I did not watch the Academy Awards last night rather opting (well not really opting as there was little choice) to instead spend it on the train from Glenwood Springs to Denver. Based on the Facebook updates, USA Today and the news this morning, it appears I did not miss much. It seems the consensus was that even though Billy Crystal did an okay job it was fairly boring. I think this tends to happen when most of the nominees are art house versus mainstream films that most people had not seen like The Artist.
I think I have grown tired of award season. It just becomes one endless pat on the back for the Hollywood elite and a bit self serving. You can only get so excited for people making millions winning yet another award. This is not all of them and I love to see the underdog or newbie win as much as the next gay (no that is not a typo) but even that gets washed away in all the gold, glitter and glam.
There just seems to be too many real problems in this world to be worrying about this crap. I think I would feel better if the women of the red carpet picked young, unknown designers to promote. Or if the evening had a charitable element where a portion of the advertising went to help fund arts in public schools or school meals for more kids. Anything. I just get tired of it just being an evening of "what are you wearing" and "who do you want to win".
Now had I been home I am sure I would have watched it and complained about it being long and boring...so part of me is glad I missed it. It felt good to not be a part of the hype.