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Axe the Political Speeches and We'll Watch Oscars, Viewer's Say
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/20/2009 | Ben Child

Posted on 01/20/2009 11:45:21 PM PST by GVnana

Axe the political speeches and we'll watch Oscars, say viewers

Respondents also more likely to watch ceremony if The Dark Knight is nominated for best picture, according to poll of US moviegoers

Ben Child
guardian.co.uk,
Tuesday 20 January 2009 11.22 GMT

The producers of this year's Oscars ceremony should cut out political speeches, make sure The Dark Knight is up for best picture and excise all trace of Jack Nicholson if they want to boost audience figures, according to a new poll.

Viewer numbers for the annual TV broadcast have been haemorrhaging in recent years, leading online ticketing firm Fandango to commission a poll to find out why. More than 7,000 people in the US were asked what they most liked and loathed about the Academy Awards show.

The No 1 turn-off for viewers turned out to be political speeches, with 51% saying they would be more likely to watch a show which banned them. "We don't care what you think about politics," said one respondent. "A bit of graciousness would be in order."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hollywood; oscars; shutupandsing
Not much chance of that!
1 posted on 01/20/2009 11:45:22 PM PST by GVnana
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To: GVnana

>>Not much chance of that! <<

Yeah, I stopped watching the Oscars even before the politics got overwhelming.


2 posted on 01/20/2009 11:48:05 PM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: GVnana
But the most bizarre suggestion was that producers stop cutting away to Jack Nicholson's face whenever anyone made a quip. "The producers are counting on Jack's killer smile to make the jokes look funnier than they are," sniffed one respondent.

Ha, ha. Jack does seem to be a perennial at the shows. Speaking of Nicholson, I like this clip from the Witches of Eastwick between him and Cher:

Warning: Language and sexual suggestions:

The Witches of Eastwick

3 posted on 01/20/2009 11:58:28 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: GVnana

My guess is that the people who voted for 0 are the only people who WILL watch this this self obsessed show PRECISELY because of the political speeches.


4 posted on 01/21/2009 12:00:18 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: gondramB

Well, for someone who lives a good 6 blocks away from the Kodak Theater, I have seen the outside ONCE as a request for visiting friends but that’s it. My neighbors get out of the neighborhood and head to Vegas because they block the main road getting out of our street. Too much traffic.
I’ll watch it IF Mickey Rourke gets a nomination, and The dark Knight gets nominated (my buddy works for Legendary), but other than those they can all burn in hell.


5 posted on 01/21/2009 12:00:26 AM PST by max americana
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To: GVnana

I wouldn’t watch it under any circumstances. Anyway, they will be over-the-top political with Oboomer and Prop. 8.


6 posted on 01/21/2009 12:01:46 AM PST by Rastus
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To: gondramB

In the 90’s I used to usually watch, but I don’t go to the movies but about once every 3 or 5 years so I don’t know the flicks. Plus the actors are too mouthy about everything under the sun especially conservatives and Republicans. It’s a BIG turn off. I have followed along with the FReeper threads while watching and that’s always fun to criticize with my fellow evil conservatives.


7 posted on 01/21/2009 12:02:37 AM PST by beaversmom
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Oops, let me try that link again--bad link above:

Warning: Language and sexual suggestions:

The Witches of Eastwick

8 posted on 01/21/2009 12:06:43 AM PST by beaversmom
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OH my goodness, I screwed it up again—never mind. Must be Obamamania overload:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHVIv-hSg14

Remember Mature Audiences only folks


9 posted on 01/21/2009 12:08:45 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: GVnana

This sounds pretty good until you think about what is going on here.

Political statements weren’t a problem for the last eight years were they.

Now that Obama is in, the Academy is sensitive to political statements.

The Academy can take the whole production and shove it up their posteriors as far as they can reach. I’ve got no use for the anti-Americans that star in the films today. Now that they’ve screwed this nation into the dirt, they can mug for the cameras without me having to get sick to my stomach in the process.

I’ve nearly cut out supporting the movie industry in any way. My wife and I won’t be seeing any new movies anytime soon.

