Sunday, February 22, 2009


The best Oscar moment ever happened during tonight's Academy Awards show, when the Japanese winner of the best animated short film, Kunio Kato, gave a halting speech slowly thanking his company, staff, producers, etc. It took awhile, and his accent was thick (the title of his winning film is La Maison en Petits Cubes).

Finally, he paused and said, rather pointedly, "Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto."

I nearly fell off my chair.

Sadly, most of the people in the audience didn't understand his sharp wit.*

Plus it's not every day you get a Styx reference during the prime-est of prime time shows.

Thank you very much, Mr. K-Kato!



*Turns out that Mr. Kato's website is - so maybe the joke's on me.


  1. I got it.

    Styx played at my senior prom in 1972 when they were just a bunch of guys from the sout'west side of Chicago known as TW4.

  2. the indians & japanese took it all. what a fine moment. they also won the best short film.

  3. oh-have you seen "delhi-6" at pipers alley? abishek's new flick

  4. Nope - have you???
    Want to?

  5. well i want to go down there this afternoon cause i have the day off but it's so cold! wrestler is at 230, delhi 6 at 330-kind of hard to decide, you know? i guess delhi 6 is about a desi man who moves from america to delhi. i'm thinking it would be like swades. and both of us know how rare real bollywood films are on the big screen. are you off today?
    (how about those sweet slum babies on the red carpet-making me cry)