Boring Oscar

Boring Oscar

Waste of Time
Feb 26, 2013
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So, sildenafil this year’s Oscars have come and gone and everyone in the Twitterverse has their opinion on how it went down. Well, I’m here to throw in my two cents and share with you my thoughts on 2013’s Academy Awards.

In short, I thought it was a pretty painful evening. I usually love the Oscars. The celebration of great cinema, the stars, the speeches, the grand opening sequence…I look forward to it every year. Unfortunately, this year the Academy hired two new producers and they completely missed the mark. Problem number one was Seth MacFarlane. Don’t get me wrong, I love this guy. I’m a HUGE fan. But the problem with using a guy like Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars is that he has to withhold some of his creativity. Here’s a guy who, when let loose, can be absolutely brilliant, clever but also wildly offensive. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to be wildly offensive, so instead he came across as reserved and moderately clever while allowing tiny moments of offensive material to slip out. Only problem was, those offensive moments were neither brilliant nor clever. They were simply in bad taste (Lincoln’s assassination joke comes to mind). Although, I must admit, the “We Saw Your Boobs” song was a genuinely funny Seth MacFarlane moment. And while it was certainly tittering…err, I mean, teetering on the fine line between acceptable and offensive it was certainly in the “tame” category for MacFarlane.

Problem number two was the opening sequence, featuring a seemingly drunk William Shatner. It was one of the worst openings I recent history. Captain Kirk returns from the future via video to warn Seth that he is about to be the worst host in Oscar history. It would have been a mildly funny bit on some late night show. But as a starter for the Oscars, it was slow, predictable, completely void of creativity and painfully drawn out. The music numbers during this time were particularly bland, considering the supposed theme of the night was “song and dance in movies”. This set the pace for the show. What followed was a string of awkward presenters reading prompters with a sense of embarrassment.

Overall the production was boring, static and uneventful. The set design rarely changed. The music between cues was a bizarre mixture of classic themes that had nothing to do with what they were connecting (The Godfather theme followed Anne Hathaway off stage as she accepted “Best Supporting Actress” for Les Mis…a musical…about France in the 1800s…not the mafia in the 20th century). The whole night’s production felt like a poorly planned grab-bag of things that the producers threw together in an hour brainstorming session over lunch.

And the heart of the night, the choice of winners, was a double-edged sword, for me. On one hand, I was thrilled that so many great movies were recognized and nominated. Everything from historical dramas (Lincoln), to fantastical adventures (Life of Pi), to genuinely charming romances (Silver Linings Playbook), many great films were represented. On the other hand, there was simply no clear winner. The Best Picture, Argo, received two other awards in the most minor of categories. All the Best Actors were spread out across four different films. Even the design and technical categories were oddly divided between a host of films. So, while its great that so many films were celebrated, it felt like there was no one movie with which we could all truly celebrate and deem 2012’s movie of the year! I know some people liked that for the simple ideal that everyone gets a bit of recognition. But, for me, that was frustrating to watch. While I didn’t expect a massive clean sweep, I was hoping for one film to rise above as the definitive movie of the year. Alas, like the rest of the proceedings, the choices for the winners were an odd mishmash, leaving the viewer feeling uninspired and bored with the whole thing.


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  1. Couldn’t agree more.

    Billy Crystal has set a pretty high bar and I really thought McFraland would rise to the occasion. Not!

    There was really no magic. Any comments I heard were flat and sad. Mind you; I didn’t watch it all. Hit remote bye-bye because I chose to switch to the PVR Breaking Bad over Stinking Bad.

  2. According to the production notes the “threatening” or “warning” music (Godfather Theme, Jaws Theme, etc.) were played when a thank you speech was going too long and they were cutting them off with it. It had nothing to do with the movie.
    It was a weird night. I actually went to another TV and watched “Republic of Doyle” for an hour and really didn’t miss a thing.

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