Liz Smith: James Franco and Oscar 2011 — The Young and the Listless

And more from our Gossip Girl: Anne Hathaway — the frenetic diaries! Plus other Academy Award musings …

“YOUTH IS wasted on the young,” said George Bernard Shaw.

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WELL, youth was certainly wasted on Oscar night! The Academy’s idea to freshen up the annual show and “appeal to a younger demographic,” in the persons of Anne Hathaway and James Franco did not exactly set the world on fire.

By now, you’re all probably Oscar-ed out, and have read or heard or exchanged your own critiques. But I must unburden a little.

After an amusing pre-taped beginning, with Hathaway and Franco popping in and out of the nominated movies in an “Inception”-themed dream, the live versions of the two actors appeared onstage. Well, one of them was alive —Miss Hathaway. Much, much too alive!

She not only played to the balcony at the Kodak Theater she played to balconies in China. She took “perky” to dizzying new heights of vertigo-inducing energy. But perhaps she was simply desperate, as her red-eyed, laid back co-host just didn’t seem to give a damn. (He did say he’d been studying at Yale and hadn’t rehearsed too much.)

Maybe Mr. Franco was paralyzed with nerves, maybe he was sick? (In a pre-show interview on ABC he was already displaying symptoms of flu, ennui or regret at tackling the coming three hours.) But whatever his problem, it became so extreme as the show neared its finale that when Billy Crystal appeared, the comedian and popular former Oscar host received a rousing standing ovation. You could sense the relief. Maybe Billy rode in to save the day? Worse was to come. Crystal was actually there to pay homage to Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars a record 18 times.

The old black and white clips of Hope may have made the hippest, youngest persons in the place — all “The Social Network” team — yearn for some good old-fashioned stage presence up there at the podium.

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POOR MISS Hathaway was left to multiple costume changes — which was fine — but a significant strain on her charm. She went though her entire bag of tricks, and then frantically found a few more. After a while she just wore me out. I imagine at evening’s end she must have been near collapse.

I suppose this was a noble experiment — after all, a certain generation of “real” stars are gone or fading — but it didn’t work. I’d rather have seen Sharon Stone and Raquel Welch host the night. (Caught a glimpse of Stone on the red carpet, looking every inch the movie queen.) Or, if you want a great glam couple — somehow persuade Brad and Angie to do it. Cough up a few million for their charities. I don’t know if either one of them is a ball of fire onstage, but think of the fun the tabs would have, “reading” their body language as they handled the awards.

Oh, really, it is all much ado about nothing. The Oscars will happen again next year, and we’ll have another opportunity to carp.

I hope Mr. Franco doesn’t take his reviews too hard. After all, he himself was an Oscar nominee, and not everybody can succeed standing onstage in front of millions. (Perhaps, as a nominee he felt it was beneath him to be up there all night long.) I wish him good luck, but hope to never see him as a host again. Oh, and Visine does wonders, James.

Miss Hathaway? After her vivid display, I suggest a very serious drama, in which she does not smile, move much, sing or change clothes. Give people a chance to forget.

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AS FOR the winners, I am disappointed Annette Bening did not take the gold, though I admire what Natalie Portman did — and went through! — in preparing and filming “Black Swan.” Thrilled about “The King’s Speech.” (Harvey Weinstein, you’re the man again, congrats!) Thrilled about Colin Firth, whose curly ringlets so moved me in person, a month or so back. I was impressed by Melissa Leo in “The Fighter,” but don’t believe for a second her expletive at the podium was “spontaneous.” It came off badly. She needed to have her act together.

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HALLE BERRY was ravishing paying homage to the late great Lena Horne, although the film-clip “tribute” itself was ridiculously brief. (Apparently, Halle never forgave herself for leaving Lena out of her Oscar acceptance speech a few years back. It also gave the Oscars a much-needed “black moment.” This year there were no African American nominees.) And Kirk Douglas? Well, it would have been okay-ish had he not hogged the moment, been so self-reverential and delayed opening the envelope … I thought Reese Witherspoon looked like an elegant Barbie Doll, with her hair in that retro upsweep ponytail thing … Some gowns worked, some did not. For sure, everybody tries their best to look their best. (Even poor Scarlett Johansson. Her house was apparently burgled by a thief who stole all her combs and brushes.) But that who-wore-what stuff is best left to Joan Rivers and friends on E!

