Monday, February 28, 2005

The Oscars

A friend taught me about the damage movies like Million Dollar Baby cause.

"Oscar-nominated Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside present the lives of disabled people as unbearable while ignoring -- and refusing to portray -- the real and desperate social needs of actual disabled people."

Great read, great perspective. Conversations like these really made me see the whole awards show in a different light. OK, I didn't actually see the whole awards show. But I sure felt differently than I might otherwise have felt about some of the winners.

How was Chris Rock's intro monologue? I'm a Chris Rock fan and am bummed I missed the beginning of the show, but I disliked his comment about Salma Hayek's and Penelope Cruz's breasts.

4 comments:

none said...

"Oscar-nominated Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside present the lives of disabled people as unbearable while ignoring -- and refusing to portray -- the real and desperate social needs of actual disabled people."Ain´t that the truth. That´s Holywood for ya. (sigh)

Jessica said...

I thought his intro was interesting and funny. I didn't mind him pushing the envelope but that's because I agreed with much of what he said.

I can't begin to tell you how angry I got over his comment on Cruz and Hayek's breasts. It infuriated me that these poor women had to stand there and present after such a degrading introduction. Poor Scott almost never heard the end of it.....

Sarahlynn said...

Yeah, I made Paul watch it over again (thanks to Tivo I got to see if it really was that offensive. Yes it was). I can't imagine having to get up in front of all those people and talk after such a lead-in. I like to think that I would have directed some cutting remark back Rock's way.

blue said...

Thanks Sarahlynn! :)