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Gold Tarnished By Bad Production Choices?

This list will be spelled out in detail in The Hot Button today (and when it posts, I will link it here). Nut here is a sneak peek…
Here are my ten most problematic elements (in no particular order)

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55 Responses to “Gold Tarnished By Bad Production Choices?”

  1. EDouglas says:

    Pilobolus — As annoying than Mumenschantz but not even remotely as cute.
    Was it just me or did it seem like they had the seat fillers pulling double duties by modeling the costumes in the costume display?

  2. right says:

    is there some sort of law that says Jack has to announce Best Picture every year? Some variety, please!
    Totally agree with 1, 4, 6, 7, and 9. Michael Mann’s clip package was totally pointless; the writers and foreign films ones were okay.
    Celine Dion — why???

  3. The Pop View says:

    The Pilobolus troupe was so goofy and tacky, that when Ellen came out and did hand shadows of a dog and an eagle, it seemed the logical conclusion.
    I agree that the directing seemed very bad, especially during the vocal Foley bit. They kept cutting to the people making the sounds, not seeming to get that the interest is in seeing those sounds in synch with the footage, which you couldn’t see because they kept cutting to the people.
    Speaking of bad direction, what was that long shot of the guy’s Oscar sitting by itself on the stage?
    I liked some of the clip packages, especially Michael Mann’s on America as shown in the movies.
    Yes, Celine Dion’s performance seemed a very painful tribute to such a great composer. And “The Pageant of the Masters Costume Display” was just as painful as the Rob Lowe/Snow White number.
    While I’m happy for Alan Arkin, I don’t see how he deserved to win. Ditto for Jennifer Hudson. Or “An Inconvenient Truth” and Melissa Etheridge. Oh, right. It’s not about actual quality.

  4. Melquiades says:

    I liked the foley thing (if not the way they shot it) because it was a pretty extraordinary display of talent. A relatively useless talent, sure, but a talent nonetheless.
    Celine Dion… good god, are you kidding me?
    The shot selection during speeches was so bizarre. Here’s one from the balcony… here’s one framing the winner and a random person off to his left… here’s one of just the Oscar. How about just showing us the person talking??
    I don’t see the problem with the Costume thing, assuming you’re just talking about people wearing the costumes onstage. I thought it was a nice enough way to show the nominees.
    I liked almost all of the clip packages, as well as Errol Morris’ opening bit with the nominees.
    Ellen was very funny as always. Best but of the night was her directing Steven Spielberg’s digital photo of her and Clint.
    I was happy for the Scorsese and Departed wins. Totally sick of Hudson. “Look what God can do!” Yeah, he can’t figure out this Darfur problem, but he can get an American Idol reject an Oscar. Yippee for him!
    Children of Men losing cinematography is the snub of the decade. And I haven’t seen The Lives of Others yet, but I was very sad to see Pan lose Foreign Film, especialyl after winning three other Oscars.

  5. Harley says:

    Gack. Horribly produced, Ellen is like a Nancy Meyers movie (inoffensive, half-funny, too much faith in her own cuteness), no surprises of any note, we’ve already heard these acceptance speeches on other award shows, the clip packages made no sense, Celine Dion?!?!?!?!, and the inevitability of Scorsese’s win sapped the night of any real emotion. Oh. And no Borat cuz they wouldn’t let him present in character.
    Idiots.

  6. Boonwell says:

    Wow, was I the only one who LOVED the Pilobolus bits? They were quick, they were fun, they were different while still being semi-relevant.
    Why don’t they kick off the evening with Best Supporting Actor anymore? It always put a big award out front and got the audience interested plus there was a chance the recipient would know how to communicate effectively (no offense to the tech winners, but being in front of the camera and talking isn’t their job). Having said that, why so many folks looking down and reading off cards? I know it’s nerve-wracking, but c’mon… prepare something and practice it. The votes are already in — you can’t jinx it.
    Agree re: Chris Connelly — douche chills.
    More than a little schadenfreude over DREAMGIRLS losses. I hated it. I knew Jennifer Hudson would get it (but have never figured out why), but was hoping Eddie would go home empty handed. The old guy Supporting Actor axiom kicked in right on schedule. And while it probably just split its own votes, how funny is it, that with three nominees, a musical couldn’t pull off a Best Song win?
    Seinfeld was funny and should consider hosting, but I found his jokes about expensive concessions and messes in auditoriums facile and condescending, especially when they cut to Lucas et al laughing (insane studio BO percentages combined with opening weekend mentality force theatres to raise those prices, and the minimum wage ushers ain’t getting rich sweeping up Jerry’s “soda-welded popcorn” — a great phrase BTW). It seemed like a bloated, rich guy making fun of the “little people” who clean up after him, not a man of the people making witty observations. I run a not-for-profit theatre — can you tell?

