Oscars: Pretty uninspiring

The reason I waited for so long to share my thoughts on Oscars 2011 is only partly on the fact I’ve been busy. The thing is: there’s no much to say about this year’s Academy Awards.

It might be that the Oscar finally lost its charm on me, which might not be a bad thing at all. You see, watching Academy Awards is one of my guilty pleasures: I am not overly impressed by the ceremony or the awards itself (or, shall I say: politics behind it), but I watch it every year. I’ve been doing that since I was about 12 or something. I have no idea why, but staying awake for whole night (the broadcast starts around 2 AM) at such a young age sure seemed like an adventure.

So, here I am, watching this year’s show, and I feel so bored. It was very uninspiring, and it’s not because it was worse than the previous shows. At least we didn’t have a Sandra Bullock situation this year, and that’s something.

I quite liked “The King’s Speech” and I’m glad it won; I am also glad about Colin Firth. The movie’s premise is so uninspiring (my favourite word for this post, it seems!), but the film turned out to be excellent. I love when I’m pleasantly surprised. So I’m glad they won all the awards they got, except one: I have a soft spot for Mike Leigh and while nominating him for the best screenplay is a bit of a paradox (given the way his stories are created), I really wanted him to win.

But this aside, the most exciting moment for me was to see Trent Reznor win the Oscar. I mean, it was such a crazy situation for some reason (Trent. Reznor. Oscars. WTF!?!) so it definitely made one of the most memorable moments of the show.

I guess the rest of it was so boring and I failed to pay close attention, so I completely missed all the failed jokes of the hosts and Melissa Leo saying (shock! gasp!) – FUCK on live TV. I mean, imagine this horrible, enormous scandal. Somebody said fuck on TV and it’s considered a scandal. This is one of the things that makes America seem so confusing. They actually think saying fuck on TV is shocking.

9 thoughts on “Oscars: Pretty uninspiring

  1. zek j evets

    On behalf of America, I apologize.

    This is why I don’t watch much TV, and especially not award shows anymore. They’re no longer about recognition for fine cinema, music, or any other artistic endeavor, but have merely become another vehicle for cheap entertainment, and fashionista demagoguery.

    Personally, I prefer the days of MTV award shows around the 90’s. Sure, they might’ve been a little dramatically insane, but at least they were honest and genuine.

    Or better yet, I miss the first Nickelodeon award shows, waaaaay before kids programming went Born-Again Christian.

  2. Natasha W

    I’ve been meaning to watch the Oscar’s. I don’t usually watch them, so I was going to try something new. I would watch for the people to see how they react and how they relate to others. I always find awards shows telling of celebrities as far as their personality goes.

  3. Mira

    Why do you apologize, Zek? Sure, the politics of Oscars are annoying, but it is still considered the greatest movie award. Which might be unfair, but I still want people I admire to win. So watching the show is not something I hate to do. Still, this year’s show was very boring.

    On a brighter side, Natalie Portman won! ;)

    Natasha,

    It is true: a lot can be revealed about celebrities during these shows. First of all, those who chose not to show up. And then those who try their best to be funny, but fair miserably. Etc etc.

  4. Mariana

    For the first time in years I didn’t watch the ceremony. Unfortunately the broadcasting ended at 3 a.m. and I had to wake up at 5:30 and I’m a person that needs sleep before a 8 hours work day.

    I really wanted to watch, all in all it seems that this year’s ceremony was better than the last year’s. Last year was awfully boring. Anne Hathaway’s changing at least could keep me awake. I didn’t watch “The King’s Speech”, but I’m glad about Colin Firth. My faves were Toy Story 3 and Black Swan (which I watched twice)

  5. Mariana

    For the first time in years I didn’t watch the ceremony. Unfortunately the broadcasting ended at 3 a.m. and I had to wake up at 5:30 and I’m a person that needs sleep before a 8 hours work day.

    I really wanted to watch, all in all it seems that this year’s ceremony was better than the last year’s. Last year was awfully boring. Anne Hathaway’s changing at least could keep me awake. I didn’t watch “The King’s Speech”, but I’m glad about Colin Firth. My faves were Toy Story 3 and Black Swan (which I watched twice)

  6. Natasha W

    Dr. Vagrant, you’re making me rethink watching it… perhaps I should multitask while watching it. That way the time won’t be completely wasted.

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