Monday, January 30, 2006

Why, Exactly, Should I Care?

The SAG awards were last night. I was at my girlfriend's place. She, her roommate and her friend wanted to watch them. I couldn't give two shits. While they watched the SAG awards, I went into my girlfriend's bedroom and watched Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It was a newer episode with the retooled cast. D'Onofrio and Erbe are gone and have been replaced by Chris Noth and Annabella Sciorra. So, it pretty much sucked. D'Onofrio made that show. I watched it anyway. Why? Because I loathe awards shows.

I just don't understand why people care. These are a bunch of people that we see on TV or in movies and they're just sitting around in fancy clothes getting drunk and reading teleprompters poorly. Absolutely nothing happens. Maybe one or two people will give a mildly interesting speech, but for the most part they walk up there and rattle off a bunch of names that no one recognizes. How is this interesting? How is this fun? These people are entertainers, yet they're doing absolutely zero entertaining and millions of people still tune in.

Why do people feel attached to certain movies? Why should I be upset if Brokeback Mountain doesn't win Best Picture? Does that make it any less of a film? Certainly not. It will still be the touching, groundbreaking picture that it is being heralded as (I haven't seen it yet, but plan to). Somehow all of this matters to lots and lots of people. Otherwise, I wouldn't see just about every woman on the planet reading Us magazine.

Sure, I'm upset that D'Onofrio isn't on L&O: CI anymore, but that's where it ends. I won't be upset if he doesn't win any awards. I'm just sad that the show I really liked isn't nearly as good without him. That's it. The entertainment value has decreased because he is gone, so it bothers me. I don't want to read about who he's dating and what clubs he was at this weekend. I just don't care. I'm going to miss Bobby Gorin, not D'Onofrio. Maybe it was D'Onofrio that made me care about Gorin, but it's Gorin I'll miss. I don't miss the reality, I miss the illusion. Maybe that's why I hate those awards shows. Too much reality, not enough illusion. These people aren't interesting unless they're playing make-believe.

Let's all just live our own lives and let movies and TV be exactly what they are - a minor pleasant distraction.

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