of our time will be decided.
...and thank you for giving us something so special.
Hey, is it strange that I find Éowyn infinitely hotter than Arwen?
"I am no man!"
Yeah, everybody noticed except Aragorn.
I had actually debated watching the Oscars this year, and I came to the conclusion that I probably would, mostly because of the presence of Billy Crystal. Of course, I forgot that they were early this year, and so, when Waystone text-messaged me upon the final Return of the King victory, I was quite shocked not so much because it had won, but because the show had already happened.
Last night was such a nice night I took a long walk with my headphones. It was a very nice walk, until I realized that I had dropped some unrecoverable items somewhere. Damn.
What is even more annoying about that is that this may actually have been the only Oscar night ever where everything went either the way that I wanted it to or at least in a manner that I found understandable. Perusing the list of winners, there are no howling errors, or things that will fade away in time, except maybe Renee Zellweger. Of course, the fact that Return of the King kicked everybody else's ass, as well it should have, makes the hindsight that much more wistful.
Richard King (sound editor) and Russell Boyd (cinematographer) won for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which I have to say makes perfect sense. The sound on Master and Commander was one of the best mixes I have ever heard, up there with Apocalypse Now's by Walter Murch. It totally placed you in the center of the ocean. The effects were also excellent, but I understand Return of the King getting that too.
I celebrated by taking my grandparents to see The Return of the King. I had them watch the extended editions of Fellowship and Two Towers, so, even though they never go to see movies, I didn't really have to twist their arms too much.
They loved it.
Crystal said that the first time he hosted the Oscars 13 years ago, things were different than today: "Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq."
the face of a talented GENIUS
For the first time ever, a sequel to an Oscar-winning score also won an Oscar (the only other sequel score ever to win an Oscar was Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola for The Godfather Part II).
Whether the Academy really understands the achievement for Howard Shore that The Lord of the Rings is another issue; I actually think that Return of the King was just so well-liked that it Academy members just ended up checking any box with the name of that film next to it.
The point is that, despite the injustice that kept The Two Towers from being eligible last year, Shore has been recognized by pretty much everybody. Every staff writer for Film Score Monthly disagreed on most of this year's crop of scores (everybody agreed that it was dismal, but they disagreed on which ones were dismal)... but they all put The Lord of the Rings its own separate section.
the face of an untalented ASSHOLE
A lawsuit has been leveled against Hans Zimmer by Jay Rifkin, charging that Zimmer hoards the lion's share of royalties from music that wasn't actually written by him.
I have had it up to my eyebrows with Hans Zimmer and his pets at Media Ventures, and I hope that this lawsuit will effectively destroy Media Ventures and scatter those movie-destroying sycophants to the four winds.
Better yet, hopefully the judge will break with civil-suit tradition and give Zimmer the death penalty.
Actually, I don't really believe in the death penalty.
Justice for Zimmer