Oscar drops the ball – mostly

Just thought I would give you my vair vair wise and considered opinions on the Oscars. As a bit of a film buff, I have long since given up taking much notice of the Oscars. (I still have been unable to find anyone who can explain to me why Nora Ephron didn’t win the Oscar for best screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” Well – can you? I thought not.)
So, to sum up.

Best Actor——Daniel Day Lewis (A Good Thing)
Best Actress—-Jennifer Lawrence (Dunno. Didn’t see it. However am glad she won because of this ace thing. Ah Jack Nicholson. What are you like? Still.)

Best Supporting Actress—Anne Hathaway (Best award for heavy duty ACTING for three minutes while someone shaves your head and pulls your teeth out. He only stole a loaf of bread don’t forget)
Best Supporting Actor-–Christophe Waltz (have already shared my feelings about Quentin Tarantino films. Enough said I think)
Best Film—Argo (Indeed. Some controversy here about Affleck playing fast and loose with the facts but probably right decision.)
Best Director—Ang Lee (Does anyone know what Steven Spielberg has done to upset the academy? Someone, somewhere seems to have it in for him.)

On a slightly different subject, I know I am old and I know the young people enjoy edgy comedy but Seth McFarlane – you are a donk.  The Oscar host served up casual sexism, “jokes” about sleeping with children, “jokes” about Jews. Neither the time nor the place. 

While I am on a media riff. I did like Ripper Street. I know it is a bit formulaic and, like most people, I could do without any more women getting beaten to death for our entertainment but, on the whole, I think it was really well written. Phrases like “I know not this public house of which you speak your honour” were uttered with straight faces and I loved it. And, despite, Matthew Macfadyen looking like he was about to stick both his thumbs into his watch pockets and launch into “Consider Yourself One of Us”, I thought the whole thing was terrific. 

Right, off to watch Danny Leigh’s documentary on boxing in the movies. Supposed to be really good. “I coulda been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum.” Outstanding.



  1. March 4, 2013 / 8:27 am

    Have you seen "The Sessions"? To my astonishment I, who go "eeeewwwwwwwwwww" and bury my face in my hands at every screen kiss, thought it one of the best films EVER.

    • March 4, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      I know. I saw really good reviews and we decided to brace ourselves then go and see it. Then it was gone! Only at the cinema for a few days so we missed it.

  2. Anonymous
    March 4, 2013 / 9:15 am

    Hiya Les vThe consider yourself bit,,,,exactly what I said then we all laughed and did the routine and had to rewatch it cos we missed so much! Love to Col and the kids xxx Pat

    • March 4, 2013 / 3:23 pm

      I would have paid good money to see that routine. Love to you lot xx

  3. March 4, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    As we've already discussed this in person and made our feelings known about those in the running and I think agree that Argo and Day Lewis were shoe ins and That the Director award defies logic yet again you have to wonder why they bother with the awards ceremony. They should just publish them in the Tablet or such like every year. It would save an awful lot of electricity and other resources not to mention the lost sleep of those who stay up to watch, defies logic as well.

    I agree about Ripper Street it was rivetting viewing. The only things missing, I think, was John Wayne and James Stewart [a la "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"] for those wondering why, who else would have thought of setting a Western in the West End of London during the 1870s [I say 1870s because it is set shortly after the American Civil War so I made an approximation, if anybody noticed anything to gainsay this I'd be grateful to be corrected]. Nonetheless it was good viewing given the poor menu that is television at present. Unless you're a Soapiana or should that be Soap Freak or somesuch? And then there's "Reality" eh????

    Are you watching Channel Fives "True History of Music"?? I have to be honest and say this time I'm not going to. I'm so fed up with 5's Americanisation of Documentaries whereby they have to recap after every ad break as if you've the IQ of the average slug in the garden?? Sorry Slugs I didn't mean to malign you but I had to be a little PC didn't I?? My point Lesley is that I couldn't bear it for this subject.

  4. March 5, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    We LOVED Ripper Street, felt just as you did about it all. Looking forward to next series.

    I missed 'The Sessions' too. Suspect it is unlikely to make it to the small screen.

    When will Sherlock be back??

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