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Monday, February 28, 2011

Poor Oscar

Could they have just let Bob Hope do the Oscars as a hologram or three D figure? Seriously. He would have been better than the Hathaway Franco combo that set a new low for the most uninteresting Oscar night probably in history. Even the F bomb didn't help the Oscars that seemed like a bad made for TV night of reality show proportions. Was it me or did it all just seem like CG filler? Where was Oscar? Where was the soul?

Even old Kirk Douglas could not resuscitate the moribund production values of filling in with all sorts of backgrounds in the round screen arena. Thankfully the right movie won, but there was something about even the King's Speech that got a little squashed in the amped up twenty something cathedral of beautiful people without talent. I mean Hathaway has talent and maybe Franco does, but that quality called humility was sorely lacking and it seemed the children were running the show and not adults. No surprise they ended the show with kids from Stanton Island singing Somewhere over the Rainbow...a high point at last.

Adults are able to laugh at themselves and don't expect others to laugh because they are just too cute for words. Again where were the individuals? Oscar seemed so stiff  he was in danger of breaking in two. Speeches were carefully devoid of just about anything political or social except for Best Documentary where the filmmaker was able to point out nobody had gone to jail for the great Collapse,but then it was on with the show or on with the faces and CG.

Billy Crystal came in and reminded us that real people entertain us and not computers. Did you hear a computer won Jeopardy? Well that would be an exciting show watching computers try and beat each  other for a prize. The most memorable moment was probably Celine Dion singing over the lost souls of Hollywood and that is probably the bar we were looking for:  a dead show eclipsed by someone singing over the departed.
Rocket Man will blast off April 26th

Books by William Hazelgrove