Oscar is a figure in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He is the warrior son of Oison and the fairy woman Niamh, who also bore his sister, Plor na mBan. (Wikipedia)
So the clever among you will know that the reason I called this post Oscar is that it was, in fact, the Oscars this past weekend, and being the film lover and overall geek that I am, I get quite excited about it. Alas, I wasn’t able to watch it, because the only channel that shows it here in the UK is one of the movie channels, and we don’t subscribe to it. So I followed it online for a while but got sleepy, and couldn’t stay awake. I predicted 16 out of 22 winners; although to be fair the big six were easy to predict – it would have been a big shock if anyone else had won them.
Sandra Bullock is my current number one girl crush (something I seem to be sharing with a lot of other people at the moment – I feel like she is very much a girl’s girl!), so I am mighty glad she got the Best Actress award. I saw The Blind Side on Sunday morning, and whilst I have not seen any of the other actresses in their respective films, I very much enjoyed Sandra’s performance. Definitely one of the best of her career. On the subject of the Academy Awards, this is a very interesting article about the statistics of a Oscar winner. It is no great shock to learn that younger women are more likely to win the Oscar than older women, whilst for men, the older they get the more likely they become, at least based on history. We all know that women are seen as more valuable commodities in Hollywood the younger they are, and pretty much Meryl Streep is the only woman over fifty who is given the chance to carry a film these days! I posted on Twitter that I couldn’t believe it has taken the Academy 82 years (a number that I query, because whilst the latest ceremony was called the 82nd Academy Awards, the first ceremony was in 1929. So surely we are at 81?) to award a woman with the Best Director award. I got a reply from someone saying “They should make better films then.” I am not really taking issue with the fact that Academy has failed to recognise female directors, because that person may be right, maybe the fact is that until Kathrn Bigelow made The Hurt Locker, no film directed by a woman was good enough to win the Oscar. What I think is sad is that women are underrepresented in the film business as a whole. There is absolutely nothing to say that men should be better at making films, so why are there so few female directors? Another BBC article looks into it. It’s interesting, and I wish that I had found out about the Birds Eye View Film Festival a week ago, instead of two days before it is due to end! I am really seriously considering doing some sort of postgraduate study in Women’s or Gender Studies, so this sort of thing is currently catching my eye. I am also trying to possibly get a job in the field for a few years while I save up for my Masters, so this sort of thing would be ideal.
I realised that I had not updated this blog properly for ages, and I had lots of things that I wanted to write about, but as this has now become a post about films, I think I will continue on a theme and save the rest of my bits for next time (next time will not be 6 weeks away this time!). I found this funny link, the “Hot Chick, who cares if she can act” column made me laugh! I also liked reading this article about The Runaways, a film about Joan Jett starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. I am not Kristen Stewart’s biggest fan, which bothers me slightly because it seems so fashionable to not be her biggest fan, and I don’t want it to seem like I am just influenced by everyone around me. I love the Twilight books, not such a huge fan of the films, but enjoy watching them. I am not in love with her portrayal of Bella, but it’s fine. It’s her all round attitude that bothers me. She chose to star in a huge film, and then seems to complain and sulk about the fact that everyone wants a piece of her. While I by no means agree with the paparazzi in any form, I do have to ask what she thought was going to happen when she signed on to play Bella. Twilight was already huge before the films were created, so she must have had an idea.
Anyway, back to The Runaways, there is no UK release date for it yet. Which probably means that it won’t come out here – it premiered at the Sundance festival, so that’s no great surprise. But I will try and see it somehow, because it looks good.
Larry Crowne also looks like it could be good – Tom Hanks is probably one of the most watchable actors ever, and I enjoyed his directorial debut, That Thing You Do. Also, he and Julia Roberts were in Charlie Wilson’s War together, and I very much enjoyed that. Obviously, there is another Tom Hanks film coming in the summer that I am very excited for…. “Somebody’s poisoned the waterhole!”
IMDB does have a date for this one – 23rd July. Very, very excited.
With that I shall end. The word count for this post is currently sitting at 957 words. That’s almost half an essay.