For the first time in six or seven years, I will not be hosting an Oscars chat this year for one very simple reason:
I do not intend to watch the Oscars this year.
It’s the first year I’ll miss them entirely since 1997 and I don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much in love with movies as I ever have been, but my tolerance for self-congratulatory smug bastardry is so low at the moment I can’t even take it for the sake of taking the piss as I usually do. I’m not spending £25 to get the movie channels to watch it, I’m not staying up all night and taking the morning off work the next day just so I can snark and snipe.
Fuck them. Some of these people signed the hateful Polanski petition, others are epic douchewads like Cameron whose movies have done as much damage to the notion of Hollywood movies being intelligent, thoughtful and incisive as George fucking Lucas.
I find it hard to celebrate a business which gave us Paul Blart: Mall Cop, even if it also gave us The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and other genuinely interesting films. I’m tired of women-hating rom-coms full of rich white smug bastards who don’t reflect any kind of reality I’m aware of.
There have always been shit movies. I’ve seen a lot of them from all eras… but never before has the ratio of good-bad been so skewed to the bad. Maybe the mid-50s, during the first 3D craze, when Hollywood was scared shitless of TV and instead of making good movies just threw gimmicks at the audience.
I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!
If you’re going to be online tomorrow night, I might well be around cos I’m always awake late at night, but there’s no Oscar chat. You’re welcome to ping me and say Hi or whatever. Sorry to the literally no people who were looking forward to it.