I normally like watching the Oscars, “normally” being the operative word. But seeing as that I have no access to cable nor a transmission that does not involve a live simultaneous translation, voicing over so you can barely hear the Spanish (I live in Mexico), let alone the English, I had to make do with what I have.
And that folks, is the internet.
I watched the comments of A.O. Scott and David Carr from the NY Times live Oscar broadcast, commenting on the whole ceremony.
Now, what I love about this is that there is no pomp and circumstance here. Two guys who dressed up in suits and ties, brought their own food (soda and homemade cookies; some random chips and nuggets made it on to the plate, as well) and for the different segments, dressed up as the different characters of the best film nominations, including Abe Lincoln in stovepipes and graying beards, Django in black cowboy hats and even an Argo theme, with 80s wigs and thick false mustaches pulling out all the stops for their transmission. Each had their Oscar picks and depending on whether they guessed it or not, they would win mini-Oscars.
Don’t get me wrong: I love dress-watching. I just hate the layers they’ve put on the show to create a production that is not about the celebration of film but the praise of money-making television.
And this webcast was like hanging out with other film buffs and participating in no-holds-barred criticism. Criticism which we all tweeted, in particular over the Boob Song.
I am just a simple movie buff who loves a good story and in honoring that tradition, I would like a simple Oscar experience as well. And this was it. Thanks #NYTOscars! It was a wonderful night.