  7. Ju-osh says:

    The penguins thing was crap. If you’re going to try and rope little kids into watching this thing, you’ll have to give Nickelodeon a year to air it. And give best actor/actress/director awards to folks under the legal retirement age.
    The foley bit would’ve worked much better if you could always actually see what noise they were imitating. And they could’ve saved a lot of money by just hiring Bobby McFerrin and the guy from the Police Academy movies.
    Mann’s montage was a mess. Without neon lights and a handheld DV camera, he’s apparently lost.
    The clip reels were poorly produced, but unlike the equally bad Celine Dion song and the costume calvacade, they were not long enough to go to the bathroom or make a drink during.
    Jack Nicholson’s schtick is tired. Can they seat him in the short film directors’ section next year?
    And Harley, while I didn’t find Ellen especially bad in the beginning, by the end I was in full agreement with your assessment:
    “Ellen is like a Nancy Meyers movie (inoffensive, half-funny, too much faith in her own cuteness).”
    Still, for an awards show that only gave one award of interest (to the average viewer) before 11:45 EST, it wasn’t half bad.

  8. adorian says:

    I agree with all of the negative comments posters have already made. The show was too long. Ellen was not as funny as she thought she was. The Al Gore love turned me off. The clip packages were too long and not necessary, especially the one about writers in movies.
    One of the Sunday newspaper insert magazines informed us that for a 1930s Oscar show, Will Rogers was the host and he handed out all the awards himself. That would be a great idea to try again and bring the show in at 2 hours.
    I knew it was going to be a bad night when Sally Kirkland was whirling around on the red carpet (like Salome with her seven veils) trying to force Joan Rivers to interview her.

  9. 1. What was the opening sequence with penguins?
    2. They were strange. Very strange.
    3. I didn’t mind the set. Didn’t see anything wrong apart from that loopy cross. Huh?
    4. Yeah, there was some very bad choices there. Just bizarre.
    5. They were good for what they were, but other than the foreign language one (it’s the 50th anniversary) they were very unecessary. And when you’re going to cut off winners (including those in the BIG categories) it seems offensive to then take up time with a clip segment.
    6. Why was she even there? Again, just extending the run time while saying “No, you cannot spend an extra 15 seconds to thank people. NO!”
    7. When your presenters are laughing then you know you have a problem. That was embarassing. Although Canonero was cute (thanking Kubrick still! lovely)
    8. I actually thought that was a fine way to start the show. Why not? I don’t see a problem at all with that.
    9. Not sure how much you saw of him, but we only saw him twice (maybe three) and, yeah, what was his point? He walked right past Helen Mirren!
    10. Again, seemed sorta pointless. Nobody gives a damn about the sound categories anyway (why aren’t design and editing merged into one category?) so it just extended it. Again.
    I really had a problem most of all with the constant montages and tribute packages. When Ellen makes a joke about going overtime you shouldn’t follow it up with another clip package. Ugh.
    On Ellen. I really liked her. I’ll take her “safe” comedy over the mean-spirited Chris Rock or the comically challenged Jon Stewart. Bleh.

