If you are like me you watched last nights Oscars not live but recorded it. The show ran for 3 hours and 35 minutes but it took me only 1 hour and 30 minutes to catch all the pomp, pagentry and excitement (NOT). This years Oscar's was not memorable and was boring eventhough I was not watching it live and could fast forward at my discretion. I feel for those who watched it live and were subjected to the rambling speeches from the winners.
I don't want to make light of the hard work that goes into making a movie. I have never worked on a movie set but I imagine it is pain staking, boring and for the most part not lucrative so many do it for the love of the art but do we need a 3 hour show to remind us of how seriously these people take their work?
My problem is that the Oscar's lets the outsiders look in and see a glimpse of what awaits if you are 'lucky' enough to liove the dream and enter the rarified air only available in Hollywood.
.It is true that some movies inspire while others let us ecape reality and you cannot get such relief from watching an accountant do your taxes or a the mail man deliver your mail hence the adulation heaped upon those who make movies but why do they have to take themselves so seriously and why does it take 3 hours for them to pat their own backs in prime time?
The entertainment shows and magazines will fawn over the winners and rehash the moment with them ad nauseum. I just hope that Anne Hathaway's gag me with a spoon line of "it came true", which I am sure she rehearsed a thousand times just in case she won for Best Supporting Actress wil lnot become a tag line for future Oscar promotional material. it made me want to turn off the tv and go to a place where there are no movies!Alas I did not as my wife wouldn't let me!
I thought thatdid a commendable job given the stage even if he did go a little overboard in some cases such as the 'boob' song ,whcih was not family friendly but funny and if anything made light of a dark side of hollywood, which is the fact it uses sex to sell. Maybe next year there will be a song about seeing famous male actors who went topless titled 'I saw your chest hair or lack thereof'.
Another problem were the presenters.is usally funny but his banter with Molly from Mike and molly made little sense and went on far too long. the same can be said for the 'X-Men' presenters who stepped on each others lines and were akward in their delivery but not as akward a John travolta attempting to read names fro ma teleprompter. i guess he needed more than one take!
At the end of the day does this really have to be televised? Sure we all have the option of not watching but sometimes you just can't turn away. The Oscars is a 3 hour advertisement for the movie industry or at least those movies that the Academy deems to be 'great' and an exercise in self indulgence mixed with a dash of arrogance and depending on the host a minor amount of self effacing humour but not enough to overcome how serious these dream makers' take themsleves and their craft.