Hollywood award shows are unbearable to watch. For hours on end, a parade of attractive people who make their living on camera and equally unattractive people who make their living behind cameras mawkishly preen in feigned humility. Yet, watch we do.
We want to think that these folks are like us; we invite them into our living rooms and see them jumbo-sized onscreen at the local cinemaplex. Not unlike the homecoming queen and football captain we admired from afar as teenagers, up close our matinee idols are so much smaller, dumber and usually meaner. They don’t respect us. They often hold us in contempt. Ask Julianne Moore and Jimmy Kimmel who at the Emmy’s cackled as they derided Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney and by inference the viewers who support them. [Read more…]