Oscar 2014 – Post Script

By D.G. McCabe

Another awards season has wrapped up, with the majority of Grand Canyonscope’s predictions proving correct!  Well, except for Mr. Hublot’s win over Mickey Mouse in the biggest upset of the night (and a couple others, but we were taking underdogs with those picks).

Granted it’s been a couple of days, but I have two quick thoughts on Sunday night’s outcome.

It turned out to be an especially predictable Oscar telecast – as proven by the most buzzworthy moment being not Ellen DeGeneres’ quality hosting performance or any of the award winners.  After all, we knew most of those were coming.  No, the most memorable moment was a semi-washed up actor introducing one of the biggest stars in American theater, Idina Menzel.  She both spells and pronounces her name differently there, Vincent Vega.

I still think there is a strong argument to be made that Gravity will ultimately prove a more influential film that 12 Years a Slave, but it is a silly argument to make.  These are two powerful, artistic films that are successful for very different reasons.  We should count ourselves lucky that these films exist – and hope that the films they inspire are equal to their success.

(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe