I love the movies. My TV is tuned to Turner Classic Movies daily. (And by the way, TCM, why do you keep showing that washed-out print of Close Encounters of the Third Kind? Cant you get an HD version? )
I always watch the Oscars with few expectations. My friend said if the Dalai Lama were asked to host, hed turn it down because hed be lambasted the next day. Of course, we all miss Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal, but Seth MacFarlane did a pretty good job as a rookie. He, of course, injected his personal frat boy humor and it didnt work all the time. He had some of his best lines towards the end of the show.
Some of the scripted banter was lost on my friend and me. We wondered, what was going on with Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd? And did "The Avengers" fivesome have their script stolen by a super villain?
But there are always the rare speeches, heartfelt and funny, that make up somewhat for the nonsense. Last night Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis came through on those counts.
Random thought: Why the heck was the house orchestra in another building the Capitol Records one?
And yet Adele whose performance of Skyfall was terrific managed to have a full orchestra and giant chorus. She has clout.
I liked the opening numbers but the Captain Kirk bit was more of an SNL sketch, and the gag went on too long.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was obviously lip-synching and the Chicago number was conveniently in the show because the Oscars producers were the same folks that brought us Chicago. (I also suspect that the Ted teddy bear was lip-speaking.)
(I wonder if the lovely Renee Zellweger felt miffed she was not asked to perform a number from "Chicago".)
Jennifer Hudson? She is a gem and sang truly live beautifully. The musical set ended with a rousing piece from Les Miserables with most of the cast performing (I think) live. Russell Crowe was actually not as annoying for me as he was in the film.
What was wrong with the sound during the closing credits? It was a strain to hear Seth's and Kristen Chenoweth's voices over the music, the song - to the losers - having some witty lines, reminiscent of Neil Patrick Harris closing number at the Tony Awards.
Dame Shirley Bassey made me say, Wow! (Part of me was surprised that shes still around. My apologies to her.) And where were all the James Bonds that were supposed to be there? And if they had been there, what would they have done? A shootout wouldve been cool.
Barbra Streisand as Richard mentioned knew how to use her voice to its capacity.
I was happy Argo won, as well as the documentary Searching for Sugar Man. If I had my druthers what are druthers? Id have a few more Best Picture nominees The Sessions, The Impossible and Robot and Frank. (Did anyone else see that one?)
It was tough seeing Jennifer Lawrence trip when she walked up the steps to accept her Best Actress award, but how come no one ran to help her? I would have leapt from the balcony. In the press room, one of the idiot reporters asked her why she fell. Ms. Lawrence flatly said, Im wearing a long gown. My foot got caught on the cloth. She probably wanted to add, You moron!
The Onion had some priceless headlines :
Unsuspecting Movie Stars Follow Fake Red Carpet Into Back Of Kidnappers Van
'Les Misrables Takes Home Oscar For Most Sound
240 Killed In Stampede After Bucketful Of Oscars Just Dumped On Stage
As Dustin shared with us, Congratulations to Bill Taylor for being recognized with the John Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Academy for his work in Visual Effects in film.
And finally, with no comment, heres Heidi Klum who was at Elton John's after-party.
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