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The Oscars: Oh So Pretentious!


I used to be a big movie fan many years ago, but not anymore. There are very few movies that I see now and most are pure crap. I don’t even know who these new people are anymore and can’t even pronounce their names. I don’t watch the Oscars anymore because of ALL THE grandstanding and pretentious people patting each other on the back taking ten minutes to thank people you never heard of or will remember as soon as they leave the stage plus all the political conservative bashing.

If the Oscars stayed out of politics, and let their platform speak for truly talented people in the arts, they would be more respected and trusted.   These Hollywood celebrities are so fake and so UnAmerican. They live in a fantasy world which makes them out of touch with the real one. Pitiful! They have zero relevance in their opinions with intelligent, patriotic US citizens.

Brad Pitt continued his awards season (and acceptance speech) domination on Sunday night, winning the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” which I liked.

During his speech, Pitt also got political, calling out the Trump impeachment trial for blocking the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton.“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said on stage.

So Brad Pitt a pretty boy from Oklahoma, 2-time ex-husband and pathetic drunk “father” of six adopted kids (against his will) suddenly think he understands how the articles of impeachment work? Brad, stick to drinking and apologizing for your inability to parent and leave politics to those who know how to manage it properly… Conservatives.

Brad Pitt denounced the senate for not allowing any witnesses is ludicrous. Don’t these idiots know that the House didn’t allow Trump any witnesses or lawyers present and it is not up to the senate to provide witnesses, but just decide on what the house has presented? The House had the chance for witnesses and blew it. These Idiots prove what I’ve always said a million times already that they are great at what they do, but when it comes to politics they are political morons.

When Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor as expected, the “Joker” a movie I did like, spoke about “the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless.” He added that he saw a commonality in the different causes  people in the Hollywood community fight for.“Whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said.

His speech was allegorical and metaphorical and went on too long and he started into weird things like saying he’s made mistakes and asked people to forgive him, etc and on and on. I thought he sounded like someone at an AA meeting or speaking at a self-help group.

Renee Zellweger was another one who won best actress for her role as Judy Garland. Renee went on and on and on into one rant after another going into different spiels about who knows what. I wanted to get the giant hook and just pull her off the stage already. These people are always acting. Why can’t they just go up there and say thank you and walk off without long-winded pretentious speeches lecturing the rest of us?


I thought it was nice that Laura Dern won an Oscar for Marriage story. It’s the first Oscar win for Dern, and also the first time an actor has won an Oscar for a role in a movie distributed by a streaming service — Netflix.

I also liked that Elton John won an Oscar for best song for his own biopic, “Rocketman,”, his first Oscar since he won for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King” at the 1995 ceremony.

I saw an interesting comment by one viewer who summed what these celebrities think by lecturing the rest of us by saying “They want gun control so they can oppress the people. Climate change hysteria is all about taxing you more. They can’t even balance a budget but now they want to convince you they can control the weather. Every form of perversion is accepted and celebrated. Always angry, perpetually offended. Want to save the animals but insist on murdering their own children. Yea, we should take advice from these hypocrites.”

For the 87th time, no women were nominated for best director, a subject that was woven into the entire ceremony — and even into some attendees’ clothing. Natalie Portman wore a cape lined with the names of female filmmakers who weren’t nominated for their direction — disregarding the question of whether they deserved the honors —How pretentious also.

What I find hilarious is when an award is announced for some flick and everybody stands up and heads for the stage.  Only ONE person should be allowed up there to accept the award for the rest.  Who needs the whole mass of people crowding the stage and saying nothing?

A friend of mine wrote a letter to the Academy a few years ago suggesting that they stop this mass of humanity from charging the stage!  Stop them before they start climbing the stage!   The response was that they can’t stop people from doing that. She responded, “Oh, yes you can!”

The Koreans did it three times when their picture Parasite was nominated and won. They couldn’t even speak English and needed an interpreter. That was disgraceful.

The Oscars were so bad they were laughable. Jane Fonda looked out of place, an 82-year-old woman in a bright red dress standing among a group of ten young Korean people all in black who won best picture. Then Jane Fonda throwing her hands up and saying, “ And that wraps it up” was ridiculous too.

The only part of the show I like is the “In memoriam” part of the show. They do it so respectful,  but I think they should leave out the writers, camera people and backstage people that the average person doesn’t know about and just leave the celebrities Besides, dead celebrities don’t make political statements.

The only part I didn’t like about this year’s “In memoriam” was the singer who sang ”Yesterday” as the theme song. Although she had a truly beautiful voice her bright green striped hair against black hair and long black fingernails made her look like something out of a horror movie.


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Jim Clayton

I am a retired former newspaper reporter and retail sales person. I'm a politically conservative easy going person from New Jersey. I am married to a wonderful wife and like talking and writing about movies,, concerts I attend and current events all which I write about here. I would enjoy hearing from anyone on my articles and they can write to me here.

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  1. I watch old movies. Some of my favorite are “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “Out of the Past”, “The Maltese Falcon” “The Big Sleep”. They include movies I haven’t seen since I was a kid like, “A Cabin In the Sky” and “The Prince was a Thief”. There are more modern Movies that I find I like ever so often, like, “Master and Commander”, “Troy” , “Gladiator”, “Fracture” and “Tombstone” (the gunplay scene between Biehn and Kilmer is the ALL TIME best scene on film between two equally powerful artists). Then there are very few recent films worth watching – like “Fury”. And I am a Tarantino “fan” and I think I’ve seen all of his movies – from “Reservoir Dogs” to “Once upon a Time in Hollywood”.

    I enjoy being entertain. I enjoy being provoked to think. Art is that abstract quality that speaks in a language that only the soul understands. Nevertheless I maintain Actors – all of them – are no better than prostitutes. I would have more respect for an awards ceremony for Hookers than for the slime that is hollywood. You just don’t see street-walkers and call girls carrying signs saying hooray for our side!

    I NEVER watch any of the “pridefest” awards ceremonies!

    The call girl goes away quietly and suffers for what she has done. The actor gets on stage to says faux meaningful things – to prove he is actually a real person so he doesn’t have to feel worthless and void…

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