I may not be able to stop guys like Obama selling this nation out, but I can refuse to support those who donated the most to get him in the position to do it.

F these Leninist traitors.


10 posted on 01/21/2009 12:16:07 AM PST by DoughtyOne (D1: Home of the golden tag line: If we are all equal, why was 01/20/09 a profound day in history?)
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To: GVnana

Nothing they do or don’t do would make watch it. I couldn’t care less about a bunch of navel-gazing self-absorbed self-important aging children. Nothing they do is relevant to my life, if Hollywood was blown up tonight I wouldn’t miss it and it make a bit of difference in my life. I don’t watch movies, except the ones made years ago by people who are dead, with real Americans like Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable in them. Just think, Carole Lombard died in a plane selling war bonds for the war effort. Those stars didn’t take themselves seriously, they knew they were blessed to get paid doing what they did, and they understood that it was entertainment, not indulging in their personal fantasies or beating people over the head with “messages” (they’re not even that subtle these days, no message is intimated, you’re beat over the head with their views). I don’t watch a movie made roughly past Louis B Mayer’s stewardship of MGM.


11 posted on 01/21/2009 12:24:35 AM PST by mrsmel (Barry the black's president, not mine)
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To: GVnana

Another attack of the Unwanted Apostrophe!


12 posted on 01/21/2009 12:31:15 AM PST by Misterioso ( Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon.)
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To: GVnana

It’s not just the puerile political diatribes that makes the Oscars unwatchable — it’s all the unseemly self-important bozos that just blubber on and on. I’ve only ever watched occasionally, but when I’ve tried to watch I find very little that interests me. There’s just too much ego and too little thought or entertainment.


13 posted on 01/21/2009 12:31:54 AM PST by Enchante (Jan. 20, 2009: There is not enough scotch whiskey in the world to drown my sorrows now..........)
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To: GVnana

No matter how good an actor Tom Hanks is; he became tainted spewing his rhetoric which is nonsense. I will probably never watch a movie or want to see him again. However, a lot of the stars or celebs don’t even have talent. I am not sure what they are there for; but I am certainly not entertained by a nitwit who would presume to think I should be subjected to their political whining(mostly what it is).


14 posted on 01/21/2009 12:40:43 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: mrsmel

“If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” -Sam Goldwyn

One of my favorite quotes of all time.


15 posted on 01/21/2009 2:12:23 AM PST by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Stuck Between Barack and a Hard Place.)
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To: The Ghost of Rudy McRomney

Mine too, I was thinking of that as I typed my post, but couldn’t remember who said it. I might have known it was a “Goldwynism”, LOL.


16 posted on 01/21/2009 2:17:11 AM PST by mrsmel (Barry the black's president, not mine)
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To: The Ghost of Rudy McRomney
“If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” -Sam Goldwyn

Unfortunately, you can't even do that anymore. Western Union doesn't send messages anymore.

17 posted on 01/21/2009 2:42:47 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: GVnana
"Who the Hell wants to hear actors talk?"
18 posted on 01/21/2009 2:56:25 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The death cult wants death, the Israelis want peace. I, for one, see only one solution.)
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To: GVnana

I haven’t watched an awards show in over 30 years. I don’t understand the appeal.


19 posted on 01/21/2009 4:35:37 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing! I'm a doctor, and I won't touch that thing!)
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To: GVnana

How convenient that this now comes out the day after the Obama administration has begun.

What a bunch of hypocritical cowards.


20 posted on 01/21/2009 5:04:12 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Misterioso

Have you read “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”? There’s an entire chapter on that ungrammatical phenomenon.


21 posted on 01/21/2009 5:28:45 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: mrsmel
I agree 100%. Not only is Hollywood morally bankrupt, but its products have become progressively more boring and overblown over the years. The credits for present day movies last longer than some of the feature films of the thirties. We've got to know who the third assistant worst boy key gripper is.
22 posted on 01/21/2009 6:21:40 AM PST by Route797
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To: GVnana

Hollywood has become so tacky and venomous that nobody cares anymore. Who wants to watch that crap. It has infected the entire country.


23 posted on 01/21/2009 6:46:02 AM PST by McGavin999
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