Did you Watch The Oscars?


Did you Watch The Oscars?

I got up and read a book after the first hour or so.  I thought Jon Stewart was blah…and I didn’t have a dog in the fight, so I really didn’t care who won.  I had seen none of the movies nominated. That’s strange because I go to an average of two movies a month.  I don’t have anything against any of the top flicks, I just couldn’t get "up" about them.

Someone commented this morning that there is no reason why the Academy Awards need a comedian to emcee them. They should be able to carry off their fantastic presentation on their own.  Why not have a great film legend like Sean Connery or Jack Nicholson or someone of that ilk move the theme back to one of elegance and style.

I remember when David Niven was host an Oscar in the 60s and a streaker ran across the stage. Nevin commented, as only he could, ""Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man
will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his

No stable of writers, just a quick wit, elegance and class….

The producers of this show should take a hard look. If they want the MTV generation — then let MTV put it on. If they want mainstream America — then show a little real wit and class. Stewart did have it right when he commented, after listing the topics of the five best picture nominees (gay love, war, expose, murder, race) that what when we go to the movies is to escape the rigors of real life. He was going for a laugh. The problem was that his joke hit a little too close to home.


Oh, what does this have to do with parking — well Tony Policella’s Valet Parking Service has run the parking for the Academy awards for nearly two decades.  VPS founder Herb Citrin kept the contract by doing a fantastic job, year after year.

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