by carl wilson

They've Been Itzhaked!

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3-6 Mafia. (Not the "they" of my headline.)

I'm watching the Oscars instead of going to Howe Gelb tonight, for the same reason I didn't get to Shipp today - felt like a quiet day in. I'm not live-blogging it by any means, but wanted to comment on the montage they just did of the original scores, played by Itzhak Perlman: Common practice, I know, but it does a real disservice to the music. The effect was to flatten out the differences between the scores into equal sentiment and bombast, making the Brokeback Mountain score sound like it was by John Williams, when its textures are much bolder, dominated by acoustic and slide guitar. It won the award anyway, though - guess Williams' two nominations split the vote there. I know Williams has his defenders, and he was great in the Seventies, but I'm not fond of much he's done the past 20 years.

Of course, the music-watcher's sport tonight is to see what the hell they're going to do with Hustle and Flow's It's Hard Out There for a Pimp, by Three Six Mafia, nominated for original song - and against only two, pretty weak other contenders. It'll be the first rap performance at the Academy Awards, I'm told. (Eminem was a no-show when he won for Lose Yourself.) ... No doubt Dolly will win, and you can't begrudge that, but it's not her best tune.

Heh. Jon Stewart's just accused Perlman of "finger-synching." Oh, and poor Lauren Bacall, but I will always love her.

[10:28 pm]: Whoa! It won! Three Six does a classic hip-hop huddle around the mic to say their thanks. They are definitely the happiest winners of the evening. And Jon Stewart got a case of the giggles: "You know what? I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp." Heh - he was thinking what I was thinking: "How come they're the most excited people out here tonight? That's how you accept an Oscar."

| Posted by zoilus on Sunday, March 05 at 09:56 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)

 

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Can I just say that I thought Dolly did the best performance of the night and what the hell was the song sung in front of the burning car? That was just so bad it hurt.

Posted by becs on March 7, 2006 10:58 AM

 

 

Oh, and I thought Stewart was just passable, doing the over-polite thing he does when he feels he's out of his depth. But I did think he had some funny lines, and the Daily Show staff's "campaign commercials" for various categories were great.

Posted by zoilus on March 7, 2006 12:31 AM

 

 

Whoa, really, Chris? My morning edition was fine, but I guess the outside-the-GTA version ships earlier. Bad gamble to make.

Posted by zoilus on March 7, 2006 12:29 AM

 

 

Someone at your paper sure fucked up.

in the Ontario edition, the front page banner read BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN CORRALS OSCAR complete with kerchef around statue. Somehow I don't think they were talking about the screenplay nod but it was a presumption gone terribly awry.

Posted by Chris on March 6, 2006 10:42 PM

 

 

Carl,

I didn't like the Oscars medley either but it is interesting to remember that this is how music was "used" almost exclusively until about fifty years ago. ie. people interpreted songs from the written page.

I had a great teacher at York U. who liked to remind us that the music we listen to today is almost always the definitive version (ie. there is no point in redoing Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" as opposed to a Song like Gershwin's "Summertime" or Ellington's "Take the A Train")

At least they chose someone who was born in a time when music almost exclusively came from the page. (or was taught to you by your Grandma)
tim


Posted by tim on March 6, 2006 02:31 PM

 

 

I guess I was the only one who thought that Jon Stewart bombed. Only the Scorsese line wa good out of his non-stop cavalcade of unfunny smart-ass remarks.

Posted by Graham on March 6, 2006 08:05 AM

 

 

Can I say I saw the Crash thing coming? I figured there would be that quiet mass of older Academy members who wouldn't be down with the rose-stemming, enough to break the Brokeback tide, and that the Los Angeles-centrism of Crash would attract voters more comfortable with "problem" films about race than with affronts to the cowboy-western tradition. Hollywood is parochial.

I just happened to have Crash on rental this week, and I watched it after the Oscars. It really is remarkably bad.

Posted by zoilus on March 6, 2006 02:31 AM

 

 

I watched the whole thing go down at Bloor Cinema and it was amazing. I think Mr. Stewart was the best host since Steve Martin. I would even say that he surpasses Mr. Martin. He is one funny Jew.
I was so happy to see 3-6 Mafia win. Stay Fly is the best damn rap song of the year. But then when Crash won, I don't know. I was hurt, personally.

Posted by Craig on March 6, 2006 01:29 AM

 

 

Stewart's only really good line of the night was his "for those of you keeping score, that's 3-6 Mafia 1 Oscar, Martin Scorsese 0" Or something like that.

Posted by Michael on March 6, 2006 12:16 AM

 

 

Whoa, crap, 3-6 got it!??

It's no "Sippin' on the Sizzurp", but still...

Posted by ryan on March 5, 2006 10:26 PM

 

 

 

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