On His 60th Birthday, Allow Me To Overpraise My Hero, Bill Murray
In 2004, Bill Murray was robbed in the most robbiest worst of ways. Sean Penn stood up and took the Oscar for Best Actor away from him. Yes, there was voting involved but it’s this bloggers firm belief that everyone that voted for Penn that year is and always will be completely out of their effing minds.
Don’t get me wrong, Penn’s good in “Mystic River”. But he just emotes and glares and whines and blah blah blah. It’s a performance that Penn could do in his sleep. He should not have won based solely on that “is that my daughter in there” scene. For some reason, that annoys me to no end.
Now, think about Bill Murray in “Lost In Translation”. Quiet. Understated. Funny. Touching. A sad, lonely, distant performance from a comedic actor that spent most of his career bringing in your face hilarity. Throw in the fact that he was completely robbed of awards for bringing us the genius that is Herman Blume in “Rushmore” and it’s really just more Academy stupidity.
Maybe it’s Murray’s infamous standoffishness that turns Oscar voters off? Do they hate the fact that he doesn’t live in Hollywood or politic on the Oscar circuit like other actors? Sure. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this guy is a genius…and that I’m still bitter about the 2004 Oscars.
So, happy birthday Bill. You’re my favorite actor, maybe favorite entertainer, working today. Why am I writing this as if you’ll read it? Is it because I secretly hope you will? Yes, it is. Pray for me America.
Cinematically Correct note: Please Bill, do not make “Ghostbusters 3”. Let’s leave well enough alone m’kay?