Here are my random musings about last night's Oscars:
-I was very happy with Jon Stewart's performance as host. I thought he did a good job. He was funny, he handled himself well and didn't seem out of place at all (which I think ultimately was one of Letterman's shortcomings. There were memorable moments from Letterman's hosting gig but he looked visibly uncomfortable in the role. Completely out of his element). The opening video segment was excellent with its star studded cameos and former hosts getting in on the fun. Great stuff. Stewart's monologue was also strong. I have to say, canning the opening song and dance number is an Oscar trend I am fully behind. Nothing says archaic like an Oscar song and dance medley. Sorry Billy Crystal it was cute back in the early 90's BUT...
Let's be honest, last night had some genuinely funny moments and alot of them were thanks to Stewart, especially his ability to think quickly on his feet. "Scorsese zero Oscars, Three Six Mafia...one.
" He earned his paycheque with that line alone. An instant classic. I would bring him back for another round next year. Then again, I also enjoyed Chris Rock last year...but hey, what do I know?
-How hot is Jessica Alba? Honestly, there should be a law against this.
-George Clooney is the man. Period. Coolest Cat in Hollywood bar none. Starting his acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actor award with "...I guess I am not winning Director"
was brilliant. The man I tells ya. THE MAN.
-Charlize Theron is beautiful...but, what the hell was with her dress? What was that large mass of poofness on her shoulder? Did the dress have a goiter?
-Ben Stiller doing the green screen/special effects award bit....HILLARIOUS. Now that shit was funny.
-I think they over did it with the montage sequences, no? What exactly was the point of that Film Noir homage? They weren't paying tribute to a director or writer and nor were they recognizing an actor. They just wanted to show clips of some old movies that were film noir...I guess? Ummm...thanks for....that. I believe the technical term is called "stretching for time"
-Someone needs to examine that tele-prompter and if it was working properly. Or perhaps we need to get Hollywood hooked on phonics because that was some bad prompted reading last night. Wow. A LOT of screw ups. No offense here, I know she is old but damn did Lauren Bacall struggle with that. That was painful. It was like watching a grade six spelling bee.
-I love Selma Hayek. Bueno!!!
-I think the show would have been better if Jennifer Garner had tripped. But that might just be me...
-Apparently Memoirs of a Geisha is a technically strong film. What did it win like 5 of those editing, cinematography, costume-like awards? Of course it wasn't nominated for any acting, writing, directing or best picture...but I am sure it's TECHNICALLY a good film.
-Three Six Mafia. That still cracks me up...
-Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Great Actor. Bad acceptance speech
-Crash as best picture? Hmmm....not sure about that one. Them gay cowboys were robbed dang nabbit!!!
Until next year...