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85TH ACADEMY AWARDS

Monday, February 25, 2013



Looking good: Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jackie Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones and really a wow-- Jennifer Aniston.

Best spots: Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum dancing, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing and dancing.

Standing Ovations: Shirley Bassey singing “Goldfinger” and reaching that note at the end. Jennifer Hudson sang “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls”. The “Les Miserables” cast, including Russell Crowe, did a medley of songs from the movie and got their standing ovation. Out of place, but she looked and sounded great, was the ovation Barbra Streisand got for singing “The Way We Were” as a salute to Marvin Hamlisch. Daniel Day-Lewis the only actor to win 3 Oscars for Best Actor and Ang Lee who won his second as Best Director also got standing ovations as did Jennifer Lawrence winning as Best Actress or could have been for her recovering and not losing her cool when she tripped and fell on the steps going up for her award.

Musical numbers: Along with the numbers mentioned above Catherine Zeta-Jones did an excellent job on “All That Jazz” from “Chicago”. The disappointing numbers were the competing Oscar contenders including Adele singing “Skyfall” which she co-wrote. Her voice was excellent but the song, and the background, couldn’t compete with what came before in the previous salutes. The ending song with Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth was too little too late.

Best acceptance speeches: Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis

Wasted time: Bill Shatner in the opening number which made the opening number too long and almost brought the show to a stop before it even started. Also the “We Saw Your Boobs” number should have been cut.

Host: Seth MacFarlane was better with his adlibs than with his prepared script. He was pleasant.

My best moment: “Armour” winning Best Foreign film.

My worst moment: Showing a pivotal scene from “Armour” that should only be seen in the context of the film.

The producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, put on a smart show, keeping it moving on great sets, bringing it in at 3 and 40 minutes (if you stayed tuned for the last song) which is still too long and if you were/are a glutton for punishment you watched the hour and a half red carpet show before the actual Oscar show.

Now until the Tony Awards--the classiest award show!
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