How many of you watched the Oscar’s Sunday night? The academy awards isn’t just about giving Oscars. It’s the night that actors get dressed in their designer finery and parade around, speak elegantly and show us the magic of Hollywood. I know there’s plenty of garbage out there these days to show us how stars are regular human beings, raising families, getting divorces, suffering through addiction, etc. But the Academy Awards are not about regular day to day stuff. Its about awards and showing off the pageantry of Hollywood. I love to watch the girls in their pretty dresses and the men in their finery. It’s a beautiful image.
But, last night, there was no real glitz. The girls were pretty and elegant and the guys made a fine show too. But, the show itself was just plain vanilla. I understand that they were probably trying to give it the look and feel of The Artist, which is a silent film filmed in black and white, a real chancey film, that proved to be anything but chancey as it wonbest picture Oscar.
But, in trying to recreate the magic of this film, they fell short. If you wanted a silent film effect, why not do a Charlie Chaplin bit, maybe even a number from singing in the rain, just something that shows us pageantry. The Cirque de Solei was an attempt to add performance and glitz to the show. But, to me, it looked out of place. It looked like filler. Something just to hold a blank space together. Nothing fun about that.
Color. A festival of lights, color, movie making magic and charm that’s what it lacked in spades. I know there is a BIG thing now about the red carpet and less about the show itself. Last night’s show proved why.
Nothing in the building was really worth seeing except the clothes, which had already been paraded down the red carpet. some really cool presenters that at least provided class to the event, and some nice award speeches. In those parts they were great, but the show just didn’t have IT.
What’s It? It is a sense of togetherness, a sense of magic, a spark of glitz that makes little girls and boys want to be in Hollywood and women wanting dresses they can’t afford. Men loving the ladies, a higher plain for us to subscribe to. . It had none of these things. The lack of It made it seem very plain indeed.
Billy Crystal did his part, although I found it flat. I wonder if its because he really hasn’t been around movies lately, or if they told him to be cautious and safe. Being safe is one thing and being cautious is another. But, whatever it was, it didn’t help the show.
The most humorous line I remember is the first line he did about doing the show in a chapter 11 theater. This was in reference to the fact that the Kodak company, the company that owns the theater has declared bankruptcy. So, who knows what the theater will be called next year?
Whatever its called I hope it serves more than vanilla next year.