Hey, Wolverine is hosting the Academy Awards tonight. Yay.
That about sums up my level of interest.
I gave up on the Academy Awards a long time ago when I realized they only reflect the taste of a small cadre of out-of-touch Hollywood elitists. Not to be equally snobbish, but I can’t work up enough interest to care about who wins or loses a Oscar.
It’s a three hour wank fest of self-congratualatory speeches, lame jokes, tacky dance sequences and navel-gazing that has very little to do with actually celebrating the best in cinema.
I won’t watch a single solitary second of the show. I don’t give a damn what wins what. I’m not even interested in this year’s minority slapfest of whether or not Viola Davis beats out Taraji Henson for Best Supporting Actress. More Black folks will go see Madea Goes to Jail than the Oscars which only goes to show rotten taste in movies knows no color.
I began to bail on the Oscars in 1989-1990 when in back-to-back years, sentiment won over substance and Driving Miss Daisy beat Do the Right Thing and GoodFellas took a back seat to the wretched Dances With Wolves. But when Saving Private Ryan lost Best Picture to Shakespeare In Love, I was done. That is when the Oscars became dead to me.
Why bother to watch? Slumdog Millionaire is gonna win everything anyway.
UPDATE: Feb 22nd, 2009 | LOS ANGELES — “Slumdog Millionaire” is the Academy Awards champion, wrapping up its ghetto-to-glory story by winning best picture and seven other Oscars, including the directing honor for Danny Boyle.
A story of hope amid squalor in Mumbai, India, “Slumdog Millionaire” also had wins that include adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing and both music Oscars, score and song. link
Told you so.