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About the awards
Third year in a row that a film shot digitally appeared to be a likely Best Picture winner, but lost to a film shot on film.
Early on I thought it was going to be a Hugo sweep, but it turned into a happy ending, after all. I liked them both, but
The Artist really was the better show. Surprised that neither silent movie tribute won a Best Screenplay award. Usually the Best Picture winner wins one of those awards.
Bridesmaids didn’t win in either category for which it was nominated. Comedy gets overlooked way too often. Delighted about
A Separation’s win for Best Foreign Film (even though it was the only one of the five I’d seen, and therefore really couldn’t judge). About the show
I really, really hate the question “Who are you wearing?” I want some movie star to say “I don’t wear people, and I bought this dress at Woolworth.”
Billy Crystal’s pre-filmed opening show was pretty funny, up through Tom Cruise’s cameo. Then it ran out of steam.
His follow-up opening song about the nominees was lame. Face it Billy: That shtick was brilliant the first year you did it and lame every year after that.
Loved the sketch about focus groups and
The Wizard of Oz. Did Christopher Guest direct that? It was certainly done by his brilliant rep company. Why would a
Hulu Plus commercial remind people that watching too much television is addictive and dehumanizing? The mystery of Meryl Streep. She’s such a brilliant actor, but when she has to address an audience as herself, without pretending to be someone else, she comes off as a complete dork.
With two homages to silent films, and one specifically to Georges Méliès, couldn’t they have spared a few minutes to a tribute to the inventor of both special effects and (arguably) narrative cinema?