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Carol Perkins comments on Movies and the Oscars

'Some of us are celebrity watchers and movie goers while others think we are silly for doing so. Some of us who don't follow college basketball and football think those who do go a little overboard at times. Some feel reading books is a waste of time, while others find hunting and fishing boring. The truth is we all need an outlet and for me, it is going to the movies.' - CAROL PERKINS
Next previous column: Carol Perkins: Good Hair Day Posted March 2, 2014.

By Carol Perkins

Watching the Oscars Sunday night, waiting for the ice/snow storm that was to begin any moment, I thought about how many years I had been a part of an Oscar evening. Certainly not eighty six of them, but probably at least fifty five. So many of the "old" clips were movies I cherished growing up and still watch on occasion. Going to the movies is among my favorite things to do, but there are only a few I ever want to see a second time.



One of these is The Wizard of Oz. The most touching moment of the show for me was the tribute to the movie. The first time I saw it was in the 50's. Little did I know it was released in 1939! Pink's rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" was chilling, and the fact that Judy Garland's three children were in the audience intensified the moment. I bet all of us remember our travel with Dorothy down that yellow brick road the first time.

Another I have seen more than once is To Kill A Mockingbird. THAT was the movie of all movies. Gregory Peck-what a star. When trying to think of someone today to compare to Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Jack Lemon, and scores of others, I came up short. Guy added John Wayne to my list. The closest either of us could come to naming someone was Tom Hanks.

Speaking of the past, Kim Novak's appearance after all these years away from Hollywood was certainly a surprise. Most likely half of those in the audience knew little of her career, which includes my favorite film Picnic with William Holden (another great). Certainly not looking like the Kim I had last seen on the screen (she is now in her early eighties), she still had an air of the old days. The media has had their fun criticizing her plastic surgery gone wrong, but I felt sorry for her and wished she had not appeared for her own sake.

I also felt sorry for John Travolta. Even though his totally mess of pronouncing Idina Menzel was funny, he was humiliated and degraded by the media. I could identify with him because of the times I have been reading something aloud and come to a word I didn't know and slid over it, just like he slid over her name. Honestly, I had never heard of her, but as a presenter I would have thought he might have. The media has eaten him alive, too. As he said, "Let It Be."

Of those movies nominated, I had seen a Captain Phillips and American Hustle. Clips from Philomena inspired me to read the book, which I just finished. I can see how this would be nominated. I will rent the others.

The highlight of the night for me was watching June Squibb sitting among the much younger candidates for Best Supporting Actress. At age eighty-four she proves age has little to do with anything except aches and pains. There she was in her green sequined dress, looking as cheerful and spicy as she was in her role (from what I saw in clips; that's on my list, too). I want to be cheerful and spicy when I'm in my eighties.

Some of us are celebrity watchers and movie goers while others think we are silly for doing so. Some of us who don't follow college basketball and football think those who do go a little overboard at times. Some feel reading books is a waste of time, while others find hunting and fishing boring. The truth is we all need an outlet and for me, it is going to the movies. That's a wrap! - CAROL PERKINS


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