I’m kind of watching the Oscars with my mom… while I let hair dye work in my hair and catch up on my “correspondance” (ie. blog). I’d say that 7-10 years ago I cared way more about the Oscars (and the whole Hollywood scene) much more than I do now. I’m not sure what changed for me; maybe it was my husband’s influence, maybe it was my own changing perspectives, maybe it’s because I have become so busy that I have no time to watch TV, let alone go out to movies!
I used to make a point of watching every movie that was nominated for best picture. This time, however, I’ve only seen Life of Pi, which I saw out of sheer interest. As I sit here kind of watching and listening to all of my mom’s comments about the dresses and the make-up and the embarrassing moments… I am wondering why we (collectively, as a society) care so much about this single night. I mean, some people spend all day gearing up for the event, and they watch the Oscars, and the pre-Oscar show, and the pre-pre-Oscar show (if that exists). I mean to offence to you if you are one of those people. However, I just wonder why it matters so much.
I feel like it is all just such a poor use of money! Maybe that feeling comes from my exposure to disparity through my medical education. All these movie stars who make millions of dollars a year are given more than their fair share of *free* dresses to choose from just for the publicity. And I’m sure millions of dollars are spent just on security and staff for lighting/sounds/effects etc. for an award show that only encourages people to spend more money on going to the theatre and watching more movies. Anyway, that’s just my little rant.
I feel like things could really be different in this world if we all changed our priorities just a little…