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Oscars 2010: Boring, but Not Offensive

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:36 am - March 8, 2010.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Until the end of the show, I thought that this may well rank as the most boring Oscars in the history of movie awards.  And then, the Dude won, then my lady Sandra Bee, then Oscar winning Director Kathryn Bigelow made sure to thanks the troops–twice.

Well, the show may have been kind of boring, but it wasn’t offensive.  Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn resisted the impulse to make political speeches.   The (apparently) most left-leaning of the documentaries did not win an Oscar.  Al Gore was nowhere to be found.

Steve Martin was frequently funny.  Ben Stiller looked great in a Nav’i get-up.  Jeff Bridges offered a rambling, but wonderful acceptance speech–and he’s been married to the same woman for 32 years!  Sandra Bullock delivered a classy speech.

Maybe Hollywood has learned that its business is entertainment, not politics.  Though the producers of the show should have recognized that it should also be their business to entertain.

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  1. I was only half paying attention at that point, but Penn seemed even more incoherent than usual. Did he actually say something in English? And perhaps its just me, but Babs Streisand just exudes entitled arrogance out of every pore. Again, I was only half paying attention to her, so I have no idea what she really said, it may have been the kindest most gracious thing ever said on camera, but the impression she gave was that she was praising herself. No?

    Comment by American Elephant — March 8, 2010 @ 12:52 am - March 8, 2010

  2. News was reporting this mornign that they cut a lot of Tiger Woods jokes for being offensive.

    No link since it was on the radio, sorry.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 8, 2010 @ 6:49 am - March 8, 2010

  3. I was watching Holmes on Homes instead! BOOSH!!!

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 8, 2010 @ 7:31 am - March 8, 2010

  4. I love these whines from conservatives about Hollywood. I can’t imagine that if it worked the other way, conservatives wouldn’t be insisting that actors and actresses constantly flaunted their right wing opinions, which given the nature of conservatism, they would most likely do eagerly.

    I also can’t imagine what it must be like to realize that the engine of the culture that I lived in is almost universally and diametrically opposed to my own political thinking. That would be unsettling, and I would be very self conscious about knowing that all the funny and creative people are on the other team. Not only that, but they’re good business men and women as well, producing one of America’s few remaining valuable exports and generating a tremendous amount of goodwill abroad to partly counteract the arrogant and destructive effect that conservative foreign policy has.

    I also appreciate the fantastic stories about conservatives in Hollywood being blacklisted and victimized and scared to come out and say what they really think…. lol. That’s the case I’m sure, you poor conservatives are just always so persecuted, aren’t you?

    Have fun with Victoria Jackson, Chuck Norris, and ….

    and….

    lol, is there anyone else?

    It really is no exaggeration to say that as far as Hollywood is concerned, all the cool kids are liberals, and all the jerks and morons are conservatives.

    Comment by Levi — March 8, 2010 @ 8:39 am - March 8, 2010

  5. Once again showing how hollywood doesn’t reflect the real world then.

    Then again, we’re still waiting for Levi’s successful communist country. Though given his support of the guy who does things like this I don’t expect an answer forthcoming.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 8, 2010 @ 9:18 am - March 8, 2010

  6. Have fun with Victoria Jackson, Chuck Norris, and ….

    and….

    lol, is there anyone else?

    A few, but not many.

    Actors are overwhelmingly liberal. As are comedians, rappers, rock musicians, supermodels and porn stars…

    NONE of which are known for their towering intellects. Add to that the inner city flunkies, junkies, dealers, gang bangers, losers who blame their failure on their victimhood, and the corrupt lawyers and mafia union bosses, and you have pretty much summed up the entire Democrat base.

    But thats certainly not anything to gloat about! I’d be deeply ashamed if my party were accurately represented by actors, porn stars rappers and lawyers and mafiosos! But alas. thats exactly who your party is!

    Comment by American Elephant — March 8, 2010 @ 9:56 am - March 8, 2010

  7. NONE of which are known for their towering intellects.

    Acting is the most revered occupation in America – and I don’t think that’s because you can be a mindless simpleton to do it. I think it’s a fairly safe assumption that usually the funniest people in any given room are also typically the smartest.

    If I were a conservative, that is what would worry me. Although if I were a conservative, I’d probably believe some ridiculous claptrap about everybody being out to get me.

    Comment by Levi — March 8, 2010 @ 10:45 am - March 8, 2010

  8. Um, Levi, it seems you’ve determined what you’re going to write about before you even read our posts. You have determined we’re whiners, yet this post is anything but a whine, more an expression of hope that Hollywood will focus on entertaining us.

    So, please, since you spend so much time on this blog, try to learn about our ideas rather than paste your pre-existing opinion onto us.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 8, 2010 @ 11:45 am - March 8, 2010

  9. I am a great fan of the old studio and star system. Look at the timeless movies made between 1930 and 1970. Then try do draw up an equal list of movies between 1970 and 2010.

    Look at the stars in the 1930-1970 group and compare them to the 1970-2010 crowd. The second grouping is full of loud mouths who believe their social agenda will sell because of their wealth, elite status and fame. That belief is the epitome of being shallow.

    I don’t watch the Oscars, because it like a typical soiree where everyone sucks up to Bernie Madoff and he lets a few in to be screwed. They are phonies who think they are actually needed in real life. I am not saying they are not talented. But I do not want to have to forget the slime about the actor in order to get in touch with the character he is playing.

