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Do you plan on watching the Oscars?

Asked at m on February 23, 2007

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“I certainly do. I think ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ will win. My husband didn’t like it, but I thought it was great.”

Photo of Bob Borowiecki

“No, but my friends are planning an Oscar party at Hashinger. They all watch it together and discuss the results.”

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“I probably won’t watch it straight through. I really don’t care who wins; it’s just fun to watch. It’s more of a talk about it the next day kind of thing, like who was there and who was wearing what.”

Photo of Janice Raiteri

“No. We don’t have a TV, but we love to go to movies. I’ve only seen two of the films that are up, so I’m not as interested to see who wins.”


Mike Blur 11 years, 1 month ago

The Oscars used to air the same night as the NCAA basketball championship game. Now they've moved it back to February in a brazen attempt for a ratings grab during sweeps.

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB, pretty funny, too bad rt missed the joke.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

hah, blue. good one! :)

how 'bout watching the felixes? not i, don't really give a horse's patootie about 'em.

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sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and since I am not from the area, where is "m"? It says that's where they asked the question. Is there some list of super-secret OTS question-asking locations?

Sen_Fudgepack 11 years, 1 month ago

The only good byproduct of the Oscars is that it may make me a rent a movie I normally wouldn't.... Sometimes it's a really good way to find a gem that doesn't have the financial backing of the big studios that love to produce only what they think will rake in the $$$... We know their taste is impeccable... NOT... LOL...

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

I must plan. I must watch. I must enjoy. I must obey. I want to watch. Please help me.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

Nope. I plan to check out Special Unit 2. I prefer SciFi to HollyFi anyday.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 1 month ago

sgt- you just gotta be that person huh?

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

That's a negative. I prefer not watching people kiss their own derieres for hours at a time.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

B, I will watch too, until Desperate Housewives come on (unless it's a rerun). I like to see the clothes. And I've seen more of the movies and they are ALL great!

Blue, you're such a weenie. AND a Grouch.

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sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

The real reason to watch the Oscars is to make fun of everyone on the show. Otherwise, it doesn't mean much. (It's like pro sports leagues' all-star games -- except even those let the fans vote.)

To that end, you have to choose the right people with whom to watch the show. If you watch with people who want to treat the whole show like it's deep and meaningful, your mockery will not be met with acceptance.

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB: "In fact, I don't think I've entered a movie theater in 3 years." Oh the horror! I hope the only time I can say such a thing is 4 years after I'm dead. Movies are meant to be enjoyed in movie palaces, not at home on a DVD, even if your home tv is 98" wide.

Yes I will watch. I always watch. It is a guilty pleasure seeing all the fancy gowns and red carpet and limos and film clips and such. Plus there is the game aspect of trying to pick the winners. I thoroughly enjoy it each and every year.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

"Movies are meant to be enjoyed in movie palaces, not at home on a DVD, even if your home tv is 98" wide."

I can agree with that, but only to a point. Certain movies, like those with eye-popping special effects (although let's be honest: it's more eye-popping these days when something is real) or breathtaking scenery, might be worth the price of admission. But a lot of movies really don't have the sort of elements that demand "movie palaces."

acg 11 years, 1 month ago

No way. That kind of stuff bores me to death. Why would anyone watch 3 hours of that nonsense when you can just get a recap online the next day? Looks like this will be a good weekend to rent some movies. Anyone recommend anything? I haven't seen anything new in a while.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

"B, I will watch too, until Desperate Housewives come on (unless it's a rerun). I like to see the clothes."

If one didn't read carefully, one might think you watch Desperate Housewives to see the clothes. Ha! Imagine that.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

Sgt, you are right! Shall we share a proofreader???

I will watch the Oscars because I like to see the clothes. I will switch to DH, then switch back. Truth is - I will fall asleep during both of them.

C1, I am a bowler and was not offended. And, yes it's true, I used to watch bowling on Saturday afternoons at 2:30. But you just be careful not to offend the ones who like wrastling. And I did spell it that way on purpose.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

ewwwwwwww mice in the theatre??!!?? that's just nasty.

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RonBurgandy 11 years, 1 month ago

I like to know who won the best picture, which i find out by watching CNN or reading the news the following day. All that celebrity crap makes me want to shoot myself, I don't reallly care about those people or what they wear.

TOB - I hadn't heard of Little Miss Sunshine and then my inlaws told me that I needed to see it b/c it was hilarious. I have to say that I agree with them now. I hope it wins, but I haven't seen nor do I know any of the other nominated movies.

I do enjoy going to the movies, but it takes a lot to get me to drop the $$ it costs nowadays to go see one.

schula 11 years, 1 month ago

Blue -- I saw Ghost Rider last weekend, too. I also thought it was very lame. I am a big Nicolas Cage fan so that is the main reason I saw it.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

I would second the Murderball recommendation. Not your typical documentary.

The sister of a friend of mine adores Little Miss Sunshine. She convinced my friend to watch it ... and my friend hated it.

