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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Daily Rant, Oscars edition

I am predicting an utter ratings failure for the Oscars and that the bulk of the Oscars’ ratings will come from the New York and Los Angeles area where people actually care about the opinions of those in Hollywood. Hollywood’s choices for movies to make and awards to hand-out this year were out of touch with America, which was reflected not only in the low box office take for these movies but will also be shown in the low ratings that the Oscar Show will get this year, even though the networks essentially gave up in programming against the show. Repeats and Sunday night movies are up against the Oscars, and even though I am sure it will win it’s time slot it will not do well. Later in the week when the ratings come out we will see if I was correct.
I did watch the opening monologue with Jon Stewart and I found him to be funny in his typical comedic style, which the audience did not find as funny as I did. For those of you who watched you might remember he made two particularly funny jokes (paraphrased to the best of my memory)
1. Normally to see this many Hollywood stars you have to write a check to the Democratic Party.
2. Hollywood loves the Oscars because at least this time around they can vote for a winner.
Neither joke got much applause, but making fun of a man shot in the face by the Vice President of the United States, and who almost died, did get the audience to cheer.
I only watched the opening monologue, I don’t know who won and of the awards, I didn’t see any of the movies, so I didn’t care and I am willing to bet most of America won’t care either.


Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Memoirs of a Geisha was very different and cool, Walk the Line was good but not as good as it could have been, and Crash was entertaining. Those are all of them that I saw, it was a weak year for the movies. I have some very open-minded friends who saw Brokeback Mountain and they said the man-sex was difficult to watch, so I dont plan on checking out the DVD anytime soon for a date night, and all ther rest just looked boring.

I mean does every "good" movie have to look so pretentious? I long for the days when Roger Rabbit was considered Oscar-worthy. The Oscars and the celebrity worship they inspire can go to hell. Who the hell is George Clooney? Does he think he's a political activist? Jesus, standing in that room last night and standing in congress must feel very similar; a ton of people who take themselves way too seriously.

Mon Mar 06, 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Clooney uses his visibility as a platform. He is completely entitled to do so. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have done the same and found it to hurt their careers, as viewers and co-workers find them annoying. Then again, Leo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie are also activists, and have somehow managed to keep it tolerable and very effective, as they actually do a lot of good. Not to say that Clooney hasn't, I have no idea, I just know that bringing politics into the picture as a part of the public's perception of you is dangerous. Michael Moore was an interesteing filmmaker until he took a personal vendetta against the Bush family, and he is now ostracized. Hollywood has its own liberal agenda, no doubt, but even Hollywood thinks of itself as arbiters of good taste and they love deciding who is and isnt annoying. And youre right: "The Oscars and the celebrity worship they inspire can go to hell"

Mon Mar 06, 04:13:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, not all celebrities use their status to promote a particular political cause. Angelina Jolie promotes health issues in third-world countries and Bono promotes health issues and erasing debt for third-world countries, Michael J. Fox is spokesperson for fighting Parkinson’s, and Magic Johnson is an advocate for fighting AIDS, but none of these people blame a particular party nor promote the agenda of a political party. But, Clooney does have a political agenda, and although he held back at the Oscars and instead of attacking the Bush administration he praised Hollywood’s role as a promoter of social change in issues like AIDS and segregation,. But, Hollywood’s most recent attempts at social change have been seen as an attack on Judeo-Christian values. For some reason we treat actors as if they were somehow more important than the rest of us as if they had some great God-given talent that the rest of us lack. But, actors are merely good at pretending, pretending they are someone else, and then pretend they are informed political demigods. I say we start to pretend too, pretend like we actually care what they have to say.

Mon Mar 06, 04:44:00 PM  

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