Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Lord of the Oscars

It's the day after the Oscars and it's a happy development that the last installment of the Lord of the Rings finally got the awards it so rightly deserves. I want to see the other contenders, of course, most especially, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, but Peter Jackson, I believe, so rightly deserves the clean sweep. Come to think of it, even if the movie was snubbed by the jury, methinks it is still a staggering movie. Visual effects aside, the movie succeed in putting across many significant messages, layers after layers -- the power of great friendship, the redeeming qualities of fellowship among people so very much unlike oneself, the rewards of faith, the persistence of love. Many years from now, people will still watch the trilogy and admire the messages it hold beside the astounding effort it took to translate it from the books to the screen.

Well, one thing about growing older is that you tend to not mind anymore what the awards bodies or charts say.
I used to remember growing up to Casey Kasem's American Top 40, counting down to the number one songs in America.  If the song peaked at no. 2, it was a big disappointment.  Not anymore. There are a lot of songs, and movies, and people, who didn't get the nod of their peers but are still great in their own way. It becomes even more a thrill to discover little-known gems like almost obscure songs by obscure artists. Or little-known films. I guess it's true what they say, growing more mature means being less dependent on the approval of others. Now, that's a positive thing to look forward to apart from growing older _c")_


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