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Confident Hollywood on Display at Oscars

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RUSH: I watched the whole thing, folks.  I watched it all.  I watched the Oscar for, you know, best colored shoestrings, whatever award, I watched it all.  Not one conservative or Republican name was even mentioned, much less bashed or made fun of, not one.  It was an entirely but very subtle, for the most part -- there were exceptions where it was in your face -- but mostly a very subtle political night.  It always is.  Everything to the left is political.  It was filled with self-satisfaction and pats on the back and how important they all are and how compassionate, giving, caring, you know, all of those adjectives they reserve exclusively to themselves and their goodness and their kindness and their decency and all of that.

It was hokey in parts with Ellen DeGeneres passing out pizza to the first three rows and taking selfies and so forth and all that.  But I think there was no demonstrable political preaching from anybody, zip, zero, nada.  The closest was a joke that DeGeneres made in her monologue to open the program. Audio sound bite number three.  Here it is.

DEGENERES:  Anything can happen, so many different possibilities.  Possibility number one:  12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture.  (applause)  Possibility number two:  You're all racists.  (laughter)

RUSH:  Remember, now, all good comedy must be rooted in truth. There's no way that movie was not gonna win.  If it was the only thing that movie won, it was gonna win best picture.  There was no way.  It didn't matter if it was good or bad.  I haven't seen it.  It was going to be win.  It had the magic word in the title, "slave."  And here was the announcement by Will Smith some three and a half hours later.

SMITH:  And the Oscar goes to... 12 Years a Slave.

RUSH:  Oh, yes, such good people.  But, folks, why was no conservative name mentioned?  Why was no Republican name mentioned?  Why was there no bashing of any conservative or Republican?  Anybody in there on the other side of the glass want to take a stab at answering the question?  Nobody wants to take a stab.  See, they know that I have the answer.  Oh, no, there's all kinds of targets.  They just didn't see it necessary to hit anybody.  The reason no Republican or conservative was bashed is 'cause they didn't think it was necessary.  Why isn't it necessary?  'Cause they think they're winning everything.  They're happy. 

That group last night was very happy.  That was a very satisfied, happy group of people last night.  They were not angry about anything.  They were not fit to be tied over things.  They were not bashing political opponents.  I mean they're sitting on top of the world. They think they're winning and winning big.  There was only one moment where they were confused, only one moment where the assembly gathering didn't quite know what to do, and that was Matthew McConaughey winning Best Actor for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club.  It's who he thanked that had them confused and nervous.

MCCONAUGHEY:  First off, I want to thank God, 'cause that's who I look up to.  He's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.  He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.  In the words of the late Charlie Laughton who said, "When you got God, you got a friend, and that friend is you."

RUSH:  Maybe three people reacted.  That was the only time that they didn't quite know what to do.  That was it.  Charlie Laughton, by the way, was Charles Laughton, Witness for the Prosecution.  McConaughey's acceptance speech was actually kind of interesting.  His life philosophy.  But anyway, that was it, folks.  I don't have time to get into it 'cause I gotta take another obscene profit break. 

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RUSH:  McConaughey says he does three things every day:  He gets up, has somebody to look up to -- that's God -- something to look forward to, and something to chase.  Every day, those three things.  God is who he looks up to; looking forward to presents itself on a daily basis; and his explanation of something to chase was, if I heard it right, interesting.

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RUSH:  Okay, Matthew McConaughey's acceptance speech (we just played you the sound bite) was the only moment during the Epidemic Awards last night where there was any discomfort and confusion. It was when he thanked God.  They literally didn't know what to do.  They basically didn't do anything.  A couple people applauded and cheered, but, I mean, that was basically it.  He explained his life philosophy. 

Every day he needs somebody to look up to, every day something to look forward to, and someone to chase.  Now, he explained it is God-d to whom he looks up to.  The "something to look forward to" changes. The job he's got or something with his kids or whatever. Before he got to explaining the someone to chase, I thought that was gonna be the way the actor thanked his wife for making everything possible.  But it wasn't. 

The something to chase is himself 10 years in the future. 

He chases himself.  He knows he will never catch up, but he wants to find out who that guy is going to turn out to be.  When he finished explaining it, he said, "Amen. All right, all right, all right, all right. Keep on living," and walked off, and they applauded.  That, I thought, was quite interesting that the someone to chase is himself and where he thinks he's gonna be in 10 years and the fact he never catches up. 

I don't know. You don't want to get too deep.  It could mean he never knows where he's gonna end up, really. He just follows the game.  Anyway, do you guys watch True Detective on HBO? (interruption) You love it? You know, you shock me.  Everything you like is filled with debauchery and depravity.  You know what?  (interruption) Oh, you do.  Well, that's got its own debauchery and depravity.

Downton Abbey does this year.  Anyway, Matthew McConaughey in True Detective is just awesome.  Even Woody Harrelson's good.  I mean, you have to admit it. Woody Harrelson's even good.  But it's an HBO show, so it is the seamy underside -- the dirty, greasy underbelly -- of life among the genuine and stupid and uneducated in Texas.  Texas.  They're on episode seven now, I guess. They got six more to go.  (interruption)

You'll finish when you watch Game of Thrones. 

There you go.  Blood, guts, gore, debauchery -- and you love it. 

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