Oscar Blues

Oscar and Me

What, its Oscar time again? Oscar, who’s Oscar? Isn’t it just Barack and Hilary and John that are running?

Oh, the Academy Awards is it? This year, the 80th year of the annual Hollywood glamour fest, seems like no one really cares. Sure, as a member of the elite few, the number of email with details of Media Coverage Plans, Pink Champagne for the Governor’s Ball and nominations for movies with strange titles like “Old Men” and “Blood” and “Sweeny Todd” and others have recently filled my email Inbox.

But with the Hollywood writers strike, the interesting US elections and questions about whether I am going to be able to afford a new X Box 360 because of an economy that sucks, all I can say, along with many other people, in good “Gone with the Wind” (Academy Award winner 1940, Best Picture, Screenplay, Director and a slew of others), style, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Rhett Butler).

And with the threat of rain on Sunday late afternoon in Los Angeles (who wants to see glamorous movie actresses with messy hair and rain soaked gowns), this year’s Academy Award show looks to be a bust.

With all that said, I’ll probably tune in anyway – you never know what’s going to happen. After all, Jack Nicholson is presenting. That guy is a hoot. And we have history.

About eight years ago when the Academy Awards were held at The Shrine in LA (instead of their present home at the glamorous Kodak Theater in the heart of Hollywood), I was covering the event for a publication I write for.

Before the ceremony started I had to take a leak so I went out back in the alley way where the Port-A-Potties were. I did my thing and walked out – zipping up only to almost be run over by a limo which stopped right in front of me. Out saunters Jack, takes a look at me pulling up my zipper – glares at me as only Nicholson can and walks away.

Talk about embarrassed! I must have turned two shades of purple. Pulling it all together, I did what any dignified person would do: As he walked away I yelled, “Hi Jack!”

He didn’t look back.

Footnote:

The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences’ 80th Academy Awards®. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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Author: movie boss

Scott Rosenberg is an award winning entertainment journalist covering stories bridging the United States and Asia. He is also managing director of AMW International Co. Ltd., a Bangkok based pr and marketing boutique.

Wearing his journalist cap, he serves as Asian Pacific Bureau Chief of US based Film Journal International and former editor of Monsters and Critics. Formerly Scott was Thailand correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and Southeast Asian correspondent for Variety.

Scott has served as consultant to many international film festivals, most recently serving as director for the inaugural Phuket Film Festival in Phuket, Thailand in October 2007.

Scott was presented the “Friends of Thailand” Award by the Thai Government in 2002 for his contributions to the Kingdom through his journalistic endeavors while having received from His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, that same year the royal titles Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Sahametrei and Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Cambodge.

As a hobby, Scott raises rare breed, pedigree Thai Ridgeback Dogs and “hangs-out” with Thai Elephants in northern Thailand as they paint. Their paintings can be found at www.elephant-paintings.com

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