Yesterday I was in studio producing radio for the start-up. All went well. As well as pre-produced radio can go. The happy surprise was when I was handed a check, a nice check, to acknowledge my work thus far and a major vote of confidence for the project's future. We used to call it "bacon." Whenever we made some money or Billy would bring home a check, he'd say, "Look! We have bacon!" Bacon deserved a double exclamation point from him. So last night I came how and announced to the house, "Look, we have bacon!" Bob cocked his head.
The Oscar nominations annoyed me but there has rarely been a year when I have agreed with the Academy. This is, after all, the same organization that didn't recognize "Boogie Nights," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Last Exit To Brooklyn," "2001," and too many others to count. For the most part, the two best films of the year were ignored - "Far From Heaven" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien." Inordinate attention was paid to "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York." Didn't anyone notice "Chicago" had no story and an ugly moral to it? Or "Gangs" was a chore to sit through? At least "About Schmidt" didn't get a Best Picture nod although I fear it will be Nicholson at the podium this year. It should be Sam Rockwell for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" but no one asked me. I also think Julianne Moore will be given the consolation prize for Supporting Actress ("The Hours") while her performance in "Far From Heaven" was the most astounding of the year. Given this list, it would be nice to see "The Hours" sweep but that is an unlikely outcome.