I am not one who has cared about the Academy Awards in a long, long time, and in particular, I am not one who cares anything about the “popular” awards as much as I like to see people get recognized for technical merit (the geek in me, I guess), things like best score, best animation, etc.
That being said, I will say two things about this years awards. One, does anybody believe that Happy Feet won for any reason other than to just NOT give it to Pixar Studios (again)? It is one of the things that make me disliked the awards so much in the first place. Happy Feet was by most accounts a “fair” at best. Not an overly great story, average all along the line. So why did it win? Was it to neatly fit in a “Politically Correct” night as some have suggested? Or more simply, that is was more “Academy-like” than Cars which would be more of the “Action” film that the Academy typically snubs?
Then of course, on to as the title alludes to, An Inconvenient Truth. I have to admit, I am quite happy on several levels that this film won. Fist of all, because it is, I believe important enough that it deserves the recognition. Second, because it was quite well done and very interesting as documentaries go. Third, because I can’t help but be entertained by the hosts of the Faux News Channel absolutely losing their minds over this. I mean Josh Gibson alone was absolutely livid, and without a decent scientist (or anybody even remotely credible) to turn to, they used Ann Coulter as their “expert” on Hannity and Colmes, to claim that being earth conscience is Anti-Human.
Maybe someday, sombody can explain to me, why wanting to leave this planet to our children in better shape than we found it is such an offensive thought to these people. I mean, I can almost understand why Exxon would offer $10,000 to try and bribe some scientist to say fossil fuels don’t harm the environment. But that is a cold heartless corporation. Don’t these people have children, or neices and nephews or some reason to think outside their pea-brained little world?
Update: OK, we can forget everything those silly scientist have been talking about. It has now been made “clear” by Jerry Falwell:
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says global warming is “Satan’s attempt to redirect the church’s primary focus” from evangelism to environmentalism.
Falwell said the Bible teaches that God will maintain the Earth until Jesus returns, so Christians should be responsible environmentalists, but not what he calls … quote … “first-class nuts.”
With Jerry joining, I guess the “first-class nuts” quota is officially all full.