This is leftover from last night, which seems appropriate, since the Oscar show felt leftover from 1967 or thereabouts. Favorite clueless line of this morning, on Today, Ann Curry: "Wasn't Billy Crystal wonderful?" Oy vey.
But I always like Hank Stuever, and here's his review in The Washington Post. And from last night, my
9:05PM - So far, ho hum. No refreshing surprises. Everybody looks nice, though. Very nice. It could be the Eisenhower era. Liked on the red carpet: Roony Mara, Tina Fey, Jessica Chastaing, Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, Shailene Woodley, Nina Garcia... the latter possibly the only one who didn't use a stylist. (Not one showed defining character)
9:15 - Yay for Octavia!
9:30 - It's been an hour. Feels like two, three... Coke commercial was good, however.
9:39 - Def talented, but what does Cirque du Soleil have to do with the nominated films? That it's silent? Not good enough.
9:45 - Thank you, Chris Rock ... just for being. It's about time. Finally, a comedian.
9:57 - Emma Stone was a needed glass of lemonade. Nice shot of Jonah Hill behind Brangelina's lipstick. Billy's had botox...not to mention eye work.
10:05 - Christopher Plummer = lilt, charm, elegance, grace. That's all the old Hollywood needed.
10:17 - Meant to say earlier, Penelope Cruz' new hair looks terrific.
10:18 - Happy for the Muppets, but remember when hit songs won the Oscar?
10:23 - From a friend: "Billy looks like a pufferfish." Haha. He does. Good call. About as funny as one, too.
10:31 - Angelina could use some of Billy's puff. The arms. Scary. Do we think she rehearsed the leg pose? Yes.
10:36 - two hours down. I'm ready for the after show, or sleep.
10:45 - Morris Lessmore? hahaha
11:08 - Esperanza Spalding is a radiant talent. Managed to lift this show up substantially even while scoring the obits. So many of the "in memoriam" folks seemed too young to be gone.
11:23 - I thought it would go to Clooney. I was wrong. It's fun to see an exuberant winner.
11:29 - Oh, God. Her! Again? They came through for Meryl. Shocker. To me. Not that she isn't an "unreasonably" talented actress, but that "Iron Lady" was not a stellar film. Shades of Pacino winning for "Scent of a Woman." I so wanted it to go to Viola, but Meryl charmingly (seemingly) surprised, and gracious.
11:36 - The anticlimactic end, "The Artist" ... with dog on stage.
Goodnight. In the end, my forecast nailed it: predictable, out of touch and tame. And just think, next year "Lincoln" is expected to be the front runner, which means we could have a three-year hat trick of history: King George, Lady Thatcher and President Lincoln.