Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Oscar Ignorance and One More Cat Name Vote

by Leann

Before I get to my cat name dilemma (too many names had the same number of votes), I must address the big event this Sunday: the Academy Awards. It is what's on everyone's mind, right? Well, not mine completely. But this year, I am pondering how my take on this show has evolved over the years.

I used to love watching award shows. But mostly the Oscars. Couldn't wait. Saw all the movies and had my favorites written down. This red carpet, celebrity business was none of my business. All I cared about was the movies and the acting. I had my favorites, rooted for my movies and enjoyed popcorn and Pepsi (never Coke, always Pepsi). As my kids grew up and we went to more and more movies together--especially my daughter and me--they shared the same anticipation.

Maybe all good things must come to an end. Once the kids were gone, our movie attendance dropped dramatically. Then I got sick with Lyme and other nasty stuff. Being that close to strangers for several hours was too risky. I was sick enough as it was without risking getting even sicker. This past Christmas was the first time I'd been to the movies in two years. Only Sherlock Holmes and Robert Downey could convince me it was time to return. Loved the movie, but it's not up for anything.

Here's a poorly kept secret: I would love to be nominated for an award. And I think that's another reason why the shine is off the Oscar for me. When you want something very bad, dream about it, make it a goal, and year after year, nothing happens, you begin to think that you're just not good enough. At least I do. So watching a show where people dress up and say wonderful things to the crowd as they are honored by their peers gives me a little pang in the gut.

But Sherlock Holmes isn't up for any awards, is it? And yet it drew me out of my movie-phobia. And I was totally entertained, taken away for two hours. I figure that's my job. Not to win something--because really, I've already won. But rather to entertain. Take people to another place where the story can offer up some fun. I think I do that. Will I cross that wish for an award off my goal list? Probably not. But it just doesn't seem as important as it did even six months ago. I sure hope when I watch the Oscars (and none of that red carpet nonsense that I so dislike) that I won't feel that little pain in the stomach anymore. After all, I'll never be up for an Oscar. :-)

Now, I need your help for one more fictional cat name vote. Remember, this is a spoiled, green-eyed, long-haired black cat. And try to think how easy (or difficult) it would be to call a cat by one of these names when you cast your vote. Please send ONE choice to leann_sweeney@hotmail.com so we can pick a name. This sure has been fun and I thank you all so much for offering up such wonderful choices. Top vote getters in no particular order:

Truffles
Godiva
Scarlett O'Hara
Minou
Cleopatra
Cashmere
Coco
Raven
Onyx
Isis

What's your one favorite from this list?

22 comments:

Andrea C. said...

I feel you on the Oscar thing Leanne! I used to love them, but I think that was when 1. the movies nominates were more mainstream 2. I was younger and more of the "movie going age". As a teenager or girl in my 20's the movies was a popular choice for an evening out or a date, but after I got married and got busy with life, I don't go as much (it doesn't help that the hubby and I have OPPOSITE tastes in movies). Now, I kind of watch the awards in the background when doing something else.
P.S. - I still think you have what it takes to be nominated for an award some day! :)

Katie said...

I've never been a huge fan of the award shows, always thought it was a waste of TV time. I do watch them occasionally now, or flip the channels back and forth.

Anonymous said...

I used to watch all the awards shows when I was a teenager and really loved it. These days though, I have usually not see hardly any of the movies and my husband is not a big fan of them to say the least. Not that I couldn't watch, but it seems pointless. I do like to look at the dresses in the next issue of People though (my guilty magaziine subscription that I love).

Leann, you're an award winner already in my book!

Mason Canyon said...

I'd have to go with Isis. When I read your original description, that was the name that popped into my mind.

signlady217 said...

Scarlet O'Hara, hands down (or should I say paws?).

Keep dreaming of an award. Your mascot can be Susan Lucci. Remember, she was nomimated 17 years in a row before she finally won.

Have a great day.

Dru said...

Your books entertains me and that makes you already a winner.

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm glad I'm not alone in my lack of Oscar excitement. My husband and I have totally different taste in movies, too. And he'd rather work in his garden than go out anywhere. And me? I have a book to write with with a spoiled little cat character named ... well, "as yet to be determined."

Karen B said...

Raven says it all!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if we've lost our enjoyment of the Oscars because we are now subjected daily to the antics of celebrities? I know that it was something fun, glittery, and totally out of my sphere during the cold winter months to look forward to watching....now I'd just as soon read a good book. And yes, it was always Pepsi!

Leann Sweeney said...

I think you're right about the publicity surrounding all these celebrities. In fact, they could be why the Oscars have lost their magic, but movies, too. I cannot watch a Tom Cruise movie anymore after his rant about Brook Shields and postpartum depression. I don't see the character, I see that man who did not and would not understand. Sigh.

Sheila Connolly said...

The cat looks like Truffles to me.

I'm more and more aware of the "politics" of movie awards. There's this carefully-staged sequence of lesser awards leading up to the Oscars, and each one is scrutinized for Oscar hints. But this is multi-million dollar business, so that mention or win translates directly to dollars for someone.

I truly hope that writers awards aren't as manipulated. So far I haven't seen a lot of people begging "vote for me!" although they may be cutting deals in back rooms for all I know. But it should be the readers who reward good writing.

Helen Kiker said...

I do not go to the movies very often so the Oscars show is not as interesting to me. In fact of the 10 nominated best movies I only saw one - Avatar which I enjoyed but not sure that it is worthy of an Oscar.

Now off to send my vote for the cat name.

Rosemary Harris said...

Sheila..you mean you missed the backroom dealing last year ;-)
Love the Oscars..wouldn't miss them, even in the years when I haven't seen most of the movies. Like this year.
Not to complicate your kitty decision...I like just plain O'Hara. (or maybe Katy Scarlett, which is what her father called her when he was irritated with her..)

Carol Brown said...

Nope, don't watch any awards shows any more. Never did too much, but not at all now. And it seems like, over the years, most of the movies I have HATED the most were the ones that won. So.... rarely go to movies anymore, and don't even look to see who won!

Vicki said...

Since we don't go to the movies much (maybe once a year?) I don't tend to watch the award shows either. I may read a short article on the internet the next day to catch just the highlights.

Gayle Carline said...

Love to watch the Oscars, if only to snark on the fashion and pray for a streaker.

My vote for cat name: Scarlett O'Hara.

Vickie said...

I used to watch the Oscars when I liked the movies being nominated. Now the movies have to be grim or depressing to be nominated. I go to the movies to be entertained. Same goes for the books that I read. Mysteries, thrillers, paranormal, etc don't typically get nominated for Oscars or at least not that I've noticed. Give me Star Trek or Sherlock Holmes or Ironman any day....

Linda said...

The Oscars is the only award show that I watch. And I usually have to work on something as I'm watching it because sometimes it tends to get boring. But I like watching the fashion and always hope for over the top outfits.....and maybe like Gayle mentioned...a streaker! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, a streaker! YES!

Lover of Books said...

I haven't watched the Oscars in years and planned to last night but then remembered I had a bunch of shows DVR'd. I needed to watch those first. lol

Krista

Anonymous said...

I vote for Truffles because it sounds rich and decadent!!!

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