March 3, 2006

Oscars.

I'm so not interested in the Oscars this year, but I guess I'll watch -- with TiVo to speed things up -- to see what Jon Stewart has to say.
"He's an outsider looking in at the system, which is always problematic with a show like that because it's the ultimate insiders show," Oscar show writer Bruce Vilanch told CNN....

"You never want to do badly, but you also don't want to paralyze yourself thinking about doing badly," Stewart told CNN. "Show business, you don't get into for the health plan. You get into it for the opportunities and the fun to try different stuff."
Are you going to watch out of excitement over who will win? Check out the predictions. It seems awfully predictable. Frankly, I don't even care who wins. I'm going to watch as a very distanced observer, and I'm going to blog.

24 comments:

TWM said...

I won't watch it. A bunch of egotists mutually, well, caressing themselves is just too much for me. They don't make movies most people like and they don't really care that we don't like them, so why should I spend my precious time watching them do it?

chuck b. said...

I'm not even remotely interested. I'm not even in the next galaxy of interest over.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Will you consider blogging the pre-game fashion show?

Ann Althouse said...

Ruth Anne: Most definitely!

Dave said...

I'll wait for the movie.

vbspurs said...

I'm so not interested in the Oscars this year, but I guess I'll watch

This is probably what 90% of Americans are feeling, this year especially.

My mother is just going to watch the red carpet show with Face Lift Horror Duo, Melissa and Joan Rivers.

Neither parent has seen one of the films nominated in any of the major categories, and my father is a cinephile like me.

Shame really.

Did anyone catch the segment CNN did on the exact geographical centre of the US -- known as Lebanon, Kansas?

They have one theatre (which charges $4 per flick), but it's only one film per week.

And none of the people interviewed in all of the town, had watched, or had any interest in watching, say, Brokeback Mountain.

Says it all.

Last year I live-blogged the Oscars, but pretty sure I won't do it this year.

It's very fatiguing, even though it can be fun, since I'm just missing Mrs. Henderson Presents of all the films nominated in the major categories (I'm watching it tomorrow night, hopefully).

For those interested, here are my latest pics (c/p from my earlier post in Brazil's O Globo site):

FILM: Capote

(Everyone is saying Crash is going to crash Brokeback Mountain's party. We'll see)

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee

ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman

ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon

SUPP. ACTOR: Paul Giamatti

(Tongues wagging that it'll be Dillon over Clooney. We'll see)

SUPP ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz

(Same tongues now favourite Michelle Williams, but I don't think so)

AD. SCREENPLAY: Brokeback

OR. SCREENPLAY: Paul Haggis/Crash

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Lubezki/New World

FILM EDITING: Winborne/Crash

ART DIRECTION: King Kong

COSTUMES: Atwood/Geisha

SOUNDTRACK: Williams/Munich

SONG: Hard Out There For a Pimp/Hustle & Flow

VISUAL EFFECTS: King Kong

MAKEUP: Narnia

SOUND EDITTING: King Kong

SOUND MIXING: War of the Worlds

FOREIGN FILM: Sophie Scholl

(Though most people think it'll be Tsotsi)

DOC: Penguins

ANIMATION: Wallace & Gromit

At the least sign of a very shrill acceptance speech of a political nature, I'm turning it off.

Cheers,
Victoria

sonia said...

My Oscar predictions are here. I will watch it. There is an exceptionally good selection of films this year. It tells you what an exciting crop of movies we've got when the film about Truman Capote is actually the least controversial and the most respectable of the whole lot...

Jacques Cuze said...

I'm so not interested in the Oscars this year, ... Frankly, I don't even care who wins. I'm going to watch as a very distanced observer, and I'm going to blog.

Okay, let me see if I have this straight. You're not interested, you don't care, you're going to be very distanced, and you're going to blog.

Ooh! Can't wait!

Palladian said...

quxxo, that's a great description of how you operate around here! We're not interested, we don't care, we're going to be very distanced, and you're going to comment anyway.

vbspurs: "And none of the people interviewed in all of the town, had watched, or had any interest in watching, say, Brokeback Mountain.

Says it all."

Says all of what, exactly? It's amusing to me that people are still twisting themselves into pretzels trying to deny that "Brokeback Mountain" has any appeal to "normal" Americans. I mean, the good people of Lebanon, Kansas aren't interested in that cowboy drag sex musical! Says it all!

I hardly think "Brokeback Mountain" was quite the important event some have made it out to be, but it's actually pretty good and certainly a bit more impressive than most of the fare in its category.

