Once again, Hollywood has managed to survive the ordeal of voting awards to themselves, but if they really wanted to hand out awards for outstanding acting, why didn't they honor some of the world class performances in Washington D. C., which they overlooked?
In Hollywood it's easy to please your friends and upset your enemies, but there is one fellow in political arena who played the part of a liberal change of pace Presidential Candidate and managed to earn the undying hate of the Republicans and simultaneously displease the true lefties base. Barry Obama's role as the personification of change was a very convincing performance by a Reagan Democrat who let war criminals (who are wanted men in other countries) walk and then continued their illegal methods that earned them the distain of many citizens in ally countries.
The Australians are very well informed about celebrity news from Hollywood, perhaps because the Australian film industry seems to be functioning as a "farm club" for the American film industry. The Australians were disappointed (to put it mildly) with the "who knew?" acting job turned in by George W. Bush and Company. (Explaining the intricacies of American Politics brought a "Who is Rush?" response all over Oz.)
Would folks outside "the Industry" (AKA Hollyweird) appreciated the sarcasm if this columnist wrote a column asking: Is the Bush family the Charlie Sheen of American Politics?
The level of excitement over the Oscar - telecast in the Los Angeles area is quite a bit more intense than it was during the preceding week in Berkeley CA. In the San Francisco Bay area, the attitude was "Who's nominated this year?" In Los Angeles, it's "where are you going to watch the show?" and "What parties will you attend?" In Hollywood, it's like the home team is playing in the World Series every year. It is a news event reported around the world.
While taking a Saturday stroll on Ocean Front Walk, we encountered a film crew talking to a young man. We asked what was going on and learned that the Danish news crew was interviewing William JÃ¸hnk Nielsen who was in the Danish film competing for the Best Foreign Film Oscar - .
A woman (his mother?) suggested that we ask the young man for his autograph, so in the spirit of interline courtesy, we did and the Danish film crew had some additional footage for their story.
We snapped a few paparazzi shots for our photo blog and continued on our way. It then occurred to us that young Mr. Nielsen had something in common with John Wayne: they are the only two actors whom this columnist has ever asked for an autograph. (John Wayne handed out business cards with a copy of his signature on it.)
John Wayne won his Oscar on the same day that California Governor Ronald Reagan held a small impromptu news conference. The Los Angeles Times buried the governor's news conference on page 3 and splashed "the Duke's" Oscar - all over the front page. The world will little note nor long remember what was said by the Governor that day. What's not to love about a governor who says: "If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with." Would he give the same words of wisdom to the governor of Wisconsin tomorrow, if he could?
On our walk, we discovered that the topic of the homeless in Venice these days has the potential to be very disturbing to a cynical IrishCatholicDemocrat who hears one philosophy from the mouths of Conservative Christian Capitalists and then sees that sweeping the homeless under the rug and out of Venice, contradicts what they say. We will have to do some additional fact checking so that we can write a column about the relevant facts for yet another column that asserts that hypocrisy is one of the Seven Cardinal Virtues for Republicans.
American politicians can give glib explanations for wars of aggression and then turn around and blithely dismiss any concerns about the "what ever you do to the least of my brethren" who lack a sleeping bag to cope with a cold night on the beach.
Shame, it seems, is a quant facet of nostalgia just like silent movies. Do TV addicts know what "slapstick comedy" is?
Speaking of nostalgia when was the last "anti-war in Vietnam" rally held? We see that some old hippies will be gathering next month in Washington D. C., for a rally against the Iraq-Afghanistan military adventures. Maybe by the time it occurs they can toss in their objections to a new adventure in Libya?
We have been advised that if we wish to understand the apparent disparity between millionaire actors giving awards and "air kisses" to each other one day and engaging in cut-throat business deals the next (which may necessitate the actors doing research on the homeless so that their next film [a musical comedy look at life on the ragged edge?] will have a veneer of authenticity to it); we should read Ayn Rand's "the Fountainhead."
What ruthless corporate mogul wouldn't appreciate seeing his merciless conduct portrayed in film that rationalizes his ruthlessness and portrays his immoral conduct as the work of a benevolent crazy uncle who is loved by all his devoted employees?
Isn't Ayn Rand's philosophical take on morals similar to Andy Warhol's definition of art? He said "Art is whatever you can get away with." If you don't get arrested; apparently, it wasn't a crime. Sin no longer exists.