Dear Oscars,

I hate to say it. But I’m out.

Yep. Last night, I officially hit my limit with the Academy Awards. Yes, Ellen was cute and all, and I liked the opening with all the nominees. But remember when they used to do the Best Supporting actor and actress right away, or at least early on, so that you got to see a couple of the big awards before you had to muddle through all the other ones? Yeah. They don’t do that anymore. I swear, they did Best Supporting Actor after one hour; actress, after two. In the meantime, the drone of award after award that frankly, was just not that exciting. And then they do the last four, boom boom boom, in the final ten minutes or so. What’s up with that? Do they think that by cramming all the bigger awards at the very end, they’ll ensure that people will watch the entire broadcast?

Well, in this age of Tivo and DVRs, I hate to say it, but…no. At least, I didn’t. I watched for about two hours, fast forwarding when I could, then went to bed, got up this morning, and watched the last stretch. I’m thrilled for Martin Scorcese and the Departed (which is number one in my Netflix queue right now) but otherwise, I was underwhelmed. And kind of annoyed, if I’m to be totally honest. It’s like on Idol, when they drag out the final results show, taking two hours to do something that could be accomplished in thirty minutes, and even that would be padded. Do the Oscars REALLY want to be compared to Idol? I don’t think so. All I know is that the ratings have been slipping for years now: if this year was an improvement, I’ll be shocked. Shocked.

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Man, that was a bit of a rant, wasn’t it? You’d think a three day weekend would make me more easygoing. Huh.

Truthfully, it was a good weekend, very slow and lazy, just what I needed. Saturday, I went to see Notes on a Scandal, which was good but very creepy. Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench were fab—of course—but they changed the story from the book, which was VERY good, to make it a little more heavyhanded. Still, I am long overdue for movies, and the popcorn was delicious. Then, yesterday, I watched the new documentary about the Dixie Chicks, Shut up and Sing, which I HIGHLY recommend, if you’re a fan or not. Very compelling: one of the best docs I’ve seen in a awhile. Today, I may just play hooky and watch For Your Consideration. Step back, I am on a roll!

Maybe this is what I need to be remember: that no matter what, I’ll always love movies, and everything about the movie experience, even if I’m over the Oscars. But that’s just one night. For the other 364, there’s time to just see movies, and I want to do more of it in the year to come. I’m off to a good start, at least. We’ll see how it goes.

have a good day, everyone!
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