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The reason you won’t see my traditional Oscar rant for 2013

… is because I haven’t watched the Oscars.

This is probably the first time in years that I missed the ceremony. The show started around 2:30 AM), which is totally the time of day (well, night) when I’m usually pretty active. Not this time: I went to bed around 9, planning on waking up around midnight, but I overslept. So I missed Jennifer Lawrence stumbling on the stairs, I missed Michelle Obama, I missed sexist songs about boobs.

I was also pretty passive when it comes to this year’s nominees. I think I’ve only seen “Life of Pi” (I liked it, even though I didn’t like the simplified philosophy in it; I loved the way it was filmed, though). Some of the nominated movies I don’t have any wish to see, especially the ones concerning the Middle East (including the winner, “Argo”). I love Daniel Day Lewis’ acting and intensity, but I don’t want to see Lincoln. The only other nominated film I’m interested in is “Amour”. So I suppose I didn’t find the nominees particularly exciting.

This didn’t stop me on the previous years, though. I don’t even like the Oscars and I think they are too much about the politics and promotion and not about the true artistic achievements. In short, this award is more about the film industry, and not film art. But it never stopped me from watching the ceremony before (though I often skip the red carpet; it’s so boring, especially since it’s often about the dresses, which bores me to no end). So I suppose I was really tired this year.

To be honest, the only thing I remember from this year’s Oscars are gaffes and racist comments about the youngest nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis. From Onion’s fucked up Tweet to anonymous people posting horrible things about her name, personality and race – everything was so disgusting beyond words. I haven’t seen the film and I don’t know anything about this girl so I can’t comment on her acting, but seriously, people, this was the lowest of the low. Who complained when Anna Paquin won her Oscar? Who called her names? Who questioned her talent? Her family, her background? I mean, seriously.

So yes, I missed the Oscars and I didn’t really feel sorry, even though I liked my Oscars watching as one of those silly personal traditions. But I am still pissed off at them for basically ignoring Gary Oldman (the best actor nominee) last year, so I can’t say the show is particularly enjoyable.

In other news, I am aware of neglecting this site and there’s no excuse for it. If it means anything, I’m working on a new design and revamp. Nothing fancy, but it will give it a new look and a new functionality. Also, it would be great to build a new blogging routing because believe it or not, I really love my website even though I neglect it often.

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.

Oscars: Boring and Predictable

Ben Stiller as Na'viThis year’s Oscars were boring and predictable. Simple as that. Also, the ceremony looked less glamorous than usual. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I was definitely surprised to see that.

In fact, I am surprised to hear good TV ratings and overall satisfaction with the Oscars night (the show as well as the winners). People actually liked it! They think it was the best show in years. Definitely not the way I saw it.

The show didn’t look like Oscars

The show itself was… nothing special. Sure, there were stupid host jokes, pointless show songs and the red carpet madness- but for some reason, it all looked plainer, uglier and much less glamorous than usual. The whole place simply looked so… small. With less people. It looked like many nominees were also presenters. I don’t remember this from the previous years.

Once again, the lack of glamour is not what generally bothers me, but it simply didn’t look like Oscars. Did they have a small budget this year? Or was there another reason behind it? Not sure. In any case, it didn’t look and feel like Oscars night. Which basically means it didn’t look important. (Now when I think about it, it’s actually ok, because Oscars aren’t- or should not be- that important anyway. And given the fact all the snubs and the way winners are chosen, especially in the recent years, I don’t think Oscars mean anything anymore). Still, it is considered THE most important movie award, so I expected it to look more important. On the other hand, I guess everybody just wanted to get to the parties and didn’t care about the show itself that much. Except for the winners. Maybe.

Oh, an another thing. Young stars. Yes, they actually decided to include many young stars as presenters (because we all know Zak Efron’s “talent” will effectively prevent him from ever being nominated). I don’t get this. It did look and feel a bit like MTV awards, or even teen choice awards. Yes, I know they wanted young people to watch the Oscars, but this was a cheap and degrading strategy, if you ask me.

The changes

There were some changes in this year’s show, that obviously worked for many people, but not for me. 10 nominated movies, for example. I simply don’t see any point behind this decision. Ok, we all know they decided to do this because of last year’s “Dark Knight” snub. But frankly, does this system really change anything? SF, fantasy, comedies, adventures, animated movies are still not going to win. All they will get is a nomination. If it’s all about being nominated, then fine, I have nothing against more nominees. But I don’t think these “additional 5″ will ever have much chance of winning. After all, we all know what an Oscar bait movie looks like, and it’s rarely a comedy or a SF film.

Another change I dislike is a new system of voting. If I understood it correctly, from now on it’s possible a movie to win for a best picture even if nobody thought it was the best . I mean WTF?

And one more thing I hated and everybody else seem to like: the new way of presenting best actor and actress awards. The system of 5 colleagues on stage, talking about the nominees might seem like a good way to personalize the presentation. But in reality, it sucks. Way too many cheesy compliments, way too many pointless anecdotes. What’s wrong with the good old clips of the nominated roles? After all, that’s why these people are nominated, not because they had fun on set with a presenter 15 years ago. I must admit I miss the clips. At least we got to see clips for supporting actors and actresses.

The winners!

Finally, the most important thing. Or, is it? I must admit it was predictable and I don’t actually have anything important to say here. I did like the fact Jeff Bridges won, and I disliked the fact Sandra Bullock won. I liked “Avatar” not winning, but I hated “The Hurt Locker” winning. That might be a great movie (artistically), but I must admit I loathe the subject (and propaganda) behind it so I can’t be happy about it being voted the best movie of the year. I am glad “Up” won for the best animated movie. And that would be about all, really.

All in all, just like I said in the title: the whole show was boring and predictable. We didn’t get any surprises, and I fail to see how the changes make the ceremony better. Oh, and please, bring back the live performances of songs and clips of nominated actors, if nothing else.

Traditional Oscars rant

I owe you my (traditional?) Oscars rant. I’m just not sure what to think about this year’s Oscars.

The thing is, I don’t really appreciate Academy Awards. Two words: Gwyneth Paltrow. Three words: “Shakespeare in Love”. (ugh). And no, I don’t even want to start talking about “Titanic”.

However, I watch the ceremony every year. Whole ceremony. Yes, the painfully boring red carpet. Yes, the Sound Mixing award. I might or might not go to pee during stupid host’s jokes, but in overall, I’m there for all 5 hours or so. It’s like a tradition I started when I was about 12 or 13. So, I watch the ceremony and later brag about the whole thing, especially political correctness (vomit sound) and people who didn’t deserve the award.

Oscars often have their theme, and I really wanted to see which was this year’s. And no, I’m not talking about stage design or host’s costumes… A few years ago, it was black (sorry, African American) theme… And there’s always a hint of a gay theme. This year’s Oscar theme, was, however, “International”. Do I even have to explain why?

As for the winners… I have a big secret. No, I don’t have a crush on Mickey Rourke. The thing is… I haven’t seen most of the nominated films so I can’t elaborate if it was fair not to give an Oscar to Angie’s darling. However, I do like Sean Penn (though I’m not sure why…) and I liked the fact he was the winner. That was the only surprise of the night.

Best moments of the ceremony:
-Sean Penn crying while Ledger’s family accepting the Oscar.
-Gay screenwriter crying while Penn accepting the Oscar.
-Kate Winslet crying. Whenever.
-Look on some guy’s face when he saw Sophia Loren (or her dress).
-Beginning of Sean Penn’s speech.

Worst moments of the ceremony:
-Lame jokes.
-Javier Bardem MIA
-The remaining of Sean Penn’s speech.