Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscar Thoughts

Mrs. Muley and I pointedly didn't watch the Oscars last night because, frankly, there weren't any movies in contention for the big awards that we were interested in. Also, it was readily apparent that this year's nominations were a big poke in the eye to conservative, family values Middle America, with just about every movie filled with appeals for the approval of homosexuality, and views of America as a racially bigoted place run by evil corporations and filled with bloodthirsty, misguided anti-Communists.

I mean, I figured "Brokeback Mountain" would win Best Picture, but did it matter to me if a movie which portrayed us all as foaming homophobes lost to a movie potraying us all as foaming racial bigots? Not really.

Let's face it, a movie I thought was undoubtedly one of the best of the past year -- "Chronicles of Narnia" -- won exactly one Oscar. One. For best makeup. Whoo-hoo!

On the plus side, I see there were some bright spots. I'm glad Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress for her part in "Walk the Line" -- a role and a movie I enjoyed. I'm also glad that two of my favorite movies of 2005 won in lesser categories: "March of the Penguins" for Best Documentary, and "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" for Best Animated Feature.

But what made me most proud, as a consumer of pop culture, as a parent, and as an American, was the winner of the Best Song. I didn't see the show, and I've never heard the song that won, but this description from an AP news story just melted the cockles of my heart:
The raucous hip-hop tune "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow," whose expletive-laden lyrics had to be toned down for performance at the Oscars, won the prize for best song. The song was written by the rap group Three 6 Mafia, aka Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard.

Featuring dancers dressed as hookers and pimps gyrating on stage, the song's performance stood in sharp contrast to the other nominated tunes and the general stateliness of the Oscars.

"You know what? I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp," joked Oscar host Jon Stewart.


Stephanie said...

I'm glad Reese won too. And I was disappointed that my favorite movie--Pride & Prejudice--didn't win any awards.

The Best Song choice seems so out of place for the Academy. Who knew they could get jiggy with it?

Nettie said...

I had to work. I shouldn't be so proud of that fact.

sarahgrace said...

I was so glad Reese won as well, to echo stephanie. She had the absolute best acceptance speach I think I've ever heard.

EmmaSometimes said...

Thank you for that gross understatement Mr. Stewart. Nothing like ramming a lyrical pill down our throat by awarding this talentless group of people singing about the glorious life of a pimp and using a woman for money. Come on, sing it kids!

I didn't watch either. I only watch for the dresses (like, Im so shallow, I should have watched it for Hollywood patting themselves on the back..MY BAD)

I'm with you on the Wallace and Grommit front. I haven't seen Narnia due to the fact that I will buy it and I can watch it in the comfort of my own couch. I love CS Lewis!!

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