The Oscars – Just Sayin’

Honestly – I would like to see Billy Crystal return to hosting the Oscars next year. Ellen DeGeneres was funny, as in cruel funny in her opening monologue, but after that – cruising the aisles, glad handing & well wishing those she located in that particular aisle was just a harbinger of something missing. I will circle back to that. Read on.

Three separate times we returned to the audience aisles and that was just about the pizza.

1) asking who is hungry and who wants pizza
2) delivering the pizza
3) collecting the money for the pizza –

And how many times did we get some moments about the selfies?

Please. I’d prefer someone who’d crack-wise and be nimble on their feet when it came to funny, sharp, and immediate reactions.

Long time Oscar host Bob Hope once said – I see a lot of new faces here tonight. And some of those new faces are on the old faces.

Bob Hope also said – At the Academy Award Dinners all the actors and actresses in Hollywood gather around to see what someone else thinks about their acting besides their press agent.

Hugh Jackman said: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, ladies and gentlemen. I don’t actually have a joke for them, I’m just contractually obligated to mention their names five times during the show.

Steve Martin (2001) – Hosting is like making love to a beautiful woman… it’s something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.

Billy Crystal (2004) – Best picture was Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – It’s now official. There is no one left to thank in New Zealand.

Jon StewartCapote’ of course addressed similar themes to ‘Good Night, and Good Luck.’: both films are about determined journalists defying obstacles in a relentless pursuit of the truth. Needless to say, both are period pieces.

Of course, Ellen did get off some funny lines – excluding the comments she made about Liza Minelli.

Ellen said – (About actors and actresses) We all know that the most important thing is love and family, and if they don’t have those things, they get into show business.

Ellen also said: For those around the world, it has been a tough couple of days here — it’s raining. We’re fine, thank you for your prayers.

This year’s Oscars went pretty much as expected. No real surprises.

Best Picture of the Year – 12 Years a Slave – won only three Oscars – Picture, Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This was the lowest ever Oscar total for a Best Picture.

Though I haven’t see The Dallas Buyers Club, I was pleased that Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor. I’ve been enjoying his work on True Detective.

Gravity won 7 Oscars – most ever for any film that did not win Best Picture.

I loved the montages. This year, the one about film heroes was outstanding.

When Ellen came out as the Good Witch Glinda it fell kind of flat. No doubt because it  came after Whoopi Goldberg, wearing the ruby slippers beneath her b&w gown, had talked and reminisced about The Wizard of Oz,

then introduced Pink who sang Over the Rainbow in an absolutely scintillating performance, that was not going to be topped by Ellen/Glinda, or any of the nominated songs this year.

John Ridley, won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay seemed to thank everyone except Steve McQueen, the director of the film.

Speaking of (Original) screenplays – Spike Jonze won for Her. The film’s only Oscar. Which leads me to think that maybe we need a new category – one for actors/actresses for their voice work. Yes, I’m thinking of ScarJo.

American Hustle got shutout. I had hoped it would get Screenplay. Captain Phillips also got shutout.

In an email to a reader, I correctly tabbed The Great Gatsby for costumes, and another technical award. The only other award I got right was Cate Blanchett for Best Actress.

It was nice to see Sidney Poitier come out with Angelina. While he looked frail, and his walk was slow – he still had all of the grace we always expect from him.

Best news of all – this year, there was none of those annoying musical cues brought up to get the winner off stage. Yes, the broadcast ran long. So what? Isn’t allowing the winner to thank everyone the nice thing, and proper thing to do? If you think an Awards show running long is problematic, then why are you watching?

Let’s give J-Law a break. Far too much attention was spent on her stumble getting out of the limo. On the other hand, when Ellen suggested that if J-Law won, they’d bring the Oscar down to her – that was funny.

As promised – Heading out into the audience, and hanging there was just a cover for not have much else to say, funny or otherwise.

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