Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

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Random Oscar observations

So that's how Martin Scorcese looks when (finally, finally, FINALLY) getting an Oscar: Very. Quietly. Happy. I keep flashing on him standing to the side of the stage, holding his Best Director Oscar, while his producer accepts the Best Picture Oscar for The Departed, and I sense this calm joy coming off of Scorcese. And as he's not the calmest guy in Hollywood, that's saying something. (I'm glad his brilliant editor Thelma Schoonmaker, when she won, acknowledged that they can drive each other nuts.)

Not the best Oscar ceremony I've seen -- for one thing, it was so well-behaved (whereas I still cherish the enormous gasp in the crowd when Kathy Bates won for Misery) -- but some good people got awards. Yes, I cheered at Forest Whitaker winning, and smiled at Helen Mirren winning, and felt good that Jennifer Hudson won, and was really happy with Pan's Labyrinth doing well. And, hey: Marc Shaiman was on piano! And we got to hear John C. Reilly sing! (Now that's someone who can do anything...)

I admit I feel a little disconnected to the movies of 2006. As I told a friend yesterday, I saw only three films in the theatre in the entire second half of last year, and those films were Snakes on a Plane, Borat, and Casino Royale (though all three got at least some mention on the Oscars last night, which amuses me). Probably the year I felt the strongest connection to was 1991's slate of Oscar nominees: where the winners included The Fisher King and Beauty and the Beast ("But it is bittersweet," Howard Ashman's partner Bill Lauch said; "this is the first Oscar winner we've lost to AIDS"), and where The Silence of the Lambs had a sweep I was genuinely happy about, and where Jack Palance (rest in peace, good sir) showed how much energy he still had. So that's my gold standard for Oscar ceremonies.

But, still: Marty won! As he should've done many years ago...
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