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 Jøhnk 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.)