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?