84th Oscars

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Published on: 2012.02.27

Another year in which I’ve not seen most of the movies that won Oscars. (List of nominees and winners.) Rango was the only winning movie that I’d seen, and I’ve seen Bridesmaids, which was nominated but didn’t win anything.

True, I haven’t been to the theater but once since my daughter was born in October 2010. But most of those movies didn’t even play at any theater near us, and never will. And more than half of them I don’t have any interest in seeing. (Two I will likely see eventually: Moneyball and Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

Is it me that’s out of touch, or is it everyone else? Or just the Academy?

I won’t see Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Not only was it made already (and made well) in 2009 — there should be a minimum time limit on remaking movies, probably something like 20 years — but the words anal rape are distasteful enough for me; I don’t want to see a movie about it. Also, the title itself is completely non-engaging for me: “girl with the dragon tattoo” describes 42% of the women in my city of residence.

I won’t see The Artist. I have no nostalgia for the era of silent films — and though described as a “silent film”, The Artist has music so it’s not silent. I also have no nostalgia for the era of black and white movies. Movies were filmed in black and white because color film representation hadn’t yet been perfected. Movies were filmed without audible dialog because microphones and sound reproduction wasn’t up to par. Once those technologies panned out, there’s no reason to go back — just like there’s no reason to use a personal computer from 1982. The only reason we used those inept machines is because better ones weren’t available.

I won’t see Midnight In Paris. It’s made by Woody Allen — isn’t that reason enough to avoid it?

There’s probably nothing wrong with The Help, but there’s nothing compelling me to see it either.

Most of the others fall into one of these categories: something about makes me not want to see it, or there’s nothing about it that makes me want to see it, or I’ve never heard of it.

I did mildly enjoy Billy Crystal’s opening spoof film, but not the song that followed. A couple of his jokes made me chuckle briefly.

Every year, I say I’m not going to watch the Oscars, but I end up watching anyway, only to be reminded of why I said I wasn’t going to watch.

One saving grace of this year’s presentation: the speeches were very short.

  1. Shari says:

    I remember watching the Oscars with Dad several years while growing up, and every now and then I think it might be entertaining to watch again. But nowadays I haven’t even heard of most of the movies, and I certainly haven’t seen them, and while the pageantry itself might be compelling, it’s just not enough to make it time well spent.
    I have seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes … well … I’m not crazy about any of that series, so I won’t say anything. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Wil C. Fry says:

    Thanks for the comment, Shari.

    I think “haven’t even heard of most of the movies” is a huge factor on the Oscars’ waning popularity. The Academy seems more and more inclined to nominate and award movies that either (1) haven’t come out yet, (2) will never be in the theater, or (3) were only shown in artsy theaters in select cities. ;-)

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