December 21st, 2010
I have probably mentioned it before, but I have an almost compulsive desire to watch film and television awards shows. I download ballots, make my predictions, and prepare some tasty tidbits to snack on while I sit through the 14-hour Oscars (or whatever show happens to be on at the time). Usually, at about hour 5, I get bored. The speeches sound the same, the wrong people tend to win, and the commercial breaks are of epic proportions. Funny enough, I blame Joan Rivers for this unhealthy fascination. E! Entertainment Television used to broadcast her “best and worst dressed” Oscar shows throughout the entire day of the Academy Awards. After we brushed up on our fashion “do’s” and “don’ts” my siblings and I settled in for the pre-show where Joan would talk to various celebrities on the red carpet. Ultimately, after several years, E! (don’t forget the exclamation point—everything is better with an exclamation point!!) axed the show and replaced it with something far less interesting.