I thought it was a great show. Other people have complained about the long dance number but I think it served two purposes: as a bathroom break for audience members that really needed to go and as a unique way to hear the musical scores.
It was nice not to have to hear all of the best original songs. They saved a lot of time and the clip they showed of the performers in the studio interspersed with the movie scenes was nice.
I give the whole show a B+
not a lot of surprises ...most happy for jeff of course!!
Honestly... I didn't think Avatar would get best movie as the acadamy has a hard time ever thinking scifi/ fantasy should ever win.. I am not saying that the Hurt Locker didn't deserve it.. just saying that scifi /fantasy is rarely more than a consideration.. the surprise to me would be if it had won.
And how right you were with your predictions on the Oscars. It was a great show and I had to think of you several times during it as how you predicted it spot on. lol
My daughter, who has an interest in theater and film, was inspired by Bigelow, and said something like, "Someday, I'll be there," pointing to the award ceremony.
I was able to get the channel in! The Oscar's are my super bowl. But I was in the bath for Bigelow's award. I too thought Baldwin and Martin did a great job and I was happy with the wins. I love the way Bridges invokes his parents and the way all nominees for the major categories are honored before the winning announcement. I thought of you while watching, Naomi.
I thought that woman was a stage crasher (forget the category but you know who I mean) but then realized she was with the film, just sort of rude.
I loved reading your recap - you're a REAL Hollywood insider and obviously know how to pick 'em! I haven't seen any of the nominated films, but now I know what to add to my Netflix queue.
You were right on it, except fot Sandra. Can't say any disappointed me. I have always been a fan of Jeff Bridges and adore Sandra Bullock in most anything she does. Thought it interesting she won the Razzie for worst actress and Oscar for best actress in the same week. She accepted both graciously.
I have some catching up to do. Netflix, get busy.
Sounds like someone had a wonderful night watching the Oscars! I will definitely have to watch some of these films! I'm so out of touch!
Great post, Naomi! I enjoyed very much the Oscar, love seeing the winners and your review too. I haven't seen those movies yet, but I am looking forward to see all them.
Thanks for sharing these fantastic post about the Oscar, Naomi!
Thanks, Naomi!!!! I haven't seen any of the movies yet but I will probably see most of them. I was so happy for Jeff Bridges -- he is a favorite of mine!!!! Same with Sandea Bullock!!!! And Katherine Bigelow's win was HUGE!!!
I was also glad that the dresses looked somewhat sane.
I chuckle at Jeff's speech -- who didn't he thank? He was definitely off the cuff and straight from the heart.
I just love seeing all those neat clothes the women wear! I cannot imagine how much they pay for one of those gowns make by this designer or that designer! I'm sure the prices would be shocking!
I was very happy to see that Jeff won, and hoorah for a woman winning best director!!
I loved some things - and disliked others...
Was thrilled to see Jeff Bridges win! He has been a favorite of mine for a long time.
Sandra Bullock - I was surprised even though I did want her to win...but, I thought it would go to Meryl...
Was really happy to see the number of awards that The Hurt Locker got...and was so happy to see Bigelow win! She deserved it - she spent little money (compared to all the other films) to make that movie...and I think it was an important one.
Liked the opening number - and the dance number...I think Shankman had a lot to do with those two numbers.
Love, love the way they introduce the nominees for Best Actor and Actress - and I hope that continues.
I was not wild about the two hosts - at all...I would love it if they didn't have hosts - I love the woman whose voice you heard - but never saw introduing people that were there to present...
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Why did it take so long?
I thought I saw 5 1/2 hours straight of it, but after reading some comments on FB this morning, I have discovered that I must have slept through about 20 minutes of each hour. I enjoyed what I saw, though...LOL Maybe before too long I will get to see the movies and people who won.
Colleen mentioned this, I think, but what was that producer doing crashing/interrupting the acceptance speech of the person who won Best Documentary Short for Music By Prudence? I mean, that was bizarre.
I thought it was the best show I've seen in years. Very classy with just the right amount of humor. Loved the co-workers who spoke about the nominees for best actor. I actually was moved by the song dances and felt UP in a new way than when I heard it in the cartoon, sorry, animated film. Those dancers caught the song's meaning so beautifully. NPH in beginning seemed out of place. No Bea Arthur in memory? Like you, I was THRILLED a woman director FINALLY won and look who presented it! A real wow moment.
