Tuesday March 01, 2016
Lancelot Links Loses It at the 2016 Oscars
- It's two days later and do you know where your Oscar host is? And just how did Chris Rock do anyway? To be honest, I wasn't impressed. I liked the Kevin Hart joke. That's about it. The Times, I feel, was a bit kind in its review.
- What didn't work? The Jada joke—particularly bringing Rihanna into it. And the thing with Stacey Dash? Painful. But the worst, certainly the most controversial, was that Asian joke.
- VerySmartBrothas.com was less kind in its review, but what they want you can't get. They want an all-out attack at an event that's supposed to be a celebration. To be honest, I thought Rock attacked Hollywood too much for the #OscarsSoWhite thing. At what other event is the goal to shame the event? And for the zillionth time, I'd like to remind everyone that every time you say someone should have been nominated, you're saying someone else, someone probably in the same room as you, shouldn't have been nominated. Don't pretend you have all the slots in the world to play with.
- How long have I been saying this? Since my very first blog post. I'm obviously having a huge impact here.
- Meanwhile, Alex Ross at The New Yorker takes a look at the Academy using Wagner to force off the stage guys that made movies about the Holocaust, and guys trying to talk about racial tolerance.
- Meanwhile, Jeff Wells gives us 7 possible reasons why Sylvester Stallone lost supporting actor.
- This Oscars was also one of the lowest-rated Oscar telecasts ever. But let's face it, fewer people are going to see Oscar films. Plus we can all see the best bits of the broadcast on YouTube the next day.
- But here's a thought: Louis CK as host. Poor bastard.
- “Every Frame a Painting” (one of Jordy's favorites) takes a look at the reverse shots of the Coen Brothers. Also they're odd blend of comedy and tragedy. I learn new things every day.
- What was Justice Scalia doing in Texas just before he died? Mother Jones says he was with an “exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus.” Whatever gets you through the night.
- James Surowiecki on just how pro-business the Roberts court has been.
- Before the Oscars, we got the Cesars. Nathaniel at Film Experience counted down the winners.
- It's Joe Posnanski on Buck O'Neil again, but that's fine with me. At my funeral, you could read Joe Posnanski on Buck O'Neil and I'd be cool with it.
- The Atlantic wakes up to “Theeb” about a year after my review. Welcome to the party, pals.
- The best skewering of Donald Trump (a.k.a. Donald Drumpf), comes to us courtesy of John Oliver.