March 23, 2003
Guess I will be watching after all

I do so love him in a tux.

(thanks Rhonda!)

UPDATE: ChicksDig_Scars doth rock muchly.
There are already some screen grabs over at Club-Keanu.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at March 23, 2003 04:59 PM .

that was pretty sweet eh?

Posted by: kat on March 23, 2003 05:15 PM

i missed him on the carpet.
don't worry, there will be pictures tomorrow, i'm sure.

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 05:32 PM

there had better be pictures

Posted by: kat on March 23, 2003 05:36 PM

Did he attend or not??? I can't see it from here, no tv! *I'm sorry if I sound a little panicked here, 10 years of fandom at stake* Please tell me!

Posted by: Julie on March 23, 2003 05:49 PM

yeah, he just gave out the award for best visual effects. LOTR took the award. But screw that. he looked might fine in that tux.

Posted by: kat on March 23, 2003 05:51 PM

Yes! He just presented the Visual Effects award (LOTR)
Omigod....his hair......
::/me dissolves into a quivvering puddle::

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 05:52 PM



That's disgusting. This is a huge dent in my 'Keanu-love'. Oh my god, I can't believe he did that. I can't I can't I can't. How can they have this party while there's people dying??????
WHY??? Don't they have any idea how this will turn the worlds opinion even MORE against Americans as being shallow and phoney and egocentric??? I like the USA, please don't keep on giving me reasons not too!!! *ehm, I'm sorry, I'm rambling wildly now, I know* Oh my god. I can't even describe how sick to my stomach this makes me feel. I would have rather seen him turn out to be an axe-swinging serial-killer than THIS. I'd think I'd better go home, have a drink, and look at my collection of absolute favorite Keanu-pics, otherwise my fandom will probably end right here.

And then I wouldn't have a reason anymore to visit my beloved Keanuvision... sniff. I really DO feel like crying. I know you girls might not give a toss, but I do. I still *love* (correct-like) him, but my respect has gone way down.

Posted by: Julie on March 23, 2003 06:18 PM


Posted by: Tyler on March 23, 2003 06:20 PM

I'm so sorry you feel that way, I don't know what to say.
Keanu has never been "political", really.
I think the reason why we had no advance notice of his appearance is that it's possible he was called upon to fill in for one of the many celebs that canceled for whatever reason.
One thing I wish you would not do is fault Keanu for this.
If anything, he once again shows that he is an utter professional. Something that in an industry full of flakes and prima-donnas, is a good thing, and one of the reasons I admire him so very much.
This is part of the American way. We do not grind to a halt. We live our lives.
Am I a horrible person because I celebrated my new car, an SUV, of all things? I hope not because I have been planning and expecting it for weeks. The Oscars are a tradtion and have been planned for months. Our College basketball finals go on as well.

I don't know what else to say. There is always some kind of tragedy in the world, Mr. Reeves himself has gone right back to work after his own personal tragedies. Sometimes that's just the way you must deal with things. We can't spend the undetermined length of this war glued to the news. We need things like the Oscars, and the NCAA finals. Otherwise we would all be in a constant state of horror and fear and anger.

*takes deep breath*

I don't know what else to say....

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 06:40 PM

Get a grip? :)

Posted by: Tyler on March 23, 2003 06:43 PM

I understand both sides, I personally was boycotting and not going to watch especially after the losses we suffered today, but when someone told me Keanu would be on (at the very very last minute) I just had to see him to lift my spirits, and it sure did. A very nice distraction.
There are a few grabs, not the best, but you can see them at
I'll add other pics later.

Posted by: ChicksDig_Scars on March 23, 2003 06:47 PM

Hollywood has historically played a big part in the uplifiting of morale during war time. To stop movie production, to stop regular TV progamming would be a disservice to those who seek a welcome respite to the horror.

No one at that ceremony has forgotten what is going on in the world. There's not one person there who doesn't wish this was over before another life, no matter whose, is lost.

We go to work, go to school, do our errands, and still the war goes on.

Just that few seconds of seeing Keanu brightened my little world for a moment - just as going to see Hardball on September 14, 2001 helped my brain heal.

Now, back to CNN.

Posted by: Chianti on March 23, 2003 06:50 PM

Well said Chianti.

And maybe the Oscars should have been postponed or canceled, but they weren't. And the fact is, Keanu was just doing a part of his job.

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 07:06 PM

Ditto what Chianti said.

Posted by: Tyler on March 23, 2003 07:16 PM

Is he at/ has anyone seen him during the show thus far? A second ago I had to do a double take 'cause I thought I might have seen him in the crowd, but I don't know cause they cut away too darn quick! Grr, cameraperson.....

Posted by: stacey717 on March 23, 2003 08:14 PM

Agh, Just got a friggin' clue! I MISSED HIM PRESENT!!!! and all 'cause i went to go see Dreamcatcher...I hope someone posts a clip from his presentation online!! He looked great in those screen grabs!

