John Feehery: Speaking Engagements


Academy Awards

Posted on February 25, 2013

I didn’t watch the Academy Awards last night.   I didn’t watch the red carpet show before hand.  I saw only one of the Oscar nominees, which turned out to be the one that won Best Picture.

I watched Argo on Friday because I could watch it at home through my cable box.  None of the other ones have made it to the world of cable.    I have small kids and I never ever get to the movie theaters any more.  I would like to, because I like movie theater pop-corn, but it never happens.  Ever.

Any way, I don’t know who Seth MacFarlane is.   I guess he does the voices on the Family guy, which is a show I never, ever watch.  He was starred as Ted in Ted, a movie about a smart-ass teddy bear.  I was going to watch that movie, but I watched the previews, and it looked really stupid, so I didn’t bother.

So, Seth MacFarlane wasn’t somebody I was going to tune in for.  Because I don’t know him and what I know of him wasn’t very positive.  Apparently, he bombed, but that might be because the people who follow this kind of thing don’t know him either and were annoyed that he got the chance to host the biggest night of the year for Hollywood.

Hollywood is a self-indulgent collection of jerks.  I guess you are already knew that.

Argo was a decent movie, but if that is what it takes to win an Oscar these days – to be halfway decent – well, that doesn’t seem like much of a high bar to climb over.

Everybody was buzzing about Lincoln when it came out, and Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for the Best Actor.    Someday, I may want to watch that movie.  Day-Lewis has now won three Oscars, which is pretty impressive for any Irishman.  I couldn’t quite figure out why Spielberg cast an Irishman to play Abraham Lincoln.  I couldn’t  understand why Anthony Hopkins was cast to play Richard Nixon either.  Can’t we cast some Americans to play these American Presidents?

Of course, Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher last year, and she won an Oscar, so I suppose turnabout is fair play.

Zero Dark Thirty was the movie that got snuffed out by Hollywood, because it wasn’t politically correct enough.   When several liberal Senators complained to the liberals that run Tinseltown that the movie that shows how we killed Bin Laden actually made the assumption that a little water-boarding went a long way in killing the notorious terrorist, that was somehow glorifying torture, that was the end of that Oscar campaign.  No Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty

You can’t really upset liberals and expect to win an Oscar – or to even be considered for an Oscar.  That’s just the way it goes.

Instead of watching the show last night, I watched the third sequel to the Mighty Ducks movie with my seven year old.  For some reason, my son really loves movies that are exceptionally silly, but he is too young most the crap that is coming out of Hollywood. And then I fell asleep at 9:30.

At some point, I want to watch Zero Dark Thirty, and I guess that Silver Linings flick is pretty good.  Maybe I will watch both of those when they come out on cable.