Saturday, March 04, 2006

academy awards

I was planning on forgoing watching the Oscars this year. Having to sit there and observe entertainment moguls abuse their fame by making political statements really gets under my skin. But then I remembered that I know someone who's been nominated! Okay, so I've never actually met her, but I've been friends and kept in touch with her boyfriend since college. I will absolutely have to watch the first hour or so to see if she wins (she's been nominated for Best Supporting Actress). And more importantly, I'll have to try and spot her date, my friend! I was lamenting having to sit and listen to all the jabs at the Bush administration when Brandon reminded me of one tiny but significant fact: we have a mute button.

I love film. But I do not appreciate how some people in the film industry violate their platform. The mute button will be on. Unless I see my friend. ;)


Blogger tine said... that is intriguing...and kind of frustrating not knowing who! no really that is neat...i understand what you mean about all the political stuff...people are entitled to their opinions, but can't we just watch people get pretty and have fun celebrating movies without all of that?!

2:54 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

AMEN, girl! That political junk drives me crazy!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

So, did you see him??

8:10 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

I saw him!!! :)

8:43 PM  
Blogger MDM said...

I saw him too. He has to be the same one you are speaking of! I remember seeing him in the Golden Globes and wondering how he got there. Now I know!!

10:02 AM  
Blogger J-Wild said...

Taking you to task a little bit with this one Jana. In a year that was full of movies that had something to say I would hardly think it inappropriate for people to express some of the views that motivated them to make a whole movie. Is it not appropriate for the creators of "Crash" to mention race in their speech? Would it be that bad if Bush failure in Katrina was mentioned? Is it too much for Clooney to possibly say that the US fuels part of the problem in the Arab world with it's insatiable need for oil? Would it be too bad for Cheney to brought up?

If I personally (not projecting on you) laud Bono for using his celebrity for speaking out against injustice of the poor, then I have to accept others who use their fame to have views that I disagree with.

You are right in that there is a time and a place for everything, and perhaps the Oscar's isn't the best time or place. I give you that, but whether we like it or not we give these people the right to speak to us through the purchasing of their product. I think it's better that they speak their minds (however crazy they may be) then just stand there and behave in ways that I expect my good little celebrity to.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

Jason - My issue is not with celebrities having opinions but with when they take advantage of an inappropriate venue to share their beliefs.

I watch the Oscars to see who wins and what they're wearing. Deep stuff like that. If I want to hear someone make a cut at the Prez (no matter what party he is) or how he's handling something, I'd prefer to watch or read about it elsewhere.

8:09 AM  
Blogger J-Wild said...

What did you think of Jon Stewart? There is an article on him at that talks about his poor reception by the Hollywood crowd.

"Instructing the audience to not pirate films, Stewart referred to the rich and lavishly dressed audience and said, "These are the people you're stealing from." Those people did not find his remark funny."

I thought it was funny!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

I thought Stewart was great. I liked that he poked fun at the film industry. I hope they ask him to host again.

12:49 PM  

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