I try, I really do try to care about the Oscars, but ever since I was a little kid, something about them seemed so… I dunno, like school convocations in the gym. Of course, if we ever happened into a project headed that direction, that would be fascinating (and you know Tessa’s film was on the short list for the Documentary Oscar in 1999, right?) but I just can’t auto-conjure the magic.
But I have to say this: thank god the talents of Ethan and Joel Coen were finally recognized by the Academy. Yeah, they won 11 years ago for the screenplay of “Fargo”, but this was a full sweep of the three best awards. These two men have made “Blood Simple”, “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, “The Hudsucker Proxy”, “Miller’s Crossing”, “The Big Lebowski”, and my favorite movie of all time, “Raising Arizona”.
In sophomore year at Carolina, I rented “Raising Arizona” and watched it in the basement of the Lodge, and it was truly one of those experiences when you stop, relax your muscles and say “I want to do THAT.” Yes, they have their misfires along with anyone else – you don’t make a movie every two years without running into trouble – but I dare anyone to find a more consistently brilliant pair of artists currently at the top of their form.
Here’s to the boys, and their coveted Best Picture Oscar – like Nathan Arizona said, “Chairs, you got a dinette set. No chairs, you got dick!”