Monday, February 23, 2015

Who Cares About the Little People?

Here's my theory: You could televise the Oscars in 90 minutes if you didn't have to deal with all the sound/cinematography/costuming/graphics/animation/documentary stuff. You could have the red carpet interviews--which are kinda fun--and then just show  presentations for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress, and any honorary or lifetime achievement awards. The Motion Picture Academy gives a ton of technical awards at the Governors Awards ceremony the same week as the Oscars, so give that other stuff then.

I know the networks wouldn't be able to sell as many commercials for 90 minutes versus 3 hours, but I'd get to bed at a decent hour and wouldn't yell, "I don't CARE what the sound effects guy does!!" at the television.

However, as some fellow-viewers reminded me, without all the behind-the-scenes folks there wouldn't be any movies. There'd just be a bunch of self-absorbed actors/actresses (actually, both sexes are called actors) in bare rooms doing crazy stuff.

Our workplaces and lives are like that when you think about it. Could any of us lead the lives we do without some of the behind-the-scenes folks?

And yes, I know some of them get on our last nerves, but what if we didn't have folks in restaurants, police, teachers, writers, software coders, the guys who put the lines on the roads, people who do medical tests, the folks who replace the toilet paper in the bathrooms at rest areas (what, you don't stop?!) or the paper in the copy machines at Kinko's.

It takes a lot of people to make the world go 'round. Giving the folks who don't get their due some credit every now and then is a good thing.

Sooooo, I guess the Oscars will continue to be 3 hours long. And I'll use fast-forward next year to watch just the good stuff.


  1. Thank you for taking time out of your day to consider those not as great as yourself!

  2. My favorite little guy moment occurred when Pawel Pawlikowski, who won Best Foreign Film, was so enthusiastic in his thanks that he ran over his time and the Oscars cued the music twice. Here's part of his tribute to the little guys, "And to my Polish friends who are in front of the TV. The crew who were in the trenches with us and who are totally drunk now. And you are fantastic, you are brilliant. You carried me through this film, and you are what I love about Poland: resilient, courageous, brave and funny. And you can take a drink."