Like so many movie lovers last night, I stayed up and watched ALL.FOUR.AND.A.HALF.HOURS of the Oscars. And boy, am I paying for it tonight.
Getting up and going to work this morning was really hard. All the rest and relaxation I'd given myself on Saturday and most of Sunday was ruined by sitting through the Oscars until 12:30 a.m.!
I thought Ellen Degeneres did a great job, but whoever the director and producer for the Oscars were, they should get a Razzie this year. Could the montages have been any longer? And did we need five interpretive dances?
Still, the Oscars did have some good moments. Most notably, the awards that went to Alan Arkin, Ari Sandel, Al Gore & Co., Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Etheridge, and Helen Mirren. I still don't understand why Scorsese won for The Departed. I've seen that movie and I just didn't get it, nor did I see its Oscar worthiness. Of course, I'm probably the only person in America who didn't get it.
And, as much I can't stand Brad Pitt, I realized it was probably a mistake not to see Babel while it was in theaters. Thankfully, I have Netflix and will soon be remedying that.
I loved Ari Sandel's and Helen Mirren's acceptance speeches. And I thought the best presenters of the night were Jayden Christopher Syre Smith and Abigail Breslin.
I was glad to hear the Oscar have "gone green," but it might have been nice to hear more about what they'd done, the energy that was saved, and reductions in carbon emissions rather than the gratuitous plug it ended up being for the Natural Resources Defense Council. And speaking of NRDC, their website wasn't helpful in providing any cool tidbits or sound bites either. Come on guys! If you're gonna go green, provide some data that will make it interesting to lay folks so they'll think more than just "woo hoo" about your announcement. Give it some meaning and context.
Oh, and P.S., somebody please, please, please make Jerry Seinfeld go away. He wasn't even funny. (Which just proves my point that he's an idiot and not at all funny. Of course, I'm in the minority on this, I know that. I know the vast majority of Americans think he's the funniest thing since Bozo the Clown. Really, though, he's just a bozo.)
There's my Oscar wrap-up. And now, it may only be 9:30 p.m. here, but I'm off to bed.
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