Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Golden Touch Of Trash TV.

Byline: Culture Shock LEANNE POTTS Of the Journal

* Oscars show always delivers the prize - the little guy's escape into wretched excess

A lot of intelligent people think the fact that around 80 million people will tune in to Sunday night's Oscar show is just another example of our culture's shallow fascination with celebrity.

Why do millions of Americans waste their time on this vapid, four-hour glam wallow, they ask. The stock market is doing a swan dive, layoffs are ripping through the nation's workforce and there are rolling blackouts in California. Who really cares if Tom Hanks wins another Oscar or if Gwyneth Paltrow has a $125,000 Harry Winston diamond necklace wrapped around her scrawny neck?

Absolutely none of this matters in the larger scheme. But our problems are the reason so many of us care so much about the fantasy world that is the Oscars.

Face it, it's a lot less painful in the short term to pay attention to what Uma and Julia are wearing than to worry about the balance on our Visa and our plummeting 401(k). …

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