Frankly, I didn't think this years crop of Oscar-nominated movies was very good, but out of the lot I was happy about the Best Picture award because I think the Coen Brothers ("Fargo," "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski" to name a few) are the best auteurs around.
I also was happy to see the upset in Best Actress category. The work of Edith Piaf is a running joke in our family, the ineffable way we try to explain this early Judy Garland to our children. Maybe Marion Cotillard's Oscar for her stunning portrayal of Piaf will bring a little more respect to the movie ("La Vie en Rose") and to ourselves. (The video below is the real Piaf, apparently near the end of her life.)
The one thing that stood out for me on Oscar night, however, was the fact that almost no Americans won anything of significance. Two Brits, a Spaniard and a Frenchwoman got our big acting prizes, and for most of the lesser categories, the winners seemed to be from elsewhere.
It also sounded as if the winners of one of the early animated film awards was thanking his team from all over the world, meaning our movies are now being outsourced. When we lose control of Hollywood, my friends, the end of our civilization is nigh.
Build a fence! Crack down on foreigners allowed to work in Hollywood. Vote for the man who will protect American values and Americanism in general! Vote for John McCain, who personifies this year's Best Picture, "No Country for Old Men."