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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I Still Haven't Watched The Oscars

Can you believe that?? Me, cinephile extraordinaire?

Yes, it's been a completely hectic three days, guys, so forgive the lack of responsiveness.

I did want to clarify one thing -- since it's the only moment of the Oscars Ceremony I actually caught.

When Helen Mirren raised her well-deserved Oscar statuette, she ended her rather meandering, but still hurried speech with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you THE QUEEN!".

Which, if not exactly cricket sounds from the audience, didn't go down nearly as well as she thought.

Later, Renato (who is otherwise very cosmopolitan) told me he thought she did that rather awkwardly, and for a moment, he thought the real Queen would come out!

I almost died laughing. The Queen at the Oscars. Oh my. Wolfgang Puck would've soiled himself.

Wiping tears here.

So, on the off-chance you didn't know, Helen Mirren referenced The Loyal Toast, which always bookends a formal meal in the UK.





"Muhlawds, ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses. The Queen!!"

Even my granddad used to do that, before Christmas pud.

No wonder the California fruits and nuts didn't get it.

Anyway, I intend on watching the whole ceremony tonight. Stay tuned.

P.S.: I know Algore won, but that's it. No clue even what they wore on the red carpet. Anyway, I miss Melissa and Joan, and yes, I never thought I'd say that.

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21 Comments:

  • Missy and Joan are still doing their thing for all the big awards show, they just do it at a different venue.

    That TV Guide Channel carried by most (if not all) cable providers actually shows things that aren't infommercials from time to time.

    (they seem to be repeating the Red Carpet stuff frequently this week, so you can still catch it if you care to)

    The Spirit Awards on IFC were more interesting from an entertainment perspective, Sarah Silverman makes a good host for that kind of stuff.

    (and her love of cheese might even out do yours (you'd have to see the unedited version of the Awards to understand the reference))

    By Blogger XWL, at Tue Feb 27, 08:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Sounds as though you "taped" it. I forgot to TIVO the thing and I am crying in my soup. I LOVE the Oscars!

    Oh well...c'est la vie de cinematographique, oui?

    Cheers friend!
    Caroline

    By Blogger Caroline, at Tue Feb 27, 09:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Caroline: It's 2007! Broadband is your friend.

    By Blogger JSU, at Tue Feb 27, 10:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Do you mean Algore or Al Bore?

    By Blogger Charlie Bravo, at Tue Feb 27, 10:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I loved Ellen getting Speilberg to do the tourista snap of Ellen and Eastwood!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Feb 27, 11:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It was either that or Oscar had undergone a sex change operation to become a Queen. Both options made no sense.;)

    She can repeat it when she meets the Queen for tea.

    By Blogger Renato, at Wed Feb 28, 02:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Missy and Joan are still doing their thing for all the big awards show, they just do it at a different venue.

    That TV Guide Channel carried by most (if not all) cable providers actually shows things that aren't infommercials from time to time.


    Right, I had heard that a while back, BUT we still don't get it here, in our cable area.

    Like Fox Sports Soccer...although we do get FSWE, the Spanish version.

    The manager of my cable thingie says that they're not going to either any time, so its tata to mum and daughter Rivers.

    (they seem to be repeating the Red Carpet stuff frequently this week, so you can still catch it if you care to)

    Yeah, I bet E! has the same programming.

    And NO, I didn't watch it YET. Argh!!

    The Spirit Awards on IFC were more interesting from an entertainment perspective, Sarah Silverman makes a good host for that kind of stuff.

    Good Lord.

    But you know, just like I make fun of Larry King, but I realise a country needs to have one such person, at least, in their television culture (because you need the blank canvas of Larry King's mind), just so I don't mind the rather staid comics chosen to host the Oscars.

    Hokey is not the worst thing around, because at least hokey has gravitas.

    (and her love of cheese might even out do yours (you'd have to see the unedited version of the Awards to understand the reference))

    Erm, okay. Explication? Cutting the cheese?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:14:00 am GMT-5  

  • Sounds as though you "taped" it. I forgot to TIVO the thing and I am crying in my soup. I LOVE the Oscars!

    Yes, Caroline! But take note of JSU's very apposite suggestion below, to download it via you know what.

    Hey, it's simple. If my mum can do it, anyone can.

    Oh well...c'est la vie de cinematographique, oui?

    Uh, sure! I think. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • Do you mean Algore or Al Bore?

