Allow me to brag.
Not too long ago I wrote a movie review on “The Darkest Hour,” in which I commented:
“Not only should the make-up people be nominated for an Oscar, so should Gary Oldman, who well deserves winning it.” (for playing Winston Churchill)
A month earlier I wrote a movie review for “Thee Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” in which I commented:
“…every expression every nuance, every word spoken (or unspoken) by star, Frances McDormand, the quintessential thespian. This is what Oscar performances are made of.”
I’m proud to say that these predictions were accurate. Identity politics aside, this was a year in which these particular awards were truly given to the best, which is what it’s all about.
Best movie and Best Director went to “The Shape of Water,” for which I cannot comment, because I chose not to see it.
The Academy Award Show, as expected, remains a platform for Hollywood elite, who make a living pretending to be someone else, cannot miss an opportunity on world stage to predictably throw left-wing political jabs around, most of which garnered a chuckle or two, but no hearty laughter.
The main culprit is Jimmy Kimmel who should receive the award for being the unfunniest comedian in history. While he always plays to the political arena, it seems a prerequisite for getting the job. Being old enough to remember the incomparable wit of Bob Hope, Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson, I feel like I’m watching the world’s greatest amateur in this year’s show. In my opinion, Kimmel could not shine their shoes.
How come funny people are not funny any more? Who knows? Maybe it’s the infusion of political correctness, whereby it’s almost impossible to not offend someone. Imagine Red Skelton being castigated by people who are cross-eyed. Or sued, for making jokes about midgets.
Times surely change. Not always for the better.