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February 24, 2008


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Polar bear pajama pants?!?!?!?!

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Eric Ryan Seale

Marketa Irglova getting a second shot at saying a few words was a great moment. Especially since a little film like that snagging an Oscar proves there might still be room for a true indie film and music scene not actually run by large studios calling themselves independent. All in all it was a fairly decent Oscars.

Charles Edward Pogue

Best moments were Robert Boyle...still sharp as a tack at 92...eloquently accepting his honorary Oscar and Jon Stewart allowing Marketa Irglova, the half of the Oscar-winning song team, to come back and make her acceptance speech after she was so rudely cut off.

And what's with nominating three songs from one movie? (All rather bland mediocre nominees, I thought....Yeah, I want a song about scrubbing the toilet...fits right in there classics like Moon River and As Time Goes By). Even if any of them were any good they would naturally cancel each other out. You can't find five original songs from five different movies? What a joke!

Christopher Rouse mentioned that his father had previously won an Oscar...that would be writer/producer/director Russell Rouse for Pillow Talk, with whom I share a story credit on DOA. It was completely unsought and unasked for. When I re-wrote DOA in 88' based on the original film by Rouse and partner, Clarence Greene, the arbiters at the WGA felt I'd altered the story significantly to earn a shared story credit with them and just gave it to me.

They should either let the Oscars be the celebration they intend, which means you don't go cutting winners off and let it run as long as it will...or they should run it without commercials or have commercials only every half hour. Too many commercials...which is true of every bit of network and cable TV (except TCM and the movie channels) and which makes watching anything a torturous, chop-a-block ordeal, completely ruining any momentum or flow any programme can have. It's just impossible to watch anything on commercial television and enjoy it anymore...which is why I rarely do anymore.

Jamie G.

Yea, Once! Totally excited!

I love his words: "Make art! Make art!"


The Depper is looking dapper. Not his oft-tried auteur look.

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