The NEWS burst I get every morning led with a headline about Gwynth Paltrow’s see through dress, that frankly I hadn’t noticed. Upon finding it, it looked more like a dark brown peasant dress not the sultry zophtic dress that Selma Hayek wore that accentuated a new boob job that beauty certainly hadn’t needed. Kerry Washington’s straps around her breasts reminded more of bondage more than beauty. I spent more time looking up the ages of the now mostly middle aged 40-50ish actors and wondering what kind of botox or face lifts they’d gotten to be so smooth. I was glad that orange dress with blown-up puffy sleeves didn’t belong to Jennifer Lopez nor anyone who made it to stage.
I was most interested and awaited the political commentary I anticipated about our country being led by an adolescent twitterer who had just escalated a drone strike killing an Iranian leader.
Patricia Arquette did it brilliantly, She used her platform to address Sunday night’s threats on Iran and the massive wildfires taking over Australia.
“I’m so grateful to be here and celebrate this, but also, I know tonight, January 5th, 2020, we’re not gonna look back on this night in the history books,” she began. “We will see a country on the brink of war, the United States of America; a president tweeting out a threat of 52 bombs, including cultural sites; young people risking their lives, traveling across the world; people not knowing if bombs are gonna drop on their kids’ heads; and the continent of Australia on fire.”
“So while I love my kids so much,” she added, “I beg of us all to give them a better world. For our kids and their kids, we have to vote in 2020, and we have to beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020. Thank you.”
Yes, Ricky Gervais trashed transgender-ism in his opening monologue and later dissed Felicity Hoffman for the college entrance scandal, but isn’t that what left of center Hollywood types are supposed to do? Use their voices in protest to raise consciousness? I hope so and admit to being a bit too fascinated with surface appearances myself. I wanted to see a shot of far too handsome Brad Pitts sculpted abs as he accepted the award for best actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
So let’s dig deeper and get beyond the bodies and support spokespersons and writers we agree with who make the screen their stage I now have a list of 22 TV series and movies to watch before the Oscars in March