  10. Tofu says:

    I agree with everything written here except for a few points…
    Pilobolus
    The only “dance” troupe that has bothered to be both brief and correctly minimal. The burning Crash set from last year still has us rolling in laughter.
    The Clip Packages
    Mann’s outright didn’t work, but nothing wrong with the rest (outside of Once Upon A Time In The West NOT in Ennio Morricone’s list).
    Chris Connelly backstage was painful.
    More forgettable than painful. The horse race junk looked slapped together even by 1942 standards.
    is there some sort of law that says Jack has to announce Best Picture every year?
    The man is beloved at this show because he openly enjoys himself every year. Fun bit of trivia I researched before the show had Nicholson presenting Best Picture in ’72, ’77, ’78, ’90, ’93, and ’05. Clearly, he is cementing a record here.
    Speaking of bad direction, what was that long shot of the guy’s Oscar sitting by itself on the stage?
    Hmmmmm? I was surprised by A) the larger podium being only available to the left or right of stage, and B) people placing their award on the ground. Hang on to it for dear life, or just hand it to the pretty girl next to you if your speech actually needs two hands, pal.
    And “The Pageant of the Masters Costume Display” was just as painful as the Rob Lowe/Snow White number.
    Whoa, whoa, whoa. No need to get crazy here.
    Oh, right. It’s not about actual quality.
    Or Dreamgirls splitting its vote into nothing. Nope, couldn’t be that.
    The shot selection during speeches was so bizarre… How about just showing us the person talking??
    That wouldn’t be very good coverage or direction honestly. The wise choice I’m surprised few picked up on this year… No split-screen reactions! No embarrassing smiling needed for the losers. Very merciful.
    no surprises of any note
    Supporting-Actor? Foreign? Cinematography? Dreamgirls with only two wins?
    the inevitability of Scorsese’s win sapped the night of any real emotion.
    Couldn’t be avoided, and they played up Eastwood left and right all night.
    And no Borat cuz they wouldn’t let him present in character.
    Thank Fuck.
    A good year. No, a great year. Why? Because none of these mistakes equaled the travesties from the previous years. Ellen knocked Chris & Jon out. Hell, she was more edgy than Crystal. She can play that crowd like a fiddle. No sacrilege like presenting awards in the aisles. No music playing over entire speeches. Every year there is some sourpuss they usually keep cutting back to and ruining the mood. This year it was Murphy and they didn’t even bother acknowledging him outside of the nomination.
    These shows will always have flaws, but like the James Bond franchise, they evolve. Jack Black & Will Ferrell presented together again, but this time they brought down the house. This time Scorsese was in the running, and had the benefit of having his own friends on the stage. Al Gore being cut off by the orchestra? Near perfect.
    Alterations and twists like those are what made last night. Not outright robberies, clean sweeps, and jokes bombing left and right as seen in previous years.

  11. Tofu says:

    With that said, what was with the animated films having LOSING animations? That was downright depressing, hahahaha!

  12. Another problem I noticed with the show was the sound. During “Our Town” it was terrible and there were many other occasions too. How come the audience at home can never hear the announcer? ALWAYS happens. So strange.
    I have the awards on in the background (transfering from Hard Disc Recorder to a DVD) and the foreign film compilation was just one. God, I really wanna see a bunch of those movies.
    The Ferrell/Reilly/Black bit was sort of brilliant.
    The look on Blanchett’s face when announcing Foreign Film was great.
    I hate it when they put animated characters either on stage or in the audience. Just… ugh.

  13. Brett B says:

    Are some of you people insane? Ellen was easily the worst host in years. Can anyone recall a single joke she said that was funny? She brought absolutely nothing to the show, and as David said, wholly irrelevant. Let’s start to vacuum the front row for 2 minutes with absolutely no payoff or reason, yeah that’s hilarious. How about election jokes from 7 years ago?

  14. Ju-osh says:

    Ellen’s bit with the camera, Eastwood and Spielberg was nice…then again, we had to endure the Oscar-carrier gag, the vacuuming skit and her hand puppets to get there.
    As for Chris Connelly, one Leonard Maltin is plenty, thanks. When even Tom Hanks makes fun of your fake enthusiasm, you know you’re laying it on too thick.