(Just wanted to provide a balance for all the love the movie is getting here.)

ohjayhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

I will probably not watch. I will look at the recap on-line on Monday.

blue - I'm with you on Wild Hogs... the clips I've seen look good and I like most things with William H. Macy in it, but you never can tell.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

Oscars? No.

Little Miss: loved it. (Don't let the kiddies watch.)

Murderball: gonna put it in my queue. Thanks.

Flap Doodle 11 years, 1 month ago

Best movie I've seen in a while was Pan's Labyrinth.

ms_canada 11 years, 1 month ago

Depends - when is it on? what else is on that nite? Who are the nominees, haven't a clue. Might watch part of it. I really don't go to theatres much. Get DVD's. but get too restless to sit around watching the tube for too long. DVD allows me the luxury of getting up and moving around or going to check out the latest from Boldaq and such of his ilk. I'm of a mind with you, TOB, my own popcorn tastes best.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB, just to show there's all sorts of people in the world: my friend does not like mindless comedies. But I see what you mean.

I think my friend found Little Miss Sunshine depressing.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB, Ouch. Just caught up w/ yesterday's posts. You forgot your sarcastometer. I was just messing w/ ya. (The proofreader bit had been going around.) I meant no harm. Kiss and make up?

samsnewplace 11 years, 1 month ago

Ditto to jonas (anonymous) on February 23, 2007 at 6:04 a.m..........agree totally!

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Naked Gun I---my favorite movies!!

It is ridiculous what it costs for two people to go to a movie. Especially when we have to split a large buttered popcorn and a large coke, and we still spend around $30. And who wants to reach down for your popcorn and find little mouse shreds in your hand. ewwww

Does Nicholas Cage have his shirt off? That still didn't save ConAir, but it helped.

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Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

RI, I will see if there is really something special about SU2. Could be, they say #2 tries harder. Didn't prove to be true with husbands, maybe scifi can make it happen :)

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 1 month ago

Award shows are boring. Really boring. Televised golf boring. An entire televised cricket match boring. (Don't mean to seem like I'm picking on sport.) Kenneth Copeland boring. I don't understand. I can even see how watching sports drafts would be more interesting. Or Info-mercials. Or Benny Hinn. Remember when he had such a hairdo that you could land a plane on his head. (Oh, I guess you had to be there). (I know, who the hell is Benny Hinn)? It isn't like I ask for much from TV anyways, but good grief. How many hours are devoted to awards shows in a year? Just on the networks? I like me some music. I like movies too. All kinds. Even dumb ones, sometimes, though I'm loathe to admit it. Of course I guess I've been extra hard on the ol' TV lately. Not very fair of me I suppose.

I guess (one of)my other problem(s) is that I just don't care about these people. I got nothing against them. I just don't care. It is like this: If I go to a restaraunt and have a great meal, I don't have to see the chef and the owner parade around the dining room congratulating each other and handing out tiny, little, out of context samples of the celebrated food stuffs. I would in fact be quite displeased if such an event were to occur. I might complement the chef. I might recommend the establishment to people I know, but that is about it. I guess I feel the same about other "products" of the service economy (like movies, music, etc...)

In summation, (like you should ever say that in real life) I would just say that award shows are another thing that takes up precious network time and causes the other channels to show repeats of whatever shows they are pushing lately. Or how they "catch predators". Speaking of which, when is that going to become a feature length film?

ms_canada 11 years, 1 month ago

ceal - the husband thing made my day!!!!!!!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

OK, TOB, I just looked up Kirk Rundstrom (because I really had no idea who he was). That is very sad and I am truly sorry if I offended you. I meant no disrespect. I was just playing off of "the lack of a proofreader bit." I guess it went over like a pregnant pole-vaulter.

schula 11 years, 1 month ago

No, Nic didn't take his shirt off at all in the movie. There was no sex -- just the violence of him capturing the lost souls. I guess if I was a fan of Marvel Comics and knew more about the Ghost Rider I might have enjoyed it more.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

Do we get to see Joan and Melissa Rivers again? That would be the swing factor for you guys, right?

JayCat_67 11 years, 1 month ago

Ooooh, the oscars. I think I'd better go see if that paint is drying OK.

As for the types of movies, it just depends on my mood. I liked "Little Miss Sunshine" but it just wouldn't fit the bill when I'm in a "Dumb & Dumber" mood.

Plus, Dumb & Dumber has an added bonus: My wife can't stay awake through more than 20 minutes of it. Ah, peace and quiet in the JayCat household!

ms_canada 11 years, 1 month ago

Just saw, this minute, a commercial for Wild Hogs and must say it looks like a great movie and I will definitely put it on my list of DVDs to rent. I buy very few.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

Oooh. TOB, Norbit is justification for pretty much anything, up to and including physical violence. Carry on.

acg 11 years, 1 month ago

I think I'll go out and get Little Miss Sunshine this weekend. I also want to see the Departed and I hear that came out on DVD this week, as did The Prestige. Anyone see the Prestige yet? Thanks for the info guys. I just saw An Inconvenient Truth the other night. It was riveting (even with Al in it). It also scared me a little.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

ms_c: good, because it ruined more than one of mine :D

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

Oh, by the way, I think Bob Borowiecki's picture almost makes him look like he asked to have his identity concealed. With the light source behind him and no compensation with flash, that photograph does not get an A+.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

acg, I also saw "An Inconvenient Truth" the other night. It was very discomforting. Al Gore did a good job and I like a guy with a sense of humor. Although I'll not be watching the Oscars, I hope he gets some recognition.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

RI, I had an oscar. It got "hole in the head" disease. Have you ever heard of such a thing? (left door wide open)

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

The Oscars is one of the most watched shows on television year after year. Yet according to today's responses nobody appears to actually watch.

