Monday 25 February 2008

The Oscars Make Me Smile. For Once.

A truly terrible pun folks. I do apologise. Yet today my cynicism reflex was paralysed by happenings at last night's Academy Awards ceremony. First off, we had an Irish winner that proved to be by far the most popular on the night:

An avalanche of huzzahs to Jon Stewart there. What a thorough gent.

Secondly, the Coen brothers finally received a statue for Best Director. And Best Picture. Apart from Tim Burton they are possibly the only true auteurs currently operating in mainstream Hollywood cinema and it delights me to see their peers finally recognise that fact in award form. The absolutely mesmerising film probably didn't do any harm either.

P.T. Anderson, as stunning and all as your oil opus seems to be, you can console yourself with the fact that none of these chaps ever brought one home either:
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Robert Altman
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Orson Welles
  • Akira Kurosawa
They probably would have won one if they were Irish.

And I'm not being sarcastic. Honest.


Ronan said...

The shtate of the lad Hansard, you'd swear he was out pickin spuds all day!!

"Glen Hansard - Oscar Winner" what?! Begrudgery aside, fair play to him (",)

John Cav said...

Ronan: Well said sir. On all counts :)