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LIVE BLOG: Richard Roeper on the Oscars
This Oscar telecast is SO different from all the other telecasts!
Just kidding. Actually it’s following the same pattern: monologue, presentation of a major award, musical performances, that 8pm lull where they go through a lot of categories that are either somewhat interesting (“Frozen” wins for Best Animated film) or interesting only to those with a direct interest in the category (hello, Best Short Film Animated, and my apologies for predicting “Get a Horse.” What was I thinking?!?!)
Jim Carrey is a huge talent, but his impersonation of Bruce Dern was one of those impersonations where if he didn’t tell you whom he was impersonating, you wouldn’t be sure who he was impersonating.
Pharrell Williams’ musical number was suitably zany. “The Moon Song” from “Her” was, um, kinda sweet, right? At least now a bunch of people have heard “The Moon Song” from “Her.”
As for Ellen’s work as traffic cop: standing out of frame, doing bits from the audience, the selfie-bit from the stage, holding the guitar (apparently referencing “The Moon Song” number), talking about ordering pizza for the audience: hit and miss. More miss than hit.
It’s not as if we expected Ellen DeGeneres to come out wearing a ball gown. She looks good in that dinner jacket/tux-y/whatever thing.
As for the stage: what’s with all those “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Oscar guys in the background?
Good line about Somalia/Sommelier.
“Who am I kidding, this is the Hunger Games. There are cameras everywhere, people are starving, Jennifer Lawrence won last year—it’s the Hunger Games.”
To Jennifer Lawrence, fell down, again: “If you win tonight, we should bring you the Oscar.”
Decent monologue by Ellen. Some pretty good jokes. No surprises, no musical number, no guest appearances. She stayed in her comfort zone.
Who knew “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and a “Roman Holiday” included dark chocolate? They just brought Audrey Hepburn back from the dead to hawk for Dove. (See what I did there?)
Apparently Bill Murray is a BIG fan of “Nebraska.” Perfect costume, he looks exactly like Bruce Dern.
Overall, this red carpet nonsense isn’t any worse or any better than past red carpet festivities, with this exception: with each passing year, the various ‘hosts’ and ‘interviewers’ seem to want to make it more about themselves. Nobody cares if you dressed up as Jennifer Lawrence on your morning TV show, or if you want take a photo with a nominated star, or if you want to reminisce about talking to that star a whole three weeks ago. How about just asking a few questions and getting on with it?
It’s red carpet time!
Ryan Seacrest looks like the maitre d’ at a Vegas restaurant in 1963, telling Frank Sinatra, “I’m so sorry, but there’s a 10-minute wait for a table.”
Cut to Seacrest with a black eye, quietly seating Sinatra and his party.
Like a lot of people that love movies, I can’t say I really give a s— about who’s wearing what, and what Kelly Osbourne and that nice boy that used to be Jay Leno’s intern have to say about the fashion trends on the red carpet.
Here’s the thing. With the possible exception of royal weddings, nobody in real life looks like these people do tonight. Not even THESE PEOPLE look like these people. We all know half the Size -4 actresses squeezed into those designer gowns haven’t eaten solid food in three weeks, and we all know they’re wearing borrowed jewelry in exchange for shameless plugs.
Odds of at least one of those gals saying, “All I want is a cheeseburger!” on her way into the Governors Ball: Oh, it’s gonna happen.