I'm guessing the question should have been, "Would you ever admit to watching the Oscars?" To which everyone would rightfully respond, "But of course not! We don't own a television and only allow Junior to read Shakespeare in the early evening before enjoying our organic and well-rounded dinner prepared here at home by the entire family. We also vote in each and every election, including primaries for unopposed local positions, exercise no less than six days a week, attend all of our children's school functions, and never say an unkind word about other people."


Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

groan...please - close the door now Sue.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

Well, I can't leave that one alone. I can't speak for anyone else, bea, but I have watched the Oscars exactly once in my life. It was the year Crash won (and Jon Stewart hosted), and I watched it with two of my good friends. And, in line with what I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed mocking many aspects of the show.

Also, while I don't attend my children's school functions (since I have none), I do attend other people's children's school functions! (By "functions," I mean "games.")

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

bea, I remember watching the Oscars as a teen. My adult self just doesn't care. I will probably check out what pics won what the day after to see if there are any good movies I've missed. During the actual Oscars, I'll most likely be watching a movie since Desperate Housewives will probably be a re-run. Sunday is "couch potato" night.

betti81 11 years, 1 month ago

acg-The Prestige is very good. The Departed is awesome and a part of me wants it to win best picture. I really enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine also. There are a few more on the nomination list that seem interesting. Half Nelson, Letters, Little Children, usually a good doc in there I wouldn't have known about otherwise. I always see the Oscars as a tool for getting to know about movies I might otherwise not have know about.

bea--I watch the Oscars and am not afraid to admit it. They are fun. I like to cheer on my favs and yell when some dumb movies wins best picture (Shakespeare in Love). I can't say I watch it from begining to end though.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

Sue, I'm a DH fan too. It's sure gotten good again, hasn't it!

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

Gootsie -- et tu, a DH fan? Just say no to DH, I say! It is wrong, wrong, terribly wrong. If you play the game, you should have to step up to the plate. I'm against Designated Hitters.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

I agree - the american league pitchers are weenies.

Silly Bea!

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

RI, more like the husband as a hole :P

I best go back to just reading other posts now . . . I'm in a mood that could really get me into trouble today . . . .

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

Goots, love that show. And Bea, I firmly believe that every player should have to hit as well. No DH's!

Ceal, I just got in a "mood," too. Someone at the school has convinced my youngest that she'll have to go to summer school if she does poorly on state ASSessments next week. I hate state testing, as a rule. I may keep her out sick for the week. Surely there is someone I can punish.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure there is, sue. Fortunately for you, the world is full of folks who like to be punished . . . I'm just not sure mr_sun would approve :}

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

Good eye, MD! Just another celebrity pretending to have passed when they really just moved to Lawrence to get away from it all!

sourpuss 11 years, 1 month ago

I don't think I've ever actually watched the Oscars, and I very rarely cared if a movie received an award. I go to so few movies anyway, that I don't have an opinion about the ones that receive nominations. Besides, it isn't like the Academy picks the BEST movies (Rocky over Taxi Driver? Please...), they pick movies that will go down well with the populace. Normally, when I do think a film should win, it doesn't.

I also don't really care what the ladies are wearing as I will 1: never look like that, 2: even if I looked like that, I couldn't afford the gowns, 3: no place to wear said gown, 4: of course they look great, they have teams of people primping them over for weeks before that event... most of us would look pretty good if we could blow money on that.

In long, the Oscars are exceedingly irrelevant as the people involved are hardly a reflection of reality for us to emulate and if you enjoyed a movie, does it matter if it wins a prize (or conversely, if you hated a movie, would you like it because it did win?)

That's 'nuff.

JayCat_67 11 years, 1 month ago

Had a cat named Oscar once.

He was declawed.

He bit a lot.

JayCat_67 11 years, 1 month ago

After she seemed to spend the better part of two years pregnant, I've renamed her "Katie Horny"

erod0723 11 years, 1 month ago

Let's go Steve Carell! Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha!

JeffSpicoli 11 years, 1 month ago

I hope my man Jefferson wins Best Actor. He's come a long way, dude.

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

rt, citing a FoxNews story about how terrible the Clintons and Hollywood is. Shocking, I tell you.

By the way, wasn't it the same people at Fox who also own FoxNews who wanted to run a sensational story from O.J. Simpson on how he would have murdered his ex -- if he had? And these people are going to say someone else has disdain for America? You can't be serious.

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