we spent oscar sunday in cambridge with mom and dad, eating a scrumptious indian feast before the broadcast and many trader joe's snacks during. what did you think of the oscars this year? jon stewart got off to a bit of a nervous start, but i thought he was quietly brilliant as usual, though apparently hollywood didn't appreciate him one bit. everything was way too "dignified," and it's always funny to see how seriously hollywood takes itself, but there were some particular highlights which made the whole thing more than worthwhile (uh, for a movie fanatic like me, that is):
- george clooney, best supporting actor and most charming guy in the room.
- wallace and gromit, a.k.a. nick park and steve box, best bowties, cutest accents.
- matt dillon remembering how to smile. for a nanosecond.
- catherine keener text messaging someone on her cell phone, just like i would be doing if i were at the oscars!
- who doesn't love to see a famous person almost fall down?
- "You know it’s hard out here for a pimp/When he tryin’ to get this money for the rent/For the Cadillacs and gas money spent/Because a whole lot of b- talkin’ s- …Man, it seems like I’m duckin’ dodgin’ bullets every day/N-z hatin’ on me cause I got hoes on the tray/But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water/Couldn’t keep up with my hoes, that’s when s- got harder…"
least favorite moments included:
- several winners (including for BEST PICTURE, for god's sake) getting drowned out by the orchestra before they'd gotten a chance to speak.
- "march of the penguins." i thought at first i'd forgive them for the enormous stuffed penguins because they had french accents (the filmmakers, that is, not the penguins)...but then i changed my mind.
- the big, black...thing on charlize theron's shoulder.
- the animatronic version of dolly parton that they sent out on stage via remote control.
- MICKEY ROONEY, will that man live for all eternity?? he looked disturbingly pink and healthy when the camera spotted him in the audience.