  15. Chicago48 says:

    Well, I didn’t see it, I just blogged all night long. Now that it’s over (and I won’t be seeing future Oscars), IMO the reason DG didn’t get MORE awards is the anti-DG, anti-Geffen, anti-Paramount/Dreamworks backlash in force. Listening to all 3 DG songs and seeing them performed (ok, I turned in for that), showed you that they were superior to Melissa’s sluggish boring song.
    As for Eddie, I don’t think he gives a f***. He even said so on Barbara’s show…he sees the Oscar and the awards show for what it’s for – popularity, like running a political campaign. The man is not known for networking, shaking hands and being friends with Hollywood, he just works there. And all the scuttle about him being po’d, I don’t think so. First he won every award imaginable before the Oscars, plus he’s rich and even his poorest movies are making money. Do I seem bitter – perhaps, but I think everyone puts too much into the Oscars. The guilds, Critics and Sags – and yes, even the Globes – are moving up in prestige.
    For Lives of Others to win over Pan’s and Water, well I am totally through with the Oscars. I prefer the Globes and Critics award. Glad that Martin and Departed got the Dir/BP awards.
    And did anyone notice that DG is beating the pants off of the other BP noms in boxo – the first all-black cast movie to pass the $100 mark and doing quite well in foreign too.

  16. Nicol D says:

    I was going to watch the Oscars but I was too beside myself in despair and dismay seeing as James (I’m the King of the World) Cameron has single handedly proven that The DaVinci Code is true and he has science-SCIENCE!- on his side. From the esteemed Lakehead College in the Ozarks of Canada no less.
    I am devastated.
    I am in denial…nay…confusion.
    All that I believe has been torn asunder by a Hollywood wackjo…er…artiste.
    How can I live?
    Woe is me. Woe…is me.
    PS. I did come out of my misery quickly enough to notice how gorgeous Helen Mirren was.

  17. Tofu says:

    In my ideal award show, there is a prestigious presenter simply playing it straight. So having Ellen working the crowd correctly is the closest I’ll likely ever have for a presenter not trying to earn witty points every other sentence. Good on her.
    Reading Nikki Finke, it appears she wanted boobs popping out left and right, with a side of trash talking. Earth to Nikki, this is the Academy Awards. Not the MTV Movie Awards. Or even the drunken party they call the Golden Globes now. We watch because they have the class that no one can even bother to equal.

  18. PetalumaFilms says:

    Why do people ALWAYS complain about the length of the show? It’s so ridiculous. Just plan on it being long, duh. It doesn’t *need* to be shorter, people just have to stop expecting it to be shorter.It’s like people complaining about the length of a bseball game. Just relax and enjoy it.
    I mean, I had nowhere else to be on a Sunday night. If it’s too long for you, Tivo it, go grab some dinner and give it an hour head start and fast forward.

  19. Joe Leydon says:

    Lighten up Dave, you old Gore basher, you. I thought the pay-off of the Al Gore/Leo DiCaprio stand-up was terrifically funny. It showed that Gore and the Academy producers can laugh at themselves.

  20. Me says:

    I think some of the complaints about length come from people not living on West Coast time. Here in the East, the show doesn’t wrap up until after midnight, and if it is running well over, not until one or after. For those of us with dayjobs and/or kids, it can be nearly impossible to stay up for it all. With that mentality, it is hard not to wonder why it has to run so damn long, considering how padded it feels with all the montages, etc.
    That said, considering West coasters often have to put up with our time for any number of other things (New Year’s, football games, etc.), it seems like a fair trade.

  21. Aladdin Sane says:

    It was kind of boring, but Oscar is always long, so it’s not something anyone should complain about.
    I didn’t mind Ellen, although the vacuum bit could have paid off a bit better.
    The Lives of Others is a fantastic film. I’m not disappointed that it won, although I was rooting for my preference of Pan’s. It’s not like Life is Beautiful beat Pan’s either, so maybe go watch The Lives of Others before saying it’s a travesty that Pan’s lost. It makes sense.
    Chris Connelly is a putz. Enough said.
    I hated that the orchestra played off most of the winners. It was way more noticeable than previous years.
    My favourite acceptance speeches were from
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Ieven if I woulda liked to have seen Guillermo up there)
    William Monohan
    Helen Mirren
    Ennio Morricone
    and of course seeing Marty Scorsese with his Oscar, does it get any better than that?

