silence was golden at the oscars

February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am 8 comments

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it was a cold and breezy weekend. with occasional showers in the forecast, it was best to stay home, feast of freeze-dried food, sit back, and watch hollywood’s greatest event of the year, the 2012 oscars academy awards.

the big surprise this year was that there was no surprise.

the best picture went to the artist as the odd makers had predicted. the fact that it won, however, only proved that the members of the academy who cast their ballots are in the business of make believe. the artist for best picture? seriously, folks? gimme a break. it’s beyond me that it was even nominated while others more deserving were given the silent treatment. i guess in this time and age, silence speaks volume.

there wasn’t much suspense in the other major categories either. the frontrunners got the nod as expected. no dark horse had emerged. i was hoping it would be rooney mara for best actress. wasn’t she amazing in the girl with the dragon tattoo? yes, i was hoping against hope that her family’s new york giants’s victory in the super bowl would somehow rub off on her. unfortunately, she was a newbie stacked up against really tough competition. against glenn close, viola davis, michelle williams, and eventual winner, meryl streep, she didn’t have chance.

as predictable as the results might be, it was still worth watching the 3-hour or so extravaganza.

for one, the oscars this year was much bigger than the awards it conferred. as in the previous years, it was an event where you had a chance to see so many stars gathered in the same place, looking their best and showing up happy and in a good mood. on the red carpet, i felt that their smiles were genuine. i might be mistaken for these stars are real actors. but last night, i wanted to believe.

incidentally, the feeling good wasn’t for the stars alone. it was for us, too. it was the night when we put them on a pedestal and not pulled them down and caused their wardrobe to malfunction.

one of my favorite oscar moments was towards the end when the academy paid homage to those who had passed away last year. so long cliff robertson, peter falk, steve jobs, elizabeth taylor, and the rest. it was nice to honor them for their contribution to the arts, to hear their names spoken, and to see video clips of them on the screen. if there was a flip side to this, it was a reminder that we’re getting older.

so, how did the 84th academy awards go? it was like having freeze-dried food for dinner. it was filling but didn’t fully satisfy. on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, i’d rate it as a 6.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thistrailersucks  |  February 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm


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  • 3. Abby  |  February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    What’s wrong with The Artist?

    • 4. plaridel  |  February 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm


      nothing at all. it’s good but not great. for one thing, the plot is a rehash from old movies. it’s not very original. if you ask me, it’s hugo that should have won. its the huge budget and blockbuster status that doomed it. it seems that the members of the academy are averse to a movie that has mass appeal. in their thinking, if it’s a hit at the boxoffice, there must be something wrong. it’s an irony that they have low regard for the intelligence of the public that support the industry with their hard-earned money and put them to work.

      • 5. Abby  |  February 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        I happen to like them both, although I can see your point. They are destined to be classic.

        • 6. plaridel  |  February 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm



  • 7. AC  |  February 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    everything was predictable, i guess.

    • 8. plaridel  |  February 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm


      host billy crystal, the presenters, and to some degree, the commercials, save the night. otherwise, it would have been a sleeper.


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