Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oscar Night

Yes I know the Academy Awards were Sunday and this is now Tuesday. I just haven't gotten to it yet. (Tonight my church is having a pancake supper, which I would really like to say something about, but there is so much else to say - yall come though)!

The Oscar telecast was not the best (first let me say that I woke up after it had begun intending to go out, so I did miss a bit of it. I have already seen clips on the news though and heard numerous comments. I did watch most of the show too, so I would think my comments are valid). There were several lame production numbers. Queen Latifa sang one of my favorite songs, but the pictures what went with the song, of those who died in the past year were very hard to see. The awards were mostly predictable, although I did mostly agree with them. The happiest moments for me, were the two wins for Milk. Here is Sean Penn's acceptance speech:

"Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often. But I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I did want to scribble down, so I had the names in case you were commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns, and so I want to thank my best friend, Sata Matsuzawa. My circle of long-time support, Mara, Brian, Barry and Bob. The great Cleve Jones. Our wonderful writer, Lance Black. Producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.And particularly, as all, as actors know, our director either has the patience, talent and restraint to grant us a voice or they don't, and it goes from the beginning of the meeting, through the cutting room. And there is no finer hands to be in than Gus Van Sant. And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support.We've got to have equal rights for everyone. And there are, and there are, these last two things. I'm very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man president and a country who, for all its toughness, creates courageous artists. And this is in great due respect to all the nominees, but courageous artists, who despite a sensitivity that sometimes has brought enormous challenge, Mickey Rourke rises again and he is my brother. Thank you all very much."

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