The Globes and the Globe

The Golden Globes were on last night, an awards show that has perhaps developed more clout than it deserves, considering the source. But as Finding Nemo was up for an award as best musical or comedy, it became animation news. “Nemo” would have been an unlikely winner, given that it’s difficult to make a logical comparison between it and Lost in Translationor Big Fish. I’ve always been a supporter of separating animated fare from live action, which is not a popular stance with a lot of animators. Particularly the younger ones, who may not understand the politics at play. It comes down to this: actors do not like to compete with cartoon characters, 3D or otherwise. It makes them feel like they’re being replaced. Now that we’ve gotten that news flash out of the way, I can express my gratitude that the Academy finally gave animated feature a category. I’m still expecting Finding Nemo to have its day in the sun on Oscar night.

That said, congratulations to Peter Jackson on his Golden Globe. I’m making a prediction that this will be the year when Lord of the Rings is evaluated as a whole and given its Oscar, ostentatiously for the last installment, but practically for all three. This trilogy was more than a series of movies, it was an experience. I was fortunate to be able to catch the first two in their extended versions at Seattle’s Cinerama, and I will be there next year right on schedule. After seeing Jackson’s versions, it’s hard to remember what it was like to pore through the books in high school, trying to figure out what Minis Tirith would look like.

On a final note, the first piece of US legislation intended to stem the tide of outsourcing to India is being aggressively lobbied against by said country. No surprises here of course, as awareness of what this is doing to American workers grows, we can only hope legislation will follow. Runaway jobs are not a partisan issue, and its important that voters on every side of the fence alert their respective representatives. So far the new law only seems to affect Federal jobs.

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