February 28, 2005

Oscar Recap
— Ace

Dave From Garfield Ridge watched more of the Oscars than I did (or at least he's willing to admit watching more), and he runs down his observations.

More interesting to me are his and his friend's quite-understandable feelings about Kate Winslet.

And he also finds fault with the Chris Rock's and Frank Pearson's empty stock-phrases of "support" for our troops:

It was nice to hear him praise the troops, but I must take issue with the generic "pray for the swift and safe return of our soldiers" line. Not because it's incorrect; everyone (well, *almost* everyone) can agree with it. It's just that it's an incomplete sentiment that reveals how low our definition of patriotism has sunk.

How come you never hear anyone in Hollywood, or anywhere in non-political public life, ever pray for the swift, safe, AND victorious return of our troops? Would such sentiment in favor of actually winning be too jingo for the crowd, too full of insensitive, ignorant bloodlust?

I can only imagine Gary Cooper at the 1941 Academy Awards praising "the troops," but never mentioning the hope that before they return home they might grab a few Nazi and Jap scalps on the way back.

I'm not sure when rooting for an American victory in a time of war became an obscenely controversial position, but apparently it now is.

Looks Like a "Linky" Kinda Day Update: I'm tired, burned out, and I have nothing much to say myself.

Plus, I'm finishing up the Haiku awards. So pardon me if I can only manage some linking today without much original content.

1. Lloyd Bridges in Hot Shots

2. The secretary at Boyd Aviation and Fletch (Chevy Chase), Fletch

3. Tom Cody (Michael Pare), Streets of Fire

4. Freddy/Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Reservoir Dogs

5. Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas), Romancing the Stone

6. Joana Stayton/"Annie" (Goldie Hawn) and Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell), Overboard

7. Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Full Metal Jacket

8. ... (Roddy Piper), They Live

9. Mexican girl and ... (Chevy Chase), Three Amigos!

10. Veronica's Dad, Heathers

11. "The Electrician" (John Ratzenberger), House II: The Second Story

12. (Rodney Dangerfield), Back To School

13. Beetlejuice (Micheal Keaton), Beetlejuice

14. Lane (John Cusack), Better Off Dead

15. Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) and Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), Big Trouble In Little China

16. Papagallo, The Road Warrior

17. Chevy Chase, Spies Like Us

18. Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), Blade Runner

19. Principle Vernon (John Gleason), The Breakfast Club

20. Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls

21. Ash (Bruce Campbell), Army of Darkness

22. Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler), Happy Gilmore

23. Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Cruel Intentions

24. Drunken Brother at Wedding (Steve Buscemi), The Wdding Singer

25. "Duckie" (Jon Cryer), Pretty in Pink

26. Carrie's Mom (Piper Laurie), Carrie

27. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), Halloween

28. Domino (Rachel Ward) and Sharky (Burt Reynolds), Sharky's Machine

29. Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), Big Trouble in Little China

30. Alison (Daphne Zuniga) and Gib (John Cusack), The Sure Thing

31. R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell), The Thing

32. Leopold (Hugh Jackman), Kate & Leopold

33. General Jack T. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, Dr. Strangelove

34. Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin), Midnight Run

35. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Pawn Shop Clerk, The Terminator

36. The Stranger (Clint Eastwood), High Plains Drifter

37. Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman), Crimson Tide

38. Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

39. Uncle Martin (Charles Grodin) and Clifford (Martin Short), Clifford

40. Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin), The Man With Two Brains

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1 Where are these Kate Winslet comments you speak of?

Posted by: CraigC at February 28, 2005 12:33 PM (SklJV)

2 Mucho gracias, Senor of Spades.

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at February 28, 2005 03:39 PM (mrpxK)

3 Here you go (Sorry, don't know how to do the linky-linky thing):


Posted by: Brad at February 28, 2005 05:31 PM (etdYh)


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