Monday, February 28, 2005

Notes on the Academy Awards

Movies are an inherently stupid art form that often relies on scams, tricks, stunts, gambits, ploys, ruses, or gags that are logically or physically impossible, and often both.
Joe Queenan, journalist and writer

In Las Vegas I would have most lightly would have lost since the contest would have been a parlay, which means you have to pick all the right categories. I was only five out of eight. Now we know why I don’t make a living gambling.

  • The tribute to Johnny Carson almost made me want to stand and applaud.
  • I loved Chris Rock’s opening monologue. I loved his intro of Tim Robbins, “When he is not making movies he bores us with his politics.”
  • Scarlett Johansen said that she enjoyed meeting the greatest minds behind the movies. I have no doubt she ever met a head she didn’t like.
  • I missed Chuck Workman for his collage of films, those who know me will understand for obvious reasons.
  • Why did Carlos Santana have to take off his sunglasses to hug Antonio Banderas?
  • The Oscars seemed very rushed to me, which also limited or neutralized Chris Rock’s humor.
  • While I did not believe Million Dollar Baby was all that great, I was glad to see Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman win.


On The Mark said...

I don't watch the Oscars often, but when I do I, for some reason, get teary-eyed. I'm not sure if it's because the retrospectives bring back memories, or if it's because of all those great cleavage shots (and in the commercials too) and I have to say to myself, "only in your dreams." The best line of the night was when Rock introduced Penelope and Selma and said, "you won't be able to keep your eyes off the next four presenters" (or something like that).

Janet said...

Why did Antonio Banderas have to be there at all, period?

Finally, someone else who liked Rock's speech (although my fave part was when he talked about Jude Law and Russell Crowe)

Janet said...

Ahh but it WAS posts like this that inspired me to write posts like mine. It inspires me to be a better blogger.

Now, does that make you feel better?:)