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Feb. 27 2012

Oscar stuff…

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs | 4 Comments

Once again, the Academy Awards have come and gone, and, once again, I didn’t watch it on television.  Once reason is that the only awards I am interested in come at the end of the program, and having to get up at 3:30 am…well, it’s just too late for me.  Additionally, I like to say I don’t care.  The fact is, when I get into work the next morning, the first thing I do is go to the Associated Press computer and look up the winners.  Yes, I’m a real fake.  Funny thing is, I don’t go to movies very often, and when I do, they generally are not in the running for Oscars.  I like movies, but I don’t particularly like movie theaters.  I enjoy watching movies at home–TCM is one of my favorite cable channels.

Normally, I really don’t care who wins, since I rarely, if ever, see any of the movies nominated. This year, however, I was happy to see the silent film “The Artist” win for best picture, and it’s star win for best actor.  I don’t know whether someone campaigned real hard, or if the voting members were that impressed.  I think I’m going to see that movie.  I remember about a year ago, the silent version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Lon Chaney) was on TCM, and I watched it and couldn’t believe how engrossed I got in it.  The “low tech” aspects of the film never occurred to me.   I hadn’t seen a silent film in a long time, and forgotten how good they can be.  I do like the high-tech stuff, but it is refreshing when something simple can give such pleasure.  So I think it was nice that the winner (among a group of films that I am sure were outstanding) was a silent film.

Mark Malinowski


Mark is WBJC's morning host. His full bio can be read here.

4 Responses to Oscar stuff…

  • Dick Murphy says:

    I’m with you, Mark. I don’t like to go to movie theaters, so I see very few of them. However, my wife dragged me to the theater Saturday to see George Clooney in “The Descendants,” and I must admit that it was a terrific movie. It Clooney and the movie were in the running for Oscars, but the Frenchmen beat them.

  • Mark Malinowski says:


    Thanks for taking the time to read the blog, and for your comments. I have heard that “The Descendants” is excellent, as well. I have always thought George Clooney was a fine actor, even back in his “ER” days. It is on my list as well. Thanks again.


  • Judith says:

    At almost the last possible moment (i.e. late Saturday night!) I went to see The Artists at The Charles, because I just had a feeling it might win the Academy Award, and I was curious to see what all the fuss had been about. I thought it was charming and clever and moving and inspired. In these days of Avatar (which I didn’t see) and the like, when special effects seem to take over the film, this film is simply about the story and the characters (including the dog!) who draw you into the story. I was so glad that it did so well at the Oscars, and I loved the moment in his acceptance speech when the director, Michel Hazanavicius, thanked the film itself, saying it had taken on a life of its own (or words to that effect). It’s refreshing that something as wholesome as this has received so many accolades. It gives one faith.

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