Under normal circumstances I don’t watch the Oscars. Don’t watch the Grammies, Emmies and whatever else award shows that the entertainment field throws for itself. It always struck me as a mass pat on the back for doing their job sorta thing. I mean, hey, I’ve never seen an award show for Excellence In Being A Legal Assistant. (Not that I would ever be nominated, but what the hell). I will say that the romance writers industry does have our own brand of recognition in the RITAS and the Golden Hearts, but the author has to enter their own work.
But I digress. This year I watched the Oscars mostly because I’m a fan of Ellen DeGeneres and wanted to see how she would handle her role as MC. (Brilliant, by the way). However, I did find myself getting caught up in all the glitz and glitter of the awards. The gowns worn by the actresses were stunning and the actors, of course looked very debonaire in their evening attire. Jared Leto was particularly fetching with his red bow tie. Nice touch. Cate Blanchett took best leading actress, Matthew McConaughey won for best leading actor, and Twelve Years a Slav was nominated for best picture.
Now, normally you have to wait until the very end of the awards to hear which actors and actresses won best leading roles, and which movie won for best picture. You have to wade through listening to best animation, best costume, best special effects, etc., before you get to the meat of the show. However, it was when they announced best screen play adaptation that I woke out of my Sunday evening stupor … what can I say? It was getting late here in the Mid-West and I gotta get up early in the morning.
Anyway, Robert DeNiro had the best lines of the evening. Wish I could remember the entire bit, but when describing the work of a writer, he said something about under caffeinated, over worked, under appreciated and a whole slew of adjectives that describe a writer’s life. Dang, if anyone has the full quote, I’d love to get it. But it was what he ended with that really resonated. “The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing.”
Yep … that pretty much sums it all up.