Monday, March 06, 2006

Schmacademy Schmawards

This past weekend the annual academy awards took place and for the first time in quite some years a friend of mine had an oscar party. Now, when the creative invites went out for this party i was immediately perked up at the thought of watching the awards with all my friends, all dressed up and eating spring rolls. what else could a girl ask for? for the past five years i have watched the awards alone (aside from several phone calls to out-of-town girlfriends). and as i discovered this past weekend there is a reason for that. i am what is known as a voracious awards show watcher. don't get me wrong, i don't get a boner for any old "people's choice" or "vh1" awards but for the big ones (ie. the oscars, golden globes and perhaps the emmy's) i am glued to my seat. this means that i require:
a) adequate red carpet watching time (usually three hours pre-show)
b) a fine balance between critiquing the obvious costume mistakes and appreciation for the gods and goddesses of the carpet
c) silence during the opening monologue
d) silence during the speeches. yes, all of the speeches. let's not fool ourselves that the best actor consistently has a better speech than the best cinematographer. gafs are made, there are surprises to be had and i want to catch them. so shut up.
e) a running check on my pics against the winners.
i would say that out of my five requirements the party was able to fully satisfy 1.5. happily, i sacrificed watching of the red carpet and some of the monologue/speeches for an excellent round of movie trivia conjured up by my party hosts. it was brilliant...and not just 'cause i won :) another brilliant addition...costumes. it's pretty clear that i love dressing up and making an ass of myself, so i was quite pleased by these additions. i may not watch the oscars with a group again, but come by my house next year and you may just find me dressed as the next Natalie Portman heroine.

The brokeback cowboy and Man in black...our fine party hosts.

The Film Editor

Team Phantom (yes, they know it was nominated two years ago) and Brokeback Cowgirl.
*note - my apologies to Ms.North Country for not capturing her portrait in these images...but she clearly spent all night in the kitchen and the can.

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