    Algore comes to UM tomorrow, don't forget. I wonder if he will bring Oscar and show it to the audience?

    Oh well. Maybe next time I'll be there.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:16:00 am GMT-5  

  • I loved Ellen getting Speilberg to do the tourista snap of Ellen and Eastwood!

    My mother said she hoovered in the front seats???

    Jebus. Bob Hope must be whizzing around in his grave.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:17:00 am GMT-5  

  • It was either that or Oscar had undergone a sex change operation to become a Queen. Both options made no sense.;)

    LOL, I am still laughing at your reaction, Renato.

    I promise one day, I will do the loyal toast in public, which will make you jump for the door.

    She can repeat it when she meets the Queen for tea.

    I wonder......well, the Queen is known to have seen The Queen.

    But I wonder if like a certain member of your family, she wasn't amused. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • Well, not to spoil anything, but I was pretty bored by the awards this year...
    And yes, she did "hoover".

    By Blogger madcynic, at Wed Feb 28, 03:22:00 am GMT-5  

  • Well, not to spoil anything, but I was pretty bored by the awards this year...

    I wish I could say that that what's my mother said (which she did, too, BTW), and this is why I haven't been motivated to watch it...yet.

    But the truth is, I've been super busy, and napping a lot when I got home.

    Basically, I would watch the Oscars even if it included toe-nail clipping, and another bizarre Uma-Oprah monologue from David Letterman.

    And yes, she did "hoover".

    Weird...and that must've been late for you in Germany, young man!

    Talking about hardcore Oscar fans. ;)

    Hey, did you see Das Leben Des Anderen?

    I did, and I LOVED it.

    Of course, you lived it, so it could be another story for you.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 03:49:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vics, le puedes tirar una trompetilla a Al Bore in my name darling????
    Please, do it for me!
    I wouldn't be surprise if he shows his new golden toy, and you will see who a bunch of liberal bozos are going to ask him to run again for president.

    By Blogger Charlie Bravo, at Wed Feb 28, 06:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • Didn't Betty Davis remark that the butt of the statue reminded her of her husband Oscar? Which, even if not true, is a great name origin yarn!

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 28, 07:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • Weird...and that must've been late for you in Germany, young man!
    Umm, late? Ermm..well, what's wrong with an hour of sleep among friends?
    Maybe I was bored in part due to the fact that my last visit at a cinema was in 2005 for "Sin City".
    That answers your question regard Das Leben der Anderen. Also m'dear, I'm quite young, so I dunno much about that whole thing. My dad would, though.

    By Blogger madcynic, at Wed Feb 28, 09:45:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vics, le puedes tirar una trompetilla a Al Bore in my name darling????
    Please, do it for me!


    If I wuz going, you bet!

    I wouldn't be surprise if he shows his new golden toy, and you will see who a bunch of liberal bozos are going to ask him to run again for president.

    That's no way to speak of Dr. Shalala. ;)

    (Or maybe it is...)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 02:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Didn't Betty Davis remark that the butt of the statue reminded her of her husband Oscar? Which, even if not true, is a great name origin yarn!

    To think, a few husbands later, and we might have called it "And the Gary goes to...". Eww.

    BTW, I knew a lady who told the BEST Bette Davis stories (she knew her, of course).

    One involved gloves, the other a dry martini.

    One day. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 02:17:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Umm, late? Ermm..well, what's wrong with an hour of sleep among friends?
    Maybe I was bored in part due to the fact that my last visit at a cinema was in 2005 for "Sin City".


    Ooh, I liked Sin City. Certainly much better than Renaissance, from France, which also used rotoscope.

    That answers your question regard Das Leben der Anderen. Also m'dear, I'm quite young, so I dunno much about that whole thing. My dad would, though.

    Well, that's true, Malte. You are very young. I will now breastfeed you. Ready, steady, go!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 28, 02:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Many many thanks to you. I am on this computer so much, downloading bits of this and that and never once considered searching for the Oscars here. "Hit me over the head with a stupid stick" as my mother used to say. I suppose this weekend I actually get to watch the Oscars. How very exciting!

    Again thanks, Caroline

    By Blogger Caroline, at Thu Mar 01, 07:52:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hit me with your rhythm stick, hit me, hit me! Je t'adore, you Queen of Stick, hit me! hit me!

    Dude, now this song is in my brain...and I don't even recall who sang it, argh! Thanks a lot Caroline. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Mar 03, 03:21:00 am GMT-5  

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