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And the (Oscar) award didn't go to Hollywood (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Los Angeles Times ^ | February 25, 2008 | John Horn

Posted on 02/25/2008 2:29:43 AM PST by Zakeet

Hollywood took on a new role in Sunday's 80th annual Academy Awards: bit player.

In a series of startling upsets and a few expected triumphs, almost all of the top Oscars were handed to foreigners and iconoclastic show business outsiders. Every one of the evening's winning actors came from beyond American borders, and the ceremony's dominant film -- best picture winner "No Country for Old Men" -- was created by a pair of filmmaking brothers from Minnesota who have never made a mainstream movie in their three-decade career.

In an era when overseas revenue accounts for more than half of a movie's income, the percentages were tilted far more heavily toward foreigners throughout the awards show, with an especially strong showing from Europe.

Best actor Daniel Day-Lewis of "There Will Be Blood" lives in Ireland, while "La Vie en Rose" surprise best actress winner Marion Cotillard makes her home in Paris. Spain's Javier Bardem was named best supporting actor for "No Country for Old Men," and Scotland's Tilda Swinton won best supporting actress for "Michael Clayton." Many of the evening's lower-profile awards -- for art direction, makeup, costume design and animated short among them -- went to non-American filmmakers and designers.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dbm; hollywood; liberalism; msm; oscar

We can't waste time making good movies because we're too busy trying to impeach Bush, stop the war in Iraq, fight AIDS, combat global warming, and loving ourselves.

1 posted on 02/25/2008 2:29:45 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
We can't waste time making good movies because we're too busy "Loving" ourselves, trying to impeach Bush, stop the war in Iraq, fight AIDS,, and combat global warming.

There fixed it, you had their priorities out of order.

You could have added: Getting coked up, engaging in meaningless diatribes on the MSM, supporting style over substance, and generally just making a nuisance of themselves.

2 posted on 02/25/2008 3:10:23 AM PST by verga (I'm not an apologist I just play one on TV)
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To: Zakeet
best picture winner "No Country for Old Men" -- was created by a pair of filmmaking brothers from Minnesota who have never made a mainstream movie in their three-decade career.

I don't know about that... O Brother Where Art Thou seemed to be a mainstream movie to me...

3 posted on 02/25/2008 3:24:00 AM PST by paudio (Conservatism: like it or not, it's a word with many meanings.)
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To: Zakeet

When even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences admits that Hollywood sucks, you would think they would start to take notice.


4 posted on 02/25/2008 3:27:10 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: Zakeet

I didn’t watch them because I was not home, but they had over 30 million people watch which is quite a bit. I guess you expected numbers from the Titanic days. Well they did not have a “Titanic” type movie in the nomination this year which is why they did not have those numbers. When they bring out another epic type movie as superior and outstanding as Titanic than numbers will go up again. Juno just ain’t gonna do it. Plus you should be happy an anti abortion movie did so well at the Oscars. What a uninformed person you are to spout out about anti-Bush movies when they were not even nominated. I think Juno would be a movie that this website would praise. I guess I got the one poster who is not conservative today...damn!


5 posted on 02/25/2008 3:30:58 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Zakeet
La Vie En Rose is a superb film, and Mlle. Cotillard was simply astonishing in the lead role.

Hollywood doesn't make films like that anymore.

6 posted on 02/25/2008 3:31:19 AM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: napscoordinator
What a uninformed person you are to spout out about anti-Bush movies when they were not even nominated.

No doubt you missed the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking category.

7 posted on 02/25/2008 3:33:28 AM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

Ping. Awaiting Neilsen overnights for TV ratings. Nikki Finke yesterday cited rumors that numbers would be down. I did my part by NOT watching...

http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/best-to-expect-the-worst-oscars-ever/

“I hear that ABC dramatically lowered expectations about tonight’s TV ratings to advertisers. It will be interesting to see the Nielsen’s, as the rain-postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Auto Club 550 race in Fontana is just about to restart at Lap 20 with a total of 300. After that there is another NASCAR race, the Nationwide series - Stater Bros 300, that is 200 laps. Will America tune out NASCAR to watch the Oscars?”


8 posted on 02/25/2008 3:37:55 AM PST by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: Zakeet

I haven’t watched that phony POS since the late 60s, when the best film ever made (Just my opinion), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly didn’t garner one nomination for anything. I haven’t seen one film that was nominated, nor have I seen anything in the top ten movies this week.


9 posted on 02/25/2008 3:56:06 AM PST by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Ohio & Texas-cross over & vote Obama! LEAVE NO DOUBT! TAKE THEM OUT!)
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To: Zakeet

why should anyone care what these people do


10 posted on 02/25/2008 4:17:49 AM PST by jrd
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To: Petronski; Zakeet

No doubt you missed the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking category.

