Generally, I don't give a rats arse about the Oscars... Today is no different. I dislike the split between best film and best foreign language film, cos it's at best cultural imperialist and at worst plain racist. I don't see what the point is in awarding best actor and best actress, it's just sexist. Why not just have the best performance award? Is that feminism gone mad? It's not like in sports where there is a physical difference limiting women from achieving on a level playing field with men. I suppose this is just feminism gone mad on my part but the cynic in me is put off by the pomp and ceremony and the focus on beauty in the ceremony and coverage of the awards rather than a purer recognition of skill.
I simply don't understand people who take it so seriously without seeing it as part of a gigantic unsustainable marketing machine. I have a lot more time for people who use it as an excuse for a party or to stay up late and eat popcorn, much like the super bowl or the Eurovision Song contest.
I can't make a comment on what should win having not seen many of the films but I will say this; Inception should win nothing except maybe art direction, The Social Network will probably win quite big, and Javier Bardem should win best actor although it's more likely to go to the Firth. I would have had like to have seen The Illusionist in the running for best film, but I hope it wins the animation category anyway.
Here's an hilarious video from CopeandDalton which sums up pretty much what I think about these little gold dudes this year better than those last two paragraphs: