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Made Me Watch March 8, 2010

Posted by bobv451 in fantasy, movies, movies & TV, science fiction.

OK, the Oscars didn’t make me watch. I did it all by myself and is almost one of those things you don’t want to admit to doing, at least in public. I was sorta multitasking, doing the galley proofs on God of War as I watched with one eye.

There’s a reason I don’t watch American idol. The acts are uniformly awful. I think the 82nd Oscars recruited from the same talent “pool.” What wasn’t boring was groan-inducing. The one thing that struck me as funny was kinda sad. The guy who for adapting the screenplay for Precious forgot the list of people to thank and mumbled his apology. Steve Martin chimed in “I wrote his speech.”

Steve Martin and Arec Bardwin are not the new Rowan & Martin. They come closer to being the new Loeb & Leopold of comedy.

The presentation for best actor and actress was excruciating, except for Michael Sheen and Colin Ferrel. The UKers have a knack for sounding, gosh, I don’t know, like they’re spontaneous and enjoying themselves rather than reading badly written shtick while being devoured by fire ants.

Ten best picture nominees? To build tension? Yeah, right. The only suspense was whether Up in the Air would win because Hurt Locker and Avatar cancelled each other. When Avatar started winning all the usual “sci-fi” awards, I knew it was going to lose, even if Hurt Locker’s producer had been banned from attending the ceremony for not playing nice. Tom Hanks rushed through the opening of the envelope, making the announcement anticlimactic because clips had been shown throughout. Time cut into him at least reprising the names of the nominees, but by the time they got to the end of this sorry, boring show, nobody much cared except for those filing on stage to accept for Hurt Locker.

Most deserved: Christoph Waltz. An utterly chilling performance and, for my money, better than Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs and more complete than Sergi Lopez in Pan’s Labyrinth.

I actively disliked Hurt Locker, expected Avatar to win (although it’s hardly in the same class as most recent winners, such as Crash) and was most taken with Sandra Bullock. She’d won a Razzie the night before, so she is the only actress to win both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year. She was very droll when she said they’d both go on display but the shelf for the Razzie would be a little lower.

I came within 40 pages of finishing the galleys. Today. And it’s time for a new year of movies. Best trailer seen so far: Iron Man 2.



1. Larry O - March 8, 2010

Were you and blogger Steve Uhler on a psychic connection? You both compared Baldwin and Martin to Leopold and Loeb (http://amovieaday-steveuhler.blogspot.com/).

(I have a Google alert on “Leopold & Loeb” and was surprised to see you both pop up…)

2. bobv451 - March 8, 2010

Don’t know Steve Uhler but maybe some things are just, well, obvious 😎

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