March 7, 2010

"This moment. Is so much bigger. Than me."

Are you hoping for a big moment tonight? Or have you had it with Oscar grandiosity — especially in a year when nothing seemed very grand at all... except in that horrible in-your-face grand way that you have to put on special glasses for?

21 comments:

AllenS said...

Goodfellas is on tonight, so I'll watch that instead. I'm a romantic.

Florida said...

Gilligan's Island is on tonight ... so, tough choice.

Not going to give liberals eyeballs with which to enrich themselves.

Why would I act against my interests.

AllenS said...

WV: bacti

That't what will form inside your head if you watch the Oscars.

kentuckyliz said...

Hollywood's self-seriousness makes me want to puke, but not so much that I end up as skinny as a starlet.

Chip Ahoy said...

The Oscars are extremely important to me, yes they are. How else am I to complete a Henry Hook crossword puzzle?

kcom said...

I had it with Oscar grandiosity about 15 years ago. The smug cloud is still hovering from George Clooney's acceptance a number of years ago. Oh, the humanity!

Pogo said...

"except in that horrible in-your-face grand way that you have to put on special glasses for"

Ha!

It seems to me now that the Marlon Brando moment was the first sign of the end of simple Hollywood entertainment.

I was grateful for Up and The Blind Side.

Johnny Depp's turn as the Mad Hatter was great in Alice last night.

Otherwise, meh on Oscar.

Kirstin said...

Palin-bashing is foreseeable. She made the mistake of spending time in LA recently and cannot be forgiven.

Is House on tonight? I want to watch House ....

edutcher said...

The last time I watched the Oscars was when The Duke won Best Actor. There was a time when everybody wanted to know who won the big three Oscars. It was like who won Miss America (which state) or the World Series.

Part of the problem is the brands have been cheapened. Too many playoffs, too many junk awards shows, but Florida also has a point. The days when Greer Garson (I think) got all weepy and wanted to remember all the little people and that was what made the show run (way) over are long gone. Now, every actor that dropped out of high school or freshman year of college wants to remake the world in the image of the Lightworker In Chief.

And, no, forty years isn't a long enough interval.

Charlie Martin said...

I swear that read "big movement" when I looked at it first.

To which the answer is "no, but this morning's was pretty good."

magpie said...

I recall one or two sweet moments - like when Kevin Costner brought his parents - but generally, the sanctimonious, condescending attitude of most talent, amplified by a perceived audience of billions, is just too much for me to take.

c3 said...

I'm wondering what other Oscar winner later went on to do underwear ads.

Christy said...

I'll seek out slide shows of the gowns. The show itself, not so much.

John said...

My interest in this awards show has been going down, down, down, ever since Kramer vs. Kramer beat Apocalypse Now. I will be watching Kind Hearts and Coronets, which is, though not quite a masterpiece, easily better than any of the films this awards show parasitically feeds upon.

CatherineM said...

Gawker cut out the best part of the David Niven/Streaker moment. After the man passes and the audience laughs and a bemused Niven says something like, "the only laugh that man will have in his life and it's from showing off his shortcomings."

Here's a clip from the Oscars, but the Oscar people ruin the moment too by cutting in people describing what happens in the video because, you know, we are too stupid to figure it out ourselves by watching it alone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IIl3zSYL8k

Trooper York said...

Cablevision is in a dispute with ABC and is not showing the Oscars tonight or any other ABC program.

This it the first time I ever wanted to have Cablevision.

Jeff V said...

I'll take this opportunity to be contrary - I'll be watching, and for one reason or another, enjoying every minute. And I think there were quite a few grand cinematic moments in the past year - "Inglourious Basterds" and "The Hurt Locker" among them.

avwh said...

I'll watch, too.

This year I'd seen 9 of the 10 best picture nominees before they were announced (one of the benefits of being empty nesters and unemployed) - usually, I have to scramble to see the top-nominated films before the awards.

damikesc said...

Given how I can't name a Best Picture winner this century thus far...I won't watch. Which is not synonymous with missing it.

And Coulter has it right: any actor/tress saying the moment is bigger than them is seeking only to glorify themselves.

Penny said...

A serious question to all those who said they will not be watching the Oscars tonight...

Is that because you know you can hit a few keys on your comp in the morning to find out who won, or is it because you just have no interest in movies? Maybe it's because you have no interest in celebrating anything Hollywood, because they're a bunch of leftist pigs living in their million dollar cribs?

kcom said...

"Is that because you know you can hit a few keys on your comp in the morning to find out who won, or is it because you just have no interest in movies? Maybe it's because you have no interest in celebrating anything Hollywood, because they're a bunch of leftist pigs living in their million dollar cribs?

In my case, probably mostly the third. Not necessarily entirely for the political implications, as you suggest, but rather also for the narcissistic ones. Watching a bunch of people yapping about themselves and patting themselves on the back, accompanied by truly bad production numbers and lame "humorous" small talk poorly delivered has no affect on whether the movies are good or bad or worth watching. I'll see the ones (eventually) that seem to stand the test of time and sound appealing. That's good enough for me. And I won't be going out of my way to check the Internet in the morning either. Much like the Olympics, I just don't care about the hype any more.