March 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm #449BonbonParticipant
I thought this was the worst show ever, and I’ve watched them ever since they were first televised. Neil Patrick Harris can’t sing or dance worth a darn, IMO, and the number was horrible and pointless. And Martin and Baldwin’s jokes fell flat more than not. The only funny thing I heard all night was when Steve Martin said "damn Helen Mirren" and Alec corrected him saying it was "Dame." Trying to foist off that interpretive dance for the nominated songs was a definite failure.
And what was with George Clooney’s sour face every time they showed him? Was there an inside joke there somewhere that I missed?
But, I will say, Sandra Bullock’s acceptance speech was one of best I’ve ever heard. But I thought her make-up was a little severe. And , on the whole, the dresses were fabulous. The only one I didn’t like was Charlese Theron’s. (They seem to be getting more and more fabric on the bottom and less and less on the top! Hilary Swank almost didn’t even have a top!)
I was disappointed that Avatar didn’t win more awards but…
I don’t know why but it seems these big productions are all going to the dogs. First, the Super Bowl half time was not the big spectacular it’s usually been, then the disappointing opening and closing Olympic ceremonies, and now (my favorite award show of all), the Oscars. What happened to all the talent out there? Are they trying too hard to out-do the past and coming up short? I don’t know. YMMVMarch 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm #1115853tdogsParticipant
so I don’t watch the awards – those folks in Hollyweird are too narcissistic for our own good to watch them pat themselves on the back at a job "well done".March 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm #11164PattiParticipant
they were very disappointing this year. I was really disappointed in Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. I was expecting them to be hilarious and they were anything but; that, plus all the loud clapping right into the microphones by the hosts as well as the presenters was a distraction for me. Didn’t care for it at all, and, as far as I can determine, George Clooney is just a pompous ass who thinks he’s a whole lot better than he truly is.March 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm #11176BonbonParticipant
to find that clapping annoying. You’d think someone would realize they are clapping right by the mike and tell them not to do it. I guess they thought the audience didn’t have enough intelligence to do it on their own and had to be goaded. Hmmmm, maybe they’re right.
As far a Clooney goes, I’ve heard lots of people say what a truly nice and down-to-earth guy he is. I can see where he could give off that impression though. Maybe it depends on who you talk to.March 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm #11179caseyParticipant
pre-designed for the show. It didn’t come off though like they probably hoped, and I’m sure most viewers like you and me assumed it was legit.
I wasn’t as turned off by Martin&Baldwin as many, but I agree on many points made here. (BTW, Alec’s posture throughout seemed awkward.) I believe one host is the best way to go. If I could choose I’d nominate Michael Caine. That guy is hilarious and quick on his feet, for those who’ve never seen an interview with the actor.
Yes yes yes, what on earth does anyone see in Neil Harris? Critics raved over his previous awards hosting and frankly I just don’t get him.
For me, Sandra’s Bullock’s performance was not Oscar worthy. Don’t get me wrong, she did a competent job, but I don’t look at that flick and think I couldn’t see anyone else in the role. Actually, I believe there are many actresses who could have shined. It was, IMO, the inspirational material that drove the film.March 11, 2010 at 1:57 am #11203ellenkbParticipant
Having seen most of the movies I was astonished that the Academy thought Sandra Bullock’s perfomance was better than Meryl Streep’s. But I think it’s all very political and probably they wanted to give her the award for all the work she has done, while MS has won a zillion times. But her portrayal of Julia Childs was absolutely amazing – I thought SB was fine in the Blind Side but not comparable.March 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm #11215luckeyParticipant
and that was for "Sophie’s Choice" several years ago. She’s been nominated about 17 times, but only won once.March 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm #11218mshults60Participant
She has won twice—the other one was for Best Supporting
Actress in 1980 for Kramer vs Kramer.March 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm #11229luckeyParticipant
I forgot about Best Supporting Actress. Thanks for the correction!March 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm #11261TopazParticipant
Would you believe that Sophie’s Choice dates back to 1982? Boy, how time flies. I just watched that movie for the first time on cable a couple of weeks ago. Great movie and performance by Meryl Streep.March 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm #1126253tdogsParticipant
there are so many movies like that excellent, but are much too difficult for me to watch – Schindler’s List, was another – I can watch them up to a certain point but then it’s so sad and terrible that I have to turn it off.
Braveheart, I’ve seen about ten times, but I’ve never seen the eveseration of Mel at the end. Can’t watch. Also, speaking of Mel and movies, " The Passion of the Christ" was the last movie I ever went to see in the theatre but I had to leave the movie in almost the middle of it and I own the DVD, but the cellophane wrapper has never been opened.
It’s not that I’m squeamish about the blood or gore, it’s the sadness of the story. I sat through "Old Yeller" as a child, still breaks my heart to this day. I also have some great books too that are on my bookshelves – that have never been opened just because of the same thing. Good thing I watch "Days". Just call me an ol’ softy.
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