Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how much they change the Academy Awards or redesign the stage because no one wants to sit through a four-hour ceremony.
They need to figure out a way to bring this puppy home around a zippy 2.5 hours. Eliminating the song and dance routines, the year in movie montages, etc. Or figure out a way to make them, ya know, entertaining.
I know they have to celebrate the year in movies, but they still need to balance that with getting folks to watch the ceremony. I don’t know if they need to do half the ceremony and then cut in when the important awards are given. But there’s only a handful of awards that the average person cares about. I’m sorry, but that’s the case.
I wish they had more of the filmed skits like the Judd Apatow one. I would have liked to have seen more directors given montage segments a personal touch like that.
That skit led to Rogen and Franco, along with cinematographer Janusz Kaminski presenting for Best Live Action Short. Kaminski told Slumdog Millionaire‘s DP, “Suck on that, Anthony Dod Mantle” when it was revealed he was the first cinematographer to present an Oscar. Funny. Then Seth Rogen laughing while James Franco stumbled over the German title of the winner. Which is what I would have done to my friend.
No surprises in the winners overall and Kate Winslet really did call it that if she appears in a Holocaust movie she’ll win an Oscar. I’m not even sure there were any memorable moments throughout the night. Okay there were a few.
Jessica Biel’s dress threw itself up.
When Winslet won and she asked her dad to whistle and he did so on the spot. It was an amazing whistle, but when they cut to her dad it was evident why his whistle was so good. The dude’s a pimp. Straight up. Heath Ledger’s family accepting on behalf of their deceased son; probably Sean Penn’s speech stands out for it’s self-deprecation, fiery indignation and respect paid to Mickey Rourke; also they guy that thanked domo arigato mister roboto.
Some people might have found Ben Stiller’s Joaquin Phoenix parody funny, but my first thought was why is he dressed up like Jim Morrison. It took me a second and then I thought, <sarcasm>clever Ben Stiller. Clever.</sarcasm>
Meryl Streep could win an Oscar for just sitting at the Oscars (plus her daughter is hot) and in a few years we’ll be making those jokes about Kate Winslet. There was a creepy moment when the dude from Twilight was perched behind Mickey Rourke and I thought he was going to bite his neck.
Ultimately though, the night was all about Danny Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire and that was a good thing. Boyle is one of my favorite directors and it was great to see him finally be recognized as one of film’s best. I was worried that the movie would somehow get Brokebacked and lose to an inferior movie like Ben Button, but that wasn’t the case. It was just too good a movie to lose.
Plus those kids are too damn cute, even if Ryan Seacrest, while interviewing them on the red carpet, waved a list of their names in front of the camera because he couldn’t pronounce them. So culturally sensitive that Ryan Seacrest.