Am I watching the Oscars? Am I breathing?
Thoughts from the night:
I've missed only one Oscar night in the last 30 years, but I promise, if it's not halfway decent this year, I am swearing off. I hated the Chris Rock year and Jon Stewart was so boring last year I almost fell asleep. I miss Billy Crystal and Whoopi.Let's hope Hugh Jackman does a better job. I admit being impressed by the opening number. An actor who can dance!--and wasn't Anne Hathaway just adorable?
Did you see Marisa Tomei's dress? Stunning! And if Kate Winslett didn't knock your socks off, nothing will! She is looking so elegant! Penelope Cruz--did you hear that she found this vintage dress several years ago and vowed to wear it someday? When she was nominated, she went back and hunted this dress up to buy--and found it! What are the chances? Do you think Meryl Streep and her daughter planned with Amy Adams what to wear, so they would coordinate and not clash when they stood together? Thank goodness real style is coming back. I really couldn't get into the swan feathers.
Oops, spoke too soon. WHAT were Tilda and Whoopi wearing????
Am I the only person not enamored with Jack Black?
Does anyone know who the hairy beast was with Natalie Portman?
What a unique way to present the Best Supportings and Best Actor/Actress Awards! I hope they continue that--the descriptions were so sincere, (except for Anthony Hopkins--must have been his worst acting ever), and it appeared the nominees were being truly honored for their work, instead of participating in a popularity contest.
Worst hair awards:
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (A do-rag, Phillip? Seriously?)
Bless Jerry Lewis' heart; the man still keeps going, doesn't he? Battling diabetes, serious heart disease, prostate cancer and now Lou Gehrig's diease--he still exhibits grace and dignity.
Presenting the nominations for original score. The music all ran together the way they set it up--made the scores seem bland and forgettable.
The selections for Best Song. Only 3, none of which could be sung along with, and which all sounded alike, performed the way they were. Were the songwriters on strike this year, too?
I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet, but is it worth all this, or is it just the novelty? I do love that they brought so many of the cast over for the awards. What a terrific experience for them!
The annual Memorial Collage--Queen Latifah did a fabulous job singing! Wish I could say the same for the cameramen--about 1/3 of the time, I couldn't tell who was being honored, unless I recognized their faces. And forgive me for sounding disrespectful, but do most people know the publicists and critics who made it to the list?
Noticeably lacking (hallelujah!)--political agendas and Michael Moore......
Written before Sean Penn took the stage. Well, we almost made it through.
Oh, and Best Commercial Award--Hyundai. Hands down.
Kate Winslett's acceptance? Right up there with the ones given by Cuba Gooding, Jr, Halle Berry, Sally Field.
She had me at hello.
Did anyone else find the collage of films confusing as they highlighted each movie nominated for Best Motion Picture?
My Final Verdict?
1) Hugh Jackman has my vote for a return visit. He was mildly funny without being ridiculous, was gracious and unoffensive, and held his own in a dance production.
2) Keep the presentation format. Fresh, sincere--I like that they explain why these actors and actresses were nominated. The Academy seems to be returning to its roots in awarding Oscars for excellence in the Motion Picture Industry.
3) Songwriters--the field is wide open.
Feel free to disagree.