The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are coming up this weekend. This year was a record setting year for me…I’ve seen three of the ten movies nominated: True Grit, Toy Story 3, and just last weekend I saw The King’s Speech. The experience was an enjoyable one…I always enjoy a nap on a Friday night.
Maybe the fact that I had had a hard week at work, a big dinner and a couple of glasses of wine had a little to do with it, too. But I’m sorry…I thought the movie was just OK.
Why is it the movies I like never win academy awards? Seriously, the movies that are chosen are pretty much always depressing dramas. Yeah, they’re deep, and probably well done as far as Hollywood standards. But don’t you sometimes think it’s like the Emporer’s new clothes? Don’t you ever wonder if a lot of people claim to like a movie just because it’s gotten a little Oscar buzz?
Let’s take a look at some of the winners from the past, and compare them to my favorite movie from that year, and see how many of you agree:
2009 – Winner: The Hurt Locker.
My choice: Star Trek. Runner up: I Love You, Man
I sat through The Hurt Locker, and at the end wanted to put a gun to my head. Good God, it was one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. I know this stuff happens in real life, and sometimes we have to be shocked into reality, but not while I’m crunching popcorn and drinking an $8.00 small Pepsi.
Being a major fan of the original Star Trek (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc), I thought the newest version had an excellent cast, a great story, and great effects. AND they had a cameo by the original Spock! What more could a Star Trek fan ask for? Chris Pine made an EXCELLENT James Kirk, and that Zoey girl that played Uhura? YES! For my runner up choice, I really like Jason Segal a lot, and thought he was great in I Love You, Man. It was just a fun movie, and the part where he’s trying to fight Lou Ferrigno is drop-dead hilarious!
2008 – Winner: Slumdog Millionaire
My choice: Hancock. Runner up: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Hurt Locker was like fucking Bambi compare to this flick. Maybe I’m just not a fan of movies set in a third world country, but again…I go to the movies to be entertained, not walk out thinking that I’m a major turd for enjoying an extravagant lifestyle. Sheesh!
Hancock is a cool movie. I really like Will Smith, and he’s great in this fantasy as a super hero that everyone thinks is an asshole. The scene where Justin Bateman is showing him YouTube videos of him BEING an asshole are priceless. As far as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, again Jason Segal is really good in this flick. I like a good romantic comedy, and Segal really makes this one fun, with a little help from Russell Brand.
Wanna go back a little further?
1978 – Winner: The Deer Hunter
My choice: Animal House. Runner up: Debbie Does Dallas
The Deer Hunter…what a happy-go-lucky little romp about former POWs trying to fit back into society. What’s not to enjoy? There’s Vietnamese guards making them play Russian Roulette, there’s Christopher Walken being addicted to heroin, there’s John Savage losing the use of his legs…there’s a fun family night at the movies.
On the other end of the spectrum, Animal House is STILL one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen…and I’ve literally seen it HUNDREDS of times. After all, I don’t know how many people realize how much that movie influenced people at the time. Toga parties started springing up on college campuses all over America. The term “food fight” became universal, as well as other great phrases like “Hey, you fucked up! You trusted us!” Then there’s Debbie Does Dallas, which doesn’t really need explaining. If you ever watch anything that resembles a porn flick in your life, see this one. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it.
So go ahead and watch the Oscars and make your picks. I won’t be watching.
But I’m kinda rooting for True Grit…I did really like that one.