Monday, February 28, 2011


The show was weak.  Franco looked way too stoned.  Hathaway certainly has what it takes to be an entertainer.  But there was zero chemistry between the two of them.  So many moments fell flat.  There was little humor.  Ricky Gervais would have been much, much better.  And as for the awards themselves -- it's not even worth writing about.  The Oscars has continued to push itself into irrelevance, year after year.  The King's Speech was the best movie of the year, and contained the best direction?  Really?  That's news to me.  At the end of the day, none of this matters in any real, tangible way, except to the 24 or so people who went home with awards.  If you're a film lover, it's impossible to hate watching the Oscars, because after all, it is a celebration of cinema.  But I've come to really resent the entire Academy circus and the fact that politicking and ass-kissing seems to be the only way people win their Oscars at this particular function.  It's all a sham.