Oscars

There was no one to root for at these Oscars. Even Variety says all those contenders scored poorly at the box office.

Jack Engelhard,

Jack Engelhard
Jack Engelhard
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“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces,” says Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” and she can say that again.

Because there were no faces at Sunday’s Oscars 2018…no Movie Stars, so far as I could tell.

I’d mention the winners. But it’s likely you will never hear from them again. Morning Glories. The list is available anyway.

The people who took the stage to present or to accept, by my count, half came to advance a Cause.

That’s a turn-off. I love the movies and I respect the craft, but actors would do best if they stayed true to the Art and left politics to the politicians.

It is true that politicians don’t know much, either.

But it’s chancy when as an actor your Cause is not our Cause and next thing, people stay away from your movies.

I’ve got my own list of actors that I’ve written off.

Sunday night’s event came alive (for me at least) when Eva Marie Saint showed up and showed what a real Movie Star looked like – sensational and without a Cause.

At 93 years-old, Eva Marie Saint, gorgeous and classy as ever. We won’t forget her nuanced performances with Cary Grant in “North by Northwest,” with Brando in “On the Waterfront,” and best of all, “Exodus” with Paul Newman. There’s been nothing like that love scene between them on a hilltop overlooking the Valley of Jezreel.

They played it using the Art of tender restraint, and she managed to come across icy and warm, distant and desirable, virtuous but available – quite a feat.

I’m tempted to say, “they don’t make movies like that anymore,” and heck, they don’t. They don’t make “Exodus” anymore, either—and won’t. Not these days.

I despair knowing that…and I know that because many in that audience march in step with Linda Sarsour.

In some ways this was a National Democratic Convention, Hollywood Branch.


This one embodies the entire bunch for being anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Trump.
There was no one to root for at these Oscars. Even Variety says all those contenders scored poorly at the box office.

Best I could do was root against and rather than name them all; one will do. This one embodies the entire bunch for being anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Trump.

The winner is, no, not Vanessa Redgrave. That was a generation ago. This Oscar goes to, Jane Fonda.

That’s the name my wife came up with when I kept screaming, “Where are the Movie Stars?”

But that turned out to be a wash when we agreed that Fonda is both, a movie star and a traitor. Forget her.

“What are your parameters?” Leslie asked as to my question of the night, about the days when actors knew mystique.

I have to be careful with Leslie. She sweeps the board at Jeopardy.

“I don’t know,” I said intelligently.

“What about Nicole Kidman?” Okay, I guess. But not quite the thing. “Emma Stone?” Emma Who? “Helen Mirren?” Not bad. “Are you saying Frances McDormand is not a star?”

That’s my whole point! I had to look up the spelling of her name. To this day, nobody has to do that for Liz Taylor, Lana Turner or Ava Gardner.

Oh – Meryl Streep. But that’s another column, to be about actors who’ve lost me for their CAUSES and their POLITICS. I’ll be calling it the Robert De Niro Problem.

It’s about actors we used to admire, but who then found a way to offend us forever. That’s De Niro who says, “I’d like to punch Trump in the face.”

Too much information, Robert, and now watch half the notion’s moviegoers punch back at the box office.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

Just released is his augmented HOLLYWOOD EDITION of “News Anchor Sweetheart.” Engelhard wrote the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com











 


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