Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscars: February 2009

I stayed up last night to watch the Oscars, which ended midnight my time. Normally, I love the glamour, glitter, and hype of the Awards Ceremony, but felt a little let down by this one, the 81st.
Hugh Jackman did an efficient, competent job, but without the sparkle of, say, Billy Crystal. Jackman danced and sang, surprisingly well: competently. My advice to him would be to stick to his day job of acting. I LOVED the interchange between Tina Fey and Steve Martin. Now there is a good team for next year's show!

The setting leaves me with an impression of dark blue and black, with shades of grey, this in spite of the crystal curtain backdrop: very gloomy. Perhaps this is what gave the show its overall air of mourning for the good times before the present financial crisis. I had heard that the Academy was cutting back, but this far?
I was glad to see that Kate Winslett had rehearsed her acceptance speech for Best Actress, with lots of emphasis on her love for her life partner, Sam Mendes, instead of her friend, Leonardo DiCaprio. She obviously had learned from her acceptence speech at the Golden Globes which gave the impression that DiCaprio was the love of her life. I didn't like The Reader, but Winslett did give a wonderful performance as the Nazi prison guard, and deserved the Oscar.
I haven't got around to seeing Milk yet, but even from the trailers it is obvious that Sean Penn did a great job as Harvey Milk.
Slumdog Millionaire deserved the Oscar for Best Film. I didn't really particularly like it, but I could see that it was magnificient cinema.
I found the 81st Oscars a bit dull overall, and desperately in need of tighter direction. It is going to be interesting to see what the experts thought about it all.

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