Read this article and then come back. Go ahead. I’ll wait….
The rules of the Academy Awards are ridiculous. They do not allow individuals to campaign for their own projects but it is okay for the Studios to do so? What does it matter if it is via direct contact with the voters or a big wrap around cover ad in Variety or a free DVD with the studio name (annoying…) burned into the picture?
Whatever you think about the Oscars — it’s like all elections — a popularity contest. Whether you are Jenifer Grey or Obama you win becasue people either like you, think you’re attractive or got drunk.
Don’t misunderstand me — I am not an Oscar hater. I want want one. Two actually because three would just seem greedy. Are you listening Kate Hepburn?
Spencer Tracy, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman — none had the temerity of Ms. Hepburn. Each won two and then respectfully bowed out by following their second wins with a streak of crappy films to make sure they did not win again. (Please see: HOW DO YOU KNOW, THE LADYKILLERS and MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM.)
Sean Penn and Daniel Day Lewis both recently won their second Oscar. They should begin sucking it up any day now.
Well, maybe not Daniel.
But then again I’m a writer and not an actor so maybe more than two Oscar wins would mean I am a great writer.