Again, I love TiVo. I’m not even going to try to blog the Oscars in real-time, since I’m watching it about 10 minutes behind and will catch up by zapping past the commercials. But I’ve written at least something about the show for the last couple of years, so here’s my contribution. On the slightest chance that you’re reading this while the Oscars are being telecast, I suggest you check out a couple of my favorite live Oscar blogs:
On with the show!
[7:53 pm] Oh, damnit. I was fine during the In Memoriam section, in spite of the haunting requiem played by Yo Yo Ma, until they showed Christopher Reeve, which sent a shiver down my spine. My friend Andrew says (quoting a friend of his), “He seemed more invincible in the wheelchair than as Superman. Deep down I think I really expected him to walk again.” Indeed.
[7:57 pm] Okay, snarkiness overpowers me. Did the Oscar producers get a cut rate by having Beyoncé sing three of the five songs nominated for Best Song? She’s obviously talented, but geez…
[8:19 pm] Talent is rewarded well this year: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind nabbed Best Original Screenplay, and Charlie Kaufman was funny and personable on stage.
[8:35 pm] Thirty-seven days? Thirty-seven? That’s what Clint just said was the total shoot for Million Dollar Baby (accepting the Best Director award). Most films in Hollywood take that long just to get started. Wow. I had heard that Clint’s shoots were speedy, but… wow.
[8:42 pm] No surprise, Million Dollar Baby took best picture. I haven’t seen it, and I think I know what the big surprise in the movie is, but I don’t know if I want to see it. I mean, I’m sure it’s fantastic, I’ve heard it’s excellent moviemaking, etc. etc. etc. But it’s hard to go see a film that you know is going to be a big downer. I’m not opposed to serious movies, but knowing in advance that it will be difficult to watch makes it all the more difficult to go see.
So that’s the end of the show. It’s nice to see the awards spread out over several movies, rather than one big freight train picture. It looked like Aviator would be that early on, but it ended up with
four five total. I’m thrilled that The Incredibles took two awards, as it’s one of my favorite films of the year.
Yes, I know that makes me sound shallow (contrasted with the previous paragraph), but oh well.