At 94 years old Kirk Douglas could teach this day and very sad age of Hollywood a few lessons.
Like how to conduct oneself in public in front of a billion viewers. As far as I’m concerned Melissa Leo was about as classless as they come. Once upon a time this prestigious award called the Oscar meant something to those that were awarded it. It meant that many thought your work was beyond all the rest and those that received it were greatly thankful. They gave graceful speeches. And no matter how one lived or spoke out of the camera’s view or microphones earshot, in front of it they acted like they beyond appreciated the homage they were paid.
I cannot ever remember watching the Academy Awards when very young watching anybody get up on the stage and even remotely putting themselves in the position to blurt out such an expletive. This wasn’t a slip of the tongue, it was just plain smut behavior. Remembering the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelley, Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Wood and other countless actresses and actors of the past era’s of Hollywood. These people had Class.
Call it old-fashioned, Call it I’m getting old. But I don’t need to watch an award show to listen to somebody talk as if they were in their own living rooms. God knows I’m no angel with the mouth. But there is a time and place in-which it’s a little more acceptable and tolerated. It certainly doesn’t belong on a Live Broadcast going to the world.
I didn’t know who Melissa Leo was before Sunday and doubt I will ever give a damn who or what she does again.
She was not only presented with an award that is the most hardest to win, but she should have been honored who the Academy chose to be the presenter of that award. And who called out her name and handed it to her. I would have stood there in awe. I certainly wouldn’t have rambled the F’ word as if I didn’t know where I was, then call it an unconscious slip of the tongue.
Kirk Douglass probably was sorry he was chosen at 94 having to stand there listening to the outcome. Personally I felt sorry for him. He deserved a hell of a lot more respect than that. As did the audience there and those at home watching.
No sadly his days of Hollywood have been long gone for some time now. The days of the 40s, 50s and even the days of the rambunctious 60s offered the fans of these Stars an appreciated Thank You for what they won.
Respect for their profession, respect for their peers, respect for their fans but most of all respect for themselves.
I hope we get to see Kirk Douglas in the future. And I hope somebody realizes and understands what his days of yesteryear Hollywood meant. Having and Showing some Class.
The days of Gable, Bogey, Cagney, Lancaster, Niven, Grant, Peck, Stewart, Day, Bacall, Hayward, Garland, Turner, Poitier, Hepburn’s, Davis are gone. And all we’re left with today is undisciplined no talents. So much for Hooray For Hollywood.
When they were Stars.
|YEAR||BEST PICTURE||BEST ACTRESS||FOR HER ROLE IN|
|1937||THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA||Louise Rainer||The Good Earth|
|1938||YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
|1939||GONE WITH THE WIND||Vivien Leigh
||Gone With The Wind|
|1941||HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY||Joan Fontaine
|1942||MRS. MINIVER||Greer Garson
||The Song of Bernadette
|1944||GOING MY WAY||Ingrid Bergman
|1945||THE LOST WEEKEND||Joan Crawford||Mildred Pierce|
|1946|| THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
||Olivia De Havilland||To Each His Own|
|1947|| GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT
Now again who in the hell is Melissa Leo?