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Date Posted: 23:45:45 03/24/03 Mon
Author: Punk Cowgirl
Subject: Academy Awards

I just wanted to see if anyone had some thoughts about last night's award show. I had promised myself that I wasn't going to watch it - I was in full boycott mode but somehow, as I seem to be every year, I was suckered in.

I am on the same page as most Americans - I am not sure how I feel about the conflict in Iraq but I do whole heartedly support our Troops. That said, I felt that the show was handled pretty well. Just enough political context to keep us on our toes.

I felt that the surprise wins were delightful surprises - esspecially Adrian Brody. His sheer passion and shock was simply joyful to view. And while I kept my fingers crossed for a rabbit out of the hat win for "Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers" for Best Picture - alas it was not meant to be.

The highlight of the evening for me was Adrian Brody's simple declaration of his wish for a quick and peaceful end to the war with Iraq followed up by his statement that he had a friend fighting there and wanted him home safe. For that brief, emotional moment he was every man and woman watching at home, all over the world. Conflicted, confused and without political agenda - he stated a fact, filled with honest emotions and I don't believe there was a dry eye in the house.

I know that everyone has their knickers in a twist about Michael Moore's speech but lets be honest here - you cannot celebrate the man, then slap him down for being who he is. I was not at all surprised by the huge round of cheers he recieved when "Bowling for Columbine" won Best Documentary - nor was I surprised by what he did when he got up there. The crowd was shaken, equally divided with Boos and Hoorays, and the show stumbled onto very shakey ground...Thank the Goddess Steve Martin thinks on his feet and had no intention of letting Moore steal his show out from under him.

In all, I liked the show...it was a little long but isn't it always?

Any thoughts?

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