And you just know that someone is going to make a freshman-level BravePoliticalStatement™.

vbspurs said...

Says all of what, exactly?

That the very middle of America (to emphasise the point CNN were tryin to make with their Lebanon, Kansas spot), didn't watch what many of us are touting as the Best Picture of the Year.

Hang on, not finished tying up the loose ends, since you seem confused by my statement.

And that if Brokeback Mountain gets the Oscar for the Best Picture, it will be one Middle America has not really watched at all this year.

It's amusing to me that people are still twisting themselves into pretzels trying to deny that "Brokeback Mountain" has any appeal to "normal" Americans.

Having clarified above, I will state this categorically:

A love story about married gay/ bisexual sheep herders has very little appeal to "normal" Americans.

Full stop.

I mean, the good people of Lebanon, Kansas aren't interested in that cowboy drag sex musical! Says it all!

I know people who haven't seen Dances with Wolves yet, either.

Me, for example.

Says it all about me.

Like I'm not very engaged by a non-sporting film starring Kevin Costner.

Cheers,
Victoria

Jacques Cuze said...

Hey Immodium, check out what VD says:

A love story about married gay/ bisexual sheep herders has very little appeal to "normal" Americans.

Normal?

Jacques Cuze said...

Here's a link to the CNN piece that our pet bigot liked so much.

Funnay, I thought teh point of the CNN piece was how out of touch and small minded a town of 250 rural americans were when compared to us city folk. But then vdspuds proved to be the more bigoted.

vd, we love ya, but we don't play that bigoted game here baby!

Pete said...

quxxo,

At least try not let your knee-jerk reactions get the better of you. You mis-read Victoria (vbspurs). She's not a bigot and, unlike yours, her postings are quite insightful.

Ann Althouse said...

Quxxo: "Okay, let me see if I have this straight. You're not interested, you don't care, you're going to be very distanced, and you're going to blog. Ooh! Can't wait!"

Well, you seem to hang on every damn post that ever goes up around here, so you're sarcasm doesn't quite work.

In any event, you're missing the fact that a neutral observer is in a good position to see things, so you should be interested in what I'll come up with. For example, I'm not hoping for Stewart to do well and I'm not eager to see him fall on his face.

Craig Ranapia said...

Well, my predictions of who will win seems to be running with the herd of independent minds. But my list of who I think SHOULD is, mostly, a different matter.

Best picture
Capote

Best director
No award. (OK, Ang Lee's probably going to go home with the Oscar he should have won five years back for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.)

Best actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Best actress
No award

Best supporting actress
Tie: Amy Adams – Junebug / Catherine Keener - Capote

Best supporting actor
No award

Best foreign language film
Joyeux Noel (France)

Best animated feature film
Howl's Moving Castle

Best adapted screenplay
A History of Violence

Best original screenplay
No award

Best music (score)
No award

Best music (song)
No award

Best documentary feature
Murderball

Best visual effects
No award

Best cinematography
Memoirs of a Geisha

Best art direction
Goodnight, and Good Luck

Best costume design
Walk The Line

Best make-up
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Chris O'Brien said...

As long as we are going to politicize this -Best Oscar Predictions, bar none - and note the humorless lefties who react:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-gutfeld/gutfelds-oscar-predictio_b_16690.html

My fave:"Tim Robbins attempts a witty comment at the expense of the religious right. He remains mum on Muslims and cartoons.

Meanwhile, Theo Van Gogh remains dead"

jakemanjack said...

I don't find Jon Stewart to be funny at all.

The idea of watching a pack of self-congratulatory fools - clap, slap each other on the back, and hand each other golden statues, is so tired.

vbspurs said...

At least try not let your knee-jerk reactions get the better of you. You mis-read Victoria (vbspurs). She's not a bigot and, unlike yours, her postings are quite insightful.

Thanks, Pete. Don't trouble yourself about this troll on my behalf.

I'm a nice person, but my niceness stops at libel.

We'll see, what we'll see.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Best picture
Capote


Oh dear. This makes me nervous.

Why? Because it seems you are deliberately targetting the long-shots, or the films which are not the favourites, perhaps to strike out on your to be seen as an "independent" voice.

Mind you, there's nothing wrong with that, Craig!

It's just that these types of people are usually wrong about the Oscars.

My picks were not about who I want to win, but who I think will win.

Best director
No award. (OK, Ang Lee's probably going to go home with the Oscar he should have won five years back for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.)


Does that mean you have no opinion, or that you feel no one should win the award this year? :)

Cheers,
Victoria

Christy said...

