Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars: A Report Card.

Hugh Jackman opening number:  A

Anne Hathaway's performance as Nixon:  A

Not showing clips of the nominated acting performances: D. Whose big idea was that?

Having actors/actresses give tributes to the nominated actors/actresses:  B+. Kind of sweet!

Musical number featuring Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Hugh J., and Zac/Vanessa:  C-. (My son-in-law said he wants to know what Mickey Rourke thinks about the putative comeback of the musical.)

Seth Rogen/James Franco segment on this year's comedies: A+.  Was that Janusz Kaminski with them?  And did he say he loved Zohan?  Hilarious. 

Bill Maher:  B+ for giving props to the documentaries; D for shameless and graceless self-promotion.  I am mad at Bill Maher lately, because I am pretty sure he is an unrepentant misogynist.  Correct me if I am wrong.

Overall performance:  a solid B.  Maybe a B+.  We watched it at my daughter's house; we had a pool to which we each contributed a finsky and singing son and his lovely wife won it going away with a sweep (I'm not even sure if that's a real thing, since I am not much of a better).  We DVRed it, so we skipped over the speeches for the technical awards--somebody tell me if we missed anything.   

Now, it's time to watch some more movies.


  1. I thought the gown-age was kind of depressing this year. I'm shallow. I notice these things. And Kate Winslet didn't even look like herself. What was up with that?

  2. I agree, no crazy gowns. Why so conservative?
    I also missed the clips of performances and movies. I loved HJ's opening bit.
    You missed nothing....
    I also found the tributes sweet, but I think my overall grade would be lower. What was with that hour in the middle that was sheer boredom? I took the opportunity to eat pie.
    Yes, we must movie soon!

  3. I agree with you about the musicals number and the self-promoting Bill Maher, but on both points I think I would give an F. I am not as generous as you.

    I give an A++ to the sweet Mormon screenwriter of Milk.

  4. Yes, lis. I heart him. Also, he is so cute I have no doubt that he will find true love and get married. Sigh. He is kind of dreamy. And I loved his speech.

  5. I'd like to add Phillipe Petit's oscar balancing act as a solid A.

    I didn't realize why the show wasn't sitting well with me, then I realized how much I missed the clips of each nominee!

  6. liked the makeover but, yes, who decided on no clips? Pleeaaase!



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