And so the Oscars 2010 may have scored its best audience figures since 2005, but I felt the show itself was something of a letdown, not the winners but the event itself.
The John Hughes tribute was a really nice touch but the in memoriam montage was something of a shambles, missing out both the likes of Farrah Fawcett and Maurice Jarre – er hello Lawrence of Arabia at the very least!
The sound was awful in that section and man in charge of the mike needs shooting and there were some odd choices in the horror montage section – a section that seemed to stick out more than a little bit and just seemed to be an excuse to wheel out the stars of Twilight. On the odd choices front, Marathon Man – huh? Thought the use and mash-up of horror music – loved some of the overlaps which included Jaws, Psycho, Halloween, The Omen and The Exorcist – were fantastic though.
The whole ‘frosty’ moment between Clooney and hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin was brilliant. Yes, Clooney glares v good as for and for a split second you can tell the audience felt a bit uneasy. Some nice jokes from Baldwin and Martin but not enough of them. Opening the event was Neil Patrick Harris – as he said – we wondered what he was doing there, as the ‘star of Starship Troopers’ perhaps?
The best, as in worst bit has to be seen to be believed. The award of the evening, the culmination of the last 12 months and the evening as a whole…Best Film – Tom Hanks almost runs on stage, opens envelope blurts out Hurt Locker – the end. Makes the ending of the Karate Kid look like a Peckinpah slow mo epic.
Still miss Billy Crystal though but would welcome back Mr Martin and Mr Baldwin next year.