Thursday, March 07, 2013

A Nominee for Best Film Line

The geezer rarely watches a movie simply because so few have been produced lately that are worth devoting a couple of hours to. Yet it seems while the number of good shows is declining the number of awards film folk bestow on each other is increasing.

It had good lines
So many Oscar winners were named at this year’s Academy Awards that there wasn’t time to allow many recipients to get to the podium to thank their mothers and anyone else they could think of for guiding them to the top of whatever their work is. It’s getting embarrassing. Nevertheless, the Academy is missing an important category.

Every now and then, a memorable line is spoken by one of the pretty people on the silver screen. Remember Rhett Butler telling Scarlett how much he cared? Or, Rick advising Sam to play it?  Such statements should rate a special award for the writer who produced a concise bit of unforgettable prose.

The best statement I’ve heard in the past several years came from a not-so-pretty, but pretty funny, little guy who was operating “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Sonny Kapoor said:

“Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”

Hard to top that one. It’s the ultimate optimism. Think of all the times Sonny’s advice could provide welcome reassurance to someone who needs it during your day-to-day activities.

Although the thoughts have nothing in common, for some strange reason, Sonny’s statement reminded me of a saying common in the Forest Service during my working days at the Boise National Forest some 40 years ago:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”


PiedType said...

I love a good quote. And you're right, the great ones need to be recognized. Hollywood probably thinks it sufficient to hand out writing awards, but that doesn't feature/honor the memorable lines. The nominee presentation should include clips of the lines being delivered in context: Rakish Rhett telling a stricken Scarlet "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" and walking away.

That would be a great category and would make for a great show. But I suppose the awards would still have to go to the writers.

Kay said...

Those are two awesome lines. I do remember Sonny saying that and thinking how profound it was. The forest service line is great too. I'm just going to have to share these lines with my children.

schmidleysscribblins, said...

I rejoined Netflix. Now if I can just find the time...

Re McCullough. Only know 'John Adams'. His books are very thick and I have so many more to read. Alas, life is short for the avid reder. Dianne

joared said...

This is a great idea -- memorable lines in the movie award! We should pass it along and maybe it will find it's way to someone in the business with influence. One such person is the Old Old Lady of the Hills (that's Hollywood hills) at her blog.

Hadn't thought about it, but I concur about the declining number of good movies and increasing number of awards for too many years.

Encouraging Hollywood news I've read in L.A. newspaper is that based on the success of last year's movies, some entertainment writers think Hollywood movie makers recognize $$$ and audience demographics have revealed an adult -- beyond teenage mental level -- will go to the movies. Our numbers increased last year reportedly. The thinking is we may be rewarded with more good movies. We'll see.