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I got your Oscars right here

Back in the 1980s, the hilarious British puppet show Spitting Image tried to establish a beachhead in the colonies. It didn’t pan out, but it did leave behind this glorious trashing of the Academy Awards. The victims include Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Sigourney Weaver, Laurence Olivier, and above all, Leonard Nimoy.

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If I ran the Oscars

Oh man, for the first time in my adult life I find that I haven’t been able to see even one of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar. Not Milk, not The Reader, not Frost/Nixon, not Slumdog Millionaire and definitely not The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which sounds so close to Forrest Gump that I refuse to see it on general principles, even if a trustworthy babysitter offered a free night of work, even if it is getting David Fincher all the bucks and attention he should have garnered with Zodiac.

Since I share a house with The Children That Do Not Sleep, and since The Woman Warrior and I haven’t gotten out much in last couple of years, a list of Best Picture nominees based on what gets played on the household DVD player would be Barbie and the Diamond Castle, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek the Third and whatever Pokemon video happens to be most current.

I did take the sprouts to see Wall-E and the other two best animated picture nominees at the local pithecanthroplex, and while Bolt and Kung Fu Panda have their charms, they simply don’t exist on the same artistic plane as Wall-E.

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