Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather overthink the 86th Academy Awards telecast, a TV show of a stage show about montages of movies, in which Matthew McConaughey became the first caucasian to thank God in an acceptance speech in at least a decade.[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/mwrather/otip296.mp3]
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Sacheen Littlefeather is very much an actual Native American, who has spent pretty much her entire adult life as a Native American activist. Maybe you were thinking of Iron Eyes Cody, the guy from the littering ads?
After finishing listening to the podcast, I have done more pondering and such, and I was reminded of something related to Jared Leto’s speech. I was listening to The Fogelnest Files and Dave Itzkoff was on the show to talk about his book on Network. Anyway, they brought up something from back in the day where Vanessa Redgrave used her speech to talk about some issue with Israel and Palestine, and it got a mixed response, and then Paddy Chayefsky came out later to present an award (because this was 1978 and he had won in ’77 for Network) and said that the Oscars were’t for this kind of grandstanding political stuff, and that also got cheers.
So, basically, making political statements, even pretty banal and noncontroversial ones, is a sticky wicket, and it may be why you don’t see it that much, unless it is something really, really black-and-white. Also, because people like Mark dismiss them out of hand.
Next thing you’re going to tell me that the pizza delivery guy was a real pizza delivery guy.
Excuse me, guys, but I think you meant to say “a submarine movie starring Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, and Academy Award nominee Jon Bon Jovi.” #truth
I listened to this one a bit late, but I actually loved the pizza bit, I thought it was fun. Also, can we comment on Lupita Nyong’o’s brother getting a prominent position on the selfie? I thought that was brilliant, that kid’s gonna be a star I tells ya!
And….can Brad Pitt call himself an Oscar winner now too?
I didn’t think the Oscars were that bad, but of course I had the luxury of fast-forwarding through them the next day.
Forgive me for discussing this on overthinking it, but you did bring it up. No, they always ask about the clothes immediately for the red carpet and if it isn’t the first question, they bring it up during the first break in conversation. Though the Oscar red carpet was unusually awful this year in comparison to the other red carpets during the year. Ryan Seacrest seemed off his game and was more transparently awkward and fake though thankfully Giuliana and Ross and Kelly were sequestered at different parts of the surrounding area and thus unable to do interviews.
Celebrities are not simply paid to wear a certain designer as an advertisement or endorsement of that designer. Of course there are specific celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence who is now the face of Dior so you will see her exclusively wearing Dior to all of her red carpet events. But in general, celebrities are loaned these free gowns in a mutually beneficial relationship. The celebrity gets a free outfit for the night and the designer gets publicity when their name is mentioned. But celebrities (or more often stylists) will often solicit a designer to get a specific runway dress and a designer might say no to one person because they’re going to be dressing a more high profile actor or actress.
In response to your comments that the Oscars are a poorly-produced live show, what would you think of creating a movie version of the Oscar ceremony, either after the fact or ahead of time (a la Capricorn One)? What would they choose as a genre? Romantic comedy seems more entertaining than a straight musical. Also, they could build a lot of hype for the Oscars a year or two ahead of the release.