LA Stories - Oscar Hit and Misses

The 85th Academy Awards took place on Sunday in LA, and it was fantastic to watch it in the same time zone as it was happening.  There was none of the usual spoilers that happen if you are trying to watch it 24 hours later half way across the world.  Here are what I thought were the hits, the misses and the meh* of the night.

*Doesn't do much for me, but I didn't dislike it.

Miss
Seth MacFarlane as host.   Smug, sexist, racist, not funny.  He can sing though.

Hit
Talking of who can sing,  Dame Shirley Bassey showed everyone how it is done.  As one person said on Twitter, all that was left to do as she existed the stage was burn the stage down.  Nothing like a Dame.

Meh
Channing Tatum, Charlise Theron, Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt dancing.  A bit of a waste.  They all danced well but it would have been nice to see them do famous dance scenes from movies, instead of random routines.  

iss
The opening monologue.  Too long and not funny and not even Captain Kirk could save it.  Sally Field was hilarious though.  Seth MacFarlane? Not so much.

Hit
Christoph Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor.  Yes - Django Unchained would have been nothing without him.  It fact it is when he is not on screen.  Two Oscars from two Tarantino roles.  Nice.

Miss
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy are usually two of my favourite people.  But not tonight.  Go and get lessons from Will Farrell and Kristen Wiig.

Meh
Brave wins Best Animated Feature.  I don't think it should have.  It kinda wonders around story-wise in the second half of the movie.

Miss

50 years of Bond tribute is not edited very well, and it managed to suck out any joy you may have had watching a Bond movie.  I know they had to keep the time down but even a student did better (watch below). Thank goodness for Dame Shirley Bassey.  

Hit
Searching For Sugarman wins Best Documentary.  Good stuff.

Miss
The Jaws theme used to play off the winners.  And the Orchestra is being piped in from the Capitol Records building.  No respect for the Orchestra.

eh
Amour wins Best Foreign Film.  It was a no-brainer to win.  I haven't seen it but I understand that it is a tough watch, but very good.

Meh
Catherine Zeta-Jones lip syncs to All That Jazz from Chicago.  Jennifer Hudson over sings whatever that song was from Dreamgirls.  The audience love it, but it is from the American Idol school of over singing.  She should have watched how a Dame does it.

Hit
The cast of Les Mis does well.  I love the tricolour represented by the dresses of main three actresses and it echoed in the supporting singers.

Miss
Seth MacFarlane obviously never did his research on Christopher Plummer.  He is not a fan of being only known for The Sound of Music.  He has got 30 years of other work and an Oscar to prove it.

Meh
Anne Hathaway wins Best Supporting Actress.  A foregone conclusion.  She does a nice enough speech though.  It is just a pity she comes across as irritating.  I am sure she is lovely in real life.

Hit 
Adele sings Skyfall.  She obviously owns the stage.  She also wins Best Song and chokes up saying thank you.

Miss
But the sound is bad on the broadcast and the orchestra overwhelms Adele singing the chorus each time.  I think the sound mixer had it in for her.  The crowd loves it.

Hit
George Clooney.  

Hit
Although the In Memoriam left out a couple of people that should have been recognised, it is a nice touch to have Barbara Streisand pay homage to the writer of the song Memories from The Way We Were.  Another grand dame showing it how it is done.

Meh
Cast of Chicago.  What was Renee Zellweger on?

it
The writing prizes.  Good choices.

Hit
Ang Lee for Best Director.  I wonder if any of his movies will ever win Best Picture.  This is the second time they have liked him for Director but not for movie.

Hit
Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress.  The trip and wonderful speech.  She is quite likeable.  If anyone has any doubts about this win, just watch her totally own her big scene with Robert de Niro.

Meh
Daniel Day-Lewis wins for Lincoln.  Another no-brainer.  He does deserve it though.

Hit
His speech is great.  

Miss
Jack.

Miss
The First Lady of the USA presenting Best Picture.  Keep politics away from the entertainment industry.

Hit
Argo wins.  Next time just nominate Ben Affleck for Best Director.

Miss
Not even ristin Chenoweth can save this hosting gig.  Stop singing please.

ere is hoping Tina and Amy are available next year.