Oscar The Grouch. . .

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Oscar The Grouch

And Other Random Thoughts



This Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Academy Awards honoring achievement in film for the gazillionth time.  Give or take a decade.  

I’ll leave the number counting to Price Waterhouse Sheldon Cooper or whoever is stuffing the ballots this time.  Ah, voting irregularities and wardrobe malfunctions seem like yet another reminder of so many scandals of yesteryear.  Oh, how time flies. .  


I have shared my appreciation for movies on these pages over the years yet I am quite mindful that many don’t share that same affection.  In fact, I can practically see the comments now for those who will immediately start punching their keyboard:

I haven’t been to a movie since (fill-in-the-year), I don’t like(choose one of the following) - constant talking, people arriving late or subtitles. Something/anything else. It seems whatever is irksome at the moment can become a comment on social media.  For good measure there is the award show aspect of the spectacle that makes reading comments particularly enjoyable. And, of course, the red carpet does not escape an opine or two. This year may see replacing "who are you are wearing?" with who exactly ARE you and what film are you nominated? Yes, it's been that kinda year.



Yeah, I read and try to acknowledge comments even when tagging is not possible.  Is that still a glitch?  Or am I just grouchy?  I digress. . . By the way, I continue to be amazed whenever I receive a comment. Who would ever thunk it???

The pandemic and its impact on my real world presented a drought in my theater trips.  And that’s just one of the non-events I “discovered” in 2020.  These kinds of adventures and lessons are certainly two of the many things that arrive in abundance. And they are often delivered even when we're not expecting them.

In fact, I might be up for an award  for exceptionalism in lessons learned should any academy want my opinion.  And speaking of opinions - well, let’s start the music playing and cut off this post.  

Here’s to lessons learned and to movies.  And hooray for Hollywood.  Because that’s an important business in Los Angeles and elsewhere.  Maybe in your hometown too.   



This post is a rather unconventional entry to the ActiveRain April Challenge hosted by Kathy Streib and Hannah Williams: Time To Get Out and Show Off Your Town. This year's event will be held at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood neighborhood as well as at Union Station(an architectural gem as well as a major transport hub) near Downtown Los Angeles. And come on, what's more local to LaLaLand, than show business, right?

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.   It's meant as a homage to our friend Oscar The Grouch and not as any political statement to the city of my birth, my home and the place I really, really like. Thank you, Academy, Sally Field and yes, all of you the people who make it possible.


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Comments (33)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Just to clarify I was talking about the feast or famine on our phone conversation not about the humor.  You didn't overdue on the humor. I appreciate a sense of humor.  I have been told I have a dry sense of humor.  Just know I can give as good as I get.  

Now as far as the update. You might want to check what you missed. :-)

Apr 24, 2021 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sharon - I check each day for things "I miss".   It's a list that is ever-growing.  

Apr 24, 2021 06:31 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love Hollywood and the movies. The Oscars are something we look forward to each year. Like most things in life, I ignore the aspects I don't like. Who the hell cares?  Movies are a fabulous escape. I hope we can all feel like the theater experience is a healthy option soon.  By the way, Nomadland is fabulous. I hope the director, a woman, wins. Frances McDormand is exceptional, as usual.  We'll be watching! 

Apr 24, 2021 06:25 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Debb and Bernie - you're absolutely right - life is definitely like a buffet as we pick and choose the best parts of it while ignoring what must be ignored.  I have seen an interview with the director of Nomadland and she seems impressive and what I have read about the film seems interesting as well.  As for Frances McDormand - she seems to  give more than 100% in each role she plays.  On screen as well as away.  

Apr 24, 2021 06:38 AM
Hannah Williams

I have not seen Nomandland yet but everything Frances McDormand has done I have enjoyed looking forward to seeing the Oscars tonight and all the fashions 

There are quite a few other movies I enjoyed including Chicago 7

I agree 100% with Debb and Bernie I love Hollywood   

Apr 25, 2021 07:51 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Other than just seeing Coming 2 America this past week on one of those new services on TV that you can subscribe to, we have no idea of movieland this past year. By the way, the original was better!

