Actress Kim Novak set off a firestorm in social media following her presentation of an animation award at the 2014 Oscars. Joined by Matthew McConaughey on stage to present an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the 81-year-old screen legend struggled to speak, and her face seemed unnaturally stiff. Many went on Twitter to make jokes about the “Vertigo” star, while others rallied to her defense.
For 20 years I've avoided the industrial inanity of the Academy Awards presentations. (And for half that time I've avoided going to the cinema.) But tonight, out of ennui, I checked out the Oscars news before going to bed.
Bedtime will be delayed a few minutes.
Apparently, the lovely Kim Novak was asked to be a presenter for an animated film award. In the actual event, one learns, she "struggled" to express herself.
Novak is best known for her role in the 1958 film "Vertigo", playing opposite James Stewart. Personally, I thought her best performance was in "Bell, Book and Candle", also filmed in 1958 and also playing opposite James Stewart. But that's neither here nor there, since her career began so early in Cinematic history that she is best known for a movie which was filmed in black-and-white.
Perhaps I appear to be acting in the role of 'protector of her reputation' here, but it seems to me that it is petty to criticize an actor of her experience and maturity if she finds herself challenged to speak in public.
Wondering just what the HECK these people are talking about, I went to YouTube to see what the furor was all about. If she was, indeed, so inarticulate, I was relieved to see that there are no videos of her presentation available.
But there were a couple of videos of private persons discussing her "performance":
The first was dismissive:
The second was perhaps intended to be "supportive", but ended up rambling and incoherent:
Give the public performances of these two idiots, and assuming that they are representative of her detractors ... I think it's safe to say that Miss Novak's reputation remains unscathed, regardless of the snide comments of the public press and the fools who do no better than the most mind-boggled 81-year-old lady who has earned the admiration of movie goers who actually have a past.
PS: for the dope who published the "dismissive" video --- and who refers to Novak as "he" and "him" ... "Was you there, Charlie?" I don't believe the jerk even was a witness to the moment. (And you think SHE gave a bad performance!)
Dude ... Kim Novak is a woman.
Interesting comment received:
How is Kim any different from the house minority leader, Ms. Nancy?
Answer: It's hard to get Kim to start talking. It's impossible to stop Nancy.