Serena Freewomyn

The Oscar Question: To Be or Not to Be

Filed By Serena Freewomyn | January 27, 2008 9:58 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Media
Tags: Beyonce, Grammys, Juno, Oscars, picket line, writers' strike

With the Writers' Guild strike stretching into its third month, the state of this year's Oscars is highly debated. Officially, the Academy is saying that "the show will go on," but if the writers' strike doesn't end by Oscar time, it's highly unlikely that many stars will actually cross the picket line to attend the ceremony. This ain't the Grammys, after all, and actors (imho) are a little more principled than singers (i.e. Beyonce, who is crossing the picket line to perform this year)

Obviously, if the Oscars don't happen this year, queers everywhere will be extremely disappointed. We love watching the pre-shows to make bitchy comments about the stars' hair and make-up. And most of us host Oscar parties. But as much as the gays love Oscar, how many of us know what the writers' strike is all about?

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I'm a working gal, so I can appreciate this reasonable list of demands. I just hope the studio execs pull their heads out of their asses in time for the Oscars, because the awards season is a cash cow for the city of Los Angeles. The Golden Globes net approximately $70-$80 million each year. And the Oscars net about $1.4 billion dollars when you include the wages of wait staff at the big Oscar parties, gown sales, and wages of the writers themselves.

And as long as we're on the topic of the Oscars, if you haven't seen Juno yet, get off your ass NOW and go see it in the theater. It's worth the $10 ticket. Ellen Page is endearing as Juno and totally deserves her Oscar nod. If there's no ceremony this year, she's being robbed of the opportunity to get all dressed up and give that acceptance speech. Screenwriter Diablo Cody also deserves a golden statue for her script, which was awesome. And have you deduced yet that I think this is the best picture of the year?

So yeah . . . good luck to the Writers' Guild. I hope they settle their dispute and get the extra 4? they're asking for.


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Maybe I'm not "gay enough," but I just don't care about the Oscars. I usually watch the movies on DVD anyhow, so I'm always a little behind. And most of the picks I haven't seen! LOL I've not seen ANY of the top movies for this year.

While I want the strike to be over for the writers, I kind of hope it continues so I can escape all of the nonsense.

I know, Bah Humbug. LOL