  22. EDouglas says:

    “is there some sort of law that says Jack has to announce Best Picture every year? Some variety, please!”
    As soon as I saw him, I knew that was the plan and as soon as I figured out the plan, it was obvious that The Departed was the winner. Why on earth would they have Jack announce another person’s movie? (And why didn’t Martin Scorsese thank Brad Pitt in his speech?)

  23. EDouglas says:

    Celine Dion ruined the Ennio Morricone tribute… I really loved it and then she came out and did her song and it killed everything. she really needs to try a new look/sound ala Jewel/Liz Phair cause I’m not sure she realize how many people in the world can’t stand her current one.

  24. movielocke says:

    I’ve actually already blocked the Celine Dion, but it was by far the nadir of the show, next to Randy Newman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbjFfujojh4 )… God what an awful, incoherent pair of songs.
    My favorite moment of the night, on the other hand, was the foreign language montage, so many great films. It was a little incoherent, still about four fine cuts away from really great montage, but the quality of the clips was good enough to make it hte highlight. Almost as good was Mann’s brilliant America (though too many new movies, too many Mann movies, and too few old movies given only 45 frames, like Young Mr. Lincoln, Sargeant York, Mr Smith etc) montage and Errol Morris’ great intro.
    Peter O’Toole should have won, because he was wonderful in Venus, moreso than the other actors he was up against… oh well.

  25. Direwolf says:

    I’d also like to reiterate that Lives of Others is a very deserving winner. It is different from Pan’s but equal in terms of quality, IMO. And as I noted elsewhere, Pan’s pulled home three awards which is a very nice haul. Pan’s has had a good box office run and if the Lives win gets more people to see the film that is great.
    Separately, the highlights of the night for me were the Directors. Great pre-show interview with the Amigos. They seem genuinely close and real. Then we got the big four Director’s on stage together for Marty’s win.
    Maybe next year one of those seven can be persuaded to give the Oscar show a try!

  26. Cadavra says:

    Liked Pilobolus. Loved Ellen. Hated the Mann reel (pointless and shapeless) and the Morricone reel (already discussed elsewhere). BTW, does anyone stop to consider that if you remove the commercials, the show would be almost an hour shorter–in other words, if it ran non-stop on HBO or PBS, it would be well under three hours? Get a grip, people.

  27. jeffmcm says:

    There was no reason for Celine Dion to be involved in a Morricone tribute – they needed more clips of more movies, using the original soundtracks, not the Bill Conti cheapo imitation they played instead. That section should have been brilliant but instead it was pretty lame.

  28. jeffmcm says:

    There was no reason for Celine Dion to be involved in a Morricone tribute – they needed more clips of more movies, using the original soundtracks, not the Bill Conti cheapo imitation they played instead. That section should have been brilliant but instead it was pretty lame.

  29. Direwolf says:

    I’d also like to reiterate that Lives of Others is a very deserving winner. It is different from Pan’s but equal in terms of quality, IMO. And as I noted elsewhere, Pan’s pulled home three awards which is a very nice haul. Pan’s has had a good box office run and if the Lives win gets more people to see the film that is great.
    Separately, the highlights of the night for me were the Directors. Great pre-show interview with the Amigos. They seem genuinely close and real. Then we got the big four Director’s on stage together for Marty’s win.
    Maybe next year one of those seven can be persuaded to give the Oscar show a try!

  30. Bennett says:

    Very simple. You want higher ratings you make the show shorter. In this ADD society people do not have the patience for filler than they did in the past. People watch for the awards, the celebs, the fashion, and the host. Nobody watches to see Sherry get an award or for clip montages. If you want to just pat yourself on the back then take your time and make it 4 or 5 hours. The Academy Awards are a once a year entertainment event, but don’t keep testing the patience of the average viewer or you will be in danger of losing them. The viewer is not going to a fantastic Hollywood party after the awards, many of us just want to know who wins Best Picture so we can go to bed.

