Monday, February 23, 2015

A few questions about last night's Academy Awards

Like millions of other people, I watched the 2015 edition of the Academy Awards. The show started early yesterday evening and lasted till midnight (I guess.)

I'm guessing because I fell asleep at 11 p.m. after watching endless (it seemed) Oscars awarded for really trivial (my opinion) aspects of the movies. Things like best sound editing and best short animation (or words to that effect) and best costume design and best short documentary (or whatever) by a foreign director, and best makeup and hairstyling.


Okay, I get it that it takes great skill to be a sound editor or set designer. But why put viewers to sleep with all these minor awards and the endless, boring acceptance speeches? Why not start strong with Best Picture or Best Actor or Best Actress and work your way down?

My other question is who or what organization chose Neil Patrick Harris to be the emcee last night? He wasn't funny. And he probably missed his husband. Better he stayed home so he could have stayed in his underwear.

And what happened to Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper"? The movie that has taken it some $300 million at the box office and that many have raved about as perhaps Clint's most stunning production ever? Why on earth didn't it win "Best Picture"?

And finally, in the segment where homage is paid to actresses, actors and others in the entertainment business who died in 2014, why no mention of Whitney Houston? Why wasn't one of the best voices ever totally ignored at the Oscars ceremony?


This blog post is for you, Whitney. God bless your soul.

(Oops, I guess Whitney died in 2012. But I don't care. Her spirit lives on...)