I mean, I understand that the Oscar telecast is beginning to look like the MTV Movie Awards at this point, with one famous face after another being announced as presenters (I mean, how many fucking awards are there to actually hand out?) but it’s not like the Oscars have been remotely distinguished for years now so why not indulge in the ridiculousness. Far be it for me to ‘not complain’, but last year’s telecast was a disaster of epic proportions, and that was after recruiting Billy Crystal to try and salvage the bad taste left in the mouths of many during the ridiculously pairing of Hathaway and Franco. Oscar hosts in general tend to suck. Jackman was good. He’s a showman and worked the room despite having shitty material. I was one of the few who enjoyed Ellen DeGeneres, but honestly when you are desperate enough to grab a has-been like Chris Rock to host your show you know that you are grasping at straws for relevance. The fact that the only reason Crystal was approached was because Eddie Murphy (when was the last time he was relevant?) backed out.
The problem always stems from the poor decisions made behind the scenes anyways. I mean, remember the year (I think it was 2008) when they decided to have those human car people interpret the big films of the year behind the blackscreen?
So they decide to make the Oscars all about the musical this year. I’m all for it. It doesn’t make sense really. I mean, it would if ‘Les Miserables’ had been a critical hit and was destined to win more than a Supporting Actress Oscar. Maybe this is there way of making this year even more about Anne Hathaway than she’s already made it. Yes, I’m pissed that they are only honoring ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Chicago’ with big numbers. I find that ridiculous, especially when they could have paired Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (you know, stars who can sing) and had them sing ‘Come What May’ (still my favorite ‘Original Song’ of the aughts) or reached out to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (since ‘Once’ is like the best Musical of the aughts). Instead, they are honoring the more uninspired numbers (minus ‘Les Miserables’ which I loved more than most).
Still, I ask once again, how is this ballsy decision to have Seth and Kristen sing some god-awful number (you know it will be tacky and garish once you hear that Chenoweth is involved) after Best Picture is awarded a worse idea than any of the others? Like, do we really watch the Oscars to be entertained in a good way anymore? The reaction from people saying that they will turn it off after Best Picture is awarded so that they don’t see this is stupid. Of course you won’t! Don’t even pretend like you aren’t remotely interested in how bad this is going to be. I, for one, cannot wait. We watch the Oscars to watch shit get uncomfortable so that we have something to bitch and laugh about on Monday morning. If you don’t watch it then what will you have to blog about the next day? Yes, this is a bad idea, but I’m ok with that now. Bad ideas make for funny moments that result in more chit-chat on Oscar sites the following day. I mean, if we really didn’t want to see these fuckups we’d forego the whole experience and just Google the winners the next day.