So the biggest night in Hollywood has come to an end and overall I thought the show was missing a little something. I just didn’t feel like it really captured the magic of movies that well. After last year’s fantastic telecast I was a bit disappointed with this year’s. There were some great highlights however. Here are some thoughts.
– Neil Patrick Harris’ song and dance routine was boring and pointless.
– I enjoyed Martin and Baldwin’s opening. They were funny and totally bizarre and a bit awkward. They weren’t amazing but totally competent. I wish they had more of a presence throughout the show.
– Christoph Waltz wins! So happy, he seems like a totally down to earth guy.
– Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. were hysterical when presenting the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay!
– I loved the John Hughes tribute. I’m so happy the Academy recognized how big of an impact he had on teen movie-goers everywhere.
– I actually really enjoyed the dance number to the Best Score nominees. The dancers were pretty incredible.
– I loved it when Elinor Burkett crashed the stage when Roger Ross Williams was accepting his Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. That’s live TV for ya, if the Oscars had more spontaneous moments like this more people would watch.
– Congrats to Mo’Nique!
– Ben Stiller was fantastic as a Na’vi. Totally hilarious and ridiculous.
– James Taylor sounded great as he sang “In My Life” to a tribute to those in the entertainment business who passed in the last year. The Academy made a huge and disrespectful mistake though when it failed to include Farrah Fawcett (and others) in its tribute.
– The horror tribute seemed out of place.
– Please Academy stop having young Disney stars present awards. Taylor Lautner looked terrified on stage and Miley Cyrus was just obnoxious. Please however continue to invite young, talented actors like Amanda Seyfried.
– I loved the tributes to the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees. This was my favorite thing about last year’s Oscars. Highlights from this year were Tim Robbin’s tribute to Morgan Freeman, Julianne Moore’s to Colin Firth, Oprah’s to Gabourey Sidibe, Stanley Tucci’s to Meryl Streep, aw heck I liked all of them. Hopefully this will become an annual tradition.
– Ahhh, Kate Winslet.
– Jeff Bridges’ acceptance speech was like totally groovy dude. Loved how he talked about his parents.
– Does Sean Penn ever make sense when he goes up on stage? It doesn’t matter I love him anyway.
– Sandra Bullock gave a terrific acceptance speech. The best of the night, unfortunately she did not give the best performance of the year – not by a long shot. Meryl, Carey, Gabourey and Helen all gave truly amazing acting performances and it’s sad that Sandra is getting an award because people like her not because she gave an outstanding performance. Oh well, Meryl still has 2 Oscars, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, a BAFTA, 2 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, 2 Emmy’s, 7 Golden Globe Awards and 2 SAG Awards.
-Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win Best Director! Awesome job!
– The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture. Okay, definitely not my favorite picture of the year but I liked it and can appreciate the fact that it’s technically a very well made movie.
-Up In the Air won no awards and Inglourious Basterds only took home one! What a shame.
– Avatar did not win Best Picture, that’s okay. Remember, James Cameron, The Wizard of Oz did not win the year it was nominated either. What did win that year? Gone With the Wind. So now the question is will people one day look at The Hurt Locker like we now do at Gone With the Wind? I highly, highly doubt it. One last suggestion to Cameron, if you really want another Oscar please spend a bit more time on the script for the sequel to Avatar. Hire a fantastic writer and write scenes in which the actors can truly emote and surprise us. Do that and you’ll make something both visually and emotionally spectacular.
Thoughts for Next Year
– I would love to see Tina Fey host, or Ellen Degeneres or Hugh Jackman, perhaps even Robert Downey Jr.
– Academy, please stop trying to be entertaining by turning the Oscars into the MTV Movie Awards. This is a classy event.
– Try your best to capture the magic of Hollywood, that’s all I ask.
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What did you think?