Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Oscars, Mitt Romney, Independent Directors, Healthcare, Inelegant Words

Maybe The Oscars are like books - "they can please some of the people some of the time, but they can't please all of the people all of the time." Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow.


Kathryn Bigelow  AP photo

Haven't you ever disagreed with significant others on the "best" movies of the year? Best might not mean favorite or most enjoyable. It becomes glaringly obvious to me with every passing year the Academy Awards are given for political reasons rather than entertainment value, which is subjective and individual. How else to explain the paucity of prizes for women's  issues movies while women comprise more than half the population and for children's and young adult movies - remember "Twilight" and "New Moon"? It looks absurd to pit prizes for children's movies against war movies, while horror movies get  such short shrift. At least there are now alternative Academy Awards for children. Maybe I'll  bring myself to see "Hurt Locker " some day out of a feeling of obligation just as I saw "Crash" (but didn't enjoy it). UPDATE: Barbara Walters on "The View" (TV) Monday morning said that "Hurt Locker" was the least financially successful movie (in relative terms) to ever get  the "Best Picture" award in history - "Avatar" would definitely have overwhelmed other contenders for "Best Picture" in that way.

Mitt Romney makes me angry. Why should a politician even be a politician if he incites anger with his words every time he speaks?

Isn't "independent director" an oxymoron? How can directors appointed by CEOs make independent decisions on CEO and executive pay, options and bonuses? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me. CEOs now make 250-500 times average pay when it used to be 30 times.

Whoever says America has the best healthcare in the world hasn't the experience to compare. How can it be when healthcare is unavailable to some with pre-existing conditions and not every resident is covered? Big Fail.

Inelegant Words we wish would disappear from the media: "tea party"and "coffee party" referring to political groups. Any more to add? How about "atheist"? (Personally, "blog,'' "iPad" and "ipod" don't sound too elegant to me).

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