Tuesday, March 01, 2005

How Boring Was That Oscar Ceremony?

It's a rhetorical question, although the answer is: "Very".

My god. I was mentally working on a whole post about the dodging I have to go through on Oscar Monday to avoid learning the winners before I can see the delayed transmission, but I couldn't be bothered to post it this year. The Oscars don't deserve the recognition. Maybe I'll use it next year.

For those of you that were fortunate enough to miss it here are the highlights: it was an hour shorter than usual (about the only positive) and not at all entertaining.

The only true highlight was the appearance of Edna 'E' Mode, a character from The Incredibles, who presented the costume-design award with a very wooden Pierce Brosnan. If Edna has presented the entire show it would have been fabulous but, instead, it wasn't. I don't even have the enthusiasm to bitch about it.

As I mentioned, the show, for a change, and almost impossibly, was about an hour shorter, which is partly due to the fact that they became more creative in giving out the artistic/design awards by having the nominees all up on stage already, or having the presenter present the award in the section of the audience in which the nominees were sitting (all nicely grouped together for a change). This meant that time wasn't wasted while the winners slowly trekked to the stage from level two, row 57.

Besides the traditional "In Memoriam" tribute, there were no other tributes (usually to marginalised professions within the film industry), which are often about the only entertaining thing in the show. Instead, people won (no surprises in any of the major categories) and gave their speeches. Fun, fun, fun.

Can't wait for next year!

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