Thursday, February 04, 2010

Theater Thursday

Award show season has begun. We've already had the Golden Globes, the SAGs and the Grammys. Just this week the nominees for the Academy Awards were announced. I love this time of year.

I love the fashion. I love the wacky special numbers. I love the failed attempts at humorous intros. I love the crazy pairings they usually bring out for musical numbers. I love it all.

What I don't like are the acceptance speeches. Does that make me a bad human? Seriously. I was excited to see Jeff Bridges with the Golden Globe but I really don't care who he wants to thank. I don't need to hear a list of people I don't know, don't care to know and/or never will hear anything about again. I have no desire to hear you praise God, your director, producer or anyone else for that matter. I don't want to see your teary eyed spouse in the audience. I understand that this is the most important night of your life...but it isn't mine.

I know. I suck. But it's just so dang boring. I'm an instant gratification girl. If you put all those acceptance speeches together that's probably at least an hour of my life I'll never get back. Rarely, very rarely, there's a funny one that I'll enjoy. But for the most part I flip to another channel during the speeches and would miss it even if everyone was freakin' hilarious.

So while I'm very excited to watch the Academy Awards, I'm hoping there's something else interesting on TV that night so I can avoid those painfully boring minutes.

Do you watch award shows? Which is your favorite? What's your stance on acceptance speeches? Are you pulling for anyone specific this year?


P.S. Every year I promise myself I'm going to watch all the Best Picture nominees. I never do. This year there are 10 - count 'em - 10. There's no way. I don't think I've seen a single one of them either.


Laurie said...

I loved Blind Side! Sandra Bullock was excellent!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you....the speeches are just not me. Occasionally, if it has to do with a movie I truly loved, then sure, I want to know a little more about it. As for the shows in general, until this year I have avoided them. For some reason, I decided to give them a go this year....and surprisingly more than half of the artists/movies/music I've never heard of! Just goes to show that with 4 children and satellite television(and of course Nickelodeon, Disney, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, ect.) I usually dont see much mainstream tv.

Sheryl M.

Smarty Pants said...

Hello Tivo! I record it, start watching it about an hour in, then I can fast forward through the boring awards, speeches and dances I don't care about. I like watching the clothes, who wins, but usually a lot of the other stuff is too painful. Depends on the writer, I guess.

Why are there so many best picture finalists this year? Isn't it usually just 5? What's the point when half the movies that come out are nominated?

Problem Child said...

I will remind you of this when you win your RITA.... :-)

Playground Monitor said...

I used to watch them all, but now my viewing is sporadic. Of course the year Hugh Jackman hosted the Oscars, I was right there!

I'm right there with Laurie pulling for Sandra Bullock. She was fabulous in The Blind Side.

PM's Mother said...

As for "Thank You" speeches my favorite was the one S. Epatha Merkison (sp?) made when the first person she thanked was her divorce lawyer. ;-)

I want Meryl Streep to get an Oscar for her performance as Julia Child -- otherwise I really don't give a hoot.

Jean said...

I love the shows, hate the speeches.
Like SP, I record it and fast forward through the speeches. That way if someone loses their mind and offends the world i, I can go back and watch.

I noticed that several of the Grammy attendees stopped at a Halloween store and got their outfits.

And a big CONGRATS to Problem Child for being on the USA Today Best Seller list!

Linda Winstead Jones said...

I have a few of the movies on my Netflix list. Does that count?

Count me in on not being a fan of most of the speeches. Some are truly entertaining. Most are not. I don't mind until it goes on too long, then they lose me. DVR is a good idea. Hmm.


Instigator said...

I sorely under utilize my DVR! Of course, my problem is that it's filled with Backyardigans episodes. I wish you could add memory to the cable ones like you can Tivo.

I'm really pulling for Sandra Bullock too. I've always been a fan and while I haven't seen the movie (yet) enough people have told me it's amazing.


Smarty Pants said...

I won't bore you with the details, but you can always do what DB did... he bought a 1TB external hard drive, installed some software on it, hooked it up to our DVR, and when we booted it back up, the machine only saw the new hard drive. Easy way to expand memory without swapping out hard drives, especially with ours, which is a lease.

Caroline Storer said...

I'm with you! Skip the speeches and lets just people watch! Caroline x

catslady said...

Every awards shows has a couple of memorable moments but that just isn't enough to get me to watch most of the time. If nothing else is on and my husband isn't around I may watch lol. I do try to watch the Oscars and frankly I think adding 5 more movies devalues getting nominated.

Angel said...

I'm not big on the awards shows. I watch all the after shows on E! that talk about the fashion and faux pas. :) I'm addicted to the entertainment gossip.