    Levi, why is liberal Hollywood heading off to cheap places to make their movies? Shouldn’t they first support the Hollywood commune? If they can’t build their Shangrila for all the little people who mop up the studios, how can they believe it can be imposed on Lima, Ohio and be a success?

    Comment by heliotrope — March 8, 2010 @ 11:51 am - March 8, 2010

  10. They’re trying to find for themselves one of those successful communist nations Levi thinks exists.

    And this is the biggest difference between Hollywood folks and real people. I run a fantasy army, handling logistics, support, tactics etc. I don’t think it makes me a military veteran. Susan Sarandon narriates a movie acccusing the CIA of torture and she does think this makes her an expert in the field.

    Though I will admit, watching her act is a form of torture…

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 8, 2010 @ 12:09 pm - March 8, 2010

  11. It really is no exaggeration to say that as far as Hollywood is concerned, all the cool kids are liberals, and all the jerks and morons are conservatives.

    Two words: “Roman Polanski”.

    Fully supported, endorsed, and defended by Hollywood.

    For doing this.

    Drugging and raping a thirteen-year-old girl, and then trying to argue that she deserved it. Fleeing the United States to avoid punishment.

    And what’s your response to this?

    Acting is the most revered occupation in America – and I don’t think that’s because you can be a mindless simpleton to do it. I think it’s a fairly safe assumption that usually the funniest people in any given room are also typically the smartest.

    And:

    I also can’t imagine what it must be like to realize that the engine of the culture that I lived in is almost universally and diametrically opposed to my own political thinking. That would be unsettling, and I would be very self conscious about knowing that all the funny and creative people are on the other team. Not only that, but they’re good business men and women as well, producing one of America’s few remaining valuable exports and generating a tremendous amount of goodwill abroad to partly counteract the arrogant and destructive effect that conservative foreign policy has.

    And this is what Levi and his fellow liberals consider “cool”. This is what they consider “creative and funny”. This is what they consider to be “good business”. This is what they consider criticism of to be a “persecution complex”.

    Now you’re going to run away, Levi, because you always do. But this is going to follow you every single time that you post going forward:

    You, Hollywood, liberals, and your entire Obama Party and Obama-centric culture consider it cool, creative, funny, good business, culturally aligned, and supportive of America’s image abroad to drug and rape a thirteen year old girl, then flee the country to avoid punishment.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 8, 2010 @ 1:40 pm - March 8, 2010

  12. The anti-U.S.Marines _Avatar_: Wins a couple visual awards, but shut out of The Big Ones. Ha. Hahaha.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 8, 2010 @ 2:19 pm - March 8, 2010

  13. Acting is the most revered occupation in America – and I don’t think that’s because you can be a mindless simpleton to do it.

    LOL, just shows how bass-ackwards out of touch “progressives” are with reality. According to polls actors are third from the BOTTOM in a list of LEAST admired professions.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 8, 2010 @ 2:59 pm - March 8, 2010

  14. The thing I love most about TIVO is your not “forced” to sit through anything. I think we spent a sum total of about 20 minutes with Oscar.

    Comment by David in N.O. — March 8, 2010 @ 3:06 pm - March 8, 2010

  15. You’re not your. I know better…………..

    Comment by David in N.O. — March 8, 2010 @ 3:07 pm - March 8, 2010

  16. Hey AE, I noticed doctors whom Obama loves to smear, are the second most admired.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 8, 2010 @ 3:24 pm - March 8, 2010

  17. Have fun with Victoria Jackson, Chuck Norris, and ….

    and….

    lol, is there anyone else?

    Ann Miller
    William Holden
    Wilfred Brimley
    George Hamilton
    The Rock
    Gerald McRaney
    Delta Burke
    Fred McMurray
    Jim Nabors
    Maureen O’Hara
    Mickey Rooney
    Clark Gable
    Cary Grant
    Dennis Hopper
    Ricardo Montalban
    Michael Moriarty
    Jane Russell
    Jimmy Stewart
    Yaphet Kotto
    Gary Sinise
    Tom Selleck
    Patricia Heaton

    etc.etc.etc.

    Are those the jerks and morons you’re referring to?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 8, 2010 @ 3:45 pm - March 8, 2010

  18. Acting is the most revered occupation in America – and I don’t think that’s because you can be a mindless simpleton to do it.

    Funny, I thought Levi didn’t understand that Obama and his teleprompter script reading was all just a play within a play staged for effect for the simpletons who idolize The Won. My apologies, Levi, you really do revere Obama for his ability to feed the fans with endless infusions of socialist Pablum.

    Obama is not a “mindless simpleton” and neither are most actors. It is the drooling fans and groupies who are the mindless simpletons. They can’t see the difference between fantasy and fact or reality and play-acting. I just never knew there were so many of them to round up and herd to the polls.

    Hey! What is the second most revered occupation in America? Proctologist?

    Comment by heliotrope — March 8, 2010 @ 4:55 pm - March 8, 2010

  19. Boy Levi got quiet… :D

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 9, 2010 @ 6:53 am - March 9, 2010

  20. My question still stands and I’d like an answer.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 9, 2010 @ 7:18 am - March 9, 2010

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