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Archive for February 23rd, 2009
People who whine about the Oscars having too many political messages are the type who *don’t watch the Oscars anyway.* So shut up already.
Stunning: Nikki Finke has *defenders*?! FANS?? What world is this??! http://tinyurl.com/bro7f8 (Read the comments.)
Hey, I’m just glad people are talking about “Watchmen,” a small indie film that might have otherwise slipped through the cracks.
Very few of the awards at last night’s Oscars were a surprise, but the show itself was noteworthy for being slightly different from the norm. I appreciate that the producers, Laurence Mark and Bill Condon, actually made some changes in the way things were presented. Considering the show is usually identical from one year to the next, it’s almost irrelevant whether the changes were successful — I give ’em credit just for trying.
And I really liked the one major alteration, where each of the acting awards was given out by five previous winners in that category. It was cool to see, for example, Sophia Loren (who looked like a witch from an old Italian book of fairy tales) speaking directly to nominee Meryl Streep and talking about her performance in “Doubt.” Or Robert De Niro ribbing Sean Penn while praising his work in “Milk.” And how awesome must that be for the nominees, many of them first-timers, to have a certified Oscar-winner single them out for a few seconds of sincere praise? Except Robert Downey Jr., of course, who had to get his from Cuba Gooding Jr.
The show was almost 3 1/2 hours long, but it flowed more smoothly and with more energy than it usually does. It never got mired in any overlong montages or boring tributes. Hugh Jackman’s song-and-dance numbers might have been cheesy and old-fashioned, but darned if they weren’t pretty well produced, too. Moving the orchestra out of the pit to bring the stage closer to the audience was a great call, and the sets were nifty. Good show, Oscars! Good show!
As for the awards, I correctly predicted 18 out of 24, which is the best I’ve done in a while. I’m kicking myself for missing Best Song and Best Score — they both went to “Slumdog Millionaire,” which in hindsight should have been a no-brainer. I also missed two of the short categories, which are always a crapshoot.
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