Friday, January 06, 2006

Setting that old Oscar tone.

It is very, very interesting that Jon Stewart has been chosen as the next host of the Oscars:
Oscar's desperate search for relevancy continues. With the choice of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart as the next Oscar host, the film academy has apparently opted for the host most like the films that presumably will be nominated for the award itself — small, literate, political-ish, gems like "Brokeback Mountain," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "Capote."
But those "small, literate, political-ish, gems like 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Good Night, and Good Luck' and 'Capote'" do want to be taken seriously at a serious event like the Oscars, even though they are pompous. That is because the Oscars are supposed to be serious even though they are not serious and also pompous, although yet not pompous nor serious. Perhaps the small and literate politcal-ish Jon Stewart can span the serious gap and be funny but not pompous, and serious at the same time.

That is clear.

UPDATE: This post has already attracted some unfair and bitter comments. Here is my reply:
it is quite presumptuous of you to be critical of this post, as if you understood it. Reading it over, even I don't understand it! It is immature to harshly judge something you don't understand. Given that my post is incomprehensible, I am afraid that you are now shown in a very bad light indeed. You are very judgemental.

You need to engage in a process of sincere self-reflection in order to grasp why you are so childishly dismissive of what neither you nor anyone else can possibly appreciate, simply because it is not very coherent.
Let that be an end to it.

19 Comments:

Blogger Pooh said...

But I won't watch the ceremony before commenting on it. Why should I watch something to form an opinion? Are you telling me what I can talk about on my own blog?

10:51 PM  
Blogger Ann Altmouse said...

Pooh, it is quite presumptuous of you to be critical of this post, as if you understood it. Reading it over, even I don't understand it! It is immature to harshly judge something you don't understand. Given that my post is incomprehensible, I am afraid that you are now shown in a very bad light indeed. You are very judgemental.

You need to engage in a process of sincere self-reflection in order to grasp why you are so childishly dismissive of what neither you nor anyone else can possibly appreciate, simply because it is not very coherent.

12:21 AM  
Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

Mr. Stewart is described as being liberal and hosting a satirical show. He will undoubtedly bring a note of nasty partisanship to these awards. Perhaps he will be only funny, which will be ironic at such a pompous gathering that seeks to be taken seriously, especially if he satirizes the awards and appears pompous to show the awards are not to be taken seriously even as he (maybe) pretends they are. But, he is a partisan and can't be trusted. You can trust angels, and you can trust Judge Alito. I wish judge Alito had been asked to host the awards, but Hollywood is so full of partisans.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Aspasia M. said...

Dearest Anne, I can't believe how oppressed you are by the unfair comments!

It is not your fault that your posts are incomprehensible.

What is important, in the final analysis, is that you are non-partisan: A non-partisan Alito-loving Diva!

And you like non-partisan pie!

Cheers,

a humble shellfish who loves Ann Altmouse.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Pooh said...

Prof. Altmouse,

If you think I didn't understand your post, you didn't understand my post. Despite being slightly partisan, I have a great deal of understanding. Partisans are people too. Even though we don't eat non-partisan pie.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Fred Woodston said...

I used to like Stewart, but now I think he's great. He should make an interesting host, unless he's boring and uninteresting.

Pooh, maybe you shouldn't even HAVE a blog.

3:30 AM  
Blogger refinnej said...

Ms Altmoouse, I'm awed I tell you AWED that a non-partisan blogger-diva such as yourself has time to comment on things like the Oscars. And in such a non-partisan manner as well! You truly are an inspiration to us all..

5:56 AM  
Blogger watertiger said...

Why, oh why, can't the Oscars acknowledge the real people who attend movies . . . well, those movies that are worthy of seeing?

Why didn't they ask YOU to host the Oscars?

It's a travesty.

7:42 AM  
Blogger ntodd said...

Will there be punch and pie?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Nim said...

Is it true that the Oscar ceremony will be honoring movies that portray actors PRETENDING to be real people, instead of the real people themselves, who are usually much more interesting, and not portrayed by actors who have an agenda, and are not the real people they pretend to be?

Why does the out-of-touch entertainment industry have to make movies that are just a lot of pretending? It makes no sense, and is not helpful.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Pooh said...

Fred, why so angry.

Ann, don't let Fred post here if he's going to be so angry.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Phila said...

Why does the out-of-touch entertainment industry have to make movies that are just a lot of pretending? It makes no sense, and is not helpful.

This is a good question, and with all due respect to everyone's favorite blogress diva, her demand that we watch documentaries instead of "made-up stories" doesn't help matters. Apparently, she's forgotten that documentaries, too, can be highly partisan...has she forgotten "Fahrenheit 9/11" already?

Really, the only way to avoid pretense is to view events in person, as they happen...or, alternatively, to view them vicariously through Ms. Althouse's eyes (I'm assuming she has some under the weirdly painted tents she's pitched above her inviting lips).

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