Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Oscar Pick Results

I did OK. Of the majors, I got right Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplays, Best Song, Best Foreign Film and Best Long Cartoon. I missed the women actors (I did say that Tilda Swinton did the best work), Cinematography and Best Long Documentary (I picked the other anti-American current war documentary). For the wild ass guesses, random chance would have been more accurate than I was.

The show itself was fair to middling. One improvement would be more clips, less singing. At least they didn't have interpretative dance. One of Stewart's jokes was actually profound. He channeled President Bush to talk about staying the course with the complete failure of the anti-Iraq war films. He ended with: 'We cannot allow the audience to win.' Most industries try to please the audience. Hollywood is at war with them.

It shows.

Viewership was way down for the show and ever fewer people are going to the movies (and the ever rising yearly box office receipts is because tickets keep going way up in price--nearly $10 out here now).



Let us pray that the interpretive dance has gone the way of the 8 track tape.

A bipartisan hope springs eternal.
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