The Oscars

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 — 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?

Author: Shane

Shane Adams is a marketer, designer, blogger and preacher man who lives in the Kansas City area with his beautiful artist wife Alli and his corn-chip-smelling dog, Dreyfuss.

5 thoughts on “The Oscars”

  1. I haven’t seen Avatar, I didn’t watch the Oscars, and I completely disagree with the tweet posted above. In 50 years, there are going to be TONS of movies that use the same effects or better than Avatar. Does Avatar have that great of a story that it will stand up down the line? I bet 50 years from now, Star Wars will be mentioned more frequently than Avatar.

  2. Sure Avatar will be remembered for a loooooong time. It was a milestone in cinema, that does not equal a great movie. I’ll probably see Hurt Locker a couple more times before Avatar is released on DVD and I netflix it.

    Anyway, I didn’t see the whole show, but I did watch the end when I got home. I had this morbid fascination, worrying Avatar was going to take best movie. I wanted Basterds to win, but new it wasn’t really in the running. I can live with Hurt Locker as a compromise.

  3. Chimpo, You are definitely right about Star Wars vs. Avatar. More people will talk about the former, for sure. But people still talk about The Matrix, even though everyone has by now done the whole 360-camera thing. When it comes to actually breaking a new technology, Avatar will be viewed as the first to do what it did.

    Nuke, I’m not trying to discount the achievement of The Hurt Locker. I just didn’t think it was the Best Picture of the year.

    To be honest, I don’t think Avatar was necessarily the Best Picture, but I liked it more than The Hurt Locker and I felt like the way that it has resonated globally is something to think about. Let’s face it…it was a two-horse race. Movies like Up, Up in the Air, and An Education didn’t even really have a chance, even though, I felt like they were superior.

  4. It was brought to my attention that they also left Bea Arthur out of the “In Memoriam” section of the program. Sure, Bea (and arguably, Farrah as well) was more known for television than on the big screen, but her resume still should have been more than enough for her to receive recognition.

  5. brother, if you don’t think Avatar was necessarily the Best Picture, then which movie DO you think was? & I guess I didn’t mean to say you would HATE District 9. I guess I meant more to say you wouldn’t agree with it’s nomination as Best Picture. I didn’t think it was horrible. I just didn’t understand what the big deal was. Silly DVR. Ours cut off right before announcing Best Actor. Stupid! & we had it previously set up to record overtime, but for some reason it didn’t. Annoying. Chimpo, how can you disagree with a post about a movie you haven’t even seen?

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