Monday, March 06, 2006

Challenging the mainstream

Jon Stewart did a great job hosting the Oscars. He should definitely be asked to host again next year.

The best speech of the night came from George Clooney. While accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana, he acknowledged critics who accuse the film industry of being out of touch with the American mainstream -- but he said, "It's probably a good thing."

"We're the ones who were talking about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular ... I'm proud to be a part of this academy, proud to be a part of this community and proud to be out of touch," he said.

We agree, George. Thank you.


Snave said...

Clooney was suggesting that Hollywood doesn't set America's agenda, that it is rather a reflection of America. I think that comment is right on. The rightwingers can whine all they want, but until they start making their own movies that resonate with Americans, their whining doesn't hold much water.

M said...

There also seemed to be a lot of comments about people not going out to theaters as much - I think it's a shame, and I'm guilty of it, too. It's so expensive - a catch-22.

Jim Marquis said...

I loved George's comment. That guy has got to go into politics..he definitely has Clintonesque charisma.