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Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Oscars

Sandra Bullock took her Oscar from Sean Penn, held it up and asked the audience, "Did I really earn this, or did I just wear ya'll down?" We were thinking, as was probably half the audience, "We'll go with that last part."

Look, everyone loves Sandra Bullock, okay we get it, she's "America's Sweetheart". But is that a reason to give her an Oscar? Doris Day, Jean Arthur, Debbie Reynolds, Mary Pickford, they were all America's Sweethearts in their day, but the Academy didn't waste an Oscar on them just to prove their love. Bestowing an Oscar on someone simply because we "like them" seems especially sad considering that some of our greatest actors, Peter O'Toole, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Ritter, never won an Oscar. Sometimes the Academy members act like they're in junior high school all over again; the popular crowd snubs a girl because she doesn't fit in, (she's not a very good actor), and then at some point, the popular crowd feels guilty and decides to make it up to the misfit by showering her with attention and naming her the Homecoming Queen, (give her an Oscar). It's ridiculous; the Homecoming Queen still doesn't fit in, (she still can't act), but now everyone feels better. Maybe the name of the Oscar should be changed from Best Actress to Most Popular Actress, then we could at least stop the charade and be honest about it.

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