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February 24, 2008

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FK

OK, this is really absurd, and I hope the contributors to this blog can see this. I didn't even make a note that all of the winners were non-Americans. Is it possible that they all just gave the most noteworthy performances this year, not that Hollywood is kissing foreigners' a##es?

I know that I rarely agree with the contributors to this blog, but, in this instance, I should hope that anyone can see how absurd what Monica is saying is. Even you, Gringoman. Even Finch. Even Allah Schmallah.

Ree

I didn't see one of these movies in fact I didn't watch the oscars, who cares? Really who cares? No not one of those movies looks interesting. It wasn't a bumper crop year for movies so what maybe next year they will be better.

FK

I think the movies look as interesting as any other year. I'd like to see "Juno", "No Country for Old Men", and "There Will Be Blood", and some of the others. But I rarely think about the nationality of the actors getting the awards. It hardly seems to matter. It's not like the U.S. is a team in the Film Olympics and there's a sense of entitlement to any particular category.

Also, if you are concerned about nationality, from what I saw, the big winners were the Coen brokers, who are Americans, and the producers of the films, who are most likely Americans (no, I'm not looking it up; I don't care that much). The winner of the award for best original screenplay (for "Juno") was an American.

So this topic is trivial at bests, absurd at worst. Bad essay, Monica. Let's move on.

J. Pierpont Finch

I MISS THIS MORE AND MORE EVERY YEAR!

The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (Hays Code)
http://www.artsreformation.com/a001/hays-code.html

If motion pictures present stories that will affect lives for the better, they can become the most powerful force for the improvement of mankind

A Code to Govern the Making of Talking, Synchronized and Silent Motion Pictures. Formulated and formally adopted by The Association of Motion Picture Producers, Inc. and The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc. in March 1930.
Motion picture producers recognize the high trust and confidence which have been placed in them by the people of the world and which have made motion pictures a universal form of entertainment.

They recognize their responsibility to the public because of this trust and because entertainment and art are important influences in the life of a nation.

Hence, though regarding motion pictures primarily as entertainment without any explicit purpose of teaching or propaganda, they know that the motion picture within its own field of entertainment may be directly responsible for spiritual or moral progress, for higher types of social life, and for much correct thinking.

During the rapid transition from silent to talking pictures they have realized the necessity and the opportunity of subscribing to a Code to govern the production of talking pictures and of re-acknowledging this responsibility.

On their part, they ask from the public and from public leaders a sympathetic understanding of their purposes and problems and a spirit of cooperation that will allow them the freedom and opportunity necessary to bring the motion picture to a still higher level of wholesome entertainment for all the people.

General Principles

1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.

2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.

3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.

Allah Schmallah

Sorry Fred SPECIAL K I am with REE. The Oscars are irrelevant. I took the opportunity to go out to an almost empty Sushi hotspot that is usually crowded to the gills - even on a Sunday.

How nice of all the Sheeple to stay how to watch this trite garbage and making room for the rest of us.

Fred Special K, since u r a liEberal u obviously were watching this propaganda-fest.. and Monica is absolutely right if that is where the awards went.

Everything that goes on there is propaganda, marketing and self-aggrandizement.

I watch movies that never get on the Oscars and will continue to do so.

And I watch Anti-jihadist stuff on Youtube and other net outlets.

I have the web. Who needs to movies?

What I do want to see well.. I borrow the DVDs from friends.

That way I know my money isn't going to the enemy.

Yes, I am talking about Hollywood.

FOR THE RECORD SPECIAL K, I agree with Monica Crowley 100%. Make that 1000%.

Knowing the cynicism of the Oscars is exactly the reason why I spared myself. I've been sparing myself for almost a lifetime now.

I love Oscar Sunday. That's always a welcome opportunity to have dinner out without any liEberals around :-)

FK

Um, ok. Or maybe I just enjoyed an entertaining program?

I think it's best that when you are out, there be as few people around. You remind me of the weirdo with the Dorothy Hamill 'do in "No Country For Old Men".

gringoman

Monica is right. J. Pierpont is right. Allah S. is right. No need to mention who is wrong. Why belabor the obvious.

Incidentally, a sign of "progressive" Hollywood. It has taken us from a time of adults, artistry and imaginative restraint to an era when "it all hangs out." In the former era, blacks were lynched in the South. Now a whole nation is lynched, its standards destroyed.

FK

I had hoped you all would be more openminded, at least in the area of the arts, but, of course, you have disappointed me again.

This demonstrates that your problem is not just with *illegal* immigrants, but with anyone from a foreign country.

And Gringoman, you are just incredible. So the films coming out of Hollywood are as bad as lynching black people . . . I sometimes can't believe what I read on this blog, but it reminds me that this country still has a long way to go with people like you living in it.

FK

The obvious question is: Can Obama drink McCain's milkshake?

Allah Schmallah

Ya better ask Kelis. She's the one with the milk shake.

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