Monday, March 06, 2006

SPEAKING OF THE OSCARS

Incidentally, it was a big Oscar night for Canada. CRASH won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Paul Haggis. Not bad for the pride of London, Ontario. And Lions Gate made the film, or was one of a long list of people who made the film, anyway. A lot of people are arguing about who deserves credit for what for this movie. I enjoyed watching the streaming video from the Oscar website of the backstage press conferences and Haggis seemed surprised that he won.

I also found it interesting how many of these movies had a Canadian connection of some sort: Brokeback Mountain was shot in Alberta, and so many of these movies including Walk the Line, Mrs. Henderson Presents, A History of Violence etc. were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. These big stars were right here, too, in frozen Canada, Charlize Theron and everyone else. No wonder they refer to us as Hollywood North these days.

See, this is the inevitable result when the NHL is out for a whole year; hockey fans like me turn into motion picture freaks who rant and rave about these movie awards as if they were the Stanley Cup. Especially these days, with the stinking Toronto Maple Leafs now eight points back of a playoff spot, and with Eric Lindros now out for the rest of the season due to injury. This season is OVER. You might as well save your money and go for a cheap movie ticket instead of an expensive seat at a Leafs game.

I guess this victory at the Oscars makes up for Canadians not winning gold in men's hockey at the Olympics. Eh?!

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