February 28, 2011

Oscar Notes

Yes, I realize hosting the Oscars is a thankless job, and yes, I know that we all complain about it and watch it every year anyone. But this a slog, or what? I like Anne Hathaway and James Franco quite a bit, but they were given just about nothing to work with- especially Franco, who just sat there mostly silently for the better part of two hours. I mean, even "Saturday Night Live" has given Hathaway and Franco better material in the last couple of years, and they're not exactly consistent either.

A few notes:

- As I've written before, I didn't exactly dislike any of the ten Best Picture nominees, but "The King's Speech" wouldn't have been my first choice. "Inception" or "Social Network" would've been, although both won plenty of awards. And I did really like the actual king's speech being used for the Best Picture montage.

- At what point do they think about hiring someone besides Bruce Vilanch to write the Oscars? His funny reputation notwithstanding, I'm beginning to think he's the Bob Shrum of awards-show writers.

- I'm trying to figure out if that Kirk Douglas moment was hilarious, creepy, or both. Probably both.

- Yes, Trent Reznor is now an Oscar winner. Even if the entire "Social Network" score was mostly ripped off from the Death Cab For Cutie song "Passenger Seat."

- No idea why something as awful as "Alice in Wonderland"- which was all CGI anyway- could win best art direction or costume design?

- So who should host next year? Neil Patrick Harris? Billy Crystal again? Kevin Spacey? Whoever it is, bring some better writers please!

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 28, 2011 12:03 AM
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