Post by Mike Spadoni on Feb 27, 2012 20:02:15 GMT 1
Critics are carping about Sunday night's Oscar telecast, using every senior joke to ridicule the three-hour-plus awards show and its returning host Billy Crystal. But compared to last year's disaster with co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, this year's Academy Awards were brilliant. Only in comparison, that is. Crystal pulled out his usual bag of tricks--his presence in the Oscar-nominated pictures; his little ditty to the nominees and a few gentle barbs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Republican presidential candidates and a reference to the former Kodak Theater (whose benefactor, Eastman Kodak--a name once synonymous with film--is now in bankruptcy protection). The result was a well-paced and quite watchable Oscar telecast. Indeed, "Media Life" said Crystal's performance was a reminder of why he's the best Oscar host since Johnny Carson held the honor. I truly agree. True, some of Crystal's jokes were on the musty side, and there were several bits from other presenters that were lackluster. But nothing serious. What I enjoyed about this year's Oscar telecast was its sense of fun--and unabashed love of the movies. After all, a program that honors the best in film should at least embrace the genre. All in all, this year's Oscars did itself proud. Now comes the big test: The 2013 telecast.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock