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The Oscars: A musical

Seems like a lot of people loved the Academy Awards last night? I gotta say I thought the show was horrible but that has probably to do with my dislike of musicals. Which had me basically giving a Luke-like "Nooooooo" when another song-and-dance number came on. And I like Hugh Jackman so that's nothing against him hosting.

Also not sure about the 5 for 5 presenters and the reason for it is pretty insulting to last year's winners. "Sorry, we did it one way all throughout the award show's history but you guys simply are not big enough stars to present alone. We gotta make a stand here." You gave them the freaking Oscar last year, big stars or not.

On the other hand it was nice to see a group of five previous winners say something about current nominees. Though I miss the clips.

Not having seen a single one of the nominated movies, I can't comment much on them. Am happy for Kate Winslet's win. I like her and I think she earned it.

Also happy about Heath Ledger's basically honorary award but honestly, it's also damn hypocritical since he probably wouldn't even have been nominated if not for his passing. And his performance damn well deserved the award (yeah, I saw Dark Knight). No matter what.

IMO the movie would have also deserved a nomination as best picture. Winning or not? Who knows. But a nomination would have been good. In that vein, I liked Will Smith and Hugh Jackman dissing the Academy dissing action flicks. Heh.

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leelust
Feb. 24th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Oh, i like that i didn't watch it cos i hate musicals. I like Hugh though... but i prefer to see him in movie :)
I watched Millioner and thought it was ok movie but not the best of the best and i kinda ain't interesting in watching other candidates.
astri13
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I like Hugh though... but i prefer to see him in movie :)

Me too. And he can sing and dance quite well. I'm just not interested to see it.

I watched Millioner and thought it was ok movie but not the best of the best and i kinda ain't interesting in watching other candidates.

That's the thing. 9 out of 10 times Oscar movies are just not entertaining to me. And a lot of other people it seems because they're never really box office hits.

Now I'm all for giving little movies some love, too, but why thumb your nose at action/genre movies when they are well done and big blockbuster hits? Movies are supposed to entertain so if one does a billion bucks at the box office, I'd say it has done a damn fine job.

But no, awards are all the same. Elitist, old-fashioned and political. Goes for Emmy's and Golden Globes as well.
leelust
Mar. 22nd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Actually ITA to everything you said. I doon't think that Oscar movies must be blockbusters but they don't want to be only elitists either. I remember the times when that movie with Ford won an Oscar (The Fugitive) - that was good time - blockbuster and not so much stupid, with good rythm and very entertaning movie. my fav :)
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astri13
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
And that bit with her dad is just so squee worthy! :D

Yeah, the little whistle was cute. One of the few genuine moments in the show.
elektrik_storm
Feb. 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
I went round to a friends and we streamed it - 11.30pm til 5am. Jesus that was not the best idea in the world!

I loved that Heath Ledger's family picked up his award. His sister talking about how they had talked about coming to the awards and stuff.

Queen Latifa singing over the bit with the remembrence annoyed me - the directing was rubbish and you couldn't see who a lot of people were.

To be honest, I liked the musical numbers and I did like Hugh Jackman (I really shouldn't let my hatred of the character of Wolverine get in the way of that) as a host.

Yeah, was a good night although I regretted it Monday. Sooo sleepy! :-)

I'd seen Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader and Changeling.
astri13
Feb. 25th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I loved that Heath Ledger's family picked up his award. His sister talking about how they had talked about coming to the awards and stuff.

Was a very emotional moments and some of the actors in the audience seemed near tears.

Queen Latifa singing over the bit with the remembrence annoyed me - the directing was rubbish and you couldn't see who a lot of people were.

Yes, that was badly done. The memoriam is so you can actually pay tribute to people, not for a musical number.

Yeah, was a good night although I regretted it Monday. Sooo sleepy! :-)

Hee. I can only imagine.
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