|John McCain & Carl Levin. Keeping tabs on American cinema since 2012 so film critics don't have to.|
I was angry. I love movies and politics piss me off. Bring politics into movies and I get really pissed off. Thus, I was really pissed off. Thus, I composed my typical (fake) Q&A session littered with smarmy put-downs and declarations that the Academy had no balls (because it kinda doesn’t).
Then I read the esteemed Roger Ebert’s take on the nominations. He writes: "The Oscars are the most important way the American film industry can honor what it considers the year's best work. But for millions of movie lovers all over the globes, they are something else: A show."
He's right, of course. I'll rephrase: he's right...to me. Because when you cut through the Bigelow snubs and such what he says is what I love about the Oscars - the show. And not the show itself, per se, though I do love that a whole lot, but just, well, the Oscars themselves. The whole dealio. I've said it so many times before but I'll say it again - of course, they don't get everything right. How COULD they get everything right? What I think is right, you think is wrong. What you think is wrong, I think is right. And on and on it goes.
I perused the nominations again and I realized something. I realized my favorite film of the year "Silver Linings Playbook" was nominated for Best Picture. And its director - David O. Russell - was nominated. And its lead actor and lead actress, Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence, were nominated. (Lawrence might be the favorite.) And the prodigal Robert DeNiro was nominated for supporting actor. And Jacki Weaver was nominated for supporting actress. Why was I whining?!
The Academy Awards are a show! I don't care if "Silver Linings Playbook" doesn't win! It's just an honor for my favorite movie to be nominated for ANYTHING! And on Sunday February 24th my living room will make like the Linc (that is, Lincoln Financial Field). There will be food and drink and revelry! I might trade in my sleek suit this year for a Desean Jackson jersey!
I'M MAKING CRABBY SNACKS AND HOMEMADES!!! THIS IS THE OSCARS!!! LET'S DO THIS!!!