This was the first time in four years that Alli and I have not hosted an Oscar party at our house. With the job change and everything going on, we needed to take a break this year and just enjoy the show on our own. HOWEVER…
Why is it impossible for them to stay on schedule? My DVR cut off and I missed the final 4 awards (read: THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES). Fortunately, the Internet came to my rescue and I was able to see the acceptance speeches from Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Kathryn Bigelow and…Kathryn Bigelow.
I have to be honest. Last night’s awards were somewhat of a disappointment to me. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin weren’t funny (nor really were both of them necessary…why two hosts?) and the outcomes â€” well, I just can’t get on board with The Hurt Locker. Look, I appreciate the significance of Bigelow’s win. It’s ludicrous that a woman has not already won a directing Oscar. But I think that Peter Sciretta from /film said it best in his tweet:
What I liked:
- Pete Doctor wearing the bottlecap pin on his tux to commemorate Up.
- The way that the Best Original Score nominees were presented by the League of Extraordinary Dancers.
- Ben Stiller dressed up as a Na’vi from Avatar, which was hilarious.
- John Hughes tribute. The man was responsible for some of the funniest movies of the 80’s and 90’s.
- Christoph Waltz finally getting his acceptance speech right. Everything else he had said in acceptance speeches had been an incoherent mess.
- Up winning for Best Score (seriously, I was probably happier about this than anything else during the evening). Giacchino is amazing.
- Doug Benson’s (host of the I Love Movies podcast) live tweets during the show. Hilarious.
The big surprises:
- Precious winning the Best Adapted Screenplay award. Really was certain it was going to Up in the Air.
- The Hurt Locker winning Best Original Screenplay (although once you saw how much the night was swinging towards Bigelow’s movie, it wasn’t as surprising). I thought this would be Tarantino’s for Inglorious Basterds.
- Farrah Fawcett being left out of the In Memoriam montage, but not Michael Jackson.
- Mo’Nique didn’t get played off the stage. I was sure that when she won that she would ramble on for 5 minutes.
What I didn’t like:
- Baldwin and Martin. Just not very funny.
- Really shocked about Up in the Air getting shut out. After seeing all 10 Best Picture nominees, I truly believe this was in the top 3. Fortunately, Jason Reitman is young. He’s doing great work and will continue to do so.
- The pre-show hosted by Kathy Ireland was just PAINFUL to watch.
So, what did you think? Did you watch the whole telecast?