Final thoughts and Awarding the Awards…..
The Oscars-nite started tepidly, gained steam with some funny acts, briefly threatened to turn into an Al Gore love-fest (mildly exaggerating here) but then ended with a Hollywood group hug (somewhat literally) for Martin Scorsese. Like I mentioned during my live-blog, it was a steady, but fairly unremarkable show last night.
The biggest news of the night was of course, Martin Scorsese breaking his Oscars jinx and finally laying hand on the statuette. He seemed elated, and relieved (even joked about re-checking the envelope) as he was handed the award by a troika of his peers. Now there are two camps of thoughts on this award. One believes that Scorsese finally got his due, even if for a film that hardly measures up to the greatness of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or Goodfellas. The other way of looking at it is that he lost membership to an august club that counts Kubrick, Chaplin, Bergman, Hitchcock et al amongst its membership !
Anyhow, here are the high-lows and my own ‘awards’ for the show.
Host Watch: Billy Crystal keeps his mantle of the best Oscar hosts of contemporary times with Ellen Degeneres hardly providing any competition. She was nervous to begin with and plain irritating by the end. And whats with the burgundy velvet jacket and white shoes ?
Best Joke by Host: Slim pickings, but would have to be: ‘Jennifer Hudson was not voted by America and she is here….Al Gore is here, American did vote for him..”
Funniest Moment(s): (1) The Will Ferell & Jack Black duo singing a comic song about how comedians and comedy is usually slighted at the Oscars (which is very true). The song went on, as John C Reilly joined in from the audience, to talk about how the funny guys should take on serious roles (Video here). All that was required was Jim Carrey’s appearance. Possibly the best song performed at the Oscars since Robin Williams sang Blame Canada on-stage.
(2) Al Gore almost declares his intention to run for ’08 Presidential Elections, only to be interrupted by the orchestra.
Jack Nicholson watch: As if the ever-present sneer was not enough, he decided to go ahead and shave his head. Looked pretty darn sinister. Also he was sharing some in-joke with Diane Keaton while presenting the best film – wonder what that was all about.
Surprise, Good: Alan Arkin winning the supporting actor for Little Miss Sunshine. Big fan of the actor and his role in the film.
Surprise, Bad: I have not seen any of the animated features, but everyone I have talked to who have seen both Happy Feet and Cars agree that the latter was more deserving. Another case of the hype created by penguins. Those damn creatures ! Well, global warming will soon take care of them.
Surprise, So-so: Pan Labyrinth not winning the Best Foreign Film. This is a category that often has upsets e.g. when No Man’s Land beat out everyone’s favorite Amelie.
Most Candid Moment: Clint Eastwood getting his lines mixed-up and admitting – ‘I should have just brought my glasses and read..’
Best Presentation: Abigail Bresnil and Jaden Smith.
Most Yawning: Definitely the back-to-back singing of the three Dreamgirls songs.
Moment I could have junked my TV: Celine Dion’s screeching.
Thank You Speeches:
Most Overwrought: Tie between Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker. Hudson said that God made it all possible while Whitaker put the onus on his heavenly ancestors.
Most Enjoyable: Helen Mirren, no doubt about it. Class and wit combined.
Honest: “Wow – it is heavy” ….Montse Ribé, winner for Achievement in Make-up (Pan’s Labyrinth).
And now (drumrolls please), for the most important section: the ‘ladies of the Oscar‘ awards. Initially I had thought about handing out only one to the most gorgeous lady seen on the TV. But there were so many that I decided it would not be fair to all of them. Hence, the following categories:
Best presence on the red carpet: Abigail Breslin.
Most Gorgeous: Penelope Cruz
Sexiest: Not awarded this year
Most Elegant: Jodie Foster
Classiest: Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. No surprises here.
Biased Award for the Best Lady in Veiw(in the tradition of Oscars, given based on personal bias rather than merit): Cameron Diaz ! Sigh !
And with that ends the 2007 Oscars coverage on Recurring Decimals…. till next year.
Note: you can see selected videos of the Oscar from many of the links in the post – these are also mostly available on my VodPod widget to the right of the