Monday, February 25, 2008

getcher glam on

Really, really good.

Juno screenwriter and Oscar winner Diablo Cody, commenting on how Harrison Ford -- whom she sneaked up behind on the red carpet to sniff -- smelled. As quoted in this morning's New York Times.

I was expecting to hear more about the dominance of International talent at this year's Oscars in this morning's paper. The New York Times was a disappointment -- probably because it went to press before the results were in -- but the BBC delivered.

Love movies of course, but love too the sociology of the Oscars, the way it tags the stories that matter to us now. Not that I always agree that the best performances and talent take home the statues, but I'm fascinated by who wins and wonder mostly at the why.

And I've gotta wonder if the dominance of International stars and stories last night -- including but not limited to Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Javier Bardem, Tilda Swinton -- is an apology to the larger world for our self-centered American ways over the last so many years. An acquiescence that we're listening, that we know our stories aren't the only stories that matter.

That we're ready to make amends.

Update: The New York Times has weighed in »

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