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.