a night at the oscars

February 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm 6 comments

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i didn’t go much to the movies last year, so it made sense that i hadn’t seen any of the nominees for best picture. it was either that or i don’t see eye to eye with the academy on what a good movie should be. if anything, i’m consoled by the fact that moviegoers, who vote with their purse, feel the same.

with a few exceptions, success at the box office could doom a movie’s chances of winning. take the case of american sniper earning $400 million so far. it got 6 nominations including best picture but took only one award for sound editing. sometimes i wonder if the voting members of the academy live in another planet.

that being said, i enjoyed watching the 3-hour extravaganza. the oscars is much bigger than the awards it confers. it’s an event where you get a chance to see so many stars gathered in the same place, looking their best and showing up happy and in a good mood. at the red carpet last night, i felt that their smiles were real. i might be mistaken for these stars are real actors. but i wanted to believe.

one of my favorite segments of the show was the time when the academy paid homage to the members who had passed away. it was nice to honor them for their contribution to the arts, to hear their names spoken, and to see their pictures on the screen. if there was a flip side, it was always a reminder that we’re getting older.

of course, the oscars this year didn’t end without controversy. al sharpton-led national action network planned and then called off a protest for what it considered lack of diversity in the film industry. for one thing, it questioned the omissions of director ava duvernay and actor david oyelowo from the critically acclaimed civil rights drama selma. it probably didn’t occur to them that getting the nominations just to promote diversity wouldn’t do them any good. it would be tantamount to insult and hurt their pride all the more.

i noticed the academy did listen and try to accommodate critics as much as it could. last night, i’d never seen so many people of color served as presenters or entertainers. in addition, the winners sprinkled their acceptance speeches with issues like civil rights, suicide, equal pay for equal work, and alzheimer’s and lou gehrig’s disease. i saw it as a positive sign.

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  • 1. Teresa Oh  |  February 24, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I managed to catch most of the nominated movies except for Still Alice which I hope to catch before it finish its run in the cinemas here. Based on what I had watched, the results seemed fair for the best actor and movie, I can’t really comment on actress until I watched all the movies. In the past, we won’t get to watch the movies before the Oscars but times have changed. Ironically, we don’t get to watch the Oscars live so we get the news online instead. They will show it another day I guess.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      teresa:

      you must love movies. i’d be interested in watching the theory of everythng which is available now in dvd here. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Suzanne Joshi  |  February 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    I was too tired to watch the show as it came on about 5 am in India. My daughter is an actor and apparently isn’t sure how much actor’s votes count. She said she watches it for the fashions. It’s an interesting and entertaining show. 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:49 am

      suzanne:

      it was indeed interesting to watch the american version of royalty. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. tomwest  |  February 26, 2015 at 6:28 am

    try birdman if you get a chance…

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:51 am

      tom:

      thank you for the suggestion. i’ll definitely watch it.

      Reply

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