Oscar Observations: Part I

March 6, 2006

-Was George Clooney really getting played off stage after five seconds? Apparently not, although I guess they changed up the acceptance speeches production this year. They’re playing music underneath all the speeches. A little overly dramatic, but I guess it’s okay…I mean it is Hollywood. I just don’t know how they’re going to actually play off the speeches that go too long.

-Nah but Clooney really did have a great speech. He’s just the absolutely smoothest guy I’ve ever seen.

-Dolly Parton is sixty, SIXTY years old. She looks amazing. I think it’s all natural. Hollywood=another planet.

-Is Jack Nicholson’s date tonight Kiera Knightley? Every shot of Jack has Knightley sitting next to him. I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily doubt it, but she is like barely old enough to drink alcohol. (Just IMDB’ed it…yeah she’s 20, and he’s 84. Okay well he’s 68. There’s no way he can satisfy my future wife [well, one of my future wives…she’s a little old for me])

-Jon Stewart’s doing pretty well…he’s made fun of Hollywood liberals, Scientology, etc…really forcing them to laugh at themselves…which is something most hosts don’t really do.


So we lost…

March 6, 2006

…I mean, what can you do. We’re not competitive with the soon-to-be #2 team in the country. The only way a team like Syracuse can beat a team like Villanova is with a combination of massive adrenaline and a lot of luck. If and when we meet up with Nova or UCONN in the 2nd round of the Big East Tourney, we’ll need to be running on all cyclinders (and, again, get incredibly lucky). And if we don’t run on all cyclinders and get a 2nd Big East Tournament win, we’ll probably be seeing the NIT in our future. Not good times.

Well Oscars are starting in a few minutes. Some quick predictions: A lot of gay cowboy-ness. Best Picture. Best Actor. Best Director. For Actress I’ll go with Reese. So basically no surprises here. Rachel Wiesz best supporting actress, and Paul Giamatti in a slight upset for Cinderella Man. Maybe Jon Stewart will be funny though. That could be good.

Damn Billy Bush is not only really short, but really a horrendous interviewer. Bush: Can you give us a prediction for the show? Oscar Guy: It’s going to be a great show. Bush: Great thanks.

A great show?! Shocking prediction.

So another letter to the editor coming in about my column. Check it here.

You know, today at the Syracuse game I really re-confirmed my thoughts on the topic of free speech. Some asshole Nova fan kept obnoxiously yelling, pissing off the crowd. And although I, along with most other people there, wanted to punch the guy in the face…I guess I supported his right to chant so offensively (and on Gerry’s day, damnit!). EEEEh maybe not, that guy should have gotten punched.

Onto the Oscars…I’ll post an update at some point in the next couple hours.


Some DO response

March 3, 2006

Big DO day…check out the bar raid article and the Harvard column

Got a response (my first of the semester to a column from a reader…good times) to the column, an email from Jessica who wasn’t too happy with what I had to say:

I must say that when I heard what the president of Harvard said in January, it
infuriated me. But what angered me more was your article in the D.O. today. I
cannot believe that you would consider this man a victim, especially because he
resigned! By saying women lag behind men in math and science due to genetic
reasons is offensive, and he was wrong. As president of Harvard he should have
been more careful not to insult half of the population, especially because his
comment has no credability.”Is he wrong? Maybe. Is the suggestion idiotic? Yeah
maybe…” is not good enough for me. In my opinion, he IS wrong, and so is
defending him on the grounds that we have “fragile ears and egos”. Also, even
if it was just in Arts and Sciences, 62% of the PROFESSORS said they did not
have confidence in him. Not just the fragile youth. As a male college student,
you may not hear where I am coming from. All I ask is that you not offend half
the population again by defending someone who already has, and make him out to
be the victim.
I responded:

Jessica-

Thanks for your response. I don’t think Summers is actually the victim in this case, only that he is being unfairly forced out. I would hope there are people like yourself on the campus of Harvard to speak out against Summers, saying how offensive his suggestion is. I would hope there would be other individuals on the campus who would argue against that assertion, saying some studies seem to support what he said.
Basically what I mean is that this is a college campus – a learning environment. If people aren’t allowed to make comments perceived as politically incorrect and potentially wrong, where can they make them? It at the very least opens a dialogue on the topic.
Something I didn’t put in the article, because of space (but also because it doesn’t directly relate to the point) is that as head of the World Bank he made the comment that educating women in higher education was one of the most important goals of the World Bank, and because of that they gave millions of dollars to develop programs to do just that. This man was not sexist or misogynistic. He simply spoke his mind, and, obviously, opened himself up for critique.
Being a male has nothing to do with it – if you were to tell me that all men hate women and are potential batterers in relationships, I would disagree with you whole-heartedly. I’d be offended. I’d think you were 100% wrong. But I’d defend your right to say that 100% as well, and then I’d defend my right to counter your argument.
Glad you responded…one other final question is whether I can post your email on my website www.betweenthekraks.com, simply as another way of continuing the debate.
Thanks.
…she responded with a pretty favorable email. So I guess we’re on good terms now.
Speaking of political correctness, check out this crazy letter to the editor in the DO today against the fact that Ann Coulter is coming to speak on campus. Hey — Ann Coulter’s pretty crazy, but so is Michael Moore and there was no uproar from these people when he came to speak last year.
Well part two of Greta’s interview with Joran comes on at 10 PM. Great story. I’ve got a theory about it, and I think its starting to be confirmed a little as we see Joran as a pretty savvy guy, who certainly doesn’t sound too guilty. I’ll write out my theory at some point, but for now check out this excellent web site about all things Natalee.
Coming tomorrow/Saturday: the promising Real World cast, the probably fake Deal or No Deal and a Villanova-‘Cuse prediction.

closing out a tough week…and big DO day manana

March 2, 2006

Getting of suprisingly the most difficult, time-consuming week of my college life. Combo of classes/extra-curricular stuff. Definitely will be posting more from now on…

 Part of the reason for that, although I certainly don’t mind, is my two articles in the print edition of the DO tomorrow. First, is a front-page story (my first since freshman year) about the bar raids. The other is a column about the crazy political correctness going on at Harvard. Check it out…

 More to come this weekend, about this year’s Real World cast (looks promising), Deal or No Deal (going downhill), 24 vs. the Apprentice (and NBC’s stupidity) and probably other non-TV related things…