GKN Weekly Update 2/26/13 – An Ineloquent Oscar Essay!

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4 Responses

  1. Annette Guarrasi says:

    I love your honesty and humility, Tom.

  2. Tom Dheere says:

    Thanks Annette, that’s very kind of you to say!

  3. Paul Payton says:

    Nobody asked, but here goes anyway….

    I didn’t know much about Seth MacFarlane, but I thought he had a great speaking voice, was often quite funny and (if you like his style) has a very good singing voice. He seems to be an all-around talent. That said, there was some pretty bad tastelessness (the John Wilkes Booth “joke’) as well as some great tastelessness (“I Saw Your Boobs”). What I got from the show is that you either “get” MacFarlane or not. I “got” him, thought him occasionally very good, often OK, and too often the victim of things that ran too long (the opening routine with Shatner, which went from great to borning, for example – or the stupid Ted stuff, although I’d like to know more about the animatronics of that bear).

    I also thought this year’s movies were an unusually fine group and was unhappy that the award winners got hustled off the stage in favor of more vacuous drivel from Les Miz and other tedious musical numbers. (Also, hasn’t Kristin Chenowith overstayed her fifteen squeaky minutes of fame?) I loved seeeing and hearing Streisand and Bassey, even if the songs they sang weren’t my favorites, and thought Adele put as much spine as possible into an awfully weak song; I couldn’t believe such lazy songwriting won “best” song.

    Maybe I’ve sat through (too) many awards presentations; I’ve also a few of my own, albeit with significantly lower-budgets! Nobody does any of these things perfectly – too many “moving parts” – but I think it deserves honest reviews from those of us who watched it for whatever reasons. Tom, I’m very glad you reviewed it, and thank you for your honesty, directness and friendship – and I know I’m not alone in saying that.

    Bottom line: better movies than show, but MacFarlane was a lot better than the two robots on downers from last year (what DID they put in their drinks, anyway?!?) I think the best award a piece of creative work can get is respect; right behind that is apprpriate commercial recompense. Also, I think the best award people like Tom and me who work for hire get is to be hired again. For me, that’s my Oscar/Emmy/Telly/etc. The rest is just stroking.

    Peace, love and a rich warm DX77 in the booth,
    Paul

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