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Monday, February 28, 2005

Oscars, Shmoscars 

I don't watch the Oscars.

Cast your mind back to the 1980's. Kenneth Branagh made a version of WIll Shakespeare's Henry V. It was a good movie. It was up for one or more Academy Awards. It was shown on PBS sometime between its theatrical release and the voting deadline for the Oscars. Fine, you're saying, so what? Well, I read an article in the paper by some movie maven about how its broadcast would give it an unfair advantage against the other movies in its category(ies) because it meant that more of the voters would have actually seen it. That statement made me stop watching the Oscars. It's a bunch of people voting for an award based on the buzz around movies that they probably haven't even seen. So who gives a crap about the Oscars?

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