Oh, among those left out of the memorial segment were Corey Haim, Peter Graves, and Betty Garrett.

You know — next season we won’t care that much. Really. 2012 — election year, remember? We will have other sources of entertainment and agony.

39 comments so far.

  1. avatar rick gould says:

    Maybe my favorite diva Cher should host the Oscars…she certainly knows how to put on a great show!
    But I don’t think she’s feeling too kindly toward Oscar right now ;)

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Rick…why should she not feel kindly toward the Academy? 

      She won her statuette for a charming performance in a charming movie.  There was no stretch or strain on her talent.  She won because she was at the pinnacle of her fabulous Cher-dom.  I doubt she  herself  feels her turn in “Moonstruck” was better than than the other nominated ladies that year.  (Especally Sally Kirkland, so brilliant in “Anna,” who did not bother to hide her disappointment when Cher’s name was announced.)

      Cher and Oscar are a good fit. She always looks spectacular, and has a great sense of humor.  She might be a divine hostess for the night. 

      • avatar Jay Gentile says:

        I second the nomination for Cher as host of the Oscars. Give her a good script with lots of zingers, and she’d rock the house. James Franco should have burned all that Pineapple Express after the show. Those red eyes were a giveaway. Dude was stoned.

      • avatar rick gould says:

        I reluctantly watched last year, after swearing I’d never watch again, after the overblown Hugh Jackman version. And after last year’s overblown Baldwin/Martin version, I kept my word.
        The problem with Oscar and other award shows is they mean more to the industry than the public at this point. Especially the YOUNG public, which as we know, is all that counts in this country.
        And their attempts at “fixing” the situation are incredibly wrongheaded: Instead of getting a great mix of stars up close and personal and lots of clips… it’s gimmicks, lame production numbers and skits, and endless montages that are considered “tributes”…as opposed to honoring actual artists.
        They could get Elvis and Mother Teresa to co-host next year and I wouldn’t tune in…

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Oh, come on Rick…Elvis and Mother T?  You’d turn in.  Tho I suppose it might depend on which Elvis–pre or post Army, thin or plump?

    • avatar wilowist says:

      Cher would be wonderful hosting the Oscars.  What a great idea.  She’s so laid back, she wouldn’t give off frantic vibes and her outfits would be fabulous.

  2. avatar Katharine Gray says:

    I don’t think I have missed an Oscar broadcast since I was old enough to remember (one year, due to business meetings, I only caught the last few awards) and there are the good, the bad and the ugly and mediocre among them in my memories.  Last night was mediocre. IMO, Bob Hope should have hosted until he couldn’t host anymore and then they should have propped his corpse up and let Billy Crystal read his lines.  Billy is the only one who has even approached Bob. 

    As for Anne Hathaway..I’m giving her a pass.  She did her best and her co-host (who?) was no help at all.   But, you really watch the Oscars for the unexpected and there were no surprises this  year (although I am really glad Colin Firth and The King’s Speech won).  If Melissa Leo has a stylist, the stylist should be put out of business tomorrow.  Leo was an odds on favorite to win and her gown was vintage Elvis and her hair was vintage overwhelmed soccer mom.  I actually thought Sharon Stone looked like some female impersonator of herself. 

    Kirk Douglas was just embarassing…yes he is a great star but this song was not about him and he just looked pathetic.  Did Christian Bales really forget his wife’s name? 

