A Few Thoughts On Last Night's Oscars
I hadn't planned on watching the Academy Awards last night. It's been years since I felt the academy's choices were relevant to the films I enjoyed. But I was stuck in a room with someone who was watching it and just gave into all that is Neil Patrick Harris. Here are some of the thoughts that hit me through the show:
Harris did a good job hosting, but the writing is still rough and the planned jokes were bad. It was best when he went off script like the joke about the woman's dress. Using some of the audience in the jokes though was a nice touch.
As happy as I am for Big Hero 6 and Birdman getting the Oscars… I think we have to accept that this is as close to an award we will ever see for the big budget superhero films. The academy can accept it as an animated series or in a film where a guy in a costume is just part of the drama… but no superheroes. They couldn't even give a special effects award to Guardians of the Galaxy. And heaven forbid they give an award to a guy who is wearing a costume…
Which leads me to the most predictable award of the night… Best Actor: "You wore a Birdman costume and were Batman? Next! You were a gun-toting raccoon? Next! Oh, your going to play Dr. Strange? Next… You're playing a guy with a disability? We can stop looking! Someone grab the statue!"
Thankfully the Academy couldn't tell it was J K Simmons under the J. Jonah Jameson make-up.
I've never been a fan of Lady Gaga, but she blew the doors off the building last night and let her voice be what shined.
Since the Academy pre-writes all of the presenters speeches… you'd think trained actors would be better and delivering their lines.
I'd like to see John Barrowman host next years awards.
Everyone seems to think Wes Anderson is an artistic genius except the academy.
Was anyone else confused for a second when John Legend and Common got up to accept the award for the song written by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn?
The In Memorium segment always gets me… but seeing Robin Williams picture in there is still shocking.
And where I'm not a fan of people using their moment on stage to highlight political or social issues… I think Graham Moore used his time perfectly.
I still think the Academy Of Motion PIctures Arts And Sciences has an unhealthy bias against popular films and I don't think that will ever change… but they do put on a nice little show once a year.