Even though I was sick last night and forced to lie on the couch, I could barely keep my eyes open during the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
I wish I could blame the meds.
This year’s Oscars were, well, boring. There were definitely moments, but not nearly enough strung together to make the show interesting. And it’s too bad since some of the best movies in years — and some of the best acting, too — were nominated.
Here are the highs and lows of last night’s awards show:
• “The King’s Speech” taking home four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth) and Best Directing (Tom Hooper). Very well deserved.
• A very pregnant Natalie Portman, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in “Black Swan,” thanked her choreographer-fiance Benjamin Millepied for giving her “my most important role of my life.” Sweet.
• The can-do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett, when presenting the award for make-up excellence, quipped, “That’s gross,” after seeing the clip of “The Wolfman” (which won). Made me chuckle.
• Billy Crystal, host of eight Academy Award shows, took the stage to a standing ovation — and rightfully so. I think the audience was about ready to revolt with the bad, bad hosting by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. (See below)
• Luke Matheny, an NYU student and winner of the best live action short film for “God of Love,” bounded on stage and declared, “Should’ve gotten a haircut!” (He also thanked his mom for providing the craft services — read: food — for the film.)
• Tom Hooper, who won Best Director for “The King’s Speech,” told the story about how his mom found the movie for him. “The lesson,” he said, “listen to you mother.” Cute.
• Colin Firth, who (finally) won Best Actor in a Leading Role for “The King’s Speech,” opened his acceptance speech with this: “I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves. Joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get offstage.” Who doesn’t love this Brit?
• Sandra Bullock presented the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role — and she did it with humor, class and warmth. In those two minutes on stage, Bullock was already solar systems better than the two hosts combined.
• Bad hosts. Really bad hosts. James Franco and Anne Hathaway had zero chemistry or comedic chops. Nothing about them was interesting — maybe aside from Hathaway’s revolving door of gowns. They seem like nice people — and decent actors — but they just couldn’t keep the show light and flowing. Most of the presenters, including Robert Downey Jr., could have done a better job.
• Melissa Leo, winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Fighter,” dropped the F-bomb in her acceptable speech. It wasn’t totally awful, actually. But I think waving at “the little people” in the upper decks was a little much. (Remember, Leo was the one who took out ads in the Hollywood trade press, saying, “Vote for me.”)
• Gywneth Paltrow singing while Jennifer Hudson presents. What’s wrong with this picture?
What were your picks for the highs and lows of last night’s Oscars?
Before the show aired in Hawaii, I saw tweets about the hosts being bad. But I thought they did alright… Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of both, since they kicked arse hosting SNL. :/
I think the best AND worst part of the Oscars were the auto-tuned “musicals”. ‘Tiny Ball of Light’ FTW/L.
I had no problem with the show or the hosts, especially Anne Hathaway. She’s so charming, so engaging, and so pretty. And 8 gown changes. Each one more and more gorgeous and lovely.
And the show came in within the time limit. An extreme rarity. Hasn’t happened since the 1970’s.
Best parts of last night’s show were the Oscar clip parody of Alec Baldwin’s dream / Back To The Future. And the reverence and honor of Oscar’s past ( Bob Hope, Jean Luc Goddard, Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Billy Crystal, Kirk Douglas )
Most disappointing moment was Hailee Steinfeld losing Best Supporting actress to the overhyped Melissa Leo.
Worst Oscar show of all time, IMO, is still the 1982 ceremony with 4 hosts ( Walther Matthau, Richard Pryor, Liza Minnelli, and Chevy Chase ). Talk about no chemistry, cohesion or humor. Amateur hour at its’ worst.
@CodyZamboni I actually thought Hathaway and Franco had no chemistry. They were hosting independent of each other. It was almost uncomfortable to watch!
@Cat @CodyZamboni Cody, agreed… Hailee would have been a gracious winner with ten times the poise of Melissa Leo. She’s pretty classless… Speaking of Hailee, I think we’re witnessing the birth of a superstar. She’s got it “all” and it’s hard to believe she’s only 14. She may be the next Natalie Portman.
Also, it’s about time Colin Firth won an Academy Award. Real happy about that!
I’m split on the two co-hosts. Hathaway was cheerful and looked great in everything she wore. Franco, on the other hand, was stiff and even appeared grumpy much of the time. Odd choices for hosts for sure. Loved Firth’s acceptance speech too. And what was with Blanchett’s bib dress? She looked ready to chow down at Red Lobster.
@hawaii2000 Blanchett got a lot of heat later for that dress. I still think she can do no wrong, that woman. 🙂
the only person i would have wanted to see more than james and anne host would be justin timberlake. but that’s just ME!
@supercw SO AGREE! Has he ever hosted the Oscars…? He should!
I hope you are feeling better today. It’s not fun being under the weather.
I didn’t watch the Oscar.
@M Thanks! I’m feeling 86 percent better today, after some much-needed rest. 🙂
“Tiny Ball of Light,” “He Doesn’t Own a Shirt,” and Billy Crystal were the best moments of the Oscars. Colin Firth’s acceptance speech and the Oscar stage were pretty memorable as well.
@Gonzo I did laugh at the “He Doesn’t Own a Shirt” musical spot. Funny.
I only saw snippets of the awards. Prior commitments caused me to miss it, and my DVR flaked. I’ve found it online for download if I want to watch it bad enough, but from the sound of it, based on Cat’s review, maybe I should use my time for something more useful.
It also sounds as if Billy Crystal should be made PERMANENT host. Really, does anyone “ever” come close to comparing with him as host?