Domenico Bettinelli, Jr:
No offense to the well-intentioned person who sent it to me, but I just don’t understand all the effort in trying to make sure that “The Passion of the Christ” wins a Golden Globe or People’s Choice or Oscar or some other award. Who cares what Hollywood thinks? In fact, we already know what they think; they hated it. In fact, they hate everything that smacks of God-fearing, red state, values-laden America, except our money. So why do we keep crawling back to the Hollywood elites seeking their approval? Why do we get so happy when they deign to toss an Oscar at a movie that doesn’t spit in our face when the same Oscar is given to Michael Moore and those like him who have nothing but contempt for us? [emphasis mine]
I love movies. I love them love them love them. I’ve built (well, my wife did most of the actual building) a modest home theater in my basement so that I can enjoy my favorites in all their big-screen wonder whenever I want. I really, truly, love movies.
But boy do I hate Hollywood.
The Oscars are a total sham. Often, of course, they get it right. But they get it so wrong so many times that it’s not worth my time. That’s unfortunate. But that’s what we’ve got.
Often, of course, movies are good. But so many movies that so much money gets spent on are so bad that heading to the local multiplex is rarely worth my time. That’s unfortunate. But that’s what we get.
The movies I think are worth my dollars usually get my money when I buy or rent a DVD. And even then I feel robbed too many times.
Sure, I like to see worthy movies win the Oscar. But I don’t really care who wins. I certainly don’t buy movies based upon the number of Academy Awards it won. Maybe once upon a time it meant something, but I think it’s pretty clear that Hollywood lives in it’s own glittering world and that’s fine with me.
I just don’t care. It doesn’t matter.