    Haven’t seen Black Swan…did see The Kids Are All Right.  I love Annette Bening (not so much her husband) and would like to see her take home an Oscar.  But thought the movie was improbable on at least two levels (I cannot fathom my cousin abandoning her partner and taking up with a male gardener…she would look for another woman if she was feeling slighted by her partner  and I cannot imagine some guy who gave sperm for money wanting to meet  the offspring he sired).  I have no problem with a movie about a family mothered by two women but make it true.  I did think Annette looked about 10 years older than she should have looked last night.  What was with the helmet hair…which showed a bald spot at the temples?  Being married to Warren Beatty does not mean you have to look as old as does!  Well maybe it does.  I remember Katharine Hepburn’s recollection of meeting the Beattys when they were casting for the remake of An Affair to Remember.  She said that she met two people in love with the same man.

    And, I disagree Liz, I think those who love the Oscars will be just as much in love with them in 2012 as they are now even if it is an election year.     

      

  3. avatar Sue Fawcett says:

    James Franco looked bored (or was stoned, as some people on Twitter thought) and Anne Hathaway was far too perky. The Oscars lacked energy, suspense, spontaneity, and just about anything that would have made the show heartfelt or entertaining. I can’t remember a more banal awards show.

  4. avatar Richard Bassett says:

    Both Franco and Hathaway had the material that the writes created to work with. It was benign and boring, but, instead of ‘off with their heads’, I’m sure that the Academy made certain that a repeat of a Ricky Gervais performance, at the Golden Globes, did not happen. Well, they succeeded. I will remember Gervais’ remarks for years (I am not judging his material good or bad; just memorable) I have forgotten Franco and Hathaway banter already. They were not asked to host, I assume, for their chilling, edgy, controversial reputations. They were medicore performers who gave a medicore performance. Franco with a frozen face and Hathaway on stimulants.
       This year, a little bit of everything was awarded with nothing in particular sweeping the prize. More unknown people won the Award that veterans, and it was a year of ‘young Hollywood’. But it has been slowly ‘young Hollywood’ for years now. This year it was particularly noticed. It was bound to happen. Most of old Hollywood are dead or do not want to see themselves in front of the camera. They all must have been mortified by Elizabeth Taylor’s Golden Globe presentation a few years back when she came on stage and proceeded to read who the winner of the Best Picture was, and ignoring listing the nominations. It was funny and uncomfortable at the same time. Dick Clark came out to assist her. Now, it is a timeless event.
     Sharon Stone may have been able to pull it off, due to her exposure with amfAR and the Caanes Film Festival (Cinema for AIDS). But her strength is plugging humanitarian efforts, not academy award shows. Brad, Angie and Raquel (of all people) run from the photographers/ reporters…so do not expect anything from them (unless, of course, Raquel could stay behind her Foster Grants).
      Kirk Douglas was the token elderly presenter and he used every moment of his stage time, perhaps more. He was vacillating between being funny and appearing confused. He was not THAT confused, just very slow.
       The winners were descent. I didn’t root for anyone over anyone else. I was happy to see Bale win. He is a good actor. In conclusion, I have watched the Oscar ceremonies since 1968. Some years are better than others. It is the luck of the draw.

  5. avatar Maggie W says:

    Between Governor Scott Walker and the Oscars, nothing else dominated the news for several days. I suppose many people hoped for an Oscar presentation that might produce a Jack Palance or a streaker moment, but it was once again a wearisome presentation that tried too hard and flopped. So, it’s easy to blame the hosts. Franco and Hathaway were okay. They did not bring down the house. They look good. They were safe. That must have been the intent after Ricky Gervais.
    It is not surprising that some would use them as whipping boys while defending the entire lackluster production. Prior to this, Hathaway and Franco have been noncontroversial , rising stars who fly under the “ buzz” radar. If they took on the Oscars to remedy that situation, they succeeded

  6. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    Last year’s show was the last show I will ever watch and I didn’t even watch all of it.  Hollywood has gone “Hee-Haw” without realizaing that “Hee-Haw” was parody. Hollywood at this point, the Academy Awards in particular, is just a joke. And not a particularly funny one.