Posted by: stacey717 on March 23, 2003 08:18 PM

Chianti, (&the rest), thanx for letting me see it from your side... I'm sorry if I offended anyone or put a downer on one of his rare appearances, I just feel very strongly about this. Because what is seen as a happy moment of escape for you guys(girls), will be used time and again in other countries as proof that you don't care. You really have NO idea how people see America these days, and I'm not talking about just Arab countries (fyi; I'm a white female, and NO, I'm not French). It just goes through all layers of society. When I watch CNN or other American-based programs, they *do* air the 'peaceful demonstrations', but they never really show how people are talking about you. All of the people. It's very bad. That's one of the reasons I'm so upset, because, even though you might not believe it from the above comment, actually I'M always the one in discussions saying; "Yeah, but there's GOOD Americans, too, you know". Anyway, thanx for taking the time to try and explain it to me (&thanx for the email, too, Krix) I guess it's just a cultural difference between the vibrant Americans and the sentimental Europeans... And as far as Keanu goes... I once forgave a boyfriend for cheating on me, so I guess in a few weeks I'll be lusting after him again, too.
(If not, you'll get the clippings and the life-size poster Krix)
I'm sorry for turning my favorite happy Internet hang-out into a politican forum.
Well, my shift is over now so I'm going home... I'm going to get SO drunk.

-Which would be a 'happy moment of escape' as well, now that I think of it... Look who's talking :-)

Posted by: Julie on March 23, 2003 08:37 PM

This year’s diamond anniversary of the Academy Awards seems especially sensitive to the political sentiment. So far, the presentation has been minimal frills, while managing to take a most delightful romp down memory lane in the midst of celebration of the current performers’ accomplishments. I believe anyone privileged to be a part of this program should feel quite proud...*empyreal smiles* of pleasant surprise upon seeing the presenter of the "F/X Award". // (I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a “pared down” yet laudatory presentation in my history of viewing this affair.) With regard to the seriousness of the war situation and those troops fighting on our behalf, the soldiers overseas should have appreciated seeing the ceremonies. (Sometimes in the midst of changing circumstances, those things that provide a sense of continuity are a breath of fresh air.) Generally speaking, I believe the manner in which this year’s Oscars awards ceremony has been conducted is just the symbolic “breath of fresh air” that movie-goers the world over can appreciate. (If I’m rambling, because I got caught up in the sentiment of some of the speeches.... and definitely because Ke was one of the presenters -- a very nice surprise). (I’ll admit I haven’t watched continuously; glad, though, that I did see the acceptance speeches given by Brody and O’Toole. Also appreciated seeing so many of the old stars -- some of whom I hadn't heard of in ages. On occasion, a romp down memory lane isn't the worst; it makes you appreciate those good times even more.) ***

Posted by: phoenix IX on March 23, 2003 09:09 PM

Politics aside, this is about you losing respect for Keanu. I don't want you to get over it and forgive him like you did your boyfriend.
I'd like you to understand that him presenting at this ceremony should not be seen as wrong.

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 09:11 PM

I missed seeing him present, but caught him in a yawn during someone else's.

Posted by: jadedju on March 23, 2003 09:12 PM

I meant to say "pared down” yet laudatory Academy Awards ceremony (as in the entire program). **that's all...

Posted by: phoenix IX on March 23, 2003 09:15 PM

I need a screenshot of that.

Posted by: krix on March 23, 2003 09:18 PM

You really have NO idea how people see America these days,
Julie I do know and it does sadden me because whenever those other countries need something, America is always there to help. And no matter how many times we're stabbed in the back by the same people, we will still be there for them. That's what makes America great. And while our military are out putting their lives on the line for our freedeom to burn the flag, and trash our government,it's nice to know that regardless of "politics" MOST are behind our coaliton troops. As for Keanu being at the Oscars, I agree, life and events need to go on. And to the Oscars credit, they went on with the show, lower key, with respect to our troops.

Posted by: ChicksDig_Scars on March 23, 2003 09:19 PM

He looked so. damn. good.

Can I please have him for Yule this year? Just ONE night? Please please? :D

Posted by: Alex on March 23, 2003 09:48 PM

I agree with a line from one of Mr. Reeves' films....

"Life is a shit-storm.
And when it's raining shit, Art is your umbrella."

Art Matters....

