February 28, 2005

SMALL BEGINNINGS:

'Million Dollar Baby' Dominates Oscars (SHARON WAXMAN and DAVID M. HALBFINGER, 2/28/05, NY Times)

In a year without blockbusters in the biggest Oscar categories, "Million Dollar Baby," an intimate film about an underdog female boxer, captured four top awards Sunday at the 77th Academy Awards: best picture, best director, best actress and best supporting actor.

In a way, it's fortunate Christopher Reeve died before he could see how much his peers despised him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2005 6:50 AM
Comments

An "intimate" film? Nice euphemism. That reminds me of Trudeau's line when he instituted no-fault divorce and legalized sodomy up here: "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." Nobody dreamed how far that little nugget would be taken.

Posted by: Peter B at February 28, 2005 8:28 AM

One does not insist on a foolish consistency from the host. Still ...

When Chief Bromden took the same course of action over forty years ago, neither he nor Mr. Kesey became the target of OJ's opprobrium. The mercy killing of the lobotomized McMurphy was described without judgement ... i.e. neither noble nor savage ... in a certain book review.

What, exactly, has evolved here?

Posted by: ghostcat at February 28, 2005 7:25 PM

It was the 2d best movie I saw this year, behind 'Ray.' However, Hilary Swank gave what might be the best performance by an actress that I have ever seen.

I do have little tolerance for people who put the mysteries of theology ahead of the concrete sufferings of individuals, it just seems so Gallic. 'We have a great theory, why spoil it with those dirty, rotten facts?'

Posted by: Bart at March 1, 2005 7:39 AM

No, Gallicism is leaving your elderly parents to die in their walk-ups while you go to the beach. Of course, from your viewpoint their lives weren't worth living anyway and they are a hindrance, so...

Posted by: oj at March 1, 2005 7:51 AM

oj,

That's unfair. I have never advocated killing one's parents other than in living will situations. I say enough outrageous stuff without you having to make it up.

Posted by: Bart at March 1, 2005 5:09 PM

Bart:

You're demanding the right to whack them and we're supposed to take your word they'd want you to?

Posted by: oj at March 1, 2005 5:17 PM
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