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23 de febrero de 2009

On lunes, febrero 23, 2009 by GeNeRaCiOn AsErE in    5 comments
Sé bien que el Oscar no se gana como un ticket de la lotería, sino que en todo caso se merece.
Ahhhhh, pero desde que era un chamaquin y antes de que me empatara con cámara alguna, ya estaba agradeciendo -en silencio- y frente a un televisor en blanco y negro, aquel cabrón premio que todo el mundo quiere y casi nadie gana.
¿Díganme quién no lo ha hecho, por favor?
Ayer Penélope, al aceptar su premio, dijo algo, que guarda tremenda verdad, “crecí en un lugar donde esto era como un sueño irreal, pero siempre miraba la noche de las premiaciones como un momento de unidad mundial, porque el arte en todas sus formas ha sido siempre universal y deberíamos hacer todo lo que podamos para que este sobreviva.”
Sabias palabras.
Siempre pensé que el paso del tiempo y la adopción de los nuevos estilos de vida, nos convertiría -a los habitantes de la tierra- en más norteamericanos, en lugar de ser más universales… sin embargo, esta Era digital ha abierto las puertas de ‘Juan Pirindingo’ y con Él, las aspiraciones del hombre average, sediento de mostrar su propia identidad, por eso la universalidad viene ahora como nunca antes, a partir del intercambio de las cosas particulares y no hay mejor ejemplo de esto, que youtube. No obstante, la Ceremonia del Oscar guarda su magia original porque sabe captar la atención de una buena parte del mundo. Por eso vale la pena verla una y otra vez, porque aún conserva el poder de hacernos soñar.

Y todo esto pasa porque tenemos que hablar… Tenemos que hablar sabiendo que somos más que blancos y negros, más que indios, chinos y mulatos, esquimales, árabes o judíos... tenemos que hablar porque llegamos hasta la luna y aún no sabemos descubrir lo que llevamos dentro. Tenemos que hablar, porque la única distancia que existe entre nosotros es la del silencio.

GeNeRaCiOnAsErE/tony
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5 comments:

lola dijo...

Ah, pues yo daría las gracias muy efusivamente y lógicamente emocionada y me llevaría para casa mi Oscar al mejor vestuario. Ése era uno de mis sueños, tener tantos Oscar como tuvo Edith Head en ese apartado (8) y 35 nominaciones.
Saludos!

Lena...en algun lugar del mundo dijo...

Sabias las palabras de P. Cruz y las tuyas.
Yo cada anio cambio de "speech", y cada anio con algun mensaje de unidad y paz...pero bueno, hasta ahora nunca mellamaron para las nominaciones asi que aqui sigo..

saludos,

GeNeRaCiOn AsErE dijo...

Winning an Oscar should not be any definitive indication in one's eyes of how talented you are or how good your film is. It really just rolls to the flavor of the week. That's not to say that the award is meaningless. I like to think of it in this way, winning an academy award means that you've hit the right chord at the right time and the stars were in alignment. It's really a combination of two factors: luck and politics. -- oh, and your film should be of some quality too. Comparing works of art is like comparing apples and oranges. It just boils down to the luck of the draw. Then, that fiend known as politics bakes into the process in terms of which film gets the most thunder for whatever reason and therefore grabs the most votes. And by the same token, which films are deserving but denied for political or prejudicial reasons. Brokeback Mountain, a prime example, was nominated back in 2005 but denied the best picture win, despite the fact that everything was rolling in its favor. It was a tremendous shock to people, including the director Ang Lee, that the film was shot down, but to me the reason was all too clear. In fact, it had been reported in the press that several academy voters were asked prior to the Oscars that year about Brokeback Mountain and its chances. Their response was pretty self-incriminating. Many of them expressed their distaste of the movie due to its edgy subject matter and confessed that they weren't even going to watch it; and these are the people who vote. Many of the greatest motion picture achievements in history were not even nominated; Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey being among the list.

This year, I have to say there was some disappointment for me. Though I was overjoyed that one of my favorite actors, Heath Ledger, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in the The Dark Knight, I was tremendously saddened by the fact that the film itself was not recognized in certain areas. Namely, the best picture, director, and screenplay. The Dark Knight was the biggest movie of the year and it was hailed by critics as one of the best films of all time. Many people in the film business were shocked when The Dark Knight was snubbed. One of the filmmakers nominated this year said that they could not believe that they were not running against The Dark Knight and since the nominations were announced, there has been an Internet firestorm of angry fans complaining that the film was not recognized for its artistic merits. The Dark Knight was nominated by the Director's Guild, the Producer's Guild and the Writer's Guild of America as the Best Picture of the year. It was also nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The British Academy Awards also recognized the The Dark Knight giving it nine nominations. And what is most disappointing to me is that The Reader, a film which has had some of the lowest critical reviews in Oscar history was chosen as a nominee instead of The Dark Knight. According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Reader received a 60% rating compared to The Dark Knight's 94% rating. A difficult rating to achieve and it was only matched by Slumdog Millionaire which also had a 94%. This means that of the two films that received the highest percentile this year by the nation's top critics, one was awarded the Best Picture win and the other was left out of the race completely. I can honestly say that Slumdog Millionaire deserved to be the best picture; it's a tremendously good film. But I can also say that The Dark Knight DID NOT deserve to be left without at least a nomination. Thankfully, the film did receive in other areas including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor and others receiving a total of eight nominations.

There are many theories as to why the film was snubbed and they mainly have to do with politics. I'm sure the academy felt the need to nominate The Dark Knight but chickened out at the last minute fearing that their image as the custodians of "serious art" would be forever smeared by giving a best picture nomination to a film about Batman. Academy voters are generally older, conservative gentlemen and don't typically acknowledge the depth of good comic book characters. As the Joker says in the film, "Their morals, their code is a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble." Well, I guess the joke really is on them. The truth is that The Dark Knight really doesn't need an Oscar. It's legacy alone will overshadow all of the other films this year in terms of how it captured the pop culture zeitgeist and the tons of people that lined up to see it. It now stands as the second highest-grossing film of all time, just behind Titanic. The film was captivating from beginning to end, and the thematic elements of the film are truly extraordinary in so far as its analysis of heroism and society's ills. It will be remembered as a seminal movie in cinematic history and a magnificent achievement. And that legacy alone is worth more than any golden statue.

DD
Danny del Mazo

Güicho dijo...

Intentaría decir algo gracioso o sonreir al menos, sería una forma de agradecer.

Me parece pésimo el tipo (generalmente son tipos) que se sube todo seco ahí, estilo funeraria sin descuento.

A Cuban In London dijo...

Excepto agradecerle a Dios al que no le debo ni c..., le daria gracias a mi madre por sobre todas las cosas y de ahi pa' abajo hasta la madre de los tomates.

Estoy de vuelta del caiman con muchos cuentos y alguna que otra cancion.

Saludos desde Londres.