Sunday, April 25, 2021

I Might Watch the 2021 Oscars Tonight for ONE Reason: Steven Soderbergh

I've mostly quit watching award shows. I find them to often be dull events in self-congratulatory navel-gazing that are best enjoyed by watching the few highlights people talk about the next day. There are sometimes great moments sprinkled in these three or four-hour events, but again, watching the highlights saves you a lot of time. That said, I am actually a little bit interested in the 2021 Oscars for one reason and one reason alone--the involvement of Steven Soderbergh.

Steven Soderbergh is producing the 2021 Oscars with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins. They want to make it, "Cinematic." I'm not sure what exactly that means, but Soderbergh makes damn good movies. Whether he's creating a flick about a pandemic that uncomfortably predicted a lot--"Contagion,"--bringing us a movie about dudes gyrating for dollar bills--"Magic Mike,"--or doing any of his other great works, Soderbergh is a skilled creator of entertaining stuff. Lord knows the Oscars need more entertaining stuff, so why not let Soderbergh make it a little different and weird? I always say I'll take weird over boring any day. I'm not really a fan of award shows, but I am a fan of projects Soderbergh is involved with. I guess I might as well give the show a shot, or at least DVR it and watch tomorrow with the ability to fast-forward through the many, many ads.


  1. Turned out to be a yawn fest, unfortunately.

    1. That awkward ending too. They're like, "Anthony Hopkins isn't roll credits?" Hopkins posted a very nice Instagram message the next day though thanking everyone,expressing his love to the family of Chadwick Boseman, and otherwise saying how surprised he was to win.