Sonia, were you being funny when you noted that: "It tells you what an exciting crop of movies we've got when the film about Truman Capote is actually the least controversial and the most respectable of the whole lot..." For I take this to mean that you equate exciting to controversial, specifically controversial to the bourgeoisie. And that, indeed, is what Hollywood seems to care about - being controversial. So for those of us who love drama, but who are indifferent to sexual orientation, agree McCarthy was a nasty man, and could care less about giving the finger to Middle America, what does Hollywood have to offer this year?

Just as a thought experiment, what story lines would get Hollywood as stirred up in the same way they want to stir up the rest of us?

SPOILER ALERT! FWIW, Weisz's performance did not work for me. For the first 3/4 of the movie we think she is betraying her sympathetic but wimpy husband. When we learn the truth it was too late to make me care about her. Bad writing or bad acting? Does it matter?

T said...

Jon Stewart not funny, are you serious????? I mean you are welcome to your own opinion but who would be a better host that would still pull in the target audience.

Also I have seen all but one of the best picture nominees and they are all quite good movies. Yes they picked controversial movies but that isn’t always bad, if movies are about art (and I admit not all are) then the good pieces of art should be the ones that say something and most of these do even if you disagree with the message. A movie doesn’t have to make you think to be worth watching but it should probably have some cultural statement or effect if it is up for the best picture of the year.

sonia said...

Christy,

you equate exciting to controversial

And what do you equate it with ? Mundane?

Hollywood seems to care about - being controversial

Not enough, in my opinion...

for those of us who love drama, but who are indifferent to sexual orientation, agree McCarthy was a nasty man, and could care less about giving the finger to Middle America, what does Hollywood have to offer this year?

If Capote isn't dramatic enough for you, nothing will, if you think McCarthy was a nasty man, I suggest you read about Stalin and his gulags, and I don't think either Bareback Mountain or Crash could be described as "giving a finger to Middle America". Quite the opposite. Crash is a rare film that dares to say that non-Whites can be just as racist (if not more) than Whites, and if Bareback is anti-Middle America then Schindler's List is anti-Jewish...

jakemanjack said...

I'm totally serious. I've never found Jon Stewart funny. Never. Not one laugh.
Although, I do agree that Jon Stewart is the PERFECT uber-lib cheerleader for the predominately leftwing hollywood elites.

Golden statues for everyone. zzz

ChrisO said...

What's interesting to me is that none of the commenters who decry the crop of nominees this year have mentioned a single film that should have been nominated instead. If all five Best Picture nominees are unworthy, then surely we should have seeen one or two alternative films mentioned.

As for Brokeback Mountain, from everything I have read it is actually doing quite well throughout America. It's not a blockbuster, but very few $14 million movies are. That's not what is was designed to be. As for Victoria's claim that a small one-theater town is representative of anything, that's just laughable. "Normal people," indeed. Funny how the least populated places think they're the normal ones, and that the huge populations centers (you know, where all of the people acutally live) represent the aberrants.

And I would say that in a year that has films from Ang Lee and Speilberg, starring people like Philip Seymour Hoffman, william Hurt, Frances McDormand, Charlize Theron and Paul Giamatti, if you haven't seen any of the major nominated films means no, you're not a "cinephile." Every nominated film isn't a left wing propaganda piece, so save it, please. Going to the cineplex to see King Kong doesn't make you a cinephile.

And what so few people seem to realize is that "Hollywood" isn't some monolithic thing. The nominees aren't determined by the studios, so equating what actors and directors and camera people want to recognize for their craft, with what "Hollywood" wants to shove down our throats, is fallacious. Blockbusters rarely get the big nominations,(Titanic and Lord of the Rings being exceptions.) These are the top 10 grossing movies of 2005, based on some very quick research: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; The Chronicles of Narnia; War of the Worlds; The Wedding Crashers; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Batman Begins; King Kong; Madagascar; Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

So, those are the movies people really want to see. Please tell me which one deserved a Best Picture nomination instead of the actual nominees. "Hollywood" is made up of a lot of people who want to make money. That's why there's so many family movies in the top 10. They know where the money is. The Oscars aren't about box office. They're a combination of a recognition of craft and a popularity contest.

John Rogers is a successfull screenwriter who has a very entertaining blog in which he discusses this in great detail. Go to http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2006_02_01_kfmonkey_archive.html

and scroll down to an entry called Just Stay Down. It will certainly challenge a lot of the prejudices people are displaying here.