I don't watch the Oscars, so I am here with 10 Reasons Why I Don't Watch the Oscars.
1. I don't think the Oscars measure anything. The winners are entirely too manipulated/bought/whatever to have any meaning at all.
2. Up until this year, the Oscars were a bit too white (and male, unless the category actually required a vagina, as in Best Actress). Awarding the dubious achievements of white dudes is not a tradition I see any reason to perpetuate.
3. The red carpet walks make me feel a little sad about all the ridiculous money spent on appearances that could have been spent on making a difference.
4. The red carpet walks also highlight the fact that eating disorders are de rigeur unless you want to be thought of as a fat actress and have your career options limited. BMI in no way correlates to acting ability.
5. The entire industry of snarky sycophants who comment about people walking the red carpet makes me sick.
6. Actors are hired to speak the words that writers write. I truly don't care what the actors have to say. If they wanted a career where people listened to their thoughts and words, they shouldn't have chosen acting. Most of their speeches are absolutely unbearable. They need to stick to their day jobs.
7. No one wants to admit this is a popularity contest. What's popular isn't always good. Sometimes it is, but popularity isn't yoked to quality, especially not with movies.
8. I have a difficult time with the pretense that this is art. Hollywood is about business and no amount of artifice can change that. It insults the audience's intelligence to pretend otherwise.
9. The fact that they hire seat fillers says a lot. Basically, the awards show is so boring that they have to hire people to fill empty seats so no one notices that everyone is so freaking bored that they only stick around when there's an award for which they were nominated. (And that says a lot about the people sitting in the audience, none of it nice.)
10. I'd rather read a book. It's healthier than watching the dysfunction follies know as the Oscars.
Speaking of reading, I am pleased to report that Winter's Tale actually does get better. I decided to stick with it, and I was rewarded with a story that is at least bearable to read. I would say you have to give the book a good 75-100 pages to get interesting. I'm in part two right now, and I'm enjoying it. I don't think this will ever be my favorite book, but it might just be a decent read. At it's worst, it's still better than watching the Oscars.
Finally, check out these new kicks. The Princess got them this weekend at the Vans store. There is a dog print, too, but it wasn't in the store yet. Vans has a line of sneakers and bags with these two prints on them, and every sale means a donation to the ASPCA is made. Link to the whole collection is here.