  7. avatar Mr. Wow says:

    Whatever…Mr. Franco looked damn hot in those white tights during the “Black Swan” parody.

    I ask for nothing more these days. 

  8. avatar Bonnie O says:

    Mr. Wow -

    I am sure that Betty Garrett was missed from the “memoriam” because her death was so recent.  Maybe I am making excuses but she was a dynamo of an actress and I would hate to think that the Academy has become so obsessed with being hip and cool that she would be ignored.  Peter Graves also was also more well known to the television audience than many who were mentioned.  Too bad.  I fear the memoriam tribute is becoming as much a highlight at the Oscars as the award for Best Picture.

    As for the Kirk Douglas moment ….. I thought he was terribly unfair to the ladies who were waiting for him to open the darn envelop.   There was already enough nail biting without waiting an eternity (so it seemed) for him to cease his rehearsed (?) moment of stalling.

    And I agree totally with you about the Melissa Leo expletive.  Too contrived … not at all spontaneous.

    Also, no mention was made of or to the GIs serving in Afghanistan or Iraq.  Out of sight, out of
    mind?  Too bad.  I do believe the telecast is streamed live into those war zones.
     

  9. avatar Rho says:

    I believe Betty Garrett was left out because this was for the year 2010.  She will be mentioned for 2011.

    As I told Mr. Wow, my highlight was Kirk Douglas, and the kids from Staten Island.  Why is everyone complaining about Mr. Douglas?  Give him a break, he is an icon.

    • avatar Baby Snooks says:

      I believe Betty Garrett was left out because this was for the year 2010.  She will be mentioned for 2011.
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      She may be. She may not be. I believe they have overlooked some along the way.  

  10. avatar rollerderby11 says:

    Liz you are correct, Raquel Welch & Sharon Stone should have hosted the Oscars.

  11. avatar Lindynj says:

    Please don’t subject us to the likes of Mr. Douglas again.  He had his day.  That was humiliating. I feel exactly the same about New Year’s eve when they drag out Dick Clark.   That is also so embarrassing.  Show some class.  I want to remember these two men as the great entertainers they were not the desperate old men they are.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Lindynj…I was embarassed too.  But then–ashamed of my embarassment.  Kirk went on too long.  But this is the fault of the Academy. They knew his condition. You don’t bring a slow-speaking stroke victim onstage during a show that is all about giving everybody the hook if they talk too long!

      On the other hand, I do not find either Mr. Douglas or Mr. Clark “desperate.”  They are elderly people who have suffered health issues.  Once they were young and vital.  Once they were older and vital.  They still want to be vital.  Their bodies fail, but their minds and hearts remain in the here and now, and trying to live and keep on keeping on.  Painful? Sure, for us!   And I say this with a full appreciation of my own gasping and hand-wringing whenever my own idol, Miss Taylor appears. “Oh, no, no…please don’t destroy the legend!”  I cry.  How selfish and stupid I am.   We all end up in the same place.  If I live long enough I suppose somebody is going to be embarassed about me–old Mr. Wow. 

      I hope they will be kind, even if they are embarassed.  Because perhaps I will still be, in my heart, 28.  (I’m 58 now, yet still think of myself, when I’m feeling good, as a young fellow of 28.)

      And you know, these days we can always re-visit our vigorous icons via DVD or Turner Classic Movies.   We can remember them, just as they were.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        I am 58 today. Have no explanation how I made it to 58.  Hope to make it to 68.  I miss 28 but do not think of myself as 28. Oy. But, well, Jack Daniels was always the best date.

        We get old. The way it is.  I’ve lived each of the 58 years.  Loved every minute of it. Despite it all. And there has been a lot of “it all” along the way.  If I had the money I would not be running off to the plastic surgeon. The one thing a plastic surgeon cannot change is your birth certificate. I could look a little younger I suppose with a nip here anda tuck there but the thing is I lived each and every wrinkle and line. And don’t regret even a single one. 

