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Monday, February 25, 2008

update

As expected, Hal Holbrook was not chosen for the Oscar for best supporting actor, it was Javier Bardem for his role in "No Country for Old Men."

Here's a photo from the http://www.oscar.com/ site, with his wife Dixie Carter last night before the show.

Did anyone else think that was the most boring Oscar show ever? I expected more for the 80th, maybe a fabulous montage of Oscar's history at least. I liked the video clips from earlier decades' shows. Maybe the writers' strike is the reason this show was sub-par. Even Jon Stewart seemed a little off, although a few of his lines were funny, like this one from his opening monologue:

"Normally, when you see a black man or a woman president an asteroid is about to hit the Statue of Liberty."

24 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Ruth, I actually didn't watch the Oscar Ceremony last night. I went to see Juno with Critter. Awesome movie. I blogged a bit about it. I don't think I saw any of the other Oscar nominated movies this year. :(

Ruth said...

Better idea, Heather. Silly awards. I need to see "Juno" at least. I've only seen "Atonement," which is worth seeing.

Loring Wirbel said...

Aw c'mon, seeing Glen and Marketa win best song for "Falling Slowly" was pretty cool, even if a foregone conclusion - particularly when Jon insisted on dragging Marketa back after the commercial to make the speech that was cut off. Very deserving Oscar. Also nice to see the woman who played Edith Piaf take Best Actress -- both Ellen Page and Julie Christie were deserving of the award, but Marion Cotillard was outstanding in La Vie en Rose. Wouldn't call this one the most boring...

Ruth said...

Loring, you mentioned the only highlights, ones I was going to mention myself. It was so cool when Jon called her back, I was pretty ticked they had cut her off. And yes, Cotillard's win was quite something. In fact, so many non-Americans. I'm so glad "Falling Slowly" won, what a gorgeous song. I need to see "Once" and explore Dublin with them. But show-wise, you must admit it was a loser. But it IS these little surprises that make any Oscar show worth anything.

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad about Hal not getting the oscar, didn't get to watch the show, sicker then a dog, I laughed out loud when I read the Jon Stewart line, who knows with the amount of asteroid near misses, might not be all that far fetched.lol.

Drowsey Monkey said...

I totally agree, and that line you quoted about the future is about the only thing I laughed at...I thought that was quite clever! The baby update was a bit funny, but other than that...boring.

I found my mind wandering and I noticed that wide-legged pants were in style for tuxedos...LOL. I thought Jon stewart's pant legs were wider than last year, and I thought it looked nice. That's when I knew it was a really boring show.

alice said...

I just saw a few minutes with Marion Cotillard on internet...not too boring in my opinion but I amn't an expert...;-)

Ruth said...

Uh oh, Bob. Did you get the sickness after watching the lunar eclipse? I was getting a cold just prior and then it got worse with the chill. It was the same temp for you as for me: -17C. Brrrrr. I hope you're feeling better by now. I am.

Ruth said...

Drowsey, what pant legs were you watching?? I thought just the opposite, that the men's pants looked unstylishly narrow! Although Jon's pant legs looked just right. I thought Javier Bardem had the coolest tux, with four buttons.

Ruth said...

Alice, indeed Cotillard's award and sweet acceptance were not boring, nor the other highlights Loring mentioned. My problem is that I expected more from the 80th. But I shouldn't have, because of the writers' strike, which had just ended a few weeks before the show. I imagine it was a happy surprise in France about Cotillard? I tried watching "La Vie en Rose" yesterday instantly on Netflix since I was home sick, and my computer can't run it with the air card, apparently. I'll just put it on my movie queue, I've heard it's fantastic. Do you know if it is her voice or Piaf's in the movie?

alice said...

Yes, I understand, we've heard about this famous strike here too, for one time it was not a French strike!
"La vie en rose" ("La Môme" in France) is a good movie, very touching, with Edith Piaf's voice and songs. I hope you'll enjoy it, let me know if you want?
It was a great day for Marion Cotillard, the first time a French actress in a French film being given an Oscar! The last one has been given to Simone Signoret in 1960 (!) but the movie was an English one...
Thank you for choosing your boat!

Ruth said...

Alice, haha, for once not a French strike. How true.

Oh, so Piaf's voice. I'll let you know my reaction when I watch it.

Ginnie said...

I was able to watch the last 2 hours, Ruth, but fell asleep before they announced the Best Film. Can you believe it! But I wasn't surprised when I found out the next day. Haven't watched the movie yet. But I DID see Marion Cotillard's movie on the plane and got it for Xmas. She was incredible. I expected Kate Blanchett to win but was very glad for Marion. It was very sweet to see Hal!

Heather said...

Anne Hathaway's dress was awesome. Marion Cotillard's Splash-esque get-up--not so much. Loved Diablo Cody winning best screenplay and her acceptance speech (saw a video clip of it). Goth girl finishing first, who'd a thunk? Her flowy, leopard print dress was meh--especially for a former stripper, but the slit all the way to her hip may have been unintentionally revealing. I liked Ellen Page's dress okay, except that I felt it was too long for her. I feel a more knee skimming 1920s chemise style version would have looked better.

Ruth said...

Boots, yes I can believe you fell asleep! :D

Ruth said...

Heather, I agree completely about Cottilard's dress, a wee bit too many scales, and that Page's was too long. My fave was Carmen Diaz' pink Dior, wow.

Bob Johnson said...

I sure it was a major cause, I was rushing in and out like crazy, even had my coat off a couple times, eclipses make me crazy stupid,lol.

Ruth said...

Coat off?? Whooaa. I had to take my trigger finger glove off, but that was it. Had to take the camera in and out too to keep the batteries warm.

Jiva Tsamba said...

Hi Ruth,

I thought the Oscars were boring also. In fact, I kept switching back and forth between the Oscars and Pride and Prejudice on PBS. That's how boring it was! I must say that I cannot resist Colin Furth anyway. He is my man!

Angela

Ruth said...

Jiva, even though I've seen P & P 100 times and am hitting a wall with it, I flipped to it a few times too. My husband came in and said "I thought you were watching the Oscars?"

Rauf said...

Yes Ruth, i agree. it was a dull presentation. they were all off colour. Watched the oscars after many years. Never heard of the presenter. Nothing like whoopy. The incident which Loring mentioned was perhaps the only highlight. Most of dem people were new to me. They all looked like they don't want to be there.

Ruth said...

Ah, you watched it rauf! I wondered if you'd be able to. Jon Stewart is a funny guy, I like his Daily Show. But even he was off.

And you are so right! The people DID look uncomfortable being there. I hadn't thought about it consciously, but that's exactly how it was.

mystic rose said...

I dont know hwo the presenter was, was it Jon Stewart? I hope not. But some of the jokes by the presenter I found very dull, and some times quite rude as well to the people he was targeting. I must ahve watched about half an hour just cos the other half was watching but I just could not hold up the interest. I must confess, I probably only see it to see what the more stylish and feminine women are wearing and catch a glimpse of George clooney. :)
The last good movie I saw was The English Patient, recommended by you, Ruth. And i havent watched TV in more than twelve years now.

Ruth said...

Yes, Mystic, it was Jon Stewart. I agree he was mean sometimes. He's usually only rude (on his show) to the people who deserve it. One thing I liked about Ellen DeGeneres when she hosted is that she is not ever mean, only self depracating.

It was funny on the Red Carpet when Regis Philbin was talking to George Clooney, and Regis said people used to want to be Cary Grant, but now they want to be George Clooney. And Clooney said "that's because Cary Grant is dead."