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Random thoughts on the Oscars
March 8, 2010 - Keith Frederick
Thoughts from last night's endless Academy Awards ceremony:
- I didn't see a lot of the nominated films, much to my chagrin, because I have an extra kid this year and time and money are harder to come by. But I have "The Hurt Locker" and "Julie & Julia" at home waiting to be watched and Netflix has most of the nominated movies waiting for me.
- The forced red carpet interview show was just painful. Kathy Ireland was as insincere and clueless as a person can ever look. Honestly, she acted like some sort of creepy, poorly programmed robot. Sherri what's-her-name from "The View" drooled all over George Clooney and fawned over everyone. The guy from "Entertainment Weekly" was fine, but who cares about the EIC of "Entertainment Weekly." Let's not ever do this again, k?
- The opening number starring Neil Patrick Harris was great - but I'm biased as I have a certified man-crush on NPH. Favorite line: "What would Botox be without all you people?"
- Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were very funny, with just a few missteps. They're a good team because they're both able to do crazy humor or dry humor. I'd honestly like to see them back again, though I don't know if they'd be as successful the second time around.
- Ok, have enough black people won awards now that we can get rid of the token camera cutaways to black stars? Honestly, it's the most blatant kind of racism. Geoffrey Fletcher just won the best adapted screenplay? Quick, find a negro in the audience! Morgan Freeman! Whew.
Sounds ridiculous, right? That's exactly what they do each time.
- My favorite part of the Oscars is the acceptance speeches. It's the only truly sincere moment of the whole night. The best last night were Sandra Bullock, Christoph Waltz, Fletcher, Mark Boal, Pete Docter for "Up," Fisher Stevens (because, holy crap, Fisher Stevens at the Oscars!) and Boal again for the best picture acceptance.
- The John Hughes tribute was excellent, and I was geeking out to see so many Brat Packers at the Academy Awards. On a side note, what happened to Judd Nelson?!
- Ben Stiller has jumped the shark. Can a person do that? Yeah, he's there.
- It was great to see how well Meryl Streep took all the ribbing she got over the course of the night. She is possibly the best actress of all time, but she is endlessly classy and unpretentious. I don't like all of Streep's films, or all her roles, but I love the lady.
- The big story coming out of the Oscars will probably be the fact that "The Hurt Locker" dominated and "Avatar" took home only technical awards. I'll be honest, I have seen neither one. But I'm still of the opinion that the best film should win the awards, not the flashiest.
James Cameron has always struck me as a profoundly egotistical man, and I can't get behind that. It's one of the reasons I haven't seen "Avatar." The other reasons? I can't go see a movie just because it's new technology, and I've already seen the film's plot on screen.
When it was called "Dances with Wolves."