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C'mon Hollywood #152

Feb. 26, 2008by:

... Oscar Schmoscar Ď08
by Sturdy

Iíve been watching the Oscars for about 15 years now and I can easily say that this year, more than any other year, I just couldnít get into the nominated movies. The main reason is probably the fact I hadnít seen the big winner of the year (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), so I didnít know whether to root for it or against it. For most categories, I didnít really care who won or lost, just as long as I placed in the office pool (tied for second baby!). Someone needs to create a Hollywood version of fantasy sports!


Hottest hottie of the night?

So with that in mind, Iíll use this yearís column to rant about the telecast. First and foremost, the Academy Award producers have got to shorten the broadcast even further. Yes, this is the third year in a row Iíve complained about this, but itís still too long. Every host Iíve seen has always joked about it, but itís a serious problem. Us poor saps on the East Coast have to stay up until midnight on a work/school day just to watch the big awards. This wasnít so bad when I was 16, but itís getting a little rough in my old age. Like Iíve said before, axe the musical numbers and the time slot for the Academy chairman and you got almost 30 minutes right there. This is a common and old complaint, but a three and a half hour award show is ridiculous and it leads to several other problems throughout the night.


Bad. Ass.

For time related problems, I cringe every time a winner gets cut off with the music. If more than one person wins the award, then the first guy can babble on, and the second/third guy gets cut off. I absolutely loved it when Marketa Irglova was brought back onstage to give her acceptance speech. It was classless of them to cut her off in the first place, but it was cool of them to bring her back. For most winners, this is the single biggest achievement of their life, so cut them some slack. To completely contradict myself, winners need to stop babbling. Say your thanks, give your jokes (Tilda) and then move on. When you start to ramble on, it makes you look stupid. Oh, and if you try to name people in your office, or family members, you will inevitably fail to name everyone and someone will be pissed at you.


I donít care, I thought the bat joke was funny.

The ending of the broadcast also needs some work. We suffer through long montages, musical performances and a worthless producer segment only to have the two biggest awards crammed into a 30 second period. A word of advice to the Academy; if you crammed in the lesser awards, youíd keep your audience at the end. Itís not that we donít care about the lesser awards, itís just that we donít care as much. Most audience members are watching to see a) what everyone is wearing (accomplished before the broadcast even starts) and b) who wins the big 5 awards (accomplished at the very end). Boring us to tears in the middle is not a good way to keep your audience.


What do you think? The next Jack at the Oscars?

Despite the usual complaints, I thought the 2008 Academy Awards were pretty decent. I really like Jon Stewart and it was nice to see him relaxed this time as opposed to the nervous wreck he was his first year. I still like Jack Nicholson and itís cool that he shows up every year just to sit in the front row and interact with the host. I think some day weíre going to be saying the same thing about George Clooney.

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11:59AM on 02/28/2008

lose the "best song" catagory

I've been saying this for years: If they want to shorten the telecast, they need to drop the Best Song catagory from the Oscars. That way you don't have to waste time having all the performers come out and play them, while everyone stares at their watches.

Songs have their own award show anyway, they're called the Grammys. Let them give out awards for songs, let the Oscars be for movies. Most of the songs they nominate don't have anything to do with the movie itself anyway, they're just
I've been saying this for years: If they want to shorten the telecast, they need to drop the Best Song catagory from the Oscars. That way you don't have to waste time having all the performers come out and play them, while everyone stares at their watches.

Songs have their own award show anyway, they're called the Grammys. Let them give out awards for songs, let the Oscars be for movies. Most of the songs they nominate don't have anything to do with the movie itself anyway, they're just pieces of music they paid some famous artist to record so they can play it over the closing credits (I'm looking at you, Phil Collins singing for TARZAN).
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9:05AM on 02/28/2008

Katherine Heigl...

...is a dog. Seriously, she looks like a fucking chihuahua. Her next film: Ren and Stimpy.
...is a dog. Seriously, she looks like a fucking chihuahua. Her next film: Ren and Stimpy.
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3:06PM on 02/27/2008

fuck clooney

Dear god I hope not. At least Jack Nicholson is cool; George Clooney is a smug bastard that likes the small of his own farts.
Dear god I hope not. At least Jack Nicholson is cool; George Clooney is a smug bastard that likes the small of his own farts.
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2:34PM on 02/27/2008
Besides all the unneccesary fluffy montages and lame attempts at joke, I think the thing that most bothers me is the Academy Award's narrow-minded choice in movies. Excuse me if I come across as a whiny 12-year-old who thought Transformers was the best movie of the year (even though it isn't IMO), but the judges only seem to favor the serious-minded, "intellectual" dramas in which little or no people will care about. I could argue that "The Bourne Ultimatum" is the best action movie of the
Besides all the unneccesary fluffy montages and lame attempts at joke, I think the thing that most bothers me is the Academy Award's narrow-minded choice in movies. Excuse me if I come across as a whiny 12-year-old who thought Transformers was the best movie of the year (even though it isn't IMO), but the judges only seem to favor the serious-minded, "intellectual" dramas in which little or no people will care about. I could argue that "The Bourne Ultimatum" is the best action movie of the year, if not the top movie of the year, but the overly-pretentious judges wouldn't bat an eye on it. Hell, "Children of Men" should've been nominated last year, but it couldn't since it was too "sci-fi." I just feel like the Academy should broaden their tastes, or else they should just call it the "The [link] Movie Awards" from now on.
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1:36PM on 02/27/2008
the 2 stupid montages to binoculars and whatever else they had were stupid, even if they were trying to be comical! Lose them! I agree with getting rid of the music singing... although, if EVER a metal song gets nominated, i want to hear that shit!

I just think it is very classless to cut off people in their speeches, let them say their peace, they arent going to give a 6 minute speech!

And give EVERYONE their deserved due in the In memorium montage, to not show all whom passed is VERY
the 2 stupid montages to binoculars and whatever else they had were stupid, even if they were trying to be comical! Lose them! I agree with getting rid of the music singing... although, if EVER a metal song gets nominated, i want to hear that shit!

I just think it is very classless to cut off people in their speeches, let them say their peace, they arent going to give a 6 minute speech!

And give EVERYONE their deserved due in the In memorium montage, to not show all whom passed is VERY taste and classless, i dont care if they died from Auto Erotic Asphyxiation, if they contributed to film, put them in the Montage!
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12:13PM on 02/27/2008
"Someone needs to create a Hollywood version of fantasy sports!"

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"Someone needs to create a Hollywood version of fantasy sports!"

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www.fantasymoguls.com
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11:20AM on 02/27/2008
It's funny how everybody always blame the academy or the organizers for the show finishing that late, but seriously, remove all these f*cking commercials every five min and you'll go to bed MUCH earlier.
What was up with the "the oscars will resume shortly" in the middle of the commercials? Are they just trying to cram so much studip ads into it that they need to remind us not to change channel?
It's funny how everybody always blame the academy or the organizers for the show finishing that late, but seriously, remove all these f*cking commercials every five min and you'll go to bed MUCH earlier.
What was up with the "the oscars will resume shortly" in the middle of the commercials? Are they just trying to cram so much studip ads into it that they need to remind us not to change channel?
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