March 06, 2006

Oscar Wrap-up 2006

3-6 Mafia at the OscarsIn a strange Oscar Night upset, the song from "Hustle and Flow" called "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Atlanta hip hop group 3-6 Mafia won Best Song. The Dolly Parton number was well, standard Dolly. I think it was more of a "lifetime achievement" nomination for her. People were just amazed that she is still singing with such energy. I was really pulling from the "In The Deep" song from "Crash."

I think Ludacris did a good humorous intro of the song, saying there have been other Oscar nominated songs that were a bit risque... "Shaft", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (and "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang" added later by another). But when 3-6 Mafia won, they jumped all around and did the usual R&B Acceptance speech, including THANKING JESUS for helping them write a song called "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". Yes, I'm sure the big man was really pulling for them. It's a little-known fact that A small footnote to the 10 commandments was lost in the transcription, saying "Thou shalt not commit adultery, save for that of Pimping. Thou Shalt Keep the Pimp Hand Strong."

I understand that this was the group's first hit, and I think the first Best Song Oscar for an R&B/Rap group, so there was reason for celebration. However, I think Jon Stewart really put it into perspective: "Let's review here: Martin Scorcese? No Oscars. 3-6 Mafia? Oscar."

Definitely a weird year for Oscars. Happy that Brokeback Mountain got best Director, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay because those were it's real strengths. Happy that my girl Rachel got Supporting Actress, but a little weirded out that Reese Witherspoon got Best Actress. She may ahve deserved it, I didn't see the movie. I just loath to see them repackaging "Sweet Home Alabama" with "Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon" on the cover.

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget that Eminem got the Oscar for Lose Yourself in 8 mile