Monday, February 28, 2011

Yawnfest 2011

Everyone at work thought the same (except the girl from HR who thought the pair of hosts were the highlight of the night. Count me confused!). It was, hands down, the worst Oscar in ... forever.

Don't even get me started on Kirk Douglas's Dirty Ol' Man schtick. It was uncomfortable to watch (and I am well aware that he'd suffered a stroke). And Melissa Leo's histrionics were too, too much. It was beyond irritating, especially when she paid for full-page "For Your Consideration" ads to persuade Academy voters to give her a statue, but she didn't have anything prepared for her speech? It was like witnessing a desperate barfly swinging on a stripper pole at closing time.

Next time, the Academy should hire industry insiders because the best jokes were the ones that revealed Hollywood's guarded machinations. I stayed up for this crap?

*sidenote: My colleague grew up and went to school with the guy who was handing out the Oscar statues and playing "grab the stick" with Mr. Douglas. (Her friends nicknamed him Miss Golden Globes last night.) He's Omar Sharif's grandson and his Facebook page plays out like a Jersey Shore slideshow.


The Oscars came and went and even though the Academy has been trying to attract a younger demographic by hiring a pair of young stars, both Paul and I just wished Billy Crystal would come back. I mean, his minute-long monologue trumped the entire telecast. Even with that ghastly face lift and Anne Hathaway's gajillion costume changes, he still managed to stand out. (Natural charm, I suppose.) James Franco looked like a distracted gerbil after snorting an 8-ball backstage. And he couldn't do anything with those dark circles? He looked so over this shit, it was like he was simultaneously cranking out the introductory paragraph of his next big essay while humouring Anne's girlish giggles.

Even Hugh Jackman's stint topped this! C'mon! Why don't the Academy realize that hiring young hosts won't solve the dying ratings? They need to nominate relevant actors (who aren't getting pregnant for sympathy votes, ahem) and respect their oeuvre, not simply their status. Paul and I were both perplexed by Hailee Steinfeld's nomination in the supporting actress category. She carried True Grit. It could've been an Anna Paquin moment! Now that would've dredged up viewers.

Anyway, Paul's disappointed that his hero, Roger Deakins, lost again for the best cinematography Oscar. However, he was rooting for Danny Cohen for The King's Speech because, in his words, the movie took more risks and sidestepped lighting conventions for a mainstream release. I thought The Social Network looked like a typical Fincher flick: muted yellowed tones anchored by dark shadows, little to no use of natural light, a modern take on Gothic broodiness.

Three of our company's releases were nominated this year as well, but none of them won. Boo! Probably gonna get an earful about how we were robbed tomorrow :P

1 comment:

Adèle said...

I agree! James Franco looked like he checked out the moment the cameras started rolling.

I had no idea this was an attempt to boost ratings and I agree with your comments about Billy Crystal and Hugh Jackman. They should've gotten Justin Timberlake on there! The Oscars need to be hosted by someone with charm and enthusiasm and energy! A performer, not just an actor.

Oh well..