the film. (And yes, I saw it in the theater.) I suppose I'm happy that the over-hyped "The Descendants" didn't sweep. I love most of Alexander Payne's work. (The cynical, filthy and delightful "Election." The twisted character studies "Sideways" and "About Schmidt.") But I found "The Descendants" weak on laughs and straining for tears. And I agreed with the Academy's ignoring the crowing over George Clooney's performance. It was okay, but mechanical. He tackled a much more complex character in "Up in the Air." It was a much better performance.
Okay, so that's my post on the Oscars. Go chew on it...