OnMedia: Five Oscar moments
No, it was not the most memorable of Oscar shows, except maybe in a negative sense.
The Hollywood Reporter went so far as declaring "it could go down as one of the worst Oscar telecasts in history." They laid the blame on having Anne Hathaway and James Franco co-host the show, and that was a big part of it.
But in addition to their mostly lame produced bits and Franco sleep-walking through most of his on-camera time, the show produced few surprises.
Here's a complete list of the award winners.
The biggest shocker was that it only ran 15 minutes long, wrapping up at 10:45 p.m.
But I looked hard and found five moments that I think are worth remembering -- at least for a day.
1. The moment James Franco sealed his fate as the worst Oscar host ever. Throughout the 3-hour and 15-minute telecast, Franco looked glassy eyed and uninterested in his job alongside Hathaway, who tried her hardest to put on a show.
But the moment came nearly 90 minutes into the show, after a brief rundown of technical awards that had been given out previously.
Franco's comment: "Congratulations, nerds."
It wasn't a mean-spirited, but funny Ricky Gervais joke. It was a jerky and unfunny comment.
In fact, get the Academy on the phone and tell them to get Gervais to host next year's Oscars.
2. Melissa Leo's F-bomb. No, there's not a lot of chat-worthy material coming out of this year's Oscars. The favorites won and there wasn't a surprise in the bunch. So when best supporting actress winner Melissa Leo won as the frighteningly domineering mom in "The Fighter" and let loose with the word you're not supposed to say on TV, you know people were going to be talking about it.
I wasn't offended, but, hey, it's it's something to talk about on a Monday morning.
The best follow-up came right afterward, as co-host Hathaway cracked, "I though "F" stood for 'The Fighter.'"
3. The nearly six minutes Kirk Douglas spent presenting an award. Yes, it was good to see Kirk Douglas, still amazingly spry at 94. But his presenting of the best supporting actress award to Leo went on and on, including some clearly practiced bits that could have been edited out.
I took some heat on my Facebook page last night for joking that he'd been picked to host next year's Oscars and it would be a 17-hour telecast. He's a stroke survivor, I was told. You should be so sharp at 94, I was told.
Well, none of this is a criticism of a Hollywood legend. The Oscars are an overblown, overlong TV show still in desperate need of editing and focus. Douglas is a pro and I don't think his rambling segment helped out the telecast.
4. Who was left off the Hollywood dead list. If you were on Twitter last night, it lit up after the annual list of who had died over the past year. There was growing outrage that Corey Haim was left off the list. Haim was on a list of the forgotten that included Betty Garrett, Peter Graves, and Maria Schneider.
Last year, Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett were left off.
Pointing out who was forgotten is fast becoming an annual Oscar party game.
5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow. You can't ignore that there is still magic associated with Hollywood and the decision to close with "Somewhere over the Rainbow" performed by the fifth grade chorus from P.S. 22 in Staten Island, N.Y., was a particularly sweet conclusion to the festivities.
They were followed on stage by a parade of winners.
You know, even in the jaded and cynical world of show biz, dreams do sometimes come true.
After the Oscars: If you didn't stay up for Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar, you didn't see his "Hottie Body Hump Club" video that featured a slew of starlets, and a cameo from troubled Lindsay Lohan.
Here's the video:
And while we're talking Kimmel, here's another bit from the show, a funny takeoff on "The King's Speech":
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