Academy Awards night; acclaimed Oscar night; appearance on the red carpet ‘what are you wearing’ night; anxious talk, smile, and pose night; awesome party ’til you drop night; analytical sociopolitical opinion night; affable Chris Rock off the chain night; anticipatory nominees night; abasing losers night; applauded winners night; agonizing long-ass boring with lots of fabulous lighting night; asinine boorish acceptance speech night; anyways let’s get this over with night.
It’s finally here…the Academy Awards. An annual event at our house akin to Super Bowl Sunday. It entails snack food, beverages, a vegetable tray, some cheese and crackers, and a couple of carbonated beverages. We settle in early and start by watching E! On the Red Carpet, comment on the commentators, critique the fashions, give opinions on the chaotic scene outside with the fans. We take our places when the show actually begins. “Hey, get in here. the show is starting.” We laugh, or groan at the opening jokes, try to catch a glimpse of our favorites in the audience, cross our fingers for who we want to win, love the good speeches, hate the bad ones, start yelling to get off the stage usually before the music to play them off starts. I’m not sure why this is an event we look forward to every year. We hardly ever see any of the movies, don’t even know half of the nominees, doze off about 1/2 way through, and really don’t care that much about the entire process. But it is a must-see.
I realize the people who obtain the golden naked statues have fulfilled a life-long dream of seemingly unattainable success in their lives. It means everything to them, respect, honor, and validation. It’s as if they won a Pulitzer Prize for curing cancer every year. We all know that most of the entertainment population are a little full of themselves much of time. However, I for one appreciate how movies enhance us. They bring history and stories to life. Excellent production and acting transports us to a different place. I’m so appreciative of those who take the time to create these microcosms of time and space. How wonderful that medium is for all of us. It enriches our lives whether through animation, comedy, relationship, suspense, horror, thriller, Sci-Fi or any and all genres. They can paint a picture of our past, our present, our future, our best selves, our worst selves, the entire spectrum of humanity is exposed through motion pictures.
No matter who wins or loses tonight or who I applaud, are excited for, throw popcorn at, or comment about, movies are the ultimate of awesomeness. Good luck to the nominees. You are all winners in my book just for undertaking the great burden of delivering us a believable other world than the one we are sitting in at any given time in the dark theatre. Bringing stories to life is a great gift we should all appreciate over and over and over and over again. Viva la Hollywood!… Sandy