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February 28th, 2005

The Oscars

I watched a good deal of the Oscars last night, including the Counting Crows’ rendition of the Oscar-nominated drivel known as “Accidentally in Love.” (Sorry, sorry… it’s a fine song for kids, I guess. Maybe. And Adam Duritz has funny hair.)

Chris Rock did a good job as host, I thought, with some nifty one-liners and snappy comebacks. But geez, the show is long. Some presentations were also made in the aisles between seats, which was weird – although my wife suggested that those were done to speed things up. Guess it didn’t work.

I did want to point out one weird thing, though. In almost all of the “creative” categories, they simply brought all of the nominees up on stage and then made the winning announcement. Wouldn’t that be a little weird? I thought it was going to be, “If you feel you deserve this Oscar, take one giant step forward!” or something… but it wasn’t that fun. Just imagine that: you’re on stage, you lose, and now you can’t give the winner the finger behind your seatback. Pfft.

Thank goodness for TiVo.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 9:21:16 am
I flipped over while scanning and caught about ten seconds of Beyonce's highly pretentious opera-like aria. I wasn't sure what language she was supposed to be singing in. If it was French, she has poor diction. If it was Spanish, her diction is even worse than I thought. If it was Italian, my grandmother must be rolling in her grave.

I love what passes for art in L.A. Apparently, Beyonce wanted the world to know that she's been getting some classical voice training--but not that much of it, and not enough to actually pass herself off as anything but a cheesy pop star with a great big ego.

How bad was it? I watched the beginning of "Collateral Damage" which my rabbit ears were not even picking up well enough for a clear picture, instead of the Oscars.

FROM: Heather
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 10:41:02 am
Just how many songs DID Beyonce sing?!? And WHY OH WHY did they let her horn in on Josh Groban's song?!?

FROM: Viren
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 12:13:10 pm
All I could think of when looking at him was "Hey, Sideshow Bob is on". His hair was definitely the highlight of the 5 mins of the Oscars I watched.

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 12:53:36 pm
Ha--I thought Groban was horning in on Beyonce, who I thought did a lovely job with three songs.

The Spousal Unit and I did our traditional dinner and Oscar with another couple. We all hated Rock--I just can't stand his voice, and I thought most of his humor was either not funny or downright crass.

I liked the innovative ways they came up with to avoid long walks to the stage. Honestly, I don't think the Oscars are going to get any shorter. They've trimmed the awful production numbers, and most of the clips. That show is pretty lean--it just takes a long time to give out that many awards.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 6:44:42 pm
Chris Rock was the first good host I have ever seen on that shitty show. Crass?? wtf? His opening monologue was hillarious, the interview segment he did from the Magic Johnson theatre was classic, and his comebacks were priceless. If he hosts again I will watch once more.

FROM: Bethany
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 8:55:29 am
I agree with you Matt, Chris was HILLARIOUS!

FROM: Russ in VA
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 5:29:03 pm
How 'bout Sean Penn gettin' all bent out of shape about Chris Rock's comments on Jude Law? You'd think "Jeff Spacoli" would have a sense of humor. Overall though I thought the whole event was lame including Rock's performance... I mean, he never got as big a hand as when he first walked on stage. That tells you what the crowd really thougt of his performance.

FROM: Michael S.
DATE: Friday March 4, 2005 -- 2:20:26 pm
My favorite part of the Oscars was during the first half-hour. They kept playing theme songs and other music right before commercials and after them and so forth... and they played the Star Trek: The Next Generation theme... my life was complete.

FROM: kk
DATE: Wednesday April 20, 2005 -- 12:34:51 pm
i liked the part when he was crackin on bush

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