on robots, gay cowboys, and little golden statues.

If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had any sense of taste outside of the one on their tongues, they would have nominated Wall-E for best Picture, and not just in the Best Animated Feature category.

What the fuck is it with those people, anyway?  It’s so rare to see any genre flick get any sort of attention from the Academy, but SciFi movies get virtually no respect at all.  But toss in a movie about gay cowboys, one that would have been totally unremarkable if it had been about a hetero romance, and they toss those golden statuettes at the actors and director.  (Not that I have even the slightest  problem with gays, cowboys, or gay cowboys, mind you, but I just didn’t think Brokeback Mountain was the seminal piece of filmmaking it was made out to be by the AMPAS.  Wall-E, on the other hand, features the most human protagonist I’ve seen in a movie this decade, and that’s quite astounding when you consider that protagonist is a robot who’s mostly non-verbal.)

I don’t have a TV in the house, but if I did, I wouldn’t be watching the Oscars this year…again.

15 thoughts on “on robots, gay cowboys, and little golden statues.

  1. have you seen the commercials for the wall-e dvd? they feature slim humans. what the eff? the only humans i saw in the movie were blobs with heads drinking soda.

    if wall-e had featured a robot/human/robot-aging-backward love triangle it would have definitely been nominated in another category.

    i have no idea where or how i found your blog. did some one link to you recently? maybe google reader reccommended you. yeah, that’s it.

  2. “…didn’t think Brokeback Mountain was the seminal piece of filmmaking…”

    No, but it was a “semenal” film, no?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  3. Divemedic says:

    Like Cartman from Southpark said, all of the award winning movies are about cowboys eating pudding.

    That explains why tom Hanks didn’t get an award until he made a movie about a gay lawyer, even though I thought Apollo 13 and The Green Mile were far better performances

  4. Marko says:

    Uh, Philadelphia came out in 1993. Apollo 13 came out in 1995, and The Green Mile in 1999.

  5. pax says:

    Marko,

    I’m surprised you liked Wall-E. We sat through the whole thing with the fascination one might give to watching a slow motion train wreck.

  6. MarkHB says:

    The first forty minutes of Wall-E were utterly inspired. If they could have pulled the whole film off without a single human, then it wouldn’t be Oscar Grade, it’d be …. wow.

    It got focusgroupped into having the blobby humans.

    Weep for the third reel. Weep for it.

  7. BobG says:

    Quit watching the Oscars years ago; these days it’s all on political correctness rather than the quality of the movie itself.

  8. Tam says:

    George C. Scott had the right response to the Oscars.

  9. AbbyK9 says:

    I’m with Pax on Wall-E. There are a lot of Disney films that I like, but Wall-E just bored me to tears. I was mostly waiting for it to be over, and really didn’t see what the big deal was about Wall-E when it was.

  10. Peter the Not-so-Great says:

    FWIW, Disney did have one “genre” breakthrough back in 1992, when Beauty and The Beast got a Best Picture nomination. It didn’t get the win, though, and the Academy set up the Best Animated Feature category to make sure no “cartoon” ever got such a nomination again.

  11. MarkHB says:

    Don’t forget – animation steals work from real actors.

    *sigh*

  12. ChrisB says:

    Wall-E was outstanding and should be recognized as such, probably because its animated people think of it as a kid’s movie and therefore don’t take it seriously.

    Brokeback Mountain was one of the most booring piles of crap ever, the only interesting part when when the guy shot the moose. The only reason it got the publicity it did was because it was about a gay relationship. If it was about a man and a woman who were each married to other people the movie would have been a box office bomb.

    At the very least they should have had the guys in Brokeback Mountain eat pudding.

  13. daddyquatro says:

    I never saw BBM but it still ticks me off that they are called “cowboys”. Cowboys herd actual, you know, COWS! They were f’n shepherds!

  14. Mithras61 says:

    Maybe Whollywierd should make an animated feature about gay space cowboys. From the way things have been going lately, it’d be a sure hit and sweep the Oscars besides!

    The problem with animated features is that (in the USA, at least) the medium has been used to put so much garbage in front of children for so long that it isn’t taken seriously anymore. In some parts of the world it is as serious a medium for storytelling as live-action is here. If it were used to tell more serious stories here, it would eventually (maybe in a few centuries) be taken seriously (again – it used to be serious here, too). In the meantime, it is a very expensive method of making movies that adults will not take seriously and mostly children will be the target audience.

    It is a shame, really, as it has possibilities for telling great stories(Sci-Fi and horro genres, for example) that can’t really be handled well by live-action without some major CGI, and IMHO that usually spoils the suspension of disbelief because of the poor quality of the CGI effort.

  15. Windy Wilson says:

    Yep, where men are men and sheep are nervous!

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