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Carnett: The slings and arrows of award season

March 05, 2013|By Jim Carnett

Thank heaven the incessant hype is over.

At least for a few months.

"Our revels now are ended. These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air.... We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded in sleep."

Mercifully, the 2013 Academy Awards sprites have dreamed their public dreams and now lie in tranquil repose in Hollywood's catacombs. The coronation has concluded. Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ang Lee et al. are the latest to have gone from being mere mortals to putting on a cloak of invincibility.

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Can we now please move on?

BTW, who spoke the memorable words quoted at the top of this column? Perhaps it was this year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane? Uh, maybe not. I'm being snarky. They were uttered by Prospero centuries ago in Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

They seem to perfectly capture the essence of our annual Oscar kerfuffle.

Funny, I haven't seen or read "The Tempest" since my college days — I'm more of a "Midsummer Night's Dream" guy –- nor have I viewed the interminable Academy Awards telecast in a good 30 winters running. I think the last time I caught the broadcast was, oh, about 1983 when Johnny Carson was host.

"Johnny who?" some ask.

Thank goodness Mr. Oscar of 2013 has melted into thin air and gone back to slumbering for the next six months, and my favorite newspaper can now begin covering something other than the Oscars and Lakers.

One grows weary of narcissists.

From reviews I've read regarding this year's ceremony, I don't think I missed much. Let's see: Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her Dior gown and fell while racing breathlessly to collect her statuette; MacFarlane told an endless stream of tasteless, misogynistic jokes; and one female presenter's smooth complexion looked freakishly zombie-esque.

And the ratings were up.

That pretty much captures it.

Though I'm a fan of the cinema, I'm not a fan of Hollywood's annual self-aggrandizing bacchanal. Lest I appear stodgy, I freely admit that I regularly watch lots of Hollywood and international fare, plus a wide assortment of classic motion pictures. I am, plain and simple, a movie fan.

But I'm no slavish sycophant.

I once attended an Academy Awards-type ceremony.

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