Who knows what will happen to our world in the next 4 years when February will have an extra day that we call the leap year. As for this year the day was marked by crushing mediocrity and staggering boredom in the two most watched events in India; the Oscars (why do Indians even watch it) and the General Budget. My confession is I didn’t understand either of them though it would be far easier to discuss movies than intractable growth figures that most of us cannot comprehend.
It was probably the worst written Oscars in memory. The format is so bland and even the speeches were why-am-I-watching this? I mean Leonardo wins his first Oscar after waiting like 20 years and he tells us about climate change! Was he happy or sad or just bored? His former co-actpr Kate Winslet was the only one wiping off a tear at his speech. At least his director had some wise lines to offer when he said “the colour of our skin is as irrelevant as the length of our hair”. Beyond this I cannot recall any thing worth writing about. The #OscarsSoWhite affair and Chris Rock’s allusion to that in periodic intervals seemed rather rehearsed and approved by the committee. He was part of the gang wasn’t he? And what about some diversity? It is not just about black and white. Priyanka Chopra’s presence had no impact whatsoever. If she flung her $8 million jewellery saying I donate this for farmers in my country committing suicide or some other starving and screaming issue maybe it would make us remember she was there after all.
Spotlight is a really good film but is it a you-need-to-watch-this-before-
The Academy awards has never been about awarding good films but awarding publicity and hype. That’s why more and more people don’t care about it anymore. Everything American is not right. Actually nothing American is quite right !
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