Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscar Brief...

I don't know why I'm writing this but I'm up and I gave it a second of thought and nobody else to tell (all asleep). Work is going well but I am a little on the tired side. Just a scant couple of weeks until the show.

In my site update blog of February 6. I mentioned that Keira Knightley had been nominated for an Oscar. It's too bad she didn't win but I did peg Witherspoon to win for her role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line.

Nice that Philip Seymore Hoffman and Gorgeous George Clooney won.

The tone here is super mellow...I may be one of the few people here who enjoys watching the Oscars and doesn't give a flip who wins or loses since it has nothing to do with me personally and I have no vested interest otherwise. That's not to say that I don't have my little pet wishes, favorites or that I'm not a little disappointed when a film I loved didn't make it to the nominated list. But, I just don't see why people are angry about who/what was nominated or up-in-arms about some silly political statement someone has made in one of the films or in a personal speech or how awful someone looked or how they didn't deserve to win because they can't act.

I think every one of the people nominated deserves the honor. A lot of people who deserved the honor didn't make it but they've been honored in other ways.

I was reading somewhere a week or so ago, from a Star Wars related actor (can't recall which one at this moment) who is a member of the academy and votes every year, mentioning that it's difficult for most of the members because they are sent nearly 90 movies to screen. You do the math. Paid critics can't get through that many movies in that short period of time so how could any working actor do it?

Even when I retired from "normal" work in 2000 and spent a year off I couldn't have fit in 90 movies over the year...I suppose technically I could have but yeesh! that's a ton of films.

I'm sure I'd do just what they did, pick the films they'd heard of, watch the ones I had time for (if I hadn't seen them already in the theater) and vote on those few...then wait for the outcome like everyone else. Then I'd move on to the next thing forget about who won or lost and do it all over again the next year. hehe Yippee, free movies!!

If I had the opportunity to be nominated and the chance to actually win one of those statuettes I'm sure I'd have no problem with some people who thought whatever I did was cool enough to honor with even a few votes. Who wouldn't want a pat on the back? But, hey I'm happy when my three year old son congratulates me for a job well done by saying, "good boy, mama!" (I say, 'good boy' to him a lot so he returns the same in kind.)

Like I said before I'm probably one of the few who likes the pomp and parading and I like to see people win, I think it's pretty neat and I am happy for them.

Like many things in the world people make much ado about nothing, just as I have here this bleary morning.

Yours...sleepily,
Leah

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1 comment:

Nerf-Herders Anonymous said...

Darth_Mordak_The_Wise

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 3:22 AM
Aren't you angry at the academy????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Prince Isharsia
Prince Isharsia's Adventures

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 6:52 AM
Work is going well but

what do you do? if I may ask



NerfHerdersAnonymous
Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 10:28 AM
Aren't you angry at the academy????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not in the slightest. There are far better reasons to be upset by things going on in the world than to be angered by entertainment issues.

what do you do? if I may ask
You may ask. I am an artist.

LM



janlomona
Smugglers Rants

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 11:32 AM
Imagine the scene. A nail, standing proudly upright, just nudged into a plank of wood.
He turns to the camera and squints in the sunlight.

Nail - "I say, excuse me. Yes you, Mr Hammer. Would you hit me squarely on the head? Thanks awfully."

Ok, got that? Alright, run this image through your head every time Leah writes a blog, because that's usually what happens.

And you will win an Oscar one day, I knows it.



Sol Kassar
Ramblings from the Detention Center

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 11:55 AM
It's just like rubbing it in GL's face: you make a great movie, but we'll snub you...well, OK, we'll put you in 1 meaningless category (along with Cinderella Man?????? WTF!!!) and you lose even though the make-up was a million times better than Narnia's!!

Even though he says all this garbage about not making it for the studio, but for the fans, and he doesn't care if he wins or not - that's bullspit. If it were for the fans, the DVD's would be loaded with extreas, the deleted scenes would be added, etc., etc......



NerfHerdersAnonymous
Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 12:56 PM
Nail - "I say, excuse me. Yes you, Mr Hammer. Would you hit me squarely on the head? Thanks awfully."
hehe, is that how it is? Oh my! :o

And you will win an Oscar one day, I knows it.
Yes, I'll be 70 and it will be for some weird animated short that I'd worked on for 20 years LOL I'll do a back flip, cry and say, "you like me, you really like me!"

LM



NerfHerdersAnonymous
Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 1:02 PM
we'll put you in 1 meaningless category (along with Cinderella Man?????? WTF!!!)

Meaningless? I don't think it's meaningless. I'm sure it's not meaningless to those who did the make-up for the three films nominated. Cinderella Man's David LeRoy Anderson did a truly splendid job with make-up.

Most film makers do the best they can to make the best film possible. That's all one can do, there's no changing the way others feel about your work, if they love it or hate it..or are simply indifferent to it. It's just other people's opinions, not experts on make-up.

Sure, it would have been nice if ROTS got it. And too bad it didn't.

LM





Master Andy Luke Skywalker

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 2:00 PM
Most people can't do a backflip when they are 70 (except for Yoda and Christopher Lee, although they don't count since it was special effects which made them do backflips) so it should be a very interesting thank you speech Leah. I really did enjoy the Oscars actually. Wallace and Grommit won (I am a big fan of them as well, probably since I was 4) Resse Witherspoon also walked out with an statue (loved her June Carter Cash role) and you gotta love George Clooney. (cont.)



Master Andy Luke Skywalker

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 2:00 PM
So Star Wars was not recognized by the Academy, it is just another award. I mean, Star Wars has won so much already, and not just awards, but hollywood's respect, as well as the admiration of many other directors of movies who were inspired by this culture phenomenon. Star Wars opened fronteers which had never been crossed by a film before, in both technical ways, and fanbase wise. You don't see Crash with a fanbase the size of Star Wars. So sure, the Star Wars saga doesn't have another golden statue to add to it's collection, but that is because it is worth much more than gold.
MTFBWY
Master Andy Luke
PS: Another reason why not to be angry, it leads to the dark side of fandom!!



Prince Isharsia
Prince Isharsia's Adventures

date Posted: Mar 06, 2006 6:02 PM
what do you do? if I may ask
You may ask. I am an artist.[/b
that is really cool. so where can I read about you, you know your art and bio and all?



Sol Kassar
Ramblings from the Detention Center

date Posted: Mar 07, 2006 6:20 AM
Cinderella Man's David LeRoy Anderson did a truly splendid job with make-up.

You mean there wasn't another movie out there that had better make up than Cinderella Man? I don't buy that. That just sounds like a pick that was tossed in there just to fill a hole.



NerfHerdersAnonymous
Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Mar 07, 2006 11:20 AM
You mean there wasn't another movie out there that had better make up than Cinderella Man? I don't buy that. That just sounds like a pick that was tossed in there just to fill a hole.
No, I meant just what I wrote, there is no subtext. As an individual film I (personally) found the make-up effects to be worthy of a nomination. That is not to say that others were NOT worthy.

Final seven that needed to be voted down to a final 3:

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
CINDERELLA MAN
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
THE LIBERTINE
MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
THE NEW WORLD
STAR WARS: EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH

They chose wisely among the 7 semi-finalists.



NerfHerdersAnonymous
Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Mar 07, 2006 12:03 PM
The rules governing selection of films. Scroll down to the RED section for Makeup