By Nicholas Stix
I am proud to say that for the third year in a row, I did not watch a single minute of the Oscars, neither the pre-game, “black carpet” show, nor the game itself.
For many years, watching the Oscars was practically a religious ritual for me, but that was before the Motion Picture Academy gave up all pretense of giving awards based on artistic excellence.
But other people did watch.
At Bizpac Review, Michael Dorstewitz writes of white host Jimmy Kimmel’s failed campaign to bait the President, who ignored him.
At around 11:30 p.m., I checked Google, and found that La La Land had won for Best Picture. But when I got up at 7:10 this morning, I learned that the black film, Moonlight, had won. The momentary official story is that someone had sent someone out to presenters Fay Dunaway and Warren Beatty with the “wrong envelope.”
My understanding, based on watching 50 or so Oscar broadcasts, was that such a fubar foul-up was an impossibility. Oh, well, the black picture won, so one had better not get too scruty, or they’ll call you a you-know-what!