Dear The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) & Those Who Were “Snubbed”
Over the past few years, there have been more and more complaints about minorities not getting recognition with nominations, also known as getting “snubbed”.
Sure there are some talented people being nominated, but many feel others are being snubbed. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Los Angeles Times describing the demographic breakdown of approximately 88% of AMPAS’ voting membership, 94% of them were Caucasian, 77% were male, and 54% were over the age of 60.
In other words, it seems like the AMPAS is controlled by a bunch of old white guys. Many of whom probably don’t care much for stories about angry black guys (Straight Outta Compton), gays (lesbians seem to be more ok, because these guys like it when hot chicks get it on), or loud things that move too fast (any action/ sci-fi/ superhero movie. Mad Max doesn’t count because they probably thought it was that one with Mel Gibson).
Sure it is an honour to be nominated and to win an award chosen by those old white guys, but I’m thinking there needs to be some changes. Instead of those old white guys, or a group of snobby elitist white people, how about anyone working in the industry voting. No need to be in a special club or anything like that. You work, you get a vote on your part of the industry. ALL actors, producers, key grips, sound designers, EVERYONE votes!
THEN, if the claim of snubbing comes up, the only people who are to blame are the ones in the industry.
A movie fan
Dear General Populace,
Please stop over-using certain words or phrases.
Sadly, I’m just as much to blame as anyone. But knowing you are over-using a word or phrase is the first step to stopping. Here are three examples that I have come across recently…
“Awesome”. adjective. 1. causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight. 2. exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear. 3. Slang. very impressive:
I used to love to use this word. I still catch myself saying it. But being around someone who uses it CONSTANTLY, makes the supposedly “impressive” thing, unimpressive. Even when using it ironicly STILL ruins it! It has, for me, become a word without purpose or meaning, which is quite sad, and makes me want to exercise fisticuffs upon the people who have ruined it.
“Really” adverb. 1. in reality; actually: to see things as they really are. 2. genuinely or truly: a really honest man. 3. indeed: Really, this is too much.
Although it is a pretty standard, and well used word, especially when used for the first and second meaning, it is the third meaning which has become over-used. It is usually spoken in an overly incredulous way that just reminds me of a teeny-bopper girl trying to do some Valley speak. I keep waiting for them to add “Oh my God!” or, even worse, “OMG!” The word “Seriously?” is also used in this manner.
“Literally” adverb. 1. in the literal or strict sense: She failed to grasp the metaphor and interpreted the poem literally.
2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally. 3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed. 4. in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually: I literally died when she walked out on stage in that costume.
If someone uses the word “literally” to emphasize something, whether it actually happened or not, I will, in the literal or strict sense, punch them in the face.
We are all guilty of ruining words through misuse, erroneous emphasis, or by repeating them ad nauseam,. So please, be aware of the words you say, and if you say them too often, stop.
The people who even have a slight inkling of how to properly use words.
Dear Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans,
To all those who thought this new Star Wars movie was Oscar-worthy, needs to get their head outta the past!
Yeah, it was a fun movie. But the majority of the fun was waiting until Han and Chewie showed up. The fun was seeing little bits of the original trilogy in the background, or mentioned. It was also fun pointing those things out to the young folks who may only know Episodes I-III (sad but true).
If there was an Oscar for “Best use of Nostalgia”, it would win hands-down. John Williams being nominated *yawn* again… ok. The special effects were also worthy of a nomination as well. But Best Picture? Hahahaha! C’mon folks! It was good, but not THAT good.
A Star Wars fan
PS: Ooo look! A rag-tag group of space mercs in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. They are ripping off Firefly so much, they even got Wash onboard!
Dear James Corden, Host of The Late Late Show,
Like Craig Ferguson before you, you are a breath of fresh air… for totally different reasons.
While Ferguson was naughty, outrageous, and Dean Martin-ish without the booze (I’m assuming), you seem to be having a hoot hanging with all these people who come on your show. You seem to put people at ease and genuinely enjoy their company. I think that is your secret, you seem genuine.
Just keep that, and don’t become a suck-up like Fallon, or too-cool-for-school like Kimmel.
Secret Car Karaoke-er
Dear Game of Throne Fans,
RE: Losing the Golden Globe award to “Mr. Robot”
I’m gonna check out Mr. Robot. Any show that makes GoT fans all pouty has to have something good going for it!
Not a fan of Game of Thrones… or any over-hyped show.