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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 Are Getting Silly

Maybe it’s just me, but Oscars seem more and more pointless each year. I’m not even referring to snubs and film quality (this goes without saying). I’m talking about the ceremony itself. The stage is getting smaller (or so it seems), the performances rushed, everything seems like an average award show. Still, Oscars are seen as the most important movie awards, so I don’t get it.

I remember watching the ceremonies when I was in my early teens. I’d stay up for whole night (the broadcast starts in 2 AM or so and lasts till 6 AM), and while I never believed the the glamor or the importance of this award, watching the show has become something I just do. So I know what I’m saying when I’m talking about the whole thing turning from a show everybody wanted to see to “just another awards show”, only more boring.

While shorter ceremony does make some things less boring, it also seems so rushed, and some things I’ve always enjoyed the most (performing nominated songs and presenting movies nominated for the best film) is gone. It turned into a rushed presenter – announcing the winner – rushed winner speech, interrupted by stupid jokes by uninspired hosts (stupid jokes are Oscars tradition, though).

It seems like they don’t even care about this, and the usual snubs and the politics of the award are still here, which isn’t a good combination.

This year, though, I’ve had my reasons for watching the Oscars: Gary Oldman was (finally!) nominated. And while I’m not really sad that he didn’t win (I’m ok with Dujardin; better him than Clooney or Pitt, if you ask me), I am so pissed off at the director of the ceremony. They didn’t even acknowledge Gary’s existence in the room before the leading Actor award. I mean, WTF, people? Usually, acting nominees are in the spotlight. But the way they did it, you’d think Gary wasn’t even there! The dog from the Artist got more screen time, and while I’m not against animals being in the spotlight, it’s just confusing.

So the main appeal of this year’s Oscar ceremony was totally ruined for me.

I don’t have much to say about the actual winners. I haven’t seen most of the ladies’ movies so I don’t know if Meryl deserved this Oscar or not. Unlike many people (who think she’s overrated) I think she’s a great actress. Still, it’s interesting that she’s one of the rare actresses (or actors in general) who can play in a crappy movie and still get recognized for her performance because she’s good. This simply doesn’t happen. Being good in a bad movie usually means to be ignored (it happened to many).

I refused to watch the Help so I don’t know if Octavia Spencer was the best supporting actress, but people say she was good, so I’ll believe them. It’s great that Christopher Plummer finally got recognized, but sadly, that meant snubbing Max von Sydow. Like I said, I’m ok with Streep – she is a fantastic actress, but then again, so is Glenn Close, and she went home empty handed. As for the lead actor, we all know how I feel about this. I’m cool with Dujardin, and I’m also cool with the Artist winning the best picture and the rest of the things it won. If it couldn’t be Gary, I’d rather see Oscar going to Dujardin than Pitt or Clooney.

So, I’m not pissed off by the winners, but I am about the ceremony. Watching Billy Crystal’s botoxed face was painful, and I didn’t get to see the man I wanted to see the most, because, obviously, Gary Oldman didn’t seem interesting enough for those in charge with the broadcast. So I have to repeat: WTF, people!

Gary Oldman gets an Oscar nomination!

Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors in the movie fucking history. No, don’t argue. This is my blog. And it’s kind of, well, fact. He’s the only actor who can make me watch even the shittiest, crappiest movie out there (and sadly, there are many of the kind in his filmography). He’s so good he makes you believe acting makes sense, after all. He’s so good any post about him being good is pointless. And yet, he was never nominated for a major acting award (save for BAFTA).

… Till today.

Somehow – and I bet it was a tricky task – the Academy finally realized that Gary not having any nominations is a crime against art (and common sense). So, there he is. An Academy award nominee. Finally. It was about fucking time, I say.

Of course, we all know it’s not that simple. It’s Oscars we’re talking about. We all know how they work. His nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not really about his performance. It’s about finally recognizing the man who was snubbed so many times before. A great actor who wasn’t even nominated, even when he was supposed to be, and all because of some shitty reasons (including, but not limited to, politics). So don’t be fooled: this nomination isn’t about his last year’s performance.

But you know what? I don’t fucking care. It was about time, that’s all I’m saying. And no, I don’t think Oscars are that important. After Sandra Bullock winning one, it’s clear they don’t mean anything. Still, it IS considered the most important acting award, and I do think never nominating Gary Oldman was a crime and a disgrace. Also, I’m hoping that an Oscar nomination will finally bring him better roles.

But can he win? More about it later. So far, I’m glad they’ve finally nominated him.

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.