The Oscars Is That All There Is
And the winner was...
One of the great things about being in LA for Oscar night is that you get to see the broadcast early, well at least earlier than it plays in Vegas. I didn't get to watch the whole thing (missed the start of the show) but of course it will not stop me from rendering my opinion on the part that I did see. For those of us who love the movies and love a good Oscar show this one was like a movie that has the perfect cast, a good script and yet for some reason it just doesn't end up meeting the expectations of our anticipation. The Oscars - is that all there is? - Don't Get Me Started!
For those that know the old Peggy Lee song, that's exactly how I felt at the end of the show. Oddly enough, I didn't really feel that way when I started watching. I got back to the hotel in time to see Jennifer Hudson win. No surprise here and yes, I was delighted to see that she won. I hope for her sake that this is the start of something big for her and that she is not visited by the Oscar curse that others like Marisa Tomei and Adrien Brody have experienced after winning, moving from Oscar to smaller and smaller roles and films. I loved her in Dreamgirls and it is the part of a lifetime (just ask Jennifer Holiday) but you also have to ask where she (as my mother would say) is she going to take an act like that?
Can anyone believe just how bizarre it was that there were three songs nominated from Dreamgirls and yet none of them won? The presentation of these numbers (staged by the film's writer and director, Bill Condon) was pitch perfect except for Beyonce trying to out "Effie" Jennifer Hudson in her singing style, something that she could never do. According to a lot of people; similar to when it's two people nominated from the same movie in the same category they tend to "cancel" one another out. Well, maybe it's because they couldn't or wouldn't (I don't know) nominate something like "And I'm Telling You" which I think we can all agree would have won. Well, the songs from Dreamgirls didn't win and Melissa Etheridge did so I guess we have to say that although "the gays" who love a good Broadway turned Hollywood musical didn't win, at least a lesbian won.
I'm a little surprised that Eddie Murphy didn't win but now all the people that thought Norbit would kill his chances can say that they were right. I was also a little surprised to see that Peter O'Toole didn't win as I thought that he was a definite winner considering his feeble appearance. However, Helen Mirren won and the big emotional win this year was that Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar. Although they tell you that no one knows who the winner is going to be, you have to think that they somehow thought it was a good chance he would win due to the fact they had Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg present the award. That was the feeling good moment.
As far as the speeches went, there was no "you like me, you really like me" moment and there was none like the Halle Berry speech from a few years ago that moved us beyond words as she represented not only herself but so many before her. But there was a Mummenshantz-like group that did an amazing job of taking shadow puppets and turning it into high art depicting the best picture nominees. For those of us who suffered for years watching those horrible Debbie Allen numbers, it was a great relief to actually see something that was dance oriented but not Debbie Allen's awful choreography.
Ellen did a fine job of vacuuming and keeping the show moving. Yes, I was disappointed that she didn't wear any dresses (that I saw) and instead chose to do the dreaded lesbian vest and blouse number at one point. Her hair, the cute tousled look on her show, gave way to an over sprayed style that made her look like those older women who cut their hair short and try to give the appearance of a tousled hair style but every hair has been put exactly in place and frightened into not moving a bit. Her makeup looked as though she was a little girl putting makeup on for the first time. A miss in her look but she did do a good job.
I think the most anti-climactic moment was the award for best picture. Usually you see the producers and the entire cast goes onstage creating one of those filled stage moments to end the show. That did not happen this year. The producer for the film was onstage (and he wasn't the most exciting person to listen to) and when he was over, Ellen ran in, said goodbye and it was all over. Sort of like this blog. The Oscars - is that all there is? - Don't Get Me Started!
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