Monday, February 10, 2020
The Oscars As Seen From Kansas City
The ranting of some chubby, short mostly unfunny Brit-creep seems to inspire renewed interest in Hollywood for so many Conservatives who, curiously, spend a great deal of time talking about the irrelevance of the multi-billion-dollar American entertainment industry.
Still, the morning after, we consider to political angles of the glitzy affair . . .
Saw1st: Blanca Blanco Booty in a Sexy Red Lingerie for The Oscars
New York Post: Political correctness at 2020 Oscars exposes Hollywood’s hypocrisy
Daily Mail: When did they become politicians? Joaquin Phoenix lectures Oscars audience about animal rights while Brad Pitt slams impeachment trial for not calling John Bolton - and Obama documentary director quotes Karl Marx urging 'workers of the world unite'
Hollywood Reporter: Brad Pitt's Impeachment Nod to Iowa Caucus Quips: Oscars' Most Political Moments
Now a word from a comment fave . . .
Chuck: The Ghost of Ricky Gervais dominates the Oscars.
Ricky Gervais fired a shot across Hollywood's bow prior to the Oscars with some much needed hilarity intended to puncture the pomposity of the "Usual Suspects".
"“I can’t wait to hear all your inspirational speeches about equality, and it’s great that the 3 hours you’re here tonight is the only time your badly paid migrant house staff will get some time off to sleep this week”.
Sure there were a few political comments last night, but compared to the usual virtue signalling, slathered in obscure collections of victimization claptrap, this was downright subdued. Brad Pitt made a crack about Impeachment that would have brought the house to it's feet last year, but garnered nary a clap last night. Joaquin Phoenix is mad at cows, or, something..., and, no one can sing. I'll get back to that.
Ricky's Golden Globes evisceration of the sanctimonious, self satisfied, holier-than-thou crowd in Hollywood has set limits on the previously prevailing Weltanshauung that so dominated that landscape as to make it unpalatable to so many in "flyover" country.
The room was packed full of frustrated wanna be politicians, biting their tongues and knowing, that perhaps, it was time to return to their real jobs, pretending to be other people.
The entertainment was off key. Literally. In no way do I pretend to have perfect pitch, but the artists missed notes all night long, again and again. In 2015, Lady Gaga sang "The Sound Of Music" at the Oscars. She took 6 months to practice and she soared. She hit every note, she was magnificent. Last night, after Janelle Monae missed note after note in her open she let us know that she was "Celebrating being a black queer artist telling stories." Okay, I get it, play to the crowd and check all the boxes, but..., again, hit the notes kid. Idena Menzel missed a few notes, so did the beautiful Cynthia Erivo (Who is just KILLING it in HBO's "The Outsider".). Elton John is at this point a one octave singer, (Like Eminem.) the fumes from an ancient volcano, smelling of Sulphur and distant memories older than Judy Garland. NO. Renee Zellweger can and should NOT have been EVAR been permitted to pretend she can sing like Garland. That movie sucked.
In the end, it was a third rate production with few bright spots.