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Happy Birthday…dear Bay-bee..Happy birth-day To. You…

        I hope I was breathless enough.  I am wearing a Jean Louis gown made of tissue, that I had to be sewn into.  Just so you know that  my heart was in it.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        I’ve never been so flattered.  Of course I’ve never had Happy Birthday sung to me by a man in a Jean Louis.  I’ve never had Happy Birthday sung to me by a woman in a Jean Louis either. And you were the only one who sang it to me yesterday. 

        Some think that was the most tasteless moment in history. Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to JFK.  I don’t think too many people really heard her. They were too stunned by the gown. Which was, well, stunning.  And elegant. I saw a photo of her that night not long ago. There was something elegant about her. 

        Although of course Joan Crawford was probably in the audience shocking everyone with her reaction to the gown. And to Marilyn Monroe. Green with envy she was. As were most women.  Women do not suffer the Loreleis gladly. Or silently. 

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Baby…the gown was a masterpiece but it worked because MM was thinner at that point than she’d ever been.   The famous footage of her singing does not do it justice.  The lighting was all on her bosom.  Still photos are incredible, and, yes, elegant.

        Miss Crawford. She fled a session at the Actor’s Studio at which Monroe appeared.  “Oh, my God!  I just saw Marilyn Monroe.  She had no girdle on and her ass was huge and her stomach was out.  She is a disgrace to the industry!”

        Dear Joan.  Her tummy was flat.  Life was good for her.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        I was thinking of an earlier reaction to Marilyn Monroe at an awards ceremony when Joan Crawford referred to her as a whore.   For all to hear.

        Joan Crawford had a flat brain to go with her flat stomach.  And quite a mouth.  Filled with venom.

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Ah, yes…the infamous 1953 Photoplay Awards.  Crawford said (for print) that “the public appreciates glamorous personalities, but underneath, the public also wants to know the actresses are ladies.” 
        “Ladies.”  This from  a woman who slept with almost every one of her leading men and as many of her directors as she could, the  better to appearance onscreen.  As Nicholas Ray remarked, “As a human being, Miss Crawford is a great actress.”

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        …the better to improve her appearance onscreen.”   This font is killing me.

      • avatar rick gould says:

        Hi-I totally agree, Mr. wOw–
        The first time I felt discomfort watching an old favorite showing their frailty was Bette Davis, post-stroke. And she had her “Oscar” moment, too. I was mortified for her and wished she would retire. I was around 30 at the time. But I remember people defending her right to get out there and live. And having since, seen loved ones diminish, struggle to hang on before eventually passing, has given me much more empathy.
        And isn’t it ironic that the person who came out and tapped Elizabeth on the shoulder during HER “Golden Globe” moment was Dick Clark? She had never really been the same since the removal of her brain tumor. I have to admit that I was amused by the way she treated him, like a hovering servant! Which probably didn’t do a lot for HIS ego.
        From the clip I saw, it wasn’t so much Kirk’s “appearance” that caused discomfort but that he milked his moment waaaay too long, which is due to his ego not his age. But the ravages of old age are difficult to watch. Too bad Liz wasn’t well enough to appear, she could have introduced him as the original “GLAAAAA-diator!”

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Well, Rick…that made me laugh!  “Glaaaaa–diator!”  How well I recall that night.  Actually, I could have killed whoever let her out of house looking like Betty Boop. Terrible dress and hair.   And no, she hasn’t quite been the same since the brain surgery.  She has to take a lot of anti-seizure meds.  

        As to aging, illness and public life.  It’s okay to be embarassed or distressed or want to look away. Just understand it and try to look.  Someday we’ll see it in our own mirror and reflected in the eyes of those we meet.  If I live that long, I am hoping for kindness, and for someone to face me without flinching.
        By the way, I thought Bette Davis was valiant and remarkable in her final years.  Withered and ravaged physically, but piercingly lucid.  To the end she suffered no fool gladly.

