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Muse: The Curmudgeon's Guide To The Oscars (In Five Easy Bullet Points)

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  • Geoff Lealand,

    The outcome was rather predictable but what do you expect of the Academy where the mean age is 65+?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2316 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    [Bret McKenzie]'s an Oscar laureate for Best Original Song. Congratulations!

    Indeed. Jolly well done! It'll be an interesting next few years. :)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm not greatly invested in cinematic film, except on a grokking-the-zeitgeist level. But I do love the way you write about it, Craig.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18963 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    analogue being a pretentious, self-absorbed prick

    So that’s what it’s called when some character is talking through their ass.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 915 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'm not greatly invested in cinematic film, except on a grokking-the-zeitgeist level. But I do love the way you write about it, Craig.

    Is that a subtle hint to post more. Aww, bless. Don't know if you're going to thank me for what's coming up...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I think in the future we'll have region-coded Oscars. If you live in market A, the version you receive will contain several wins for people from your home state. Market B will have slightly different results to favour their state.

    Consistency will be enforced through ubiquitous content aware firewalling.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4463 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I was going to skip over this post because I hate the Oscars, which is seldom a useful contribution on a thread about it. But since that is actually the theme of the post, I'm going to agree.

    I probably wouldn't dislike them so much if there were some films from Hollywood in the last year I'd actually felt compelled to watch. Then I could be cheering for my preferences, and even if they didn't win there'd at least be some tension. But unfortunately no trailer for the entirety of a year has had me willing to risk the $50 it always seems to cost me. I think of all the other actually enjoyable things I could do with $50. Indeed, I think of a great many things I can do for free that I'd enjoy more.

    But I do have to temper my comment by also saying that I've never liked the Oscars, even when I did actually like Hollywood movies. They're one of those things that you had to be there for. Good on them for having their award ceremony, but it's not a great deal more interesting than a school prizegiving.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8589 posts Report Reply

  • tim,

    The Oscars are a vaguely interesting example of marketing films to a very specific demographic ie the Academy voters (94% white, 77% male, median age of 62)

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/academy/la-et-unmasking-oscar-academy-project-html,0,7473284.htmlstory

    Wellington • Since Sep 2009 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    2) Meryl Street won for a typically mannered (and over-rated) impersonation of Margaret Thatcher in the crapulous The Iron Lady.

    A rather brick and tile performance I thought myself.
    Here's number 25..

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4869 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Thank you Steven - the evidence of my general illiteracy has now been obliterated. "These are not the droids you're looking for... Move along!"

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Thank you Steven –

    My pleasure, ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4869 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I don’t care what anyone was wearing.

    Neither do I, but for Kate whatserface to suggest that Cameron Diaz was worst dressed (Kate in her Victorian tablecloth of a top) needs fucking glasses. Diaz could be in pyjamas and still look sexy.
    Plus I liked The Descendants, and probably because George was in it, but also because of the oh so common, day in the life of aspect. Still as Ben Wilson suggests, school(ed) prize giving.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Diaz, really? I don't find her that sexy. Probably doesn't help that she's a poor actress and generally chooses rubbish movies.

    But I also liked The Descendants okay. It was probably the best of a mediocre to bad bunch. Not that I have high expectations of the Academy's judgment, but it was a particularly lame selection this year.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Diaz, really? I don’t find her that sexy.

    She wasn't worst dressed. I think she has a very hot bod, considering she does none of the dieting,exercise fads. She surfs and does a bit of sport. Pretty sexy if you can get it, in my book anyhow. Sorry to say it, I can't find movies seriously important. Maybe she doesn't either....
    <exits stage left>

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    FWIW I thought the problem with the Iron Lady wasn't Streep's performance - she did stray into caricature at times (the way she walked was very like the Spitting Image version of Thatcher) but The Lady herself became something of a self caricature over time.

    It was more that the film was unbalanced, with Streep/Thatcher overwhelming the other performers, who were mostly reduced to uttering feeder lines.

    I thought it would have been better if they'd scrapped the supporting cast completely and just had Streep do a - much shorter - solo performance.

    Something along the lines of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' series, only perhaps not written by Bennett given his bilious views about Thatcher.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to tim,

    The Oscars are a vaguely interesting example of marketing films to a very specific demographic ie the Academy voters (94% white, 77% male, median age of 62)

    Hmm, not unlike the US Congress, then. About 85 percent are male, most of whom are white, and the median age is 60. Representatives and Senators: Trends in
    Member Characteristics Since 1945

    /digression

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Sorry to say it, I can’t find movies seriously important.

    Nothing to be sorry about.

    Maybe she doesn’t either….

    I assumed not.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Gotta back Sofie. Diaz is sexy. Her look has never been sophisticated so I can imagine, without even seeing the Oscars, that she might pale on the costume front. But my eye would still be drawn to her slender body, and naturally beautiful face, and the slightly goofy movement that often accompanies being very tall and surrounded by short men.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8589 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Cameron looks hot!( taken from Craigs link above)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Rob Hosking,

    It was more that the film was unbalanced, with Streep/Thatcher overwhelming the other performers, who were mostly reduced to uttering feeder lines.

    It's not even that that bothered me, but what's the point of a bio-pic of a politician where nobody involved takes the politics at all seriously? Somehow, I suspect Daniel Day Lewis will have more to do in Spielberg's Lincoln biopic than dispense ghost chips to his drunken senile old bat of a wife.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

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    ghost chips to his drunken senile old bat of a wife.

    Oh bless ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I suspect Daniel Day Lewis will have more to do in Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic than dispense ghost chips to his drunken senile old bat of a wife.

    Well at least he can wheel out the ol' Gettysburg address, or a few of his jokes.

    Poor old Denis T/Jim Broadbent didn't have much to fall back on, unless he was going to delve into the 'Dear Bill' letters.

    But Broadbent is carving out a nice niche for himself playing the put-upon husband of aging batty English women.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Oh Craig I've got this image of my Mum that just wont go away :)And Rob:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Rob Hosking,

    But Broadbent is carving out a nice niche for himself playing the put-upon husband of aging batty English women.

    Or in Longford, playing an aging batty peer with a put-upon but elegantly exasperated wife, played by Lindsay Duncan. (She also did a rather nice Thatcher in a 2009 tele-film which wisely narrowed the focus to her resignation. Duncan delivered a performance off a decent script that took her politics – and political life – seriously. Streep delivered a clean, souless impersonation at the heart of a burlesque. Or at least if you’re going to do Carry On, Milksnatcher! do it with a wink and a wiggle like this…


    (I have my doubts Ted Heath actually behaved as if his virtue was going to be outraged by every woman that crossed his path, but Samuel West gets in touch with his inner Kenneth Williams with admirable conviction. )

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    The one and only problem I ever have with award ceremonies is that I am very likely, indeed it is certain, not to have seen any of the films. I watch them primarily, okay only, for the acceptance speeches. All of the ones I saw this year were courtesy of youtube - I really liked Meryl Streep's but then I love her to bits and pieces. But otherwise, blah.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

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