Another year went by without my watching the Academy Awards. I will be VERY interested in finding out the ratings, as I think a lot of Trump supporters have had it up to here with the pompous drivel oozing from Hollywood.
Aside from the stupid politics, I am soooooo tired of the Academy giving awards to artsy-fartsy films. "Birdman" won a few years ago, and all the critics loved this film, so, I decided to rent it. I thought it was one of the DUMBEST movies I've ever seen, although the acting talent was excellent. Hollywood is always doing this. They nominate films with a social message or some hoighty-toighty narrative. Sometimes these films just out and out suck, or just aren't very popular. To this day, I've yet to meet anyone who has seen "Shakespeare in Love." Some films have social themes, but as movies, they're just so-so or pretty good. I saw "Million Dollar Baby" and thought it was okay, but if that was the BEST picture of 2004, it wasn't a very good year for movies. Same with "Gladiator" in 2000 -- a decent film, but the best?
The Academy doesn't seem to like comedies much. "Some Like it Hot" and "Young Frankenstein" never won, and they're listed among the greatest films EVER. I'm pretty sure no Marx Brothers movie ever won an AW, and these remarkably talented men probably never had one of their films nominated. But these films today are considered "classic." And indeed they are. Example (forget the film): Groucho is dancing with this very large lady, and she keeps saying "Closer, closer!" Finally, Groucho says "If I were any closer, I'd be BEHIND you."
I confess I haven't seen one film nominated last night, but when I found out that after the mess of announcing the wrong winner, with the real winner being "Moonlight" I thought that was pretty funny. Then I found out that the film was about a black gay man, and it all came into focus. So much was made last year about a lack of black nominees, that it was no surprise that Moonlight won. All of those black actors on stage, getting an award, made up for last year in the minds of the voters. Don't misunderstand, I have no problem with that. Hey, for all I know, Moonlight is one of the best films ever, but you have to admit, it does seem suspicious.
For decades awards have been given to actors for various reasons. John Wayne got his for "True Grit" and he did a good job, but he had done better in many films that came before TG. But the Academy decided it was time for the Duke to get recognized. High time, I might add. I believe it was in the early 60's, that Elizabeth Taylor won for a totally forgettable performance in "Butterfield 8." She had been sick, so the theory was she got the award out of sympathy.
It's not just the Academy that gives out undeserved awards. Shortly after the death of the late, great, Johnny Cash, he won a totally undeserved award (country music award, if I remember), but he got it out of appreciation for an amazing career. It's the nature of awards shows. It wasn't until just recently, that comedy great Bob Newhart won his first Emmy, for an appearance on "The Big Bang Theory." Oh, and come to think of it, Elvis, "The King" only won three Grammys in his lifetime. The rock group "Journey" is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soon, despite never winning a Grammy, and only having been nominated ONCE.
Anyway, I've long given up on award shows. I know who I like and who I don't. It's not necessary for me to get validation by seeing one of my faves walk away with some hardware. Oh, and in closing, here's a trivia question that NO ONE I've asked, has ever gotten right: Name the female artist who has won the most Grammys. Think about it, and then scroll down. Don't feel bad if you don't get it -- no one ever does. I'll give you a hint -- it's not Barbra Streisand or Aretha Franklin. The performer with all of those Grammys is still performing, by the way. She's only forty-five.