Posted by: Rhonda on March 24, 2003 05:59 AM

I'm sorry Krix, I did NOT mean to slag off Keanu, and the 'forgiveness' thing was a bad choice of words, but I do see the Oscar ceremony as wrong. I believe sometimes you have to take a stand, and that's not philosofical bullshit, I actually quit my job a while ago and took this lesser paying one because I did not agree with things. But I've always been fairly radical in my likes and dislikes. And, let's face it, who am I to jugde him for what he does or does not do. It's not as if my opinions matter to worldleaders and moviestars. And I'm not 'against' coalition-troops, either, I care for them too, maybe too much. When I see these 18 year old boys it makes my heart weep. There once was a song, don't remember the name, but there was a lyric in it saying "Young men must die, to keep the old ones alive" and I truly believe that this is true for both sides.
It's not about 'helping and stabbing in the back' Chicksdigscars (great name, btw), there's many more things involved in this, like Kyoto and not joining the international tribunal for war-criminals, but I won't go into it. To me, this particular thing is about drinking champagne and spending a huge amount of money on this while that could be used to make this world a better place. I did not mean to portray Keanu as a 'lesser' good man, and am always just as radical and fierce in defending him against people who call him a himbo or shallow or blank, and I will keep on doing that, but last night was just very shocking to me, probably BECAUSE I care so much for him and respect him so much. I guess it's different for everyone,and I shouldn't impose my opinions on anyone. I'm just an emotional git.

And... To tell you the truth, Krix, I was already biting my tongue when I saw the pic you posted on top of your blog. And I still respect him, because he IS involved in charities and has shown that he does care about other people. And yes, he IS a professional. Maybe I'm just not. I'm sure if he ever reads this (yeah, right...), he'll be very proud of the defence you put up. And you're right in many aspects. I believe 'he' once said; 'The small act of paying attention will take you a long way' and you certainly did that, and I love you as a person even more dearly for that. We might not agree entirely but I respect you more then ever. Pfff... I'll get out of your hair now, I'm sorry for being a sentimental idiot who is perhaps taking things too seriously. I worry too much, I really do.

Posted by: Julie on March 24, 2003 10:17 AM

Atlas should shrug.

Posted by: Tyler on March 24, 2003 11:12 AM

I really have nothing else to add, but to thank you guys for keeping this discussion on a reasonably friendly, intelligent level.
Highest respect to all.

Posted by: krix on March 24, 2003 02:12 PM

Sorry for my intrusion,but for my opinion
keanu goes to oscar especially for his
idol Peter O'Toole, not for the show and party.

Posted by: bene on March 24, 2003 03:12 PM

No intrusion at all, bene. :)
Good point.

Posted by: krix on March 24, 2003 03:14 PM

I love your blog Krix!!
Kiss from Italy :)

Posted by: bene on March 24, 2003 03:19 PM

What an interesting, enlightening read this thread has been.

Julie, I've lived outside the USA and I do understand the animosity of many of the world's citizens toward us. I watched my father get beaten and almost killed when he tried to stop a group of demonstraters from burning our flag. He put his life on the line for freedom during WWII and several times after that. He would put his life on the line for those who hated him. That's what our troops, and those of our allies are doing as well. Whether or not I agree with our presence in Iraq is immaterial.....what's important is my undying respect for the men and women fighting.

I agree wholeheartedly with krix in her defense of Keanu. He is the consummate professional and shouldn't be faulted for his participation in the Oscar presentation. I had mixed feelings prior to the event about the fact that it wasn't being postponed or cancelled. Then I had to think about what our troops are fighting for. They're defending a way of life and striving to broaden and liberate the way of life of an oppressed people. If the people at home, whether that be in the US or elsewhere were to stop every celebration, every superfluous activity, we would, in effect, be allowing terrorists and despotic dictators to win. It is a statement to those who would oppress that we will not allow them to take away freedom nor crush the spirit of freedom.

I applaud the Academy for the tone of their presentation. I do have one recommendation, if any of you have not seen The Pianist, please go see it. See it sooner rather than later. It is an incredible illustration of the price of oppression and why it's important not to give in to it. Even if he had to play silently to protect himself, the lead character played, amidst horrific circumstances, his beloved piano. I cried when Adrien Brody won the Oscar.

Thanks everyone for listening to (reading) my rant.

With hopes for a quick and lasting peace.

Posted by: Ann on March 24, 2003 03:31 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your father, Ann, I could not really make out from your comment if he is still alive (if he is a veteran there is the old-age issue), but wherever he is now, please send him my love. I would never be so ignorant to burn an American flag and certainly not in front of someone who has fought in WW2. I've been to many memorials for veterans because my grandfather was in the underground resistance, and I have cried exactly for people like him during these occasions. I'm just too impulsive and 'flare' too quickly, but it's always with love and respect for those involved. I'm sorry that my dissagreement with holding the Oscars on only the 5th day of this war perhaps gave you the impression that I do not value Americans, and American lives. I do, more then you'll ever know.

I wasn't going to add anything more because I felt this 'discussion' had ended in an elegant manner, and I had already tried to make my point WAY too elaborately (I must have written the longest comments EVER on this blog) but I really had to say something about your father... I'm really sorry to hear that. Again, please send him my love.

Posted by: Julie on March 24, 2003 08:15 PM

well, i turned on the oscars about 20 minutes AFTER keanu presented, and when i found out, all i could say was "DAMMIT!" for the rest of the night.

Posted by: Lori on March 27, 2003 09:18 AM
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