Last night was the OSCARS, the biggest night of the year in Hollywood. Oh and we’re just so happy that the writers strike is over… (sarcasm)
I though Jon Stewart did all right as host, but I enjoyed Ellen more, and would love to see Billy Crystal do it again.
I wasn’t too excited about the OSCARS. I haven’t seen most of the contenders yet, due to being dreadfully behind in my movie watching, so I didn’t have many strong opinions… except for best song.
There were 3 songs from “Enchanted” by Steven Schwartz and Alen Menken. But percentages weren’t on their side, and the small indie film “Once” took home the award (deservedly so). The song “Falling Slowly” is simply intoxicating. I never get sick of hearing it. It is brilliant simplicity.
It was also ‘international’ night at the OSCARS. All four acting awards were given to actors born outside of the US. But beyond this headline grabbing first, it is important to note that the design categories and music were also dominated by foreigners. The only awards where ‘americans’ had an edge were in the technology and ‘nerd’ awards. Sound, effects, editing, etc.
What does this mean for Hollywood? I’m not totally sure. Is is a result of our society’s marginalization of true artists (as opposed to products like Britney)? Is it because we aren’t fostering enough art and encouraging our artists as much as other countries are?