Monday, February 23, 2009

Changes at the Oscars

I stayed up til the bitter end of last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards, a show that went through some drastic changes in several aspects of the presentation. It was a decent show overall and I was glad that Slumdog Millionaire got some love from the Academy in what I view as a deserving Best Picture. I just don't think it's as great a film as 8 Oscar wins would indicate. It was a very well crafted film but not nearly the best of the year (Dark Knight, Wall-E, Benjamin Button are in that category). It certainly does not deserve to be #35 of all-time on this list. I'm happy that Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for his second Best Actor award. I was all set to let Rourke win the award for The Wrestler until I saw Milk and Penn's transformation into Harvey Milk. Kate Winslet deserved her award as well, but not for The Reader as much as her previous 5 nominations.

As for the show itself, I thought Hugh Jackman did an average job at host. Some of the song and dance was a little too Tony Awardsish for my taste. I keep waiting for Hugh to come out of the closet one of these years. I enjoyed the close setting of the nominees as they were all gathered in the first few rows (where was Nicholson though??). The one major change I did not agree with was the way the acting categories were presented. While it was nice to see the groups of past winners up on stage and presenting the awards, I really missed seeing the actual clips from the nominated performances. It's always good to see the snippets of acting that got these people here in the first place. For example, I'll never know anything about Melissa Leo's performance in Frozen River because I'll never see that movie and didn't see a clip. The group presentation of the acting awards also took far too long and extended the show longer than need be (aren't the producers usually trying to find ways to cut time out of the proceedings?). I also didn't like how the orchestra played random music when each award was announced rather than the traditional orchestral score from the winning film.

I thought Sean Penn gave the best speech of the night and wish the Academy let Heath Ledger's daughter accept his award (although his family gave a nice respectful speech). As for who wore what... I'm not really the best judge of fashion but i thought Anne Hathaway looked real good in her dress (shown above). She also sang damn well too in helping out Hugh during the opening.

2 comments:

Nate said...

After this post, maybe you should come out of the closet! ZING!

Nate said...

After this post, maybe you should come out of the closet! ZING!