Oscars 2008

All Hail the DVR
E-mail debates of newsworthy topics.
Feb. 25 2008 1:43 PM

Oscars 2008

VIEW ALL ENTRIES

Dana and Troy,

As we watched the display of talent shimmering on the television screen, we realized that we were grateful.

For the DVR.

And Pacific time.

We started 30 minutes behind the live broadcast and whipped right through.

We admit that we were hoping for an upset. It may be the height of movie wimpdom to say so, but we're guessing the Coen brothers' earlier work Henry Kissinger: Man on the Go makes for a more fun Saturday night than No Country for Old Men. But producer Scott Rudin has been laboring for a long time without a lot of Oscar love, so mazel tov to him. We wondered how come they always show the teary wives but no quick reaction shot when Rudin thanked his honey. What's up with that, liberal Hollywood?

Most disingenuous moment: Rudin claiming to be surprised. Much better was his acknowledgement of Sydney Pollack, who is not well (and who was a producer on Michael Clayton).

Julian Schnabel may be creepy, but it was a shame to see Diving Bell go winless. Notice that all the acting Oscars went to non-Americans? Even biggest upset went to a foreigner (Julie Christie).

A few more surprises would have been nice. Marion Cotillard's win proves that channeling dead celebrities is the way to win an Oscar.

We were surprised to find ourselves rooting for Hal Holbrook because really, our heart belonged to Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton. But we figured Holbrook had a shot at the old-guy win. Apparently the Academy doesn't do that any more.

A few choices were pleasing. The song from Once deserved to beat the competition from Enchanted, which seemed phoned in. And wasn't it kind of nice to see Michael Moore stay in his seat?

Until next year,
Kim

TODAY IN SLATE

History

Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Foreigners
Sept. 29 2014 10:00 PM “Everything Must Change in Italy” An interview with Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 29 2014 1:52 PM Do Not Fear California’s New Affirmative Consent Law
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 29 2014 12:01 PM This Is Your MOM’s Mars
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.