Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscar, Oscar, Oscar.

The Oscars were given out last night. Hollywood has rewarded itself for its efforts once again. All the acting Oscars went to Europeans. And Democrats insist they dont' really hate America.

DIH saw only a couple of the films up for awards. I did see "Michael Clayton," and I thought Tilda Swinton was terrific in it. So my heartiest congratulations to a fellow pale-as-death-itself redhead. Stay out of the sun, Tilda.

"Elizabeth; The Golden Age" got the award for best costume design. I watched that movie on the flight over to Hawaii. My earphones didn't work, so I watched it without sound. It can be very instructive to watch movies this way. Movies are supposed to be stories told with pictures, right? So turn off the sound and you get to the essence of the form, right?

The essence of "E: TGA" was fascinating. Judging from the images, this is a movie about big stone columns and the women who emerge from behind them, walking at a stately pace, waering skirts the size of Rhode Island. That stately pace was practically a character in the story. The Brits must go ape for stately paces. And wigs. But let's not get into any of that.

[DIH also watched "Dan in Real Life" on the plane. Working on the 'without sound' theory this is a movie about Steve Carell's nose. The nose takes up a significant portion of the screen. Especially when it dances. Steve and His Dancing Nose. Maybe that should be his back-up act.]

"Ratatouille" won best animated feature. When you're the parent of a second grader it's hard to make a call on films like this. Anything you see a dozen times tends to make you feel a little ill. But I loved "The Incredibles," so I'm glad Brad Bird picked up an Oscar.

I don't think I saw any of the other films. I love movies but babysitters are hard to come by, so I usually wait for the video. I did try to see "Juno" but couldn't find it playing at a decent time. Oh well, the video should be out soon.


argyll said...

Just catching up with DIH after a couple of weeks. My wife and I are going to Hawaii in april. We'll be sure to use the crosswalks.

Thanks for the tip.

Poetikat said...

I was pleased to see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova take the Oscar for best song for "Falling Slowly" from ONCE. Have you seen it?