Monday, March 08, 2010

Oscar Eats Raspberries

     Well Company, the Oscars were handed out last night and to be honest, I couldn't have cared less about it.  I didn't watch, I didn't look at the nominees, I didn't pay attention one bit, until this morning when I read a neat little article about an actress that I never much cared for.
     It was a brief article, but it one of those that instantly changes your perceptions and opinions of the sibject person.  It wasn't that I disliked this person, I was just sort of ambivalent about her.  I know some people who would drool over this particular actress, and who thought she was so hot and so great.  Whenever they would go on their Sandra Bullock kick I would never despute them, I wouldn't start lobbing shells into the sides of her ship, I would always just say something like "You know, I never really cared for her all that much.  You can have her."
      But now, now Company, I am starting to swing around a little bit into the Sandra Bullock camp.  Oh yes.  The reson being is that she is doing something pretty cool.  In case you didn't know, last night she stepped up on the stage at the Kodak Theatre and accepted the Academy Award for her performance in Speed 7: Terminal Velocity in which she is riding on an 18th Century steam train that can't go under 67 mph or a bomb will go off and blow up some orphans being held hostage in a bungalo on the Isle of Man by a rich and powerful ETA separatist.  Just kidding, that would be awful if that movie were made.  But what she did win was the Best Actress award for the film The Blind Side, which is cool.  I know that a lot of people maybe thought that she didn't deserve that, but I don't have a problem with that.  It was certainly a highlight for her career, especially considering what she did the day before the Academy Awards.
     The day before she personally accepted a Golden Raspberry Award - often called a Razzie - given out anually to what the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation considers the worst performances in film for the year.  She won this particular award, which consists of a baseball-sized trophy of a raspberry mounted on a 8 mm film reel and all painted gold like it's a Notre Dame football helmet or something, and costs about $4.79 each to create.  Anyway, she won this particular award for her starring role in the movie All About Steve, which was truly awful.  She started to endear herself to me when she showed up to collect her Razzie on Saturday night.
      First of all, the fact that she actually showed demonstrated a lot of character.  From what I have been led to understand, most film personalities do not show up to collect their Razzie, which I sort of understand because most people don't generally like to be recognized for their failings.  I know that I don't.  So the showed up in person to collect it, and think that shows that she has a fantastic sense of humor.  Second, she came with a trailer in tow, a trailer filled with DVD's of All About Steve to give away to the audience, like she was the travelling Oprah of crappy movies.  Now that is cool, because if you lay a stinker you might as well have a good time with it.  And that is what she was doing, making light of it.  She even went so far as to say that she had a "great time" at the Razzies.  And why shouldn't she?  If she has a good enough sense of humor to show up and hand our party favors I would expect her to have a blast.
      So you might be wondering how she compares her Razzie to her Oscar.  Well, even if you are not I am going to tell you.  She told the press, after her receiving her Academy Award, that she was going to display it right next to her Raspberry Award.  How cool is that?  She told the BBC that "They are going to sit side by side, as they should.  We're in the entertainment business.  That's what we're supposed to do - you take the good with the not so good."  Now that is the attitude to have, although later she did admit to a little bit of hubris, saying that she might put her Razzie a little lower on the shelf than the Oscar.  I can't say I blame her for that.
      But she's not throwing it away, or using it to prop open a door at her beach house.  No, she's leaving it up for public display in her living room, just to remind her, keep her grounded, etc.  And for that I give her a heaping helping of respect points.  Eleventy billion respect points as a matter of fact, since she did the DVD thing.  I really like her reaction to both of the awardsl; I give her a lot of credit for that.  So congratulations on both of your awards Sandra, and I am totally going to go see your next movie.

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