  31. Chicago48 says:

    You know, I didn’t do like you all and watch the Oscars and come online to criticize it. I didn’t watch it (except for the songs by DG) so I cannot comment. I suggest the rest of you do the same next year. If you don’t like what’s being presented, don’t watch it. Overall, it’s the same old Oscars we’ve been seeing for the past 5 to 10 years. They get a comedian to host the show (why not an ‘actor’?), they have a lot of montages, some song-dance numbers, they time the acceptance speeches (the thank you cam was a genius idea), and it runs about 4 hours long. And each year people, critics, everyone b***** about it. [ No wonder Eddie Murphy left at the end of Arkin’s speech, he knows the drill.] Why stay around and be asked a lot of silly questions? and then have the public & critics talk about you the next day. Besides the superbowl commercials, the Oscars are our next spectator sport to watch & criticize.

  32. Hallick says:

    “Why do people ALWAYS complain about the length of the show? It’s so ridiculous. Just plan on it being long, duh. It doesn’t *need* to be shorter, people just have to stop expecting it to be shorter.”
    To quote Roger Ebert, a great film is never too long – but a bad one is never short enough.
    Sitting through the interminably lame filler (the Will Ferrall number, the shadow puppet Snakes on a Plane skit, Ellen vacuuming somewhere around the third hour, etc) makes the time seem twice or three times as long. If the show would’ve had a producer with a brain cell, they would’ve cut that damned vacuuming gag without mercy.

  33. I’m not gonna “nut here,” David. No matter how many times you ask.

  34. Nicol D says:

    Best quote on this year’s Oscars was something I read on another blog called “What would Tyler Durden do?
    “BEST ACTOR FOREST WHITAKER – Finally the cast of “Bloodsport” is getting the recognition they deserve.”

  35. Melquiades says:

    Lay off Randy Newman. The man is responsible for some of the finest songs ever written. I can only assume that people who rag on Newman know him only by his movie soundtrack work and have never heard the albums Sail Away or 12 Songs, to name just two.
    ‘Our Town’ is a nice little tune that works beautifully as the centerpiece of Cars (which was robbed by that piece of shit Happy Feet). It’s not nearly as good as Newman’s ‘When She Loved Me’ from Toy Story 2, though, which should have won an Oscar.

  36. right says:

    Top 10 things I liked about the Oscars (no particular order):
    1) Getting Spielberg, Coppola and Lucas onstage to hand out best director, and getting them to be funny too.
    2) Ferrell and Black were pretty darn funny. Especially the Mark Wahlberg part.
    3) Babel getting all but shut out (score… whatever).
    4) The Dreamgirls number. Jennifer Hudson: wow.
    5) Foreign film montage — very appropriate in the year of the international Oscar
    6) Generally good outfits — no disasters that I saw.
    7) Clint translating Morricone live on stage
    8) The Streep/Hathaway/Blunt interplay
    9) Ellen giving her script to Marty.
    10) Steve Carell: “sound mixing is a lot like sex”.
    Honorable mention to Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks’ backstage ad-lib, and the most enjoyable Best Picture winner in many years.

  37. Dr Wally says:

    Random observations :
    1. Will Smith laughing his head off as his son fouls up his bit – what kind of parent is he?!
    2. Tom Hanks is genuine class – managing to send up Connelly and join in with him at the same time takes supreme skill.
    3. I would have nominated John C Reilly’s demented turn in Talladega Nights for Best Supporting Actor. Go ahead and laugh, but i’ll remember that performance, and his turn with Black and Ferrell longer than i will anything Arkin, Murphy did et al did in their movies. Shake and bake!
    4. Why did Ryan Gosling appear to be sitting with his mom? Has Mcadams dumped him?
    5. Monster House got the bum’s rush, but will have the long-lasting popularity that Nightmare Before Christmas does now.
    6. Give Chris Rock another go. His Jude Law diatribe only stung because it was true, and i’m still waiting for ‘Check Cashing Place’ to get made.
    7. Poor Tom Cruise looked miserable, really beaten down. The sympathy applause was really pitiful.

