In today’s Guest Blog, my friend and fellow blogger, Chuck Keenum, from the hilarious and irreverent Daily Chuck’le, shares his memories of the biggest upset a kid could have imagined in 1978. Thanks, Chuck! I feel your pain.
I had to use my next door neighbor’s bathroom the other day, and I smiled broadly when, above her commode, I saw a poster of Woody Allen’s classic, Annie Hall. This movie came out before she was even born and I was so happy to see that, in some way, it was an important film to her—probably because it’s a love letter to her beloved city of New York. The era of the modern blockbuster film really started that year, in 1977, with Star Wars. I was in 7th grade when the film came out, and so began my great love affair with the movies (which in recent years has completely died). Star Wars played at the big showcase theater, the Mission Valley Mann in San Diego for about a year—I saw it there several times. I, like many boys my age, was obsessed with all things Star Wars—posters adorned my bedroom walls, I slept on Luke Skywalker bedding, my window treatments had X-Wing Fighters on them and I even had a Star Wars trash can. I collected action figures that I displayed proudly on my bookshelves, I practiced swooshing moves with my very own lightsaber and even carried in my backpack at all times the collectible cards that were exclusively distributed through loaves of Wonder Bread. Yes, I do believe I said: obsessed.
I had never before heard of anything called the Academy Awards and only discovered them that year because Star Wars had received a whopping 10 nominations. That sounded mighty important to me. I went to the library and studied the Oscars and figured out that they were indeed a big deal. For the life of me I couldn’t understand how the three leads were overlooked. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were certainly worthy of nominations, if not wins! I was miffed but took comfort in Alec Guinness’ sole acting nomination as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The awards ceremony began and, as expected, Star Wars was sweeping all of the technical categories. Soon, our total was six awards!
(You just know this isn’t going to end well. Read on after the jump!)