So THAT'S Why I Don't Watch Them Anymore.
I saw a grand total of 90 seconds this year. I picked two random snippets totally by accident, since we were watching videos and I flipped over to the Academy Awards during my spouse's "go get snacks" and "let out dogs" breaks.
It was the red carpet pre-show. Cate Blanchette was being interviewed by some man about her brave decisions to wear belts in a bunch of her movies.
Wha?!? Didn't she just play a pedophile school teacher? And the brave decision was to wear a belt around her sweater? I guess it must have been a fashion piece. Since I'm fashion tone-deaf, that whole scope of the Oscars is lost on me.
I swear to you I'm not kidding when I say that the second time I flipped over it was Al Gore with (I think) Leo DiCaprio, faking an announcement to run for office and then being played off stage.
Now obviously I'm not Gore's biggest fan. I didn't vote for him before and I wouldn't vote for him again. But I did think long and hard about this. I would have been just as irked if it were Ronald Reagan up there.
I'm into politics in a fairly big way, as I'm sure those who know me realise. I'll watch party conventions till I'm blue in the face. But I'm very much into the seperation of Politics and Entertainment. I don't want to turn on the news to see an actor try to give political analysis (*I'm talking to you, George Clooney), and I don't want to turn on a TV show to see a politician or hear a political speech. At least Reagan had the decency to quit acting before he went into politics.
So ironically, in a nutshell, there are the two primary reasons I no longer watch: I could give a krep about fashion choices and I'd rather save politics for Monday morning.