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Oscar Thoughts

Monday, March 8, 2010

I love the Oscars.  Don't ask me why--I've rarely seen any of the movies.  Maybe it's because I feel like this is the one night of the year when Hollywood approaches the glamor of the old movies that I love.  Maybe I like to see the women in their gowns and the men in their tuxes (Does anything look as good as a man in a tux?)  I don't know.  But I sit down to watch some of the red carpet stuff and don't get up until the bitter end.

My movie count this year was pitiful even for me.  I went to the Oscar website and counted 58 individual movies that had been nominated, including the shorts.  My watch-count?  Six.  I'd seen Up, Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Coraline, and Avatar.  I hadn't even heard of most of the movies, including the best pic winner, The Hurt Locker.  Should I be blushing?

This year's show was a little bit of a let-down.  I don't know if Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin didn't have great chemistry or if the writers this year just sucked, but the whole scripted part just fell flat for me.  I was sitting on the couch wishing they'd bring Doogie back out.

There were good parts too.  My favorites from the dresses I saw were Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet.  Mo'Nique, Michael Giacchino, and Sandra Bullock all gave great speeches. Mo'Nique talked about doing what's right versus what's popular; Giacchino talked about how creativity is always okay, even if someone tells you it's a waste of time; and Sandra Bullock thanked the moms who mother all the kids who need it. It seems like there was one other speech I really liked, but if so, I don't remember it now. Oh, and if you don't follow Neil Gaiman on Twitter, you need to. He was there as the author of Coraline, tweeting away. When he tweeted about how he was going to "incite fellow mezzaninies to storm downstairs en masse," I thought I was going to choke! Oh, and speaking of Neil, I finally found a pic of him in his Oscar finery.

Do you watch?  What did you think of this year's show?

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Jennifer G.


  1. *lol* I also followed Gaiman's tweets during the Oscar. Gosh, I do not know how they all could make their tweets sound way interesting.

  2. I didn't. I don't normally do award shows. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE scoping the dresses.

    Who was your favorite dress?

  3. I just spotted your blog and I must say it is beautiful :)

    As for the dresses...I thought Cameron Diaz looked gorgeous in her gown :)

  4. I watched it all the way through last night too! When they announced the Best Picture winner it happened all so quickly that I was taken aback. I expected the whole "and here are the nominees again." I thought the Alec and Steve parts were a bit too scripted. I mean, you could see them reading off the prompter! I love Alec Baldwin in 30 rock but last night, it all fell flat. I haven't seen a lot of the movies either. Saw Avatar and Star Trek and Up, Harry Potter and Inglorious Bastards (what a great movie!), Fantastic Mr. Fox, Sherlock, and the short Matter of Loaf and Death (love Nick Park!). So that's 8? I think I'll be catching up when they come out on day, one day. As for dresses, Kate Winslet can never do any wrong.

  5. I didn't watch it, though I like the preshow for all the pretty dresses and the what-were-they-thinkings. Neil Gaiman cracks me up, always.

  6. I didnt watch.... and I couldn't tell you what Hurt Locker is about....

    I see no little tv because I am reading or blogging :)

  7. I was half watching and half blogging . . .

    I thought Sandra Bullock's and JLo's dresses were both beautiful!

  8. I love the Oscars too, and try to watch all the movies; although I wasn't as successful as previous years.

    I actually found it ironic that Mo'Nique commented on what was right and what was popular, because I thought The Hurt Locker won because it was the popular/politically correct thing to do. I guess I should watch it again, maybe I missed something.

    And yes, I would have loved to see more of Doogie {and Ducky too}!

  9. I like the Oscars too! And rarely watch the movies. :)

  10. The Oscars are the only awards I watch. I couldn't care less about Emmys or Grammys or even Golden Globes.

    Whitney, not knowing anything about The Hurt Locker, I missed any irony in Mo'Niques speech. I just thought it was nice.

    Sheila, I'm glad I'm not the only one who hadn't heard of The Hurt Locker. My supervisor and I were scratching our heads over it the next day at work!

    PolishOutlander, I was expecting another big intro for the best movie noms also. It seemed like they tried to keep everything moving along though. I'm not sure if that was good or bad.


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