I wasn’t going to spend time watching the 85th Academy Awards show this year but it sucked me in and I did end up watching the full 3 hour plus marathon. It turned out to be pretty entertaining. Of course the show is a nerd prom for the Hollywood elite but the producers decided to remember us slubs who watch from home and they also used it as a chance to plug the other shows they produced. I also thought Seth MacFarlane decent for his first time as host.
In general I thought the show was pretty entertaining. There wasn’t a lot of dead space but like every year one wonders why they spend 3 hours to hand out so few awards. They padded things with a tribute to James Bond, a tribute to musicals, and the In Memoriam segment.
Checking out some of the reviews of the show I was surprised that some people were upset with Seth MacFarlane as the host. Some of the complaints were his presentation had hints of sexism, racism, antisemitism, and homophobia. Have they not seen “Family Guy” or even his film “Ted“? You get what you paid for. I thought he was funny even if he had to hold back. I think they wanted the “scandal” of Ricky Gervais yet get the vapors if the guy is actually edgy.
I don’t see why people can’t take jokes about their privileged life as Hollywood people.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron produced the show and they used it to hype shows they have been involved with like “Chicago” and “Smash”. But I loved Catherine Zeta-Jones singing “All the Jazz” from Chicago ten years after the film came out and it sounded great.
My biggest complaint was the lame tribute to the James Bond franchise. One would think for a film series that has brought in the big bucks for 50 years
they sure did a poor job of a tribute. They should have had all the guys who played Bond show up on stage. The Producers didn’t want six guys standing awkwardly on the stage but I think that would have been the best part of a tribute.
They did have Shirley Bassey belting out the theme to “Goldfinger” which was cool.
Adele’s Oscar winning song from the latest James Bond movie “Skyfall” helped to sooth my hurt feelings about the Bond tribute. Her song is probably the best Bond theme since at least 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only“. It was kind of funny that the Adele got a full orchestra to play while she sang but the orchestra for the show was in undisclosed location in the Capital Records building a mile away.
I don’t really care about the fashions the stars wear but while watching a little of the Red Carpet coverage before the main show I found my winner for best dressed.