July 2, 2017

Pardon the Construction...

I'm a little late to the party, but it has come to my attention that Photobucket, a photo hosting service that I've used to embed the hundreds of screenshots on this blog for the past four years, has made the decision to immediately instate a subscription model for hosting embeddable images moving forward...meaning all present Photobucket-hosted images out in the web (and on this blog) are broken, unless I pay a hefty annual fee.

This is frustrating because a) 98% of the photos on Oscargasms are now images telling all of you that I need to update my account to enable 3rd party hosting and b) I'll need to start the process of re-embedding said hundreds of photos.

So bear with me, and apologies for the ugliness!

May 31, 2017

Bette Davis • All About Eve

as Margo Channing
Bette Davis, All About Eve
Won: New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actress • Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress

At long last, we’ve come to Bette Davis. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this performance and have attempted this write-up 3+ times, only to give up and shelve it away for a later time.

Why? Because this is a performance that has been praised to the high heavens, and yet…it’s played in quite a straightforward manner. It's executed in such a way that is potent but far from what one might deem as “mind blowing” or “revelatory.” Unlike the likes of Gloria Swanson and Judy Holliday, Davis isn’t projecting a character with eyesore and ear sore idiosyncrasies. She is playing Margo Channing forthright. Simply put, Davis does not transform into “Margo Channing” - she instead takes the character and shape-shifts it to fit a “Bette Davis” mold. The beauty of it all is that the character is a perfect fit to the actress - Davis may very well be playing herself, but this is an instance in which both character and actress persona fuse together seamlessly.