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Oscar, Oscar, Oscar...

Ellen Levitt

Posted on February 10, 2020 08:06

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For many years I enjoyed watching the Academy Awards. The love affair is over.

I wanted to enjoy the Academy Awards show of Sunday, February 9, 2020. I used to look forward to the Oscars broadcast every year. In years past I recall entering betting pools at work, vying for bragging rights on my guesses (I was pretty bad at this).

I would root for particular films. I would boo when my favorites lost ("Boyhood" was robbed!). I was personally invested in the show. And I have known at least one Academy Award winner (a classmate from junior high and high school).

I watched many segments of the Oscars last night and thought the show was dreadful. Boring. Pretentious. It had a few surprises (I didn't think "Parasite" would win Best Picture, but okay) but not many. There were some award presenters who were truly annoying, IMHO: Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig were not funny but rather cringe-worthy. 

One of the few intriguing parts of the show, to me, was Eminem's performance of a song that was several years old. I hadn't known he was now bearded.

My younger daughter watched the Awards with me, and she griped about it.

We both decided that this awards show was awful and such a great disappointment compared to the recent Grammys Award show.

The Grammys show this year, last year, the year before, and for many years has been lots of fun. It has energy. It has weirdness. I don't like everything about the Grammys, and a lot of mediocrity does get rewarded, but there are lots of enjoyable performances. There are lavish sets and costumes. It's a spectacle. 

There were a few musical performances at the Oscars that were worth watching (Elton John and Eminem) and a few that had interesting elements (several women singing lyrics in several languages) but overall the music was stiff, just like so much of the show. And the rambling acceptance speeches given by some winners were indulgent.

I guess I'm no longer the kind of person who likes the Oscars, nor am I the kind of person the broadcast is targeting. (ABC, wassup?) The few films I saw in 2019 did not get nominations, and I think that both "The Farewell" and "Blinded By the Light" deserved Oscar nods.

But am I the kind of person who would be an obvious Grammys fan? Probably not, but I look forward to watching the Grammys and in real-time, for heaven's sake. And I've known at least two people who won Grammys or were part of a Grammy-winning album. 

The ratings for the Oscars have fallen once again. Producers of the show, c'mon, you have to pep up this pallid performance. Do something! I guess the true believers will watch this snooze-fest no matter what, but I may find it a real chore to watch next year. 

The only year in recent memory when I agreed with the Best Picture winner was 2017, for "Moonlight." Go back to the 1960s for my other favorites (WSS, TSoM, O!)

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on February 10, 2020 08:06

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Source: WXII12 News

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