      • avatar rick gould says:

        SNL did a wicked spoof of that moment when Molly Shannon as Liz attempted to pick the Powerball Lottery winners. Funny shizz…
        That said, I thought Dick Clark came off like a patronizing old sourpuss in that moment… and that Liz at least took it all in good humor…
        Hell, I’m 51 and I can’t remember where my car keys are half the time!
         

  12. avatar Pdr de says:

    I didn’t watch until the very end as I’d seen none of the movies for whom the actors/actresses were nominated.  Live in a small touristy community and apparently “The King’s Speech” is considered a little too stuffy to show in our local run-down theatre.  I will have to drive at least 25 miles in order to watch it, which I plan to do.  Haven’t the courage to watch “The Black Swan” even though Natalie Portman is my very favorite woman actress and has been ever since her sleazy boyfriend abandoned her at the Wal-Mart store when she was very pregnant in “Where the Heart Is”.  However, the Midwest winter depresses me enough without watching a movie as strange and disturbing as the critics say “The Black Swan” is. Natalie is an exceptionally fine actress and takes her craft very, very seriously!
    However, all the glitz and glamor with the “stars” posturing and posing in stunning gowns, laden with borrowed diamonds and teetering around in 4″ heels, seems very trite when one considers the grim state of affairs in this country and in the world. With millions of people starving and suffering terribly, it is all terribly inappropriate.

    • avatar Baby Snooks says:

      However, all the glitz and glamor with the “stars” posturing and posing in stunning gowns, laden with borrowed diamonds and teetering around in 4″ heels, seems very trite when one considers the grim state of affairs in this country and in the world. With millions of people starving and suffering terribly, it is all terribly inappropriate.
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      Out of sight, out of mind as they say.  The usual retort is that the “glitz and glamor” takes our mind off of things. That’s probably quite true. Hollywood itself takes our mind off of things. That’s why we used to go to the movies. And why we now pick up the DVD.

      Still this is a town, and an industry, that revolves around the box office. And the bottom line. As evidenced by what happened in Woodland Hills at the Motion Picture and Television Fund facility. Rather than issue a plea to set up an endowment to cover the annual shortfall, the board which includes a friend of mine, actually a former friend because of this, decided everone could hit the road. Or the streets.   And no, Baby Snooks will never shut up about it.  A friend was there some years ago. Which the friend on the board knew. One of the “golden oldies” of Hollywood. She couldn’t cover the bill elsewhere.  And had nowhere else to go. She could have gone into a public health care facility.  And would have had to had she not been able to go into Woodland Hills.  And my friend was not the only one there.  It is, well, shameful. But the bottom line is all that matters.  That is how Hollywood said thank you to so many who paved the way for others along the way. 

      • avatar Pdr de says:

        Good news, Baby Snooks – please note the following – there is more to the article but thought this would make you feel better.  Someone cares!
         
        Providence agrees to take over motion picture hospital and nursing home

        The Motion Picture and Television Fund reaches an agreement with hospital chain Providence that would allow the fund to keep the Woodland Hills facilities open.

        February 24, 2011|By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

        Hollywood’s embattled nursing home may get a second act.
        The Motion Picture and Television Fund said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with hospital chain Providence Health & Services that would allow the fund to keep open the hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills.

        Under the proposed agreement, which was first reported in the Los Angeles Times in December, Providence would sign a long-term lease agreement with the fund to manage the hospital and nursing home and assume financial responsibility for its operations. State licenses for the hospital would be transferred to nearby Providence Tarzana Medical Center.
        Renton, Wash.-based Providence is a nonprofit health services provider that operates hospitals, including St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, and healthcare clinics and nursing homes, mainly on the West Coast.
        In addition, UCLA Health System will operate a new neurological rehabilitation unit at the facility, the Motion Picture and Television Fund said in a statement. The final agreement is still subject to approval by the fund’s board, as well as by state regulators.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        The reality of the shortfalls was that exceptions were made here and there. Things were covered as they could be covered.  Sometimes they couldn’t be covered. So there were shortfalls. An outside entity, non-profit or not which in itself these days means nothing, may not be willing to make the exceptions. The original board which included Mary Pickford wanted to be sure those exceptions were made.  They believed in taking care of their own. Until the recently, so did everyone else. 

