Monday, February 28, 2011

OH, OSCAR!

So, last night…
With my niece in visiting from LA…
(she’s the lead make-up artist on The Mentalist)
I and my family watched The Oscars at my younger daughter’s house.
After the first few acceptance speeches…
My granddaughter turned to me and asked, “Grandma?
What’s the big deal about this show anyway?”
“Well…ah–”
“It’s boring!” she declared, then off she went.
Well, Hollywood would be wise to heed her critique.
While she eventually went off to bed, I watched the entire show.
Oh, there were a few highlights, skits, and laughs…
(Billy! I miss you! Please Oscar creators, get a real M.C. next year)
But for the most part the winners…
Whether actor, director, cinematographer, etc…
Stood before millions of viewers…  
Looking awkward (don’t the practice?) as always…
Stammering, “Um, tee hee, I’m so shocked, tee hee, um.”
As they thanked long lists of faceless people.
I just have one question…
How is that all these Hollywood creative people…
Who razzle and dazzle our senses on the big screen…
Can wind up being boring in real life…
Causing me to mutter, “Hurry up, already, and get off the stage.”
I mean, if they used technology to bring in Bob Hope to stand at the podium…
Why can’t all the names of those being thanked…
Somehow be displayed behind the winners like a hologram…
So that all the winner has to do is...
Just stand there, smile, and say, “Thank you.”
And then, I and the rest of the viewing audience...
Could thank them for not making us cringe.
So? Did you watch The Oscars?
Whaddya think?


Always, Em-Musing

3 comments:

Anne Gallagher said...

Nope didn't watch. Wanted to but Monster Child wouldn't let me.

Elena Solodow said...

It's funny, cause I was thinking the same thing yesterday. "Why is this such a big deal?" I missed the show this year, but having just seen The Fighter, I'm shocked it didn't win. I really liked The King's Speech as well, but The Fighter was gritty and real. The King's Speech is a little too far-removed from everyday American life.

Michael Offutt said...

The Oscars are extremely boring for everyone that isn't participating directly with it (in my opinion). It's interesting how as a society, we've elevated so many people to glitz and wealth simply because they are skinny and good-looking. Why is being born beautiful need to be further rewarded...congrats...you won the genetic lottery. Would you also like a gazillion dollars and a crowd of people to take pictures of you and publish your laundry list?