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The High Holy Day of Hollywood - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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The High Holy Day of Hollywood
Tonight's Oscars promise to be interesting. While I can't muster much passion behind most of the nominees, the podium is the perfect place for controversy and embarrassment. The campaign to denounce entertainers as stupid and politically dangerous has worked seamlessly but that's not going to stop the winner of Best Short Subject Documentary or some other minor award from taking the opportunity to spout their stand on the war. Oh no. Someone will no doubt benignly start their thank-yous then quickly launch a verbal scud only to be cut off by Bill Conti's musical hook-off-the-stage. You can be assured producer Gil Cates will be riding the dump button the entire evening.

It's cliched to say but Los Angeles is a company town. The city works itself up to this evening into a froth. The war coverage on the local news centers around how the war will effect the Oscars. That's the real story, after all. Team coverage trumpets the extraordinary security for tonight. Teeth-chattering talking heads are poised in front of the Kodak Theater in disbelief exclaiming the red carpet has been rolled up, and the parade of jewels and gowns will not be shown. An in-depth interview with the police chief assures us the event will be without any terrorist attacks. But nothing can stop that lone gunman from giving an opinion from the stage. Then the industryites will tsk-tsk tomorrow about how so-and-so ruined the evening by bringing that pesky war into all of the fun.

With Vanessa Redgrave's comments about "Zionist hoodlums" still ringing loudly in the ears of the old guard, tonight's ceremony has promise of similar attacks. Peter O'Toole, a man known for loose lips, is likely to take his special Oscar award speech as an opportunity for a stinging attack on Tony Blair. Salma Hayek is reportedly wearing an anti-war ribbon on her gown! Who knows what kind of domino effect that will have? With that kind of solemnity, Jack Nicholson might even take off his sunglasses. Anything could happen.

I think a larger truth is LA has an inferiority complex. We weren't attacked and many feel the sting. New York gets all the coverage and suddenly LA feels left out of the party. We can't seem to get behind the velvet ropes of terrorism. That hurts. Again this is evident watching local news. Ever since 9/11, there has been faux panic about a possible attack on Disneyland or Universal Studios or one of the other isolated landmarks sprinkling the LA landscape. There is an underlying desperation for something/anything to happen.

Ricky/Tommy and Mickey are coming over and we'll order in Chinese and do bong loads. Since the red carpet has been eliminated, Joan Rivers has two hours of air time to voice her stand on the war. Lonely scary Joan out there with no gowns to scoff at, hopefully will use this time to tell us her how she really feels about the bombing. That, my friends, is entertainment.

Current Mood: nauseated nauseated
Current Music: CNN - Centcom briefing

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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: March 23rd, 2003 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whe we lived in the city, we used to have our own little Oscar party, the best part of which was that everyone filled in a ballot indicating their predictions for each category and put a few dollars in the pool. Winner took all. I liked it cbecause it made even who won the Best Foreign Short Documenetary - or whatever - a really big deal to us all.

Of course, now we are in the country without a first run cinema for miles, we have got a bit out of touch. We do have a movie theatre about 15 miles away (very small) where Chicago wil beplaying in a couple of weeks time, - that shows how far we are behind everyone else - and so we will catch up then. Or, in some cases, wait for the DVD.

But I still like watching the Oscars, if only for the fashions.
prowler323 From: prowler323 Date: March 23rd, 2003 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
and you didn't invite me over because....
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 24th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um because you think Whoopi Goldberg is funnier than Steve Martin?

Besides I thought your social calendar would be booked solid. No? You have free time?

Did you like the show?
prowler323 From: prowler323 Date: March 24th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

I'm kidding, of course. Besides, I probably would have gotten all self-righteous over the bong hits (NOT), which may -- btw -- explain why you thought Steve Martin was funny.

I've had free time recently, oddly enough. Mostly because I'm learning to say "No" and to understand that I don't HAVE to raise my hand every time somebody asks for volunteers.

Couch + ice cream = heaven (recently)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 24th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
We were so dizzy from all of the MSG in the Chinese food, we barely even touched the bong. As for Whoopi, she is part of the Bermuda Triangle for comedy along with Robin and Billy. Just one snotty guy's opinion, mind you.

Couch + ice cream sounds very good right now. Let me know if you want to get off the couch sometime and have dinner or lunch again. Also there was some challenging mention of Hearts a while ago. Do you still play?
prowler323 From: prowler323 Date: March 24th, 2003 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I'm completely with you on Robin and Billy. At some point -- I think just after the release of "When Harry Met Sally..." -- Billy Crystal morphed into some 1950s has been. He became what he'd been parodying.
prowler323 From: prowler323 Date: March 24th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Let me point out that I like(d) Whoopi's stand up and hosting gigs. Not the movies. Or I think not the movies, since I never bothered. Maybe that explains my blindspot.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 24th, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved her first few films ("Jumpin' Jack Flash") and I loved "Ghost," one of my all time favorite scripts. She shamelessly ripped off Lily Tomlin and then she hooked up with Bruce Vilanch which is truly the comedy black hole (no inappropriate pun intended).

Andy Kindler, one of the best comics, has a running joke about the Whoopi - "I have a one million dollar check here for anyone who can produce video evidence of Whoopi Goldberg being funny." So far the check has not been issued.

But I'm just being a snob (something I thought Billy had kicked out of me). Comics HATE Whoopi. I guess I have to be on their train. Now maybe if I had some MSG before I watched her.....
zombietruckstop From: zombietruckstop Date: March 23rd, 2003 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
So true about LA - the "me too!" complex that morbidly drives one to find a way to be included in something tragic. You saw it all over the place with the gays and 9/11, for example. "Some of the flight attendants who went down in the planes were GAY! Get them on the cover of The Advocate!" Ugh.

Watched the Oscars at a friends house - me, the bf, the two friends and another friend. Perfect size crowd. I hate Oscar parties, but that's for my own journal tomorrow...
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 24th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so funny. "Me too!" Oy. The only way a flight attendant could have gotten on the cover of The Advocate is if he were straight and cute...or is that Out?

Can't wait to hear your views on last night. Also let's swap some CW stuff.
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