People of the Middle East love watching the Academy Awards as much as anybody. So, the Arab blogosphere has been tingling with excitement. From fashion to Academy Award bigotry, here is some of what the Middle East blogging community had to say.
The Bigotry of Praise and Recognition at The Oscars
We pretend that the things change as time elapses. But with the Academy Awards, it seems more of the same. Yes, more than one Black were nominated for awards this year. But for playing maids in a segregation-era period film. And the offenses go on in this intelligent account of the Oscar's half-hearted accolades.
"White women can play schizophrenic ballerinas, sexy single moms turned questionable lawyers, illiterate Nazis and paraplegic boxers and win an Oscar. But a Black woman? Only when she is completely drenched in her ‘race.’ Only then is she not just recognized for her role and talent, but only then is she given a role worth considering."
Ironically, Roba from Jordan has never watched an Oscar's Awards show in her life, but has dedicated an annual blog post for it. From Jessica Rabbit to 1990's Warda look-a-likes, here's her hilarious take on some of the misguided fashions on the Red carpet.
Okay, we break down and admit it. We all really watch the Academy Awards for the glorious (or in some cases, laughably ugly) fashions. Ivy from Lebanon has a look at the highlights- and lowlights- of Hollywood's biggest night.
"I was psyched that I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch some of the stars walk the Red Carpet at the 2012 Oscar’s last night. My caffeine intake didn’t help; all in all it turned out to be a major snooze fest."
Here's a highlight of all the Lebanese designers that made their work known on the Academy Awards red carpet, including the Jennifer Lopez dress that launched a thousand blogs post for having a "wardrobe malfunction" (a.k.a some stuff that was meant to be covered didn't remain so- uh- covered).