        I knew about this last fall. My personal opinion is the board is lazy and doesn’t want to bother with it and only looked for a “solution” because of the outrage over their original decision to shut down the hospital and the long-term respite and nursing care. 

        Hollywood ain’t what it used to be.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Pdr de…you will indeed need courage to watch “Black Swan.”  But by now you’ve been forewarned.  I had barely any idea of the what the movie was going to be like when I attended an early screening.  I was shocked.  “The King’s Speech” is superb.

      During World War II the Oscar dinners were toned down, and it was more cocktail attire than evening wear.  But the whole world was at war. By 1946, the ladies got their jewels out again.  But look–always, someplace, there is war and famine and natural disasters and human tragedies right around the corner from where we live—or even in our own home.  What to do?  If we wait for an “appropriate” time for foolishness, we’d wait all our lives.  Why, the movie you want to see, “The King’s Speech” cost millions to make and promote. So, those millions could feed starving children, yes? 

      We should all try, as individuals, to help where we can, when we can.  But the world, grim as it is, would be a far grimmer place if we had nothing silly to divert us.

      • avatar HauntedLady says:

        Well said.

      • avatar Pdr de says:

        That’s true, Mr. Wow!  However, the glitz and glamor of the Oscars and all the other award nights with the “stars” posturing and posing is very superficial.  I would like to see a lot of the money spent go to those who need it. But, of course that won’t happen!
        Always enjoy your comments and appreciate your outlook on life in general. As I said recently, hope spring lifts your spirits as it always does mine!
        Take care!
         

  13. avatar Kristine O'Daly says:

    Was that an episode of Glee or the Oscars? Watching Anne Hathaway, I couldn’t tell.  But I really can’t blame her for her over-the-top exhuberance, what a thankless job to have carry that whole enterprise on such slim shoulders. I’ll bet Billy Crystal will ask the Academy for gobs of money, get it, and voila, we’ll have the perfect host returning in 2012.  Worst moment of the night for me was Melissa Leo ~ not just the obviously planned f-bomb and disengenous aw-shucks-this-place-is-so-enormous-I-can-see-all-the-little-people-way-up there schtick, but the disrespect she showed Kirk Douglas while exiting the stage.  She took his walking stick and instead of giving it to him and assisting him, carried it herself and stooped down like she was mimicing him.  I was appalled.

    • avatar rick gould says:

      I didn’t watch the actual show, but checked You Tube to watch the Kirk Douglas/Melissa Leo segment to see what all the hoopla was about.
      While it’s a jolt to see Douglas aged and post-stroke, mentally he seemed just fine. Sharp and sassy, but he was realllllly hamming it up. And did you know that handsome young award presenter was Omar Sharif’s grandson. Grrrrrrrr, baby!
      I was appalled at Melissa Leo. SHE is the one who looked foolish here. I felt like I was watching a SNL skit. Phony. Aw shucks, is right! There was nothing spontaneous about that speech, including the whoops, F-bomb.
      And grabbing Douglas’ cane was beyond tacky. It reminded me of SCT comedienne Catherine O’Hara doing aged starlet Lola Heatherton! Yuck!

  14. avatar jwil5423 says:

    It’s just all too silly to be bothered with now, isn’t it?  The movies are bad and an outrageous extravagance ina time when the money needs to be better spent.  Also, they are only in the cinema for 5 minutes.  The actors are a bunch of no names that wouldn’t recognise a days work if they tripped over it.  Honestly!
    I wondered about James Franco.  I had never heard of him and havent’ seen 127 Hours, but he was clearly not present.  It wasn’t until someone raised the ‘stoned’ allegation that I remembered the look.  Of course, that is what it was.  Anne Hathaway?  Please save me!
    Sorry.  Life is too important to be spent wasted watching drivel like this!