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Wherefore The Academy?

A three-hour tour, a three-hour tour. (Academy, left; David Niven)

13 Responses to “Wherefore The Academy?”

  1. Bob Burns says:

    Alicia Keyes love for her fellow musicians set the tone for a Grammy love-in last night. Really entertaining show.

    The Awards season is too long.

  2. leahnz says:

    this alternate timeline blows

  3. Hcat says:

    I am actually looking forward to this years telecast, the no host thing has got me curious on how they are going to present this. No treats falling from the sky, no awkward interactions with regular movie goers, this could be a big step forward.

  4. Sideshow Bill says:

    But when you’re excising major awards from the telecast it’s a huge step backwards. I’m disgusted. This seems so easy to fix. BE THE OSCARS. Be long, pompous, self-congratulatory and go all out celebrating movies. I agree on cutting out host antics. Billy Crystal didn’t need those stunts to be entertaining. It’s so freaking obvious to me. I guess I don’t understand the politics behind it.

  5. Hcat says:

    The presentations during commercials are shameful. Especially since we will still see best song and best cartoon, which are much less important

  6. JS Partisan says:

    The Academy, are a bunch of goofs. It’s all self-inflicted wounds at this point, and they aren’t going to stop. Seriously. WHO CARES ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE OSCARS? No one cares. No one is complaining. Hell. Wrestling PPVs are now longer than the Oscars, and if wrestling fans can deal with it. The Academy should be able to do so as well. It’s just… this shouldn’t be that damn hard, but apparently it is.

    I am so glad, that I stopped giving a damn.

  7. movieman says:

    A Variety writer actually had a pretty smart idea.
    They suggested presenting the three short awards in a separate ceremony (like the lifetime achievement honorees), and to incorporate highlights in the Oscar telecast.
    And to combine the two sound awards into one like they did with art/production design many years ago.
    Personally I wouldn’t mind scrapping the performances of nominated songs since they’re a huge time-suck and usually awful.

  8. palmtree says:

    Everything is becoming winner take all. If you’re not some huge celebrity, you don’t get to be in the telecast, which is ironic since it’s arguably the first year you have a celebrity who is nominated for cinematography.: Alfonso Cuaron!

    Most baffling to me is that the President of AMPAS is a cinematographer himself! Why he of all people would agree to this is really weird.

  9. JS Partisan says:

    It’s just so fucking dumb. Absolutely. Fucking dumb.

  10. leahnz says:

    seems like the acting branch, by far the largest and thus the most influential in the Academy membership, could put the brakes on these absurd shenanigans if they spoke out en masse and with activist intentions…(i think i saw a russell crowe tweet about it amounting to ‘fuck this shit’ but somehow i don’t think that’ll cut it, maybe more have spoken out and i’ve missed it).

    photography and splicing together of said images to tell a story IS moviemaking. relegation of these categories to some winners montage ‘after the break’ is mental and it kinda makes me nuts that i keep seeing these described as ‘behind the scenes’ like some secondary achievement.
    (not to take anything away from make-up/hair as a creative skill intrinsic to the design of characters in film-making)

  11. Sideshow Bill says:

    The length and self-indulgence of the Oscars is part of it’s charm. Always has been. People look back at Rob Lowe and Snow White with a kind of nostalgia as well as embarrassment.

  12. palmtree says:

    Finally it happened. But it ain’t over yet. Let’s see how many more unforced errors they have up their sleeves.

  13. Ray Pride says:

    John Bailey’s Bobby Darin-style crooning is supposed to be something else.

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
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“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

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