Please don’t tell me I am wrong and an anti-Bush movie got some recognition. That means two things. Ugh on the Oscars and two, I have to apologize to the poster I posted to earlier.


11 posted on 02/25/2008 4:26:56 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Taxi to the Darkside beat out three other anti-Bush films and a film on African tribal dancing. The director called on America to "return to the light," or some such blather.

This occured right after American soldiers, via satellite, were used to announce the nominees in Best Short Documentary and award the Oscar to a film about same-sex marriage.

12 posted on 02/25/2008 4:30:18 AM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: Petronski; Zakeet

Good God those folks are sick. Sorry to Zakeet for my post. I was clearly the misinformed.


13 posted on 02/25/2008 4:36:07 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

I watched about 20 minutes of the “gala” and managed to capture one precious moment (Marion Cotillard accepting for Best Actress) and the aforementioned anti-American orgy.


14 posted on 02/25/2008 4:38:47 AM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: Petronski

Well you saved me from watching it. The retelevise it and I was going to take a look at it, but you just saved me four hours of my life. Thank you!!! lol.


15 posted on 02/25/2008 4:40:05 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Zakeet

I drink your milkshake!

I drink it up!


16 posted on 02/25/2008 4:53:24 AM PST by period end of story
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To: period end of story

WOW! What a hunk! Loved him in Last of the Mohicans! Didn’t want that movie to end!


17 posted on 02/25/2008 5:24:29 AM PST by Mean Maryjean (Tribe Member: 'Runs with Rush')
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To: The Ghost of Rudy McRomney
"The Good......"

"When you have to shoot, you don't talk, you just shoot." I don't know about all-time best movie, (although one of my favorites) but certainly best movie score ever. Ennio Morricone was a musical genius.

18 posted on 02/25/2008 5:28:27 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Zakeet

“No Country for Old Men.” ........... Boring body count movie that ended with room for a sequel.


19 posted on 02/25/2008 5:30:00 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: napscoordinator
They would not have given the Oscar to the "Titanic" type movie even if there had been one this year.

Three problems with that type of movie.... it made money, people went to see it in droves and liked it and there were no anti-republican or anti-Christian politics screaming at you throughout the movie.

20 posted on 02/25/2008 5:58:47 AM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Anti Christian Golden Compass beat out Pro Military Transformers for best visuals.
michael moore got one for his lies and propaganda.
Just like Passion of the Christ not getting anything, then the following Oscars a bunch of homo movies win.

I haven’y watched the ocsars since the early 90’s.
Their bias is so blatent and disgusting.
Funny thing, the movies that get the oscars usually tank at the box office.


21 posted on 02/25/2008 6:11:58 AM PST by Larebil (My name is liberal backwards, since they backwards thinking)
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To: Zakeet

Good! I hope Hollywood is smarting from the put down.


22 posted on 02/25/2008 6:15:18 AM PST by Ditter
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To: abb
In what perhaps captured the tenor of the night most fittingly, "Falling Slowly" was honored as best original song. The tiny love ballad comes from the equally small Irish film "Once," and defeated three flashy songs from Disney musical blockbuster "Enchanted."

I saw "Enchanted," and I liked the entertaining fun of it.

23 posted on 02/25/2008 6:19:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Zakeet; abb; Milhous; george76; BOBTHENAILER

“In an era when overseas revenue accounts for more than half of a movie’s income, the percentages were tilted far more heavily toward foreigners throughout the awards show, with an especially strong showing from Europe.”

In the early 1990’s to the mid 1990’s, one of our best friends traveled extensively in England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore on business.

He kept telling us the Hate America entertainers/semi actors were stoking up their sales across the oceans, when they came out with Anti America movies, songs and did hate America tv enterviews.

He said, when one of these Hatriots’s income reached about 50% from overseas, they became strident hate America Americans. Often when their stardom took a big and permanent dip in America, they would do the hate America gigs to sell their old DVDs, CDs and songs in the overseas market.


24 posted on 02/25/2008 8:13:26 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007)
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To: gridlock

All I know is that the best movie of last year was the one that won for Best Foreign Language Film, “The Lives of Others.”

I definately want to check out this year’s winner, “The Counterfeiters.” I suspect that will blow away any Hollywood film as well.


25 posted on 02/25/2008 8:20:02 AM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: jrd
why should anyone care what these people do

Because "these people" have enormous influence, and hold a monopoly on communication and culture in America.
Because WE have FAILED to compete, by ignoring them.

As evidenced by the horrible poll numbers on Iraq, President Bush, the enormous growth in government over the last 40 years, the continuing addiction to gov literally and emotionally, the rise of Obama, and the belief by Americans that the gov can control the weather and the earth's temp, FGS!

