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The Oscars in Review: 5 Highs and 5 Lows

Sunday night’s Oscar broadcast was largely a snooze, with the heavy favorites scoring wins in every major category and Ellen DeGeneres proving a low-energy host.

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John Boot

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March 3, 2014 - 10:41 am
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1. Lupita Nyong’o’s beautiful acceptance speech

In her very first film role, the newly minted Yale Drama School graduate snagged the role of Patsey, a slave who is regularly raped by a plantation owner. Nyong’o struck exactly the right tone when she said,”It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s,” she said. “And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance.”

Respect was one element that made her speech special; another was the evident excitement on the beaming 31-year-old Kenyan’s face. Nyongo’ was simply adorable, the big star of the evening.

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We're not supposed to have fun and entertainment?
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Ellen was refreshing after last year."He's from Somalia. He's a Sommelier! ...a wine captain...
That's just fun!
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my classmate's mother-in-law makes $73 /hour on the internet . She has been unemployed for nine months but last month her pay was $19747 just working on the internet for a few hours. see this here.....
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Comic actor Craig Charles (star of British sitcom Red Dwarf) ordered pizza and had it delivered during a live stand-up gig about 20 years ago. It was more wacky than funny back then, too, but far better suited to a small venue comedy show than the Oscars.
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I cannot fathom how Ellen ever thought that ridiculous pizza gag would be funny. Oh, wait. I get it. Those zillionaires slumming and eating pizza like us "common folk". Oh, now that IS funny.
And I hear in reality that the kid (who was a real pizza guy) never even got a tip?
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Did anyone seriously think "12 Years as a Slave" would NOT win?
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Thought it was interesting that Lupita commented repeatedly about being teased about having such dark skin as a child. Like, in her native country ... in Africa. Are *all* black people, regardless of country of origin, born with a self-hate gene that measures skin color? If so, why?
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Sorr, you made two strikes - the pizza and Liza jokes were quite funny,
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I'm about neutral on the pizza, where the joke is to see how far it goes, and the purpose is to break up the format. The Lisa joke was funny enough because it trotted out some of the silly stereotypes, right there in front of all the stars and Lisa herself.

But I sort of liked the Jamie Foxx reading too, there were apparently many problems with the teleprompter all night, and if it happens to present you with an opportunity like that, why not take it? Of course he might have memorized the line and not even looked at the teleprompter.

But on the larger perspective, I watched most of the show because I live in Los Angeles and it's a local sport, not because I saw many of the movies or agreed with many of the prizes or really cared about the results, though if I did I would say something sour about Gravity, which I haven't seen but none of the clips really make me want to see it, and about Slave, which may be a nice piece of historical/educational material but not my idea of entertainment - and what about Ellen's too true joke about it? There was thus enough PC fogging the entire proceedings, even if they mostly avoided direct political jokes and diatribes. Eh. I flipped back and forth to "The Amazing Race" for the last hour, that's how fascinated I was with the whole thing.
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Nyong'o was born to Kenyan parents outside America and has lived most of her life outside America, so if she owes anything to the pain of others it would be to 350,000 dead Yankee soldiers who directly impacted her expansive life now in America and not to some slaves who had nothing to do with her experience. Her real connection, if any, is to those soldiers - she sees it quite differently - by race.

Her comment highlights the stink of racialism and political correctness which surrounds the film. That's not artistic or intellectual honesty or truth to power. I wonder what connection she feels to 2 million Poles and Russians carried off into slavery by Crimean Tarters from the 16th to the 18th century, to be sold into the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire for sex and hard labor? I'll tell you in advance - none. I also feel no connection to that, but for quite different reasons.
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So I guess since the slave movie won an Ozcar, we're all NOT racists now?

Whew, I'm so relieved. That was a close one!
20 weeks ago
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"McConaughey didn’t miss a chance to make an impression, telling the world, “First off I want to thank God"

I think if God has any opinion whatsoever on the oscars, it’s that the whole silly thing is a way over-priced, over-extravagant, self-aggrandizing bore and all His creations should have much better sense than to spend any of their time watching any of it..
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Well, buck up - maybe they'll give out anti-Oscars for worst of the year. My vote is A Winter's Tale. I watched the first 30 min. of wooden emptiness and cinematic stupidity shot with a yellow warming lens and then gave up. It seemed like one of those TV hidden camera things where you get money if you don't get angry within a certain amount of minutes. I lost.
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Whatever God may or may not think about the Oscars, I'm quite sure he's just fine with McConaughey's gratitude. The man is obviously trying to keep his head on straight, trying NOT to be "self-aggrandizing." Good for him.
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We're not supposed to have fun and entertainment?
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You are also suppose to have some taste and not watch so much TV anyway. Where would we be if the Founding Fathers were obsessed with such tripe and drivel? If Hollywood is the star you follow, you are lost.
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