The Master as he appeared in San Francisco, 1999

The Master’s Own (T)Oscars

With everybody who’s anybody (and their publicists) gearing up the great publicity machine for this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony there are a group of LA residents looking to derail that particularly shameless apparatus, led by non-other than the Master himself, Eric Roberts.

The Master as he appeared in San Francisco, 1999

It’s the Toscars – like the Oscars, only funnier!

Roberts, who himself was nominated in 1985 for Runaway Train and an Academy member, has grown increasingly dissatisfied with ‘the race’ the smash and grab industry-wide selection process that arrives at the coveted Oscar nominations and has decided to inject some fun back into proceedings:

Once you get nominated, from the day you get nominated to the day you lose, everyone treats you differently. You’ll be treated really well, you’re everyone’s dream. And then when it’s over — because four people will lose that night — you’re a loser in their eyes.

People get nominated who have no business being nominated, and people win who have no business winning. It’s not really an opinion then, it’s a matter of fact. So when that happens, why not make a fun version of it?

Between the moment the nominations were announced and the moment the first joke falls flat the Toscars will have cobbled together spoofs of this year’s most visible of targets; including such ‘hilarious’ spoofs as:

Zamour, Link-In, The Life on P1, Breasts of the Southland Wild, Stargo, Miserable Lesbians, Silver Whinings Payback, Half Past Twelve (At Night), Djangle (Unleashed) and Skyfell (And I Can’t Get Up)

While the awards offer some relief from the pressure of the Oscars themselves, they also have their own unusual challenges, take this year’s entrance Link-in, a parody of Spielberg’s worthy Lincoln:

We have to be very careful because if it’s spoofed with any racist overtones it’ll have the same reception as Django [Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s new film which has been criticised for its portrayal of slavery]. But to turn his trials into comedy could be a relief since that was such a horrible time in American history.

Joining Roberts on the 2013 judging panel will be alongside Bruce Vilanch, who has been head writer for the Academy Awards since 2000 as well as True Blood star Janina Gavankar and Rex Lee, from dramedy Entourage.

The Toscar films are uploaded onto the awards’ website after the big event tonight, at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at The Egyptian in Hollywood.

(via The Telegraph)


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