Apr 24, 2021 06:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sheila and Larry - I haven't seen the latest "To" or is it "Too" movie yet and, in fact, I am not really sure if I have seen the entire original version.  Actually, I have heard positive things about both.

Apr 24, 2021 06:41 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Michael -  movies and the arts are a big thing and a big part of the economy.  By the way do you remember when Sharon Tara and Roger Mucci ran a academy award contest on AR?


Apr 24, 2021 06:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Grant - Of, course - I remember.  Were those the Golden Days of The ActiveRain???   

Apr 24, 2021 06:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, your City will be "twinkling" tomorrow evening.  Not sure if I will watch.  Politics seems to creep into these events nowadays!  

Apr 24, 2021 07:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Joan - it should be interesting - at least the conversation that it prompts.  

Apr 24, 2021 08:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Michael! There is nothing like getting lost in a movie or book. What I love is reading the book first and then making my way to the theatre to see the movie made from the book. I may sound like Oscar but, when I sit still in a movie theatre, I fall asleep!! So, getting lost in a book works best for me! 

Loved your entry and can't wait to read Oscar's Oscars 2021 review!! Thank you for your entry in this month's challenge - I love that it was an outside-the-box post (my favorite)!

Apr 24, 2021 09:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Debe - books and movies each have a unique power.  A superpower one might say.  


For some a book might capture their attention.  The saying "can't put it down" comes to mind.  Others can read the same words and think "snoozefest".  Movies can have the same effect.   Finding the right pieces is "the surprise ending" we can anticipate.  


As for a return by Oscar, I haven't thought that far.  This may be a one-shot deal.  Who knows.  Indeed who knows.  

Apr 24, 2021 02:59 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Michael, I think this will be an interesting year for a show that no one seems to watch anymore. Two observations:

1. In a year you did not release many movies it might be a good idea to skip it???

2. It is hard to survive as an entity when you continually insult more than half of your viewers (former viewers).

Apr 24, 2021 10:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Jeffrey - I think what you are saying fits any/all awards shows and that the impact of the pandemic and the change in all sorts of businesses may have an attitude shift in lots of directions.  

Apr 24, 2021 03:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It has been well over a year since we went to see a movie.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

Apr 24, 2021 12:19 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Roy - in any given year that may be true for a lot of people. Last year that is even more relevant.  I hope your weekend is a good one too.  

Apr 24, 2021 03:03 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on C19 movie critics Michael, it is a strange world we live in today 🤪

Apr 24, 2021 07:09 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Paul - thanks for the comment.  And to carry through the movie theme "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" at times far too numerous to count.  

Apr 24, 2021 08:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Michael,

I always find your posts to be written with good taste and your comments too. I have been a movie fan lover all my life. 2020 was hard when theaters closed up and we all were forced to live hermit style because we were being directed by the CDC & WHO. 2020 was quite a production; however,  I did enjoy the many stars I saw at night up in the Heavens. The best thought that comes to mind is those of us who survived 2020 were the lucky ones. 

Interestingly enough I got to see some great free films and documentaries streamed by AARP. Who would have thought it was even possible? They also offered intellectual lectures. One of my favorites was on Joseph Luzzi. I was so intrigued by the Italian culture I ended up ordering two of his books, "My Two Italies," and "In a Dark Wood." I'm hoping to get my hands on his other books "Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy." I think they would make great movies. There's something about foreign movies and culture that goes straight to my heart. A lot of memoir's came out of foreign countries. Going forward, I'm sure Hollywood has something up their sleeve because writers, directors, and movie makers never sleep.

