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Oscar’s Playground

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…

2 thoughts on “Oscar’s Playground

  1. I agree with you on this, and I feel the same way about the money spent on major sporting events, but I feel a little guilty about it. I’m sure many people are passionate about these things and they get much enjoyment from them, which makes them a positive, but it would be nice to see the money spread more evenly throughout society, especially for things like education and health care.

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    1. Completely agree. Entertainment is important, but is it more important than basic needs? Health care? Education? I don’t think so.

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