Nothing to say about the Oscars

Contrary to my usual custom, I really don’t have anything to say about the Academy Awards. I tried to watch some of the show, but I found it insufferable and had to turn away. Which raised another question in my mind: Is it really true lately that movies influence the culture? I think we are seeing the dysfunction evident in the rest of the arts, in which the “high culture” of the artsy elite has become culturally irrelevant, while the “pop culture” of the money-makers simply conforms to whatever trends are out there.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://dizzysound.net/blog Christopher Gillespie

    I don’t know if I agree. Certainly “No Country For Old Men” was challenging but it wasn’t “pop culture” nor was it haute culture. It was about as folksy a picture as one could imagine. As “Once” and “Juno” were both down-to-earth in a sense.

    On the other hand, the blatant idolatry of the celebrity (even giving them their own golden idol) is always a bit disgusting. Watching the “red carpet” thing, my wife and I remarked how immodest most of the gowns were for the women. There were a few reasonable ones but for the most part, were over the top (or barely covering the top.)

    The films themselves didn’t seem as out-of-touch as some in recent years (American Beauty, Chicago).

  • http://dizzysound.net/blog Christopher Gillespie

    I don’t know if I agree. Certainly “No Country For Old Men” was challenging but it wasn’t “pop culture” nor was it haute culture. It was about as folksy a picture as one could imagine. As “Once” and “Juno” were both down-to-earth in a sense.

    On the other hand, the blatant idolatry of the celebrity (even giving them their own golden idol) is always a bit disgusting. Watching the “red carpet” thing, my wife and I remarked how immodest most of the gowns were for the women. There were a few reasonable ones but for the most part, were over the top (or barely covering the top.)

    The films themselves didn’t seem as out-of-touch as some in recent years (American Beauty, Chicago).

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    I watched last night. I don’t usually, but I’ve been sick and didn’t have the strength or focus for much else. Midway through, my husband asked me why I was watching considering that we hadn’t seen any of the movies. I replied that maybe I’d hear or see something that would make me curious to see one of the movies. I will probably rent a few of them.

    My daughter and I noticed how tasteful and elegant many of the gowns and hairstyles were…a nice 1940′s throw back. I’m sure there were also immodest ones that I must have missed or not noticed.

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    I watched last night. I don’t usually, but I’ve been sick and didn’t have the strength or focus for much else. Midway through, my husband asked me why I was watching considering that we hadn’t seen any of the movies. I replied that maybe I’d hear or see something that would make me curious to see one of the movies. I will probably rent a few of them.

    My daughter and I noticed how tasteful and elegant many of the gowns and hairstyles were…a nice 1940′s throw back. I’m sure there were also immodest ones that I must have missed or not noticed.

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    Sweeney Todd getting best art direction is kind of like if the Pope honored Mapelthorpe for his creations.

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    Sweeney Todd getting best art direction is kind of like if the Pope honored Mapelthorpe for his creations.

  • CRB

    I wonder about the significance of the fact that all of the winners of the major awards (with the exception of
    the Coen brothers) were non-Americans?!

  • CRB

    I wonder about the significance of the fact that all of the winners of the major awards (with the exception of
    the Coen brothers) were non-Americans?!

  • Bob Hunter

    I watched about an hour and a half of Vanity Fair – er, I mean, the Oscars. The one bright spot was when Glen Hansard and Marketa Inglova won their Oscars. Hansard gave his acceptance speech but music cut in when Inglova tried to say something, so both left the stage. However, after the commercial break Jon Stewart brought Inglova back to say a few words. I’ve never seen that happen in an awards show before.

  • Bob Hunter

    I watched about an hour and a half of Vanity Fair – er, I mean, the Oscars. The one bright spot was when Glen Hansard and Marketa Inglova won their Oscars. Hansard gave his acceptance speech but music cut in when Inglova tried to say something, so both left the stage. However, after the commercial break Jon Stewart brought Inglova back to say a few words. I’ve never seen that happen in an awards show before.

  • CRB

    Bob,
    Also, I thought it was refreshing and surprising to hear
    someone that was genuinely humble in her speech, something of a rarity on Oscar night!

  • CRB

    Bob,
    Also, I thought it was refreshing and surprising to hear
    someone that was genuinely humble in her speech, something of a rarity on Oscar night!


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