The Weekly Vista

And the Oscar goes to …

- GARY SMITH Gary Smith is a recovering journalist living in Rogers.

hours, and I’ve got about 30 minutes of some degree of concentrat­ion in me at this point. Three hours may have been a conservati­ve estimate, since we also had to allocate mental bandwidth to pre-event festivitie­s, which apparently consisted of asking people what they were wearing. I assumed this wasn’t the age-old “boxers or briefs” question. I mean, if you can ask a presidenti­al candidate (as someone did of Bill Clinton many years ago), you can probably ask an actor.

A note: Since Daylight Saving Time was involved, did the show actually last four hours in real time? I’ve never been very clear on how that works. Of course, it took me a few months to quit texting my son who was stationed in South Korea, which is roughly 15 hours ahead of us and asking who won the football game before it was played here. Apparently time doesn’t work like that. Which is a shame.

Speaking of time, it appears the motion picture that won most of the awards, “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” deals with what is called the Multiverse, a bold blend of philosophy and physics that … wait, I don’t really know what it is. It might be the concept that there are alternativ­e realities based on choices we make. I could be wrong. Or maybe I’m right in an alternativ­e universe.

If that concept is true, it might be good news for me when it comes to arguments with the Lovely Mrs. Smith. “I’m not wrong, dear. I’m just right in an alternate universe.” I’ll let you know how that works out. I am hopeful, but my gut tells me “likely not well.”

If the concept is correct, it does unfortunat­ely broaden the number of places I could have left my cell phone, so, not quite all rosy.

Here in this universe, while the Academy Awards lacked the controvers­y (and actual physical assault) of last year’s edition, they weren’t without angst. If, given the times we live in, one song being selected as “the best” over some other songs even qualifies as a concern.

There was apparently a bit of an ancillary flareup when it was discovered that the live donkey introduced on stage during the ceremony wasn’t actually the donkey used in one of the nominated pictures, “Banshees of Inisherin.” It was a bit of a shock to consider an organizati­on content to throw millions at both making and honoring films made the decision not to fly a donkey halfway around the world for a five-minute skit. Good to see reason has returned to Hollywood.

Of course, there were plenty of other things for people to be upset about, if they were so inclined. And, again, given the times in which we live, that’s likely the case. It seems that Academy Award selections are often of the moment and may not necessaril­y stand the test of time.

So, if your favorite movie, actor, song, cinematogr­apher (you have a favorite cinematogr­apher? I’m not even sure I know what that is) didn’t win, remember when Ke Hu Quan from “Everything Everywhere All at Once” hugged Harrison Ford on the stage, only one of the people in that embrace has an Academy Award. And it’s not Harrison Ford. Go figure.

If that’s not proof enough the academy makes some strange choices, “Saving Private Ryan” lost the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture to … “Shakespear­e in Love.”

I don’t care what universe you’re in, that makes no sense.

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