  38. jeffmcm says:

    Will Smith wasn’t laughing because his son screwed up, he was laughing because after Jaden screwed up, he had enough charm and wit to play it off.

  39. anghus says:

    The problem with all the backstage stuff is the hosts talking about the ‘upsets’ and the ‘office polls’. Once you give in to the nasty business of prognostication and the oscars as if it it’s a sporting event, you take away what little dignity this ceremony has left.
    I love hearing people broadcasting the oscars talking about ‘upsets’. It injects that bullshit race hype into the show itself, and even though i know it’s a lie, i’d like to think that the ceremony and the awards are above the petty bullshit.

  40. Glamourboy says:

    Perhaps the worst oscar show I can remember (and I can remember quite a few). I like Ellen, I like her show…but she didn’t have the weight to pull it off. She seemed nervous, scared and very light. Her whole persona was her fan-girl schtick. Jerry Seinfeld, in his brief spot, showed exactly what a great oscar host he’d be. The show should pay out the ass and have Billy Crystal keep doing it (it’s not as it he has a film career at the moment….he must be available and sorely missing the spotlight).
    The dance troup was Debbie-Allen bizarre and ridiculous. The foley session….a big miss.
    The Dreamgirls piece was the closet thing to getting it right…and even then…Bill Condon should have known that you have two performers like Beyonce and Hudson performing and you don’t need those bozos in the background jumping around like gnats behind them. It was the battle of the divas, who would out-sing the other…and the closet thing to drama in the whole show.

  41. Glamourboy says:

    And Randy Newman has to stop writing the same damn song for every Pixar movie….it’s NOT going to win him an oscar. Someone should tell him to move on!!!

  42. Tofu says:

    Seinfeld? His three minute shtick went on for fifteen minutes too long. All of course centering around why he is right to be a total asshole to minimum wage theater workers. 4 hours not long enough for you? Have Jerry host. You’ll be lucky to leave in eight hours.

  43. jeffmcm says:

    I’m really glad to learn that the Academy/Ziskin refused to let Sacha Baron Cohen present in character. He should have done it as himself and showed a little class for a change – one crazy foreigner jumping on seats every ten years is already too enough (I’m talking about Benigni).

  44. jeffmcm says:

    I’m really glad to learn that the Academy/Ziskin refused to let Sacha Baron Cohen present in character. He should have done it as himself and showed a little class for a change – one crazy foreigner jumping on seats every ten years is already too enough (I’m talking about Benigni).

  45. Blackcloud says:

    My decision to watch exactly none of it seems better and better.

  46. Sharpel007 says:

    I guess the Mann montage went ove reverbodys head?
    It was deeply cynical for one, along with lots of other great bits.
    It was the best to me as they messud up Morricones something awful.

  47. Ducard says:

    I guess I liked the show better than most of you, but am I the only one who wishes that Jon Stewart were back hosting? I know he pissed off the Scientology nuts last year, but have a sense of humor mates. Or try Stephen Colbert next year. Ellen is soooo common –likeable and engaging– but nothing special.
    Who was that bird talking to DelToro, Cuaron and Inarittu before the show? Eye candy never hurts and she had that working. Some of the cutaways were classic especially to Carell and Streep mugging to the cam. I thought the other 3 amigos (Coppola, Spielberg anbd Lucas) were cool to watch. Forest Whittaker’s speech was classy and classic and it was fun seeing Marty finally getting his statue (albeit for the wrong movie). And how about Melena Cannonero thanking Stanley Kubrick in part for her Osacr? This is what I watch the Oscars for.
    Gwyneth Paltrow looked hot, but Eva Green (who I am half in love with) looked like a frump.
    Celine Dion’s song was a total waste of time –as most musical number are. How is LETTER FROM IWO JIMA not a Foreign Language Film? I read more of that film than I read PAN’S LABYRINTH (whose loss in that category was the biggest disssappointment of the night aside from the ’06’s best film, UNITED 93, not even getting a Best Pic nom).
    So help me God –or what ever other diety you may or may not believe in– I was glued to tube (not Youtube) throughout the 15 hour and 27 minute long telecast.
    Cheers.
    JAB

