Wednesday, March 08, 2006

For those of us who missed it

by Nick
Or want to see it again.

A few of the highlights from the 78th Academy Awards.

Looks like a pretty fun show, even if I'm not unhappy I missed it.


Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Now that I've figured out how to comment, let me add my two cents about the Oscars. I watch with friends, so any banality or bad jokes are met with convivial banter, so it's hard to tell if a show is bad or not. I thought Jon Stewart was okay. Monologue seemed to die on the vine, and he may be too droll for such a garish spectacle. Maybe (shudder) Jay Leno is the best person for this job.

What was interesting was the repeated imploring for us as movie fans to see movies in a theater. I'm one of the people they're speaking to. I use to see up to 90 movies a year in theaters. Last year I saw 40, and I work part-time in a movie theater and can see them for free! Frankly, and it's probably because I'm getting old and cranky, I prefer the comfort of my own home than an auditorium full of ill-behaved people. Usually it's teenagers, who don't care what movie they're watching, they're just interested in a night away from their parents, or text-messaging on their cell phones. But adults are getting ruder, too. "Sharing a communal experience with strangers in the dark" is just no fun anymore.

3/08/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

I think that Bill Maher might be the best man for the job. I thought that Stewart was solid, but he's not a natural standup. Maher is. And Maher is out there in L.A. and obviously has a lot of contact with actors on Real Time. I think, like on his show, he would have a good mix of political and film stuff. Of course, as long as the show is on ABC, the network that fired him, I doubt that thus will happen.

3/08/2006 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I love Maher, but he laughs at his own jokes too much. He always leaves way too much of an audience laughter gap after each joke, while he gives that smug "gosh I sure am funny, please take your time to laugh more" look.

The show would run 4 hours long if he hosted. I think Conan O'Brien would be great, and I am still on the Wells boat that Owen Wilson and either Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller need to host as a team. There aren't many female comedians I can think of, most of the great ones working today would be too restricted by having to work clean.

Actually, now that I think about it Ellen Degeneres would be absolutely perfect for the job. Not too political, good at working clean material, great with celebrities.

3/08/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Well, as I said before, I thought Johnnny Carson was the perfect Oscar host, and Bill Maher actually is the closest descendant to Carson as far as monologue delivery goes. The way Chris describes Maher laughing at his own jokes too much is exactly that kind of grown-up smirking frat-boy attitude that Carson had, though for me it works as a character rather than being a weakness on his part.

I think the host should be someone who has been in movies, though not with much success. Carson, Letterman, Stewart, and Maher all fit that bill. Bob Hope liked to pretend that, though he was a very prolific actor. He just knew he wasn't going to win an Oscar.

Hey, wait, I thought Carson had a very brief film career, though all I can find is that he played himself in Looking for Love (1964). Huh.

And all Letterman did was Cabin Boy?

[Okay, this is getting ridiculous. It's taking me four, five, six ,seven, now eight tries to post this. I sit and wait for the word verification to finally load, and then by the time I enter and submit it, it appears to have timed out on itself or I get a blogger server error.]

3/08/2006 12:30:00 PM  

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