Oscar snoozefest

First of all — congrats to Krystin Ryder & Chrissy Socia!! They each won a $30 gift card to Celebration Cinema in my Oscar Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered!!

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Did anyone else watch the Oscars last night? I wanted to like it, I really did. Award shows are like crack to me. I don’t know why. I rarely judge someone for what they wear, but for some reason, I turn into Joan Rivers & Kathy Griffin when I watch the Red Carpet arrivals. I revel in watching all these big stars win or lose big awards. I talk to the TV like I know what I’m talking about. It’s silly. It’s over a stupid statue… but, it looks like the best party!! And let’s be honest here, we’ve all given some form of an acceptance speech in our heads, right? It’s ok, it’ll be our little secret. 

The hosts… I enjoy James Franco and Anne Hathaway, but I found myself cringing more often than cheering. The opening bit was great, but it wasn’t live. When the hosts made their live entrance, I was disappointed they didn’t step out of a DeLorean replica, oh, if I only knew that was just the tip of a huge iceberg of disappointment. I felt their nerves, and Anne especially reminded me of how I’d act if I had to host something, which is way uncool. I can write, I can perform a song on a stage, but I get that horrible nervous laugh when I have to speak & don’t know what to say, then I feel the weight of a million eyes on me like lead. Awkward! The thing is, I know some of the quirks weren’t completely James & Anne’s fault. The most annoying thing to me was the on-mic clapping & constant Woooing. Didn’t realize Anne was a Woo GirlHowever, the sound mixer could’ve cut their mics as soon as they were finished introducing whoever they were worshiping welcoming on stage. This isn’t a new problem. Note to sound dudes everywhere — when all you can hear is one person clapping, you can’t hear much else and it makes me want to turn the channel &/or cover my ears and sing-scream I can’t hear you I can’t hear you lalalalalala. Maybe this is just me, but the singularly loud clapping & wooing were grating on my nerves last night, it made it very difficult to watch because it happened way too often.

The Celebs… first of all, where was Jack Nicholson? Doesn’t he always sit front & center? Like an Oscar rule? Where was Johnny Depp? Julia Roberts? Jennifer Lopez? Angelina & Brad? Ben & Jennifer? Tom & Katie? Come ON! If any of you saw them and I just missed them, let me know. Sure, there were some big stars in attendance, like Oprah, Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow… I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about enough of Gwyneth Paltrow singing for awhile. How many shows has she sung on in the past month?! Sorry, but I really wished Jennifer Hudson would’ve gotten out the cane and took over for the nasal-heavy Gwyn. Although, I wasn’t very excited to see Celine up there either. Sorry Celine, didn’t miss ya! There, I said it.

The Awards… no shockers. NONE! ZZZzzzzz. Don’t get me wrong, I think most of the awards went out to the right people, but what fun is an award’s show without controversy. The only shocker was Melissa Leo dropping the F-bomb? Yawn. On the upside, I was very happy Natalie Portman won for Black Swan. One of the 3 Best Picture movies I actually saw!! I’ve watched that gorgeous girl grow up on screen, absorbing herself into a variety of roles, but Black Swan was insanely good and Natalie did an incredible job. If you haven’t seen it yet, brace yourself for the crazy & go. I also enjoyed the way Jeff Bridges & Sandra Bullock talked to each of the actor/actress nominees one by one; completely laid back, and honestly, kinda made me wish Jeff & Sandra hosted. Could’ve been a fun time, yes?! As for the speeches, I was very happy the only one who brought her notes to the stage was a costume director… or? not an actor. That’s a huge pet-peeve of mine. As I said earlier, we’ve all written acceptance speeches at some point, and I can’t imagine not having some idea of what you would say once you find out you’re nominated. I understand being nervous and your mind going blank, not wanting to forget anyone, but those intense moments make for the BEST speeches!!! And while I’m discussing great speeches, my favorite, hands down, was Christian Bale’s, who choked on his tears while he referred to his wife as being his mast through the storms & the love of my life. I was already wiping away tears when he goes onto say and to our little girl, who’s taught me so much more than I’ll ever be able to teach her. Uncle, okay?! You win my heart, Christian Bale, you win.  

I could go on about the dresses, the parties, other awkward moments, but what I’ve mentioned sums up my personal high & lowlights. If you really want to know what I thought about who wore what best, or whatever, email me! What did you think about the Oscars? 

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  1. Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    First of all thanks for the gift card…..woo hoo (guess I am a woo girl also)….LOL! Now on to the Oscars. You are a better woman than I as with two kids I barely made it past Melissa Leo getting her award and wow was that ever a slip of the tongue. Now when I go over my acceptance speech in my head I never quite make it to the “F” bomb like she did.
    I am so with you on Gweneth! Enough already please. Yes I actually sat through “Country Strong” and when she committed suicide I wished it was me…zzzzzzz!
    The clapping was killing me so once again in your blog I think you are reading my mind. We really need to get together sometime and do dinner and of course cocktails!

  2. Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Awards shows are a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t watch gossip tv, I avoid it online as much as possible (and received many funny looks when I said I had no clue what Jersey Shore was.. somehow I still think I’m coming out ahead there), but the Emmys, the Grammys and the Oscars I watch faithfully.
    This year was a huge disappointment.
    Highlights for me: seeing the man who was my crush all through high school and my 20’s (who am I kidding – he still is) get an Oscar (Trent Reznor), and Colin Firth. Because well, he’s Colin Firth.
    Huge letdown: where was Jack Nicholson??? He’s always right there, black shades, big grin, lady in tow half of his age at most. I scanned the crowd, and unless they showed him while I was in the bathroom or something, I never saw that classic grin anywhere.
    Between the lack of humor and the horrible clapping and ‘wooing’ into the mic, I was disappointed.
    Even Billy and Bob couldn’t save it for me (although Billy’s Bob Hope story was pretty awesome).

  3. Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Ladies! @Roberta — I can’t believe I forgot to mention Trent Reznor! I, too, was ELATED he won an Oscar; I would’ve been so pissed if he didn’t! The Social Network would’ve lost quite a bit of it’s edge without TR’s score. Also… what’s Jersey Shore?! No, I know what it is because I watch talk shows they frequent (both in topic & as guests) but I haven’t watched the actual show. I may lose a few readers by saying this, but reality shows aren’t my cup of tea… or rather, stein of beer. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my own reality.

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    Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I tried to watch the Oscars and after 15 minutes decided sleep would be more fun… but I have to say I have LOVED Christian Bale since I was a young teenybopper and first saw the movie Newsies. ~ Alisyne

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