  48. The Carpetmuncher says:

    My 10 Favorite Things at the Oscars:
    1. The Departed cleaning up
    2. Reese Witherspoon – is she hot or what? Easily the most eligible and desirable single mother in America.
    3. Errol Morris’ opening montage. It could have used some more star power…but it was a kick ass way to open the Oscars.
    4. Francis, Marty, Speilberg & Lucas on stage together – unforgettable
    5. Tom Hanks’ little quip. Funny dude.
    6. Forest Whittaker’s Speech – For a second there, I thought he was gonna jump up and down and thank Tom Cruise. After his (heartfelt) silence at the Globes, his eloquence last night was a nice surprise
    7. Jack Black, Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly – Star power right where we needed it, those guys are entertainers, exactly what the show needed
    8. Ellen – she was great
    9. Seinfeld – Funniest bit in the entire show. Hire him to host next year. Or better yet, Jamie Foxx…
    10. The Red Carpet – Still the best part of the Oscars, seeing what all the beautiful people are wearing
    And special thanks to TiVo…

  49. Krazy Eyes says:

    I was really looking forward to the Morricone tribute but also found it to be mostly a misfire. How can you put together a clip reel and virtually ignore 95% of the scores that are responsible for him winning the award in the 1st place?
    The Celine Dion song was also a complete dud but you can’t blame them for trying. Having popular singers add words to Morricone themes in the hopes of crafting a popular song was very popular early in his career. Personally I would have preferred a duet of Joan Baez and Scott Walker singing The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti.

  50. Cadavra says:

    Jamie Foxx host the Oscars? Dear God, just shoot me now.

  51. Bob Violence says:

    How is LETTER FROM IWO JIMA not a Foreign Language Film?

    http://www.oscars.org/79academyawards/rules/rule14.html

    Rule Fourteen

    Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award

    I. DEFINITION

    A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

    Presumably they figured “Best Foreign Language Produced Outside the United States” is too much of a mouthful.

  52. The Carpetmuncher says:

    BANG!

  53. Oh god, Jamie Foxx? The opening monologue would go something like this:
    “Welcome to the oscars. Jamie’s in tha house!! WASSUP DENZEL!!! *Ray Charles impersonation*. YO, HOME DAWG BIG WILLIE!! Halle! So foxy. Oh, geddit? Foxy! FOXX! I am foxy too. I’m Jamie Foxx. Foxx Foxy Foxx. MORGAN FREEMAN SHOULD BE PRESIDENT!!! Everybody likes Morgan Freeman. Even WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Ray Charles impersonation* I just can’t BELIEVE how unreal it is to be hosting the Oscars. Seeing all my FRIENDS OF COLOUR in the audience. *dances* Wassup dawgs. first presenter is some white home dawg. After the show she’s coming back to MY HOUZZAAA for a bit of hot black lovin’, dawg. Here’s Jessica Beil dawg.”
    …or, at least, that’s what I imagine it would go like.
    Ducard, Letters from Iwo Jima wasn’t nominated for Foreign Language Film because America can’t submit films. It’s actually a category to give films NOT made by Americans a little bit of attention.

  54. Lota says:

    forgot to do Dave’s survey
    1. The Opening Sequence (Penguins)–thumbs down
    2. Pilobolus ehhh. I’d let them live, but wasn;t so fussed on it
    5. The Clip Packages – Liked
    6. Celine Dion – her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me, I think it would have been better to show more of Ennio’s movies–his western socres are so iconic & lovely.
    other stuff I don’t feel so strongly about
    I did really like Ellen though–she made participants seem relaxed and I prefer that to frenetic monologs and one-liners.
    i loved the bit with Marty & Steven S & CLint. Clearly they like her, so why should not we Dave?
    and of course Jack Black & co were hilarious
    I thought Seinfeld was a little condescending, but then I never watched the show either really.
    I think Ellen can liven things up a bit and be great, that or get Oprah to do it.
    we don;t need a frickin comedian to be MC if we have “acts” like Jack Black & co. I think I prefer the ‘straight man’ approach.
    who cares about the length…I want to see the awards and it happens but once a year.

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