The Oscars – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Did you watch the Oscars last night? It’s the one award show I forced the Boyf to let me watch in its entirety (yes, force – he’d much rather be watching “Hillbillies Gone Wild” or “I Like To Catch Fish, That Makes Me Special, Right?”) If you didn’t watch, you can catch up on who won what here, or watch the full ceremony here. As with any year, there were good and bad parts. Here is the breakdown:
- Catherine Zeta-Jones’ reprise of her “All That Jazz” number from Chicago. Girrrrl, that was FIERCE.
- Joseph Gordon Levitt and Harry Potter singing Harry Kalas’ infamous “High Hopes” – Joseph Gordon Levitt, and getting me excited for Phillies, in the same moment? I’LL TAKE IT.
- Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum’s dance number. Give me stylized, 40’s-era dance numbers in ballgowns any time.
- Christoph Waltz, paying respect to the other nominees in his category. Always a classy move. (Jennifer Lawrence, too)
- Seth McFarlane – A lot of people are saying that Seth was, at best, mediocre — but I thought that he stayed true to his own personal brand of comedy, and I enjoyed it. Some of my favorite moments:
- He addressed the fact that Ben Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director nomination. The Academy probably (hopefully) felt stupid.
- To Daniel Day Lewis, on his method acting: “If you bumped into Don Cheadle on the studio lot, did you, like, try to free him…?”
- He poked fun at the fact that he probably wouldn’t be the world’s best host ever, which was an endearing moment, I thought.
- The “We Saw Your Boobs” song.
- He can’t dance. It’s cute.
- The Les Mis musical number – or about half of it. The half with musically-trained performers. The half with Hugh Jackman, Eddie R and Amanda Seyfried (she wasn’t great, but she didn’t bother me so I’ll lump her in), Eponine, and that hottie from the barricade. For my thoughts on the other half, see below.
- Adele singing the Skyfall number. I thought it was understated and very un-Adele-like. Kudos!
- The musical theme of the night.
- The “In Memoriam” section of the evening. I always forget who has left us over the past year, like Michael Clarke Duncan, Charles Durning, Nora Ephron, and Ray Bradbury. And Babs belted it, love her.
Roman Coppola’s glasses
Channing Tatum’s spats.
Melissa McCarthy’s dress and hair combo. TOO. MUCH.
Mark Andrews (one of the directors of Brave) wearing a kilt – when he won the award, it gave off a kitschy vibe.
Les Miserables winning the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling – really? Over the Hobbit?
John Travolta. His hair, his greasy face, his weird voice. And, his pronunciation of the “Zeeeta” in Catherine Zeta-Jones, and of Les Miserahhhblez.
Speaking of Miserable – the other half of the Les Mis performance. Anne Hathaway sounded like a bleating goat – an off-key bleating goat. Russel Crowe sounded like he was trying to push something out while singing (maybe that’s why he looked so sweaty and uncomfortable?). Helena Bonham Carter and Sascha Baren Cohen, the Bored-sy Twins.
Anne Hathaway. I used to love her, but ever since Les Mis, everything she does is so over-acted. Her acceptance speech was annoying.
Kristen Stewart’s hair. Will someone please give that girl a hairbrush?
- Seth McFarlane did have a few off-color jokes that went a little too far. “This is a story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a Date Movie”
- The Jaws song playing people off when their speeches were taking too long. I hate that practice anyway, but this choice of song made it even more uncomfortable than usual. Thankfully it only had to be used a couple times.
- That joke about John Wilkes Boothe.
Your Turn: What did you think of the Oscars? What was your favorite, or least favorite moment?