Apr 25, 2021 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Patricia - I think I might have read more books last year than in any of the previous twenty(or more).  In 2019 I started stopping at one of the branches of the city library mostly to check the New York Times which has gotten so prohibitively expensive.  The library system in our area initiated a curbside pickup that makes reading even more efficient than a regular visit was in the past.  Of course, lingering in a library or a bookstore can't be beat but this has been a nice alternative.  

Apr 25, 2021 05:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael - Come to think of it, I think if anything good came out of the pandemic is that it probably caused more people to read! I also noticed magazines prices have risen substantially! I missed not being able to go to the movies or meander in libraries. One of my neighbors whose house backs up the trails created a friendly free book stand for kids in hopes they would enjoy them and would walk the trails. I haven't seen any curbside pick-ups in my area. It would have been nice! We do what we can do under extenuating circumstances. 

Apr 25, 2021 06:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Patricia - the many free libraries in our area never seem to be "out of business" and often are quickly filled with new arrivals.  I wouldn't say there were benefits noticed from the pandemic but perspective definitely plays a role. 

Apr 25, 2021 08:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 25, 2021 06:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Roy - I hope your day and the week ahead are enjoyable for you as well.  

Apr 25, 2021 08:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Haven't watched the awards shows in years Michael, they lost their glamour and luster, opting for politics...I prefer reading in a quiet place, over tv or sitting in a theater.

Apr 25, 2021 08:06 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Wanda - I know many feel that way and I was just thinking this morning when Marlon Brando refused his Academy Award so many years ago.  Movie moments are created on and off screen.  That's a part of life if you ask me(of course, no one did - but that's not unusual).  

Apr 25, 2021 08:41 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Michael,

I do enjoy going to the movies but never watch the awards shows anymore. I would probably watch if the recipients didn't get political with their acceptance speeches.

Apr 25, 2021 08:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Carol - I am looking forward to this year's presentation because of one of the venues is Union Station which is a historic landmark that is being renovated.  I "see" what I want to see and can ignore what I don't want to see.  

Apr 25, 2021 08:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I liked Jeff's statement, and he is correct, what movies came out during the pandemic?

Apr 25, 2021 03:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Joan - quite a few movies came out but attendance was down dramatically.  I read that some major films that were finished in 2020 were being held for later release when they might attract bigger audiences and added attention.   We shall see what 2021 and beyond brings to movie-going and so many other activities.  

Apr 25, 2021 04:31 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael, 

I just realized the last time I actually tuned in to the Academy Awards was probably 2015.  My niece's husband starred as the drummer, Miles Teller.  It is a little different when you know one of the stars and are rooting for the film. I saw it and loved it.  Personally, I couldn't understand why Miles wasn't nominated for best actor.  Miles and my niece were sitting in the second row and got a lot of screen time with JK Simmons.  It was a lot of fun to watch.

Apr 25, 2021 05:30 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sheri - having a front row-like perspective certainly would give the ceremony a far different feel.  What a memorable experience for each of you.  

Apr 26, 2021 11:43 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I don't think you are grouchy now with that said I just commented on your other post and with that said too many books for me to read and not enough life time for me:))Endre

Apr 26, 2021 09:37 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Endre - I guess you haven't seen my "grouchy" side(it certainly exists).   Unread books also remain a countless number for me.  

Apr 27, 2021 03:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael back for seconds happy to report, NO the Tagging Feature still does not work:)))))))))))))Endre

Apr 26, 2021 09:40 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Endre - yes, kinda like the old days, before "tagging" existed.   

Apr 27, 2021 03:03 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm still commenting even without the tagging and I wonder if the comments I'm leaving are even seen sometimes. It will be nice to have the tagging feature back again.

Apr 27, 2021 07:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sharon - I agree with you about tagging.  I think the lack of it is having an impact on participation.  

Apr 27, 2021 08:59 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

City of stars ... are you shining just for me? ....

May 09, 2021 09:53 PM
Michael Jacobs

Dorte Engel - ah, a good comment.  And appropriate for the event too.  

May 10, 2021 07:37 AM