Monday Potpourri – The Oscars

Although there’s a chance the Federal Government may shut down later this week, and the Montana Legislature is getting ready to start the second half of the 90-day legislative session (and it seems everyone is issuing “guest opinions” about the first 45 days to the newspapers), plus the NFL scouting combine is going on, the big thing on this Monday is The Academy Awards!

Sometimes we need to be taken away from the real world and live for a few moments in the make-believe world of Hollywood! Conservatives probably hate the Oscars, because there’s just too many liberals getting media time.

So to be quite truthful, I watched The Academy Awards from the red carpet to the end when the public school children from New York’s PS 22 performed (who are probably taught by members of a teachers union).

I won’t discuss “style” in this column or who was wearing what because let me just say that my wife picks out my attire when I venture out into the public…and most of the time when I am sitting in front of this computer, I resemble a photo of Ted Kaczynski.

The co-hosts were James Franco and Anne Hathaway in what seemed to be an attempt to bring in younger viewers. Franco was pretty flat during the show, but Hathaway was bubbly and entertaining – she seemed excited to be hosting the show. The opening was really interesting and the creators did a good job of drawing the audience in, but the show lacked high points after the opening.

Of the ten “Best Picture” nominees, I had actually seen four of them. I don’t go to the theater much because the service at the local theater is poor, so I wait for them to come out on DVD. I had seen “Inception” “The Social Network” “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids are all Right” on DVD.

Of those, “The Social Network” was my favorite followed by “Winter’s Bone.” Earlier in the “Oscar Season” “The Social Network” seemed to have the edge for Best Picture, but Colin Firth and some of the cast from “The King’s Speech” started making the talk show rounds and had the momentum going into the Oscars, so Firth won Best Actor and “The King’s Speech” won Best Picture and Best Director awards.

In case you missed it, here were the major winners:

Best Picture: The King’s Speech

Lead Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Lead Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

Overall “The King’s Speech” won four Oscars; “Inception” also won four. “The Social Network” won three while “Toy Story 3,” “The Fighter” and “Alice in Wonderland” took home two each.

Of course, there were some interesting moments (the F-bomb was dropped, and maybe one award winner did not remember his wife’s name) and there were a couple of “Pro-Union” remarks and President Obama made the show. By the way, Kirk Douglas is still cool – old, but cool.

So now it is back to the real world…

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