Oscar Fright.....on many levels
Another Oscar telecast is history, and while I didn't hate it as much as DJB did, I still long for the days when Billy Crystal was the host. James Franco and Anne Hathaway did an "okay" job, but I really didn't have to see James Franco dressed up as Marilyn Monroe. Yikes!
There were no real surprises in who won the big awards: "The King's Speech" won Best Picture, Colin Firth won Best Actor, Natalie Portman won Best Actress, Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress. Melissa Leo's acceptance speech was a surprise, however, when she let a very naughty word slip out when she was caught up in the moment. There's been all sorts of backlash about it on the Internet today, but I'd like to see what those people would do if they had just won a huge award and were 'out-of-their-mind' nervous on stage at the Kodak Theatre and on television with millions of people watching.
I'm still reeling from Kirk Douglas' appearance to hand out the Best Supporting Actress award. Why was he doing that? Was last year's Supporting Actor winner, Christoph Walz unavailable? Either way, I just thought it was sad and uncomfortable to watch...... until Kirk Douglas made some really creepy comments, that is. Our listener, Theresa Julian wrote this email about it:
"Diane & Denis Jon - I agree with your assessment of having Kirk Douglas present last night. I would like to think the Academy offered him this opportunity to honor his achievements in film, as he did receive a standing ovation upon his arrival. He could have brought honor to both himself and his family by being a class act. The audience would have been as patient with him as they were with Christopher Reeve. However, he was anything but honorable. He was insulting and presented more of a "dirty old man" persona than that of a prolific, award-winning actor. I was both disgusted and disappointed."
Now, you can't have an Oscar re-cap without talking about the fashions! Here are my picks for the best and worst of the night.
Best-- Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.
Worst--Cate Blanchett, Sharon Stone (Bride of Frankenstein or Bride of Chucky, couldn't decide) and Nicole Kidman.
The "Oscar Fright" Award goes to Melissa Leo (her acceptance speech was bleeped and her dress should've been too)!
The winners of the "I Left My Blowdryer At Home" Award goes to both Scarlett Johansen (did Ryan take it in the divorce settlement?) and Marissa Tomei (love her, just not a fan of the "rats nest" hairdo she was sporting on the Red Carpet.
All in all, I thought it was a pretty weak broadcast, but I'm thankful for one thing.....no Rob Lowe "singing" with Snow White!! That scarred me for life!