Monday, February 25, 2008

About the Oscars

Only two points.

When the first 79 Best Pictures flew by, a disturbing trend was clear. Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather and so on, year after year, great, unforgettable, timeless movie classics. Until a few years ago, when suddenly the Best Pictures were third rate crap. Witness last year's "The Departed."

Thus, "No Country," in which the Coen Brothers cannibalized their own best work, "Fargo," and left us with drek, takes home the prize.

Second point.

Isn't it about time to discontinue the Best Song category?

This is a prize that made great sense when Hollywood was not only making musicals, but making great musicals and when toiling under the palm trees were the likes of Sammy Cahn, Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

Every one of the nominated songs last night, as has been the case, for so many years now, was a flat dud that will not be on the charts, that no one will sing, that no one will buy. It's an embarrassment.


Martino said...

I'm going to have to disagree with your best song remark...

Although these songs rarely make the pop charts anymore, they still have a valid place in Oscar lore.
The dumb thing about last night was that "Enchanted" had three different songs nominated...that splits their vote, and lo and behold, and underdog comes up the middle and wins the Oscar!

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you David -- the songs were awful. Even Kristin Chenoweth, whom I love, couldn't do much with that bland song from Enchanted. Were songs from Sweeney Todd not eligible? Because Stephen Sondheim, in my estimation, is a lyric writing genius. The group of songs from this years Oscars made the Oscar winner from a few years ago, "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp", seem like something from Rogers and Hammerstein.