Katherine Bigelow was classy in how she accepted but I felt Streisand making such a big deal out of it being a woman, something Bigelow didn't do, was a mistake. It made it look like some had voted for her simply for that reason. The best director or the best film should be because they are best and not for political or other reasons. I suppose it's difficult to have it not end up the 'other' reasons when people cast their ballots. I also didn't think much of 10 movies instead of 5. It confused and was purely an advertising gimmick in my mind. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were fun together and wish they had been on more but it's a tight ship without a lot of time. They could do without all the stars saying something about best actor and actress nominees as it is a distraction to me. Better would be clips of their work as an indicator (for those with long careers) of what they can do. Even with a first time person, it could be the film and their performance or even an interview but not a star praising a star. It just takes up time I could care less about as a viewer.
we have all the same favorite moments :)
thrilled for Bigelow
and sweet hunky Jeff Bridges
and hot stuff Mo'nique - I adore her
the show was slow in too many places but I loved Alec, he's funny in such an understated way
M and I went to an Oscar party last night with friends. We all made picks for who would win various categories and paid $5 to enter the competition. Who ever had the most picks right would win the pot. I tied with 3 others for second place. Darn. I managed to see about half of the best picture nominees. I LOVED Crazy Heart and besides the phenomenal performances of the lead actors, I was SO surprised at the performance Colin Ferrel turned in. The man can sing like a country music star! Who knew?! As for Inglorious Basterds, I was pulling for Waltz. I think his performance moved that movie toward greatness. He was convincingly charming and scarily dangerous at different turns and so believable. I so enjoyed his performance.
YES JEFF IS THE MAN!
Bravo for Jeff Bridges win! Everybody seems to like him, so if you're in the Los Angeles area in the next few months, you can see him live and in person at the Theatre West production of Acting--the first Six Lessons. Check Theatre west's site for dates and tickets.
We were watching the show and the dance number came on and my husband said, "Well, there goes anyone who's anybody into the bathroom."
I also enjoyed James Taylor's performance. I thought it was a nice tribute, although I think they missed a couple people, didn't they?
Hey Naomi, I didn't get to watch it on TV at all here in Singapore ;( GRRrrrrr.....
Anyway what a comprehensive post about the Oscars' winners Naomi and you started the first one with the Best Directors of Katherine & Barbra what a great achievement for all Women during this lovely International Women's Day on 8 March, HOORAY!!! :D
I will try to catch the rest of the movies mentioned here and yes I watch Blind Side, lovely cast by Sandra :D
Oh Naomi, you could have picked the winners all on your own, well done! Oh yes there were some great moments weren't there? And yay for Kathryn, what an achievement and about time too! Why are there so few women directing I wonder? I like Alec Baldwin I have to say, he is a brilliant comic I think.
So many beautiful gowns too but you know I loved Helen Mirren the best. She positively glows and its great to see all these older women still working in such a tough industry. Did you use your binoculars or telescope lol??
Like everyone else I have to catch up watching the films now.
When Barbra Streisand announced Katherine Bigelow as the winnter was the best moment of the evening for me. I also loved Sandra Bullock's acceptance speech and the lovable Steve Martin with Alec Baldwin, a great duo!
I will have to see more of the films for next year's Oscars. I felt so lost this time around.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and yes, congratulations to Jeff Bridges...a wonderful actor! I'll have to catch Crazy Heart on Netflix!
It's been a while! (I know!), but I knew that I could count on your post to give me the ins and outs of Oscar night, knowing that you were sitting in the hills watching. Even Lyndon mentioned you on Oscar night! *heehee* So glad too that a woman won best director! How fantastic is that?
I need to get my hands on all these movies in the very near future... I recently watched 'The Hangover'. Did that win any awards? Lol! I haven't laughed so much in ages after watching that movie...
Thank you for the wonderful photos and post. I wish I could see l that and not just snippets on the news.
As a rare treat we are probably going to see a film next week( 60 mile round trip)but which????
I thought this was such a great Oscar show. I loved Steve and Alex. I loved the winners. Just a wonderful classy shindig this year!
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