Let me start by noting I fell asleep during the Oscar broadcast. A combination of much-needed sleep time after a great, but tiring vacation, and the predictable raft of Trump attacks by people not in any way notable for their political expertise did me in.
That said, a few observations:
-Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue was out of place, unfunny, inaccurate and tasteless…thus cheered on lustily by the “We can’t wait to show how much we hate Trump” crowd.
His suggestion that Donald Trump has caused 225 countries to hate the USA must have included 29 from Mars, since there are only 196 of them in the world. Maybe it was a subtle show of support for President Obama, who once told us there are 60 states (not 57 as is widely reported – media didn’t even get that right).
His reference to President Trump’s 5AM bowel movement was unfunny – and stupid and disgusting.
But I’ll give Kimmel an Oscar nomination for saying after his tidal wave of Trump bashing, that “If every person watching this show … if every one of you took a minute to reach out to someone you disagree with, someone you like and have a positive, considerate conversation, not as liberals and conservatives, but as Americans, we could make America great again.”
I nominate him for a new category: Most Obvious Example Of BS Hypocrisy In Oscar History”. I think he’s a shoo-in.
-Kimmel also said “I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone thanks to him.”
He’s wrong about that too. Maybe in Jimmy Kimmel’s world that just goes away. But in the real world, it is a sad reality that the Black people who won Oscars last night, no matter how well deserved (Viola Davis immediately comes to mind) will have an asterisk next to their names.
Did they win because they were the best, or did they win because Hollywood was so scared of being called racist again that skin color was the deciding criterion? We’ll never know the answer for sure – thus, the asterisk.
-The most gratifying political moment of the show? When after bashing Trump as an incompetent idiot, the Best Picture award was completely, humiliatingly botched.
Warren Beatty opened the envelope, and was clearly confused by what it said – reasonable enough, since it mentioned Emma Stone’s name (she won Best Actress) and then La La Land. But instead of asking for clarification, he handed Faye Dunaway the envelope and she announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner
The La La Land people joyously went on-stage. But then, while they were in mid-acceptance speech, co-producer, Jordan Horowitz – who already had made his acceptance speech – took the mike and announced they had lost to Moonlight.
In other words, these Hollywood twits, whose egos are so massive that they think knowing how to act makes them a valued source of political dialogue, couldn’t even get the single most important award of the night correct.
I’m sorry I didn’t see that in real time. It would have put a huge (make that yuge) smile on my face as I drifted off to my own La La Land.