The Oscars were handed out Sunday night. I was sort of excited about the telecast, considering the Golden Globes were nixed. But as it came down to crunch-time, my anticipation slowed. For the first time I can remember, I almost wouldn’t have cared if the show aired or not. Watching the Oscars meant I had to miss “Big Brother.”
The Oscars were handed out Sunday night. I was sort of excited about the telecast, considering the Golden Globes were nixed. But as it came down to crunch-time, my anticipation slowed. For the first time I can remember, I almost wouldn’t have cared if the show aired or not. Watching the Oscars meant I had to miss “Big Brother.” The Oscars have become more of a media frenzy than, say, a show to honor film excellence. What the stars are wearing, who they’re with, and how they work the red carpet seems to be what people talk more about than who actually took home awards. I’ll be the first to admit, though, the women take much more advantage of the moment. Katharine Heigl, Cameron Diaz, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Garner all looked incredible, but I can’t say the same for some of the other female presenters. Halle Berry and Dame Judi Dench looked more like Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. That skit proved to be one of the funniest moments of the night. Hill and Rogen argued over who looked more like Berry when the two were asked to fill in for the Oscar-winning presenters who obviously were not there. Jon Stewart’s a funny guy. I think he did pretty well, but my all-time favorite Oscar host remains Ellen DeGeneres. Who can forget Ellen vacuuming the carpet of the front row during a commercial break? As I watched this year’s telecast, it occurred to me the titles of films began to sound more like campaign slogans rather than nominated films. My mind wanders when I get tired or bored, which is why I should have taken a nap earlier in the day. The Oscar telecast always runs long. Listen to some of the Oscar-nominated films and see what I mean. “No Country For Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “I’m Not There,” “Away From Her,” “The Savages,” “Into The Wild,” “Transformers” and “American Gangster.” Can you see the references? Barack Obama’s newest slogan could be, “Barack, stealing delegates ‘Away From Her.’” Or, Mike Huckabee arguing “America is ‘No Country For Old Men,’” when referring to Sen. John McCain. All kidding aside, it was a nice show. All four acting honors went to European actors: Best Actor went to Brit Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”) and Best Actress went to Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard (“La En Vie Rose”), while Best Supporting Actor went to Spain’s Javier Bardem (“No Country For Old Men”) and Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) of England received Best Supporting actress. I was happy to see the Coen brothers honored for their work. “No Country For Old Men” won Best Picture, while the brothers also earned Best Director. My favorite moments came during flashbacks of the last 80 years and the musical performance of “Falling Slowly” as performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie “Once.” Their song also won for Best Original Song. David T. Farr is a Sturgis Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.