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.