Sunday, March 02, 2014

"And the Winner is………"

Another year and I won't be watching the Oscar telecast.  

There used to be a time when I couldn't wait for the annual glamorous tele extravaganza that was the Oscars.  That was back in the day when Hollywood had true glamor and class.  Back in the day when I recognized the names of the nominees.  Back in the day when the winners gave heartfelt (and short) thank you speech.


Liz Taylor accepts her first Oscar for "Butterfiled 8"

I started to lose my mojo with the Oscars when almost every winner began his or her thank you speech with "And I would like to thank Harvey Weinstein……."  After about the first dozen "Harvey Weinsteins" I began to wonder "Who the f--k is Harvey Weinstein and why should I care?"


"Harvey Weinstein" - I don't care - crawl back into  your hole (or under the rock you came from)
Remember when the winners DIDN'T thank their wives and kids?  You know these actors and their perfect children who were so helpful in their win.  WHO CARES?




Don't you just cringe when one of these phony baloneys creeps up to stage with their phony scarves swinging around their neck (what's THAT all about?  They're in California for christ sakes.) Then they take out that crumpled piece of paper from their suite lapel pocket and start to read those names that mean NOTHING to we the audience?  I sat around through hours of Oscar commercials to hear another commercial by an actor attempting to thank everyone he or she ever came into contact with during their lifetime.  Get over it actor, you didn't discover the cure for cancer.  YOU'RE AN ACTOR AND YOUR CAMPAIGN TO WIN THE OSCAR PAID OFF. See here how NOT to give an acceptance speech. 

I hate to be a Debbie Downer



folks (not really, I'm enjoying this) but tonight's Oscar cast is another one that I'll take a pass on.  Besides, I can tell you whose going to win anyway.  An actor/actress who name you never heard before and will never hear again unless it's someone like Jennifer Hudson who went on to great fame screeching through Nutri-System weight loss commercials.



 Yes folks,I will definitely take a pass on seeing the umpteenth self-important actor raising his (or her) Oscar above their heard to show us all what is on the bottom (Made in China) of the Oscar statue.

No thanks folks, I'll skip the Oscars again tonight and instead remember what Hollywood was really like back in the day when Hollywood was a young boy's world of fantasy.  
Avid 10 year old movie goer - 1951



14 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:48 PM

    Amen Ron! I couldn't agree more.

    Sean R.

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    1. Sean,
      I watched at bit of the Oscar telecast last night while I was making lemon pound cake last night. I use TV as background while I'm in the kitchen. I thought Ellen DeGeneres was very good. I just can't watch the whole show though. Small doses was alright for me.
      Ron

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  2. I don't watch the oscars either; I just don't give a shit. I never watch tv anyway, and I rarely go to the cinema. I don't watch any other awards shows either. B-O-R-I-N-G!

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    1. Anne Marie,
      I watched a bit of the Oscars while I was making lemon pound cake. I always have the TV on as background noise when I'm in the kitchen. The only time I actually sit down and watch TV is when I watch one of my Netflix movies. The only movie I saw this year was "Gravity". Pat and I went to the Midway theater here in Rehoboth Beach on a date night. It was nice.
      Ron

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  3. Ron

    Hilarious - loved the scarf bit. You have to wear one here too if you're going to an Art Exhibit opening.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Maybe the "scarf look" became passé. I saw nary a scarf last night for the little bit I had the TV on. I think scarves are de rigueur for art show openings.
      Ron

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  4. Oscars? Oh! That crap that is filling up my Twitter feed. Ugh. I am watching animation on Fox. And other stuff. Not the Oscars. I guess not having seen any of the movies in any category that were nominated means I don't have a dog in the hunt. I'm going to bed soon. Have to get up early tomorrow to see if my work has decided that a major winter storm warning is reason enough to let us peons stay home. Probably not, but maybe I'll get lucky.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      Snow day here Jay! I don't have to go into work until Wednesday and I'm not going any earlier. I hope this is the LAST major winter snowstorm. This is getting real old.
      Ron

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  5. Anonymous11:30 PM

    Hi, Ron. Oscars have always been political, even if just within the Academy. Liz (and per her biographers, she hates being called that) supposedly hated winning for Butterfield 8 (right after her trach surgery), but she took the award, just the same. She certainly deserved her second one, tho. It's all about societal politics for these awards, sadly. I get your bitterness, but I try to look forward about these things. I am hoping for minority wins in the major categories; it's taking too long for these old white people to acknowledge actors/actresses of different colors!

    ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      You're right, the Oscars have always been political. Liz did get her first Oscar because of sympathy for her near death experience. Still, I was glad she got it. The Oscars are all about drama. Her acceptance speech was perfect. I am very glad that the winners are more diverse these days. I ranted about the Oscars but I did watch some of it last night and enjoyed it. I just can't take the whole three hours, especially the non-entities who storm the stage with their scarves.
      Ron

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  6. AMEN to that! I agree with every word.
    I'm glad that I lived in Hollywood during a time when it still echoed with sentiments from the golden past. The entire place has changed so drastically that I'd never want to go back. The Academy Award ceremony no longer has any real meaning. It has deteriorated into a mindless, self-serving freak show.

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    1. Jon,
      I watched a bit of the Oscars last night while making a cake. Ellen was very good. Jim Carrey embarrassed himself. I was happy with the winners. But I do agree with you that the Oscars have deteriorated into a mindless, self-serving freak show. An extreme reality show. Like watching a car wreck. It did hold a certain fascination but I couldn't look at it too long.
      Ron

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  7. Anonymous12:13 AM

    No Oscars for me either!! Too fake and full of themselves for me. On a different note, Liz Taylor and Rita Hayworth were beautiful, class acts weren't they? If there was ever a couple of girls that would turn this gay guy's head, it would be those two!
    Your friend,
    James

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    1. James,

      "Fake and full of themselves"……so true. Liz Taylor gave a perfect acceptance speech. I hate the ones that go on and on and thank everyone from their first grade teacher to their kids. BORING. I loved beautiful stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and my personal favorite, Hedy Lamarr. Hedy made this gay guy's head turn too.
      Ron

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