Michael, The only moment that the Oscars will be remembered for this year is Kirk Douglas presenting the Best Supporting Actress award to Melissa Leo and Leo letting an F-bomb slip. It is a good thing they have the seven second delay.
Billy Crystal in his 5 minutes on stage reminded me of the "good old days" of presenters. I like James Franco and Anne Hathaway very much. But a bunch of costume changes is no substitute for a genuinely FUNNY emcee. They were pleasant but sorta bland. The pre-show interviews -- at least the ones I saw -- were horrendous. Really stupid interviewers. REALLY stupid!!!
I'm trying to remember any other standout moments. I liked Colin Firth's acceptance speech. Of course, I like anything/everything about Colin Firth, so that's no surprise. I like Randy Newman, but thought his winning song was really retarded compared to some of the others. I thought Natalie Portman's acceptance speech was ridiculous. Other than that, it was devoid of anything memorable at all. No one-armed pushups. No Alec Baldwin. Maybe next year!
I miss Bob Hope. Leo's speech is no substitute for Cher's strapless, backless, buttless dresses. The emcees' writers leave a lot to be desired. The set for the orchestra's performances of old show tunes was super (or maybe it was the memories the music promoted in my mind).
I agree the 83rd annual Academy Awards did not bring my attention to it at all. The co-hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, were not to my amusment, either. Anne Hathaway did not have any humor whatsoever, except for the fact she was laughing at her own "remarks". I think someone needs to lay off the Monsters! James Franco was alright; he looked stoned or paralyzed, though. Probably by Anne Hathaway's personality and such. Haha, funny wacko's!