Oscar thought

Imagine being Anne Hathaway, twenty-six years old, sitting there twenty feet from Shirley MacLaine while she tells you how awesome she thinks you are.

I actually really liked that aspect of the Oscar ceremony — having the acting awards presented by groups of previous winners, each of whom addressed one of the nominees personally, instead of speaking impersonally about them in the third person. And it fit the whole aesthetic of the ceremony, which was, as one of our party said, “glam on a budget.” How do you do Hollywood glitz in a recession, without seeming grotesque in your conspicuous consumption? Well, inasmuch as that’s even possible, you do it by hearkening back to classic Hollywood style, and also by leaning on the star power of your people, rather than big-budget displays. (lowellboyslash, I know you hated the song-and-dance numbers, but Hugh Jackman actually does a fair bit of musical theatre, and both he and (later on) Beyonce actually carried off the style of it decently well.)

Kate Winslet wins the Best Acceptance Speech award for the night, by being all sweet and touching and then telling Meryl Streep she can suck it. *^_^*

Not the most memorable ceremony ever, but we enjoyed it. The key to the Oscars, as always, is to watch them with a big ol’ group of friends and as much snark as you can bring. They’re dead boring on their own.

0 Responses to “Oscar thought”

  1. wishwords

    Oh wow. That has got to make the award even more memorable and meaningful for the winners.

  2. kmousie

    I actually really liked that aspect of the Oscar ceremony — having the acting awards presented by groups of previous winners, each of whom addressed one of the nominees personally, instead of speaking impersonally about them in the third person.

    I agree…that was awesome!

  3. celestineangel

    My running commentary with a friend online was rather shallow. He focused on the awards and who would win what, and I commented on the clothing and general appearance of the presenters and other people.

    Such as, Angelica Houston is still hot, and while I have an unhealthy obsession with Tilda Swinton, I wonder why she always chooses to wear such bulky and unflattering clothing (but you’re still lovely in an elegant way, Tilda!). Goldie, not faring as well as Angelica, unfortunately. I wanted to play with Sarah Jessica Parker’s floofy dress and thought Natalie Portman looked burned in a way the pink did not flatter at all. Jessica Biel… what WAS that horrid thing she wore, anyway?

    Tina Fey was pretty (and near unrecognizable) in her sparkly silver, and I thought Steve Martin was randomly funny with the “Do NOT fall in love with me.” I also enjoyed their interesting entrance. Ben Stiller was not funny at all, and even knowing what he was doing I still don’t see the humor. Jack Black was funnier. Jennifer Anniston is not one of my favorites, but her gown was gorgeous.

    I missed Shirley MacLaine telling Anne Hathaway how awesome she is, though, because I only turned it on when my friend told me Tilda was there. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. talkstowolves

    LOL. She told Meryl Streep she can suck it up. ♥ Kate Winslet.

  5. mmegaera

    Anne Hathaway won something last night, IMHO, for her Nixon imitation. Which was hilarious.

    And, yes, I liked the whole past winners welcoming the new one thing. It was very well done.

  6. khet_tcheba

    I enjoyed Hugh Jackman’s take on emcee, but that’s the theatre geek in me being delighted at a break in the “comedians are the only people qualified to host the Oscars” trend.

    Of course, I was horrified that they (I’m going to hope accidentally) appear to have left Patrick McGoohan off of the RIP montage. That strikes me as a pretty significant oversight. ๐Ÿ™

  7. lowellboyslash

    Mostly it was the revue/medley/thingummy that I hated. I loved the opening.

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