Did you watch the Oscars last night? I started too, then for the first time in as many years as I can remember, turned them off to watch a movie. I'm a self-proclaimed movie nut. I own way to many movies and my friends and family call my DVD collection "Mike-flix."
So, one would assume that I would be all about watching the industries biggest night of the year – yet for some reason I just didn't care. I give the producers credit for acknowledging the fact that this country is suffering right now, and the last thing people want to hear about is the big parties and free promo items given the Hollywood elite who can already afford them all. This year, the producers and Hollywood skipped out on most of that for a more intimate presentation.
But that doesn't matter, because I didn't watch. Last year the Oscar's had their lowest TV audience ever and I'll be interested to find out how this year compared. In times like this when millions of people are losing their jobs – the last thing I care about is what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are wearing and whether or not they win an award.
That's not to say that I don't respect the awards – because I do. We spend billions of dollars a year to watch these people keep us entertained. I love the movies and to win an Oscar is an amazing achievement, but this year I found myself not caring about watching it unfold. I was perfectly content to read about it on /Film this morning. We'll wait and see if the rest of America felt the same way.