Because, you see, I didn’t watch them last night.
True, part of this is because my kids had taken over the television to watch How to Train Your Dragon (again….). But, frankly, I had made a conscious decision not to watch them this year…or any year in the future.
I used to be the person who threw an Oscar party every year. I tried, not always successfully, to see every nominated movie before the ceremony (I gave up on that the year I sat through There Will Be Blood), but now I’m happy if I’ve seen one or two of the movies.
There are many reasons for this. First of all, I just don’t see many movies anymore, at least not in the theater. I have, you know, kids. It happens.
But I also am rather sick of celebrity. I don’t care, really, what is going on with celebrities. Honestly, I couldn’t pick Channing Tatum out of crowd (oops….I think I just heard the sound of readers drop me over that one…). I don’t even know who Seth McFarlane is. I would say I miss the days of Billy Crystal but, well, not after last year.
And the fashion? I really don’t care. Celebrities are not any more beautiful or handsome than anyone else—they just have an army of make-up artists, stylists, and (face it, it’s true) plastic surgeons to make them look like they’ve transcended human kind. When I think of the best Oscar dress, I think of the outfit that amplifies who the actor or actress really is. You know, Cher in her showgirl costume or that costume lady who wore a dress made out of AmEx cards. So, this year, my best dressed is:
Yes, I know Helena Bonham Carter, in all her weirdness, is always on the worst dressed list. But she is who she is and makes no excuses…that is something I admire.
Also, I don’t care about what wins what award. I only saw one of the movies this year, Les Miserables. I saw it twice and I loved it (read me gush….). I haven’t seen Argo, but let’s pretend that I did. Would I think it was a quality film and worth the $10 or whatever it cost to see it? Yeah, probably. Would I enjoy it as much as I did Les Miserables? Heck, no. So, you see I don’t need an award show to tell me that some movie was better than what I think is the best movie I’ve seen in ages. I just don’t care who wins what. This little revelation has led me to resolve not to watch any award show again. There are better things I can watch (or, at least, there are things my children make me watch).
And, finally, when I do want to see something from the Oscars, it will show up on the internet. It took me exactly 15 seconds to find this. Enjoy!