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War is War, but the Oscars Are Important

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Nothing will stop the pageant of rampaging egos and accouterments this Sunday:

    Organizers of the 75th annual Oscar awards say the impending war in Iraq won’t derail Hollywood’s biggest event on Sunday.

    ….Show producer Gil Cates has acknowledged that war would change the tone of the production, but as of late Monday the glitzy red-carpet ceremony was still scheduled to proceed as planned.

    If the country is at war on Sunday, he has said ABC might break away from the ceremony for news updates or even run a news crawl across the bottom of the screen.

    Many nominees noted the show would likely be a much more somber affair if the country is at war.

    Nicole Kidman, a lead-actress nominee for “The Hours,” said at an Oscar luncheon last week she is “in two minds” about attending the event during war. [AP]

God, please spare me the tone of self-congratulatory concern: presenters and winners, unless you have an immediate relative in harm’s way, shut the hell up about the war.

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  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    I hope they cancel it. When celebrities feel a solemn obligation to Make an Important Statement, nobody wins.

  • yanni805

    Cancelling the Oscars? That would be like, so not what American stands for.

  • Eric Olsen

    Brian, you are so right about celebs and Important Statements. I don’t want them to cancel, just focus on the matter at hand and not wax global.

  • http://jawolf.blogspot.com James A. Wolf

    I watch the Oscars to bitch about the winners.

  • http://www.sanfordmay.com san

    Yeah, why bother with freedom of speech; it’s such a little thing. Iraqis concerned about drastic change in their country after the war will be relieved to discover that things won’t be so different after all: if you have an opinion on something, just “shut the hell up”.

  • William Fuller

    Comments:

    As every American could see, it looks like Michael Moore is in need of some US Army training to help this fat slob loose some serious weight. What a disgrace to the Americam Public.