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Monday, February 29, 2016


I understand the Oscars happened. Yet another televised event that, like the debates and the Super Bowl, I’ve a history of missing.

I knew a couple who had a yearly Oscars Party in their ultra fashionable loft home. Maybe they still do but I eventually quit going and the invitations stopped gracing my In Box.

Jean and Jim’s parties were always lavishly catered and, generally, there would be an interesting bunch of guests in attendance. Mind you, they were all from the same societal strata—upper middle class (and higher) with brill, enviable careers (not jobs but careers—passions even) and weekend/vaca homes on mountaintops in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine. Yeah, I felt a bit outta place with my very blue collar gig and decided lack of cabbage but, for a time, the parties were a lot of fun. Occasionally we’d meet fellow artist/artisan types (a brewer!) and, HEY, the food and drink were awesome AND free!

So, why’d I eventually take a pass on their fetes? Eh, I got bogged down at MGH—too many surgeries, too little hearing, too little mobility. Plus, the novelty of these posh soirées wore off. The last time we went the place was dominated by a contingent of be-tuxed young men, all posing with their martini glasses, attempting to out Noël Coward/Dorothy Parker each other. There was much, terribly unamusing, Poser Fail—zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Also, and this might be an important factor, we didn’t give a damn about the awards ceremony and, in fact, had seen few, if any, of the flicks.

Given my history of seeing sci fi movies versus important, serious films, I stopped paying attention to the Oscars entirely.

Imagine my surprise when I saw, on the unavoidable on line reports, that flicks I’ve actually seen (and want to see) won!

Inside Out—Best Animated Feature Film
Mad Max: Fury Road—Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design and Sound Mixing
Ex Machina—Visual Effects I’ve not seen this one yet—it never played in a local closed captioned theater. It’s likely on disk now or will be. MUST look for it.

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t win any awards (nominated for five) I’m sure the fact that it’s the highest grossing film in U.S. history will act as a nifty salve.

 Doesn’t look like Avengers: Age of Ultron was nominated for anything. I know…SHOCKING! //snark//

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