08 March 2010

Recapping the Oscars

Congratulations Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker!! I am excited that such a special film was recognized with six Academy Awards last night.

How bad was the telecast last night?
Days before the ceremony Sarah Polley announced that she wanted nothing to do with the short film she directed that aired last night during a commercial break. Polley, a known political activist, removed her name from the Women's Heart Health film last night because it had corporate sponsorship. I should have known that it was an omen of more disappointment to come.

I have always enjoyed watching the Red Carpet and seeing some of my favourite celebrities. Sadly, those of us in Canada were stuck watching E-Talk at the Oscars. Ben Mulroney may be completely without class, but Tanya Kim has no personality and should be banned from appearing on television. The red carpets interviews were awkward and uncomfortable. How did our favourite celebrities look? Penélope Cruz was beautiful, though not as glamorous as I expected. Meryl looked fantastic, as did Sandy, Rachel McAdams, Kate Winslet (less so than last year) and Helen Mirren. Mariah Carey looked slutty and Zoe Saldana was not sure what she was wearing. Why did she and Miley Cyrus want to make themselves look thinner than a pencil? I was most disappointed by Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga.

The opening of the show was pretty lame. I enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmy Awards, but he does not suit the Academy Awards. Having the leading actors and actresses on stage to open the show was painful.

The Lowest of Low Points
1. Having the leading actors and actresses on stage to open the show. Awkward.
2. Neil Patrick Harris looked out of place and George Clooney looked miserable, which has made me like him considerably less.
3. Anyone related to teen films and anything related to them. Zac Efron, on the red carpet, said that the only reason he got an invite was because he is friends with producer Adam Shankman (who poor job producing the show makes me rethink my obsession with So You Think You Can Dance).
4. Ben Stiller.
5. Dancing to the Best Original Score nominees.
6. Forgetting to include Farrah Fawcett.
7. Long winded introductions for the Best Actor and Actress nominees.
8. The length of the show. Without long acceptance speeches, musical numbers and the Lifetime Achievement Award, why was the ceremony longer than last year?
9. It was really pathetic that Signourney Weaver presented Avatar with an award. She looked like she was about to orgasm when she announced the winner.

High (or slightly average) Points
1. Penélope Cruz presenting Christoph Waltz his much deserved Best Supporting Actor award. "Penélope and Oscar, that's an uber bingo."
2. Tina Fey looked hot and glamorous in Michael Kors. Loved it.
3. Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar together.
4. Michelle Pfeiffer talking about Jeff Bridges.
5. Kathryn Bigelow winning. Though it is a shame Barbra Streisand had to be involved.

All in all it was a lame evening with few surprises. I can only hope next year will be better.

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