What Jack Black Said at the Oscars

If you watched the Oscars, you might have caught a little of what Jack Black sang in the opening number. It was a rare moment of Academy Awards honesty.

Here's a transcript of what Jack Black said.

Stop! This is what you sound like: movies, movies, wow, they rock. Listen up, kid, it’s all a big crock. Now it’s market trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney. Believe me, Neil, you’re better off just polishing your Tony. This industry’s in flux, it’s run by mucky-mucks pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks. Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts! And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips! In a world where our greens dropping common machines, only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans. Screens in our jeans! Screens in our jeans! The only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans! 

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I thought James Gunn's (Director of Guardians of the Galaxy) response was pretty good..


February 26, 2015 @ 1:20 PM


Thanks for posting that, Mike. So true! There are very few movies that will get me out of my comfy nest to see on the big screen anymore. I guess they are pandering to the young crowd with lots of money to waste, and little or no taste. Once in a very long while I want to see something in IMAX or 3D. Other than that, my taste runs to small independent films - and they don't often need the big screen to get their point across. Apparently the Academy agrees this year, with the exception of American Sniper. I can wait indefinitely to see that one at home. I'm waiting for Still Alice and Foxcatcher to come in on iTunes. Other than that, I've seen 'em all. I thought it was a great year for movies. I guess I'm in the minority on that.

February 26, 2015 @ 3:29 PM


I didn't bother watching - life's too short and all.

From I've read and heard the only two good things about this year's Oscars were Jack Black and Lady Gaga. Apparently the rest stunk.

February 26, 2015 @ 3:44 PM


Well if it wasn't for the big superhero films theaters would be dead and major actors wouldn't make enough money to allow them do the low paying "artistic" jobs.

Hollywood has been the same since it's beginnings. If we view superhero flicks as a genre in the same light as a comedy, romantic comedy, drama or action adventure we will notice nothing has really changed. How many crappy romantic comedies are released every year? You get the majority that range from mediocre to bad but every year you get a few gems that reinvent the genre, cover some new ground or make the old feel new again (500 Days of Summer, Don Jon, Amelie, Once, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Garden State, Almost Famous, Brokeback Moutain, etc),

Superhero films are no different. We get the uninspired turds like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but once in a while the genre produces a great film or character. Can any one argue against Ledgers joker is one of the greatest movie characters of all time? Or Tony Stark was perfect to RDJ and rejuvenated his career? Also believe it or not most superhero films are positively reviewed by critics.

Therefore I found that little monologue from the Oscars to borrow from one of the laziest criticisms of cinema today. There is not outcry over the endless mob movies, the endless films copying the Breaking Bad/Sopranos models of starring an anti hero or the a dime a dozen romantic comedy. It is a lazy argument.

I think we're in a great era creatively for film. The accessibility of technology has lead to multiple indie hits that would be financially impossible in decades of the past. The list of directors whose movies I want to see is the largest it has been in over two decades. Movies are more accessible then ever providing niche audiences to unique directors such as Wes Anderson, PT Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Giliam and Richard Linklater.

At the end of the day Jack Black's monologue was humorous but it in no way should be taken as an intellectual analysis of Hollywood.

February 26, 2015 @ 5:14 PM

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I took it more as a state of the union and found it's pretty spot on.

February 26, 2015 @ 5:16 PM

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