Hollywood owns TV, Americans do nothing but watch TV.
26 posted on 02/25/2008 8:28:55 AM PST by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: driftless2

“When you have to shoot, you don’t talk, you just shoot.” I don’t know about all-time best movie, (although one of my favorites) but certainly best movie score ever. Ennio Morricone was a musical genius.


The soundtrack was only one reason I loved it. Costumes, sets, design, acting, direction, photography, all came together in a masterpiece of what a movie is supposed to be. I saw it at the theatres in initial release thirteen times-to this day a record for me.


27 posted on 02/25/2008 8:51:38 AM PST by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Ohio & Texas-cross over & vote Obama! LEAVE NO DOUBT! TAKE THEM OUT!)
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To: abb; Grampa Dave
FYI New Media meme update.

Oscar Ratings At 20 Year Low

Oscars-732859As much as I enjoyed the Oscars last night, it appears that many people decided to skip out on the program and watch something else. We get wind of some disappointing numbers from the hallowed halls of the Hollywood Reporter:

According to ABC’s very preliminary household metered market overnights, the awards averaged a 21.9 rating/33 share. That’s down a sharp 21% from last year and the lowest on record in at least 20 years. The more accurate fast national ratings have been delayed by Nielsen and should be available midday.

Last night’s Oscar telecast, where “No Country for Old Men” took the top prize, was expected to underperform given the lack of movies with broad boxoffice appeal vying for best picture. ABC and producers also were unsure if the Oscars were going forward with a full production until the writers strike was resolved Feb. 12, resulting in last-minute scramble to prepare and market the show.

Well, this sucks. I thought this was an outstanding year for the Oscars, with a great selection of films up for awards I am a little disappointed that interest wasn’t there for the broadcast. The program is notoriously long and I am wondering if people are losing their patience for awards shows, or just have no real desire to see them anymore. I am scratching my head for reasons and if you guys have your own ideas, please share your thoughts.

I wonder if the sheer number of films that are being released are having an impact on the oscars. 20 years ago, everyone was able to see the same films because the choice was slimmer every weekend. Now with a glut of films always coming down the pipe, people are getting more variety, but we are not sharing stories like we used to. People are getting segmented into smaller viewing groups and many people have not had a chance to see all of the nominated films. It’s hard to get excited about nominated films when you haven’t seen them, and you certainly will not sit through an oscar broadcast.

This is disheartening news. Jon Stewart did an outstanding job, the show had a good pace, the nominees were solid and the show gets piss-poor ratings. International friends, do you think anything can be done to save the Oscars as a television event or is it dammed without blockbuster nominees?


Oscar Awards Bomb

Nielsen said Monday that overnight ratings are also 21 percent lower than last year, 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever. No one wants to watch a bunch of snobs act like they are better than everyone else. They want to see talented actors who humbly accept awards that show appreciation for their talent. It’s supposed to inspired the average person, but instead it has made most feel like they aren’t good enough, and all the Oscar snubs prove this point. The Oscars failed due to their own snobbery.

28 posted on 02/25/2008 12:06:42 PM PST by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: Lady Heron
I remember when Titanic was going full steam in early 1998 there were various articles about how it was a class warfare, anti-Christian propanganda piece.
29 posted on 02/25/2008 12:41:18 PM PST by Borges
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To: Petronski

I was surprised they didn’t have the troops announcing that award instead of the one before.


30 posted on 02/25/2008 12:51:54 PM PST by TightyRighty
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To: TightyRighty

I guess that’s the “silver lining” in Oscar’s noxious cloud.


31 posted on 02/25/2008 2:23:18 PM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: Milhous; abb

If the America Hating Maggots in charge of Follywood are depending on adults like those in our family to watch this bs and their stuff posing as movies, they are in real trouble.

None of the adults in our immediate family watched the Oscars nor saw any movies listed for a possible Oscar.

The movie extent were Disney Movies for the grandkids.

One of my wive’s old type liberal friends asked my wife how we could go years without seeing great movies and the Oscars.

My wife said, “We haven’t missed any great movies, and we go green during Oscar night by turning off our tv.”

The friend and her husband have cancelled their annual Oscar Night party for lack of interest.


32 posted on 02/26/2008 8:27:13 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007)
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To: Mean Maryjean

WOW! What a hunk! Loved him in Last of the Mohicans! Didn’t want that movie to end!

He was great in Mohicans. Love him in any movie he’s in. Great actor. Actually does character acting, an almost dead art, in many of his movies, like Gangs of New York. Will see this new movie when it comes out on DVD. A fantastic actor is Daniel Day Lewis.


33 posted on 02/26/2008 8:40:08 AM PST by flaglady47 (Algore: send global warming to Chicago area; will pay any carbon tax - desperate)
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