One of the Perks of Getting Older

Maybe I’m not speaking for everyone, but I think I’m speaking for a significant number of people over the age of 35 — you don’t care about the behavior of people who disrupt award shows with their juvenile behavior, or who wins a Grammy, or who wins an Oscar for that matter. No, I’m not going to even say his name, and if you don’t know, don’t bother googling. It’s not worth it. Please trust me on that. :D

Yes, I’m admitting I’m over 35, which means those of you under that can summarily dismiss what I’m saying. But I take heart in the fact you will one day be over 35, or at least most of you will.

For the record, I haven’t been a fan of the Academy Awards since Shakespeare in Love won best picture. Little did I know at the time a movie like that would be considered something heady. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the top 10 all-time grossing movies, which most have occurred (no, make that all) in the last 15 years. Wait. I’ll give you top 10 adjusted for inflation. It improves, but not by much.

Maybe I shouldn’t say this since we’re still in The Hobbit juggernaut, but hey, it’s hard to ignore that most of the movies on that list (both lists) have little or no depth.

Okay, I do think it’s great that Beck won a Grammy:

beck at grammys

Hell no, I’m not putting up a picture of the guy who digs the chick with the big butt. I’m ashamed I even know who they are. Not sure who I’m talking about? Good on you! But a clue is here (watch the video).


  1. I’m relatively clueless on most of what you mention. I don’t watch much or know too many of the latest music stars.
    I’m mostly consumed in managing my family and when I get a moment to chill, I pick up something to read.
    Can’t remember the last time I watched any portion of an awards show. But I will pay attention if a certain British actor makes a splash in the awards world. ;)

  2. I hear you!

    If I didn’t have teenagers and young twenty somethings, I wouldn’t know anything about these people. My kids like to make jokes about these two in the piece.

    As for awards shows, other than a clip from the 2009 and 2010 BAFTAs :D, I haven’t watched an awards show since, oh, I don’t know how long.

  3. I’m over 60, don’t watch awards and don’t follow monthly flavours so I’m not sure what you are referring to without clicking on the links and it sounds as though you’re saying ‘don’t bother’.
    Like trudystattle, I too occupied with Real Life ( or else flat out writing a book), BUT, I will say that I despair at how little etiquette, or plain old fashioned manners, means to those in the public eye. Perhaps they need to watch Richard Armitage and his ilk to learn.

  4. My using barnyard language doesn’t make my behavior much better than what is being talked about. I’m just not inclined to search around for a better word. Not worth the time.

    When I think of how upset people get, I have to wonder why they care so much. It has to be their age in some respects. I can remember caring to a degree about events like this. Not that I ever cared much. Now it’s nothing to me.

    Having said that, I guess I took the time to write the post in order to comment on my general view of the entertainment industry. It’s mindless and therefore boring to me most of the time. If it weren’t for Richard Armitage, I would probably be so far out of the loop, it would be absurd.

    As for the link to the clue, it has something humorous, and I think you’ll get a kick out of it. It’s an old video, but I still laugh every time I see it.

  5. One thing I will say …. Shakespeare in Love …… BORING!!!

  6. Thank you, Chrissy!

  7. That video was very funny. I feel the same way. Not much quality in entertainment these days. Do love Richard, tho. Wish he was in everything. West is acreep!

  8. I was rooting for Saving Private Ryan. Harvey Weinstein was out in force that year. Money can win an election in different ways

  9. Well said, valsgal1999

  10. Here is the real irony, My hubby preferred Shakespeare in Love and I liked SPR. I still think Cate Blanchett should have won for Elizabeth.

  11. I totally agree with you about Cate Blanchett. I have nothing against Gwyneth Paltrow, but she won simply because she was the ‘it’ girl at the time.

    Meanwhile, the best movie that year (IMO) was not even nominated for best picture — Fight Club.

  12. Anon, that video does sum them up!

  13. I did look at the lists you posted. I hated Avatar which is surprising since I am a huge James Cameron fan. Even named our son after a character in one of his movies. Yes, I am well over 35 and just watched GWTW again last week. Love that movie and this time just focused on the performances of Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable.

  14. I love Gone With the Wind too, and I liked Titanic, and yes, Terminator :D

  15. We named our son after the character, Kyle Reese. It was the first movie we saw together and the only boy name on which we could agree. Ahh…Michael Biehn.

  16. Kanye West is an asshat. Generally speaking, people who preen around like peacocks are deep down insecure and thus feel the need to call attention to themselves in an over the top way. His marriage is a media circus and his antics are juvenile, to say the least. You can all tell I like him very much, don’t you? *cough*

    I do watch some award shows. Some of the performances at the Grammys were very enjoyable but others – like Madonna – were very uncomfortable to watch (she can barely dance anymore!). Geez.

    The BAFTAs were entertaining and – even though I don’t like some of the things that come out of Stephen Fry’s mouth (maybe it’s the difference in humor between the US and England) – I enjoyed the show. Eddie Redmayne was very humble in his acceptance speech.

    The Oscars…well, it’s always had to do with popularity but now it’s bordering on the ridiculous. Still, I watch it because I love acting and the art of making movies, and most every year there is at least one moment that makes it worth watching. However, until they get their collective head out of the sand and re-haul the categories and the way they present the awards, it will never go back to having the significance it used to have for the audiences.

    I do hope one day in the near future Richard is able to nab more quality leading roles in movies and gets the recognition he deserves and reaches all of his career goals. He’s a lovely man and a Master Actor who is much more deserving of opportunities than many of today’s so-called movie stars. *off my soapbox* ;)

  17. Just imagine how you’re going to chill on this stuff when you’re over 45! I can tell you from experience that you don’t sweat the small stuff at that point. Life is too short to waste it worrying about morons. I think my lack of kids and cable TV has rendered me blissfully immune to knowledge of Kanye West. I’ve only heard the name, no more.

  18. Mujertropical,

    I’m just getting old. Seriously. I find so many times that I just don’t care about things that may have held my interest when I was younger.

  19. Linnet, I hope you’re comment means I don’t sound like I’m over 45. LOL! I would love to say I’m not. No, that’s not true entirely. I’m proud of being my age, which is considerably older then 45. I just think sometimes others have a problem with age, so that’s why I don’t bring it up. But as I just said to Mujertropical, I find myself not caring about things. I want to think this is a good aspect of getting older, and especially when I consider the incident at the Grammys.

    Of course I’m not in West’s demographic, so what someone like me thinks is exactly nothing to the record industry. Never mind that my group has the most disposable income.

  20. Judging by the some of the smarter people on twitter even people in West’s demographic are embarrassed for him. Otoh one of my friends was watching the red carpet and said that the couple in question were making out (including some grabbing of her assets) so what appears to be bad manners might just be marketing.

    Awards shows (especially the Oscars and Grammys) have always been popularity contests of a certain kind. Look at the fact that Mira Sorvino won.

  21. Not ‘certain’, certifiable. :p

  22. Yeah, I haven’t cared in long time. Don’t watch the majority of them myself, and even the Oscars leaves me cold often. But from what I heard, Beck handled it like the class act he is and Shirley Manson had some well said choice words on FB. I confess, I enjoyed that smack down quite a bit.

  23. And you’re right Frenz, it is very liberating to not care about such things. I never thought I would enjoy being “my age” as much as I do, and shedding care for things not worthy is definitely a benefit.

  24. Me either, but it is so freeing!

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