Growing up, these awards meant so much to me, especially in college. Winning one of those things is what I aspired to do. I believe most kids growing up in Ohio who wanted to become filmmakers dreamed of the same thing. Now, I'd be happy just to sell another script and to get the opportunity to direct again. Don't get me wrong, the accolades would be great. But I have been through the ringer with "King's Highway" and I understand the BUSINESS aspect a little better than when I was a kid.
As for this year's winners, I couldn't tell you whether they were deserving or not. I loved "Brokeback Mountain" and was able to see the first hour of "Good Night, Good Luck" (which I liked even more). I was happy for George Clooney. He seems like a good guy and everyone knows about the dues he's paid. Same goes for Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I didn't see "
Capote", but I've loved Hoffman ever since he played a slimeball in "Scent of a Woman". And his portrayal of Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous": is one of my favorite performances of the last ten years.
I guess I should take the time to actually see the movies next year. Then again, I still won the Oscar pool in our office, and I only saw four or five of the films nominated in any category this year. Time has been tight, that's for sure. But I'm not complaining. When people are asking you to write for them, damn if that doesn't feel good.