2009 was the year not to be inundated with Oscar. After last year and the question of whether the Awards would happen and the year before with Americans being seat-fillers and no Godzilla, I decided to take a break from my annual affair; Oscar, it’s been swell. And that, as they say, would be that.
In order to avoid Oscar, I didn’t follow the nominations aside from knowing Heath Ledger
had been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, didn’t keep up with the news and my only concession to the fact they were on was to answer questions about Heath Ledger
’s Oscar chances with ‘he’ll win
’ and leave it at that. Oh! I knew The Boy from Oz, good ol’ Hugh
!, was hosting the event.
Wouldn’t I miss Oscar, even a little? There was always the gowns to follow, star-spot (I heard Rob Pattinson
, now known as the HeartThrob of Twilight
, was going to present), the food, the gossip! Didn’t I want in on the betting that’d occur with the various nominations?
Today, I’ve heard about Heath’s win, that Hugh was a success and that Slumdog Millionaire
had won 8 Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
was snubbed (it only won two technical awards), Kate Winslet
finally won an Award for Best Actress, Sean Penn
was Sean Penn and Penélope Cruz
gushed over Woody Allen
ran away with Best Animated Feature but it was taken down by Milk
in Best Original Screenplay. I’ve seen pictures of the party frocks worn by various stars and that one actor who was to present, Kristen Stewart
, wasn’t at the Awards because she’d only be there if there was a decent film to want to present for. Let’s not forget how the cameras rolled onto Angelina
Did I miss anything? No?
All this was gathered through various news outlets – print, TV and online – but I didn’t lose anything by waiting until this morning to find any of the above out. I don’t feel deprived by not having watched the Academy Awards or by not having been involved in the media blitz, either by contributing or keeping abreast. Does this mean that my annual affair with Oscar is over!? That nothing is gained by not following the Academy Awards each year? Not dally with Oscar next year? Play it cool and pretend to Oscar I needed that presence in my life?
Sufferin’ succotash! Whatever should I do!?For a complete list of winners, see The Hollywood News.