Sunday, February 22, 2015
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS--GO AWAY. YOU SHOULD NEVER HOST THE OSCARS AGAIN
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, YOU ARE NO ELLEN. CRAIG AND NEIL, GO BEG ELLEN TO RETURN FOR NEXT YEAR. But, Neil Maron and Craig Zadan--I really liked the rest of your show.
Neil, your opening number was just fine, and it was aided by the most elegant and beautiful Oscar set ever, and you had two or three good jokes. BUT DON'T INSULT OPRAH. No one had a clue what you were talking about. And then you say she's rich? How gauche. What bad taste.
YOU COME OUT IN YOUR UNDERWEAR? I get the "Birdman" thing, but that is NOT appropriate for the Oscars. Can you imagine Bob Hope, Johnny Carson or Billy Crystal doing something that vile, something that cheapens our most important awards show? And, Neil, the gay guys at the party were so bored.
YOU GO INTO THE AUDIENCE AND THINK YOU CAN BE FUNNY LIKE ELLEN? You talk to seat fillers? OMG
NOTE TO MICHAEL KEATON:
Do you not have the manners or the etiquette to understand that you NEVER chew gum on camera and particularly at the black-tie Oscars????? I'm glad Eddie Redmayne won.
NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE WOMEN LOOKED BEAUTIFUL. I'm not interested in singling out some of the mistakes.
BUT I CANNOT RESIST COMMENTING ON SCARLET JOHANSSEN'S SHAVED HEAD.
ICE ICE BABY............
Without a doubt, Lady Gaga was the hit of the evening. I always knew she was an amazing, legitimate singer who just acted rock and roll crazy to make a name for herself. Her album with Tony Bennett is masterful, and having her do "The Sound of Music Tribute," ending in Julie Andrews coming out was momentous. Bravo to Craig and Neil!
In fact, if you take NPH out of the equation, I really think Craig and Neil produced a terrific show. What made it so special were the musical performances. You had great songs, great artists, and great performers ....even the "play-ons" saluted prior Oscar winning songs or nominated ones. I loved the production design and set decoration it looked royal and elegant.
And, while I don't think the Oscar stage is a place for politics to be in acceptance speeches, it worked this year. Equal pay for women, equal treatment for minorities, honoring Dr. King, and creating awareness for ALS and Alzheimers and suicide of gay or transgendered kids---all good things and handled in good taste with honest emotions.
By the way, I'm sick of critics saying the show is dull or it dragged. They don't understand that the Oscars every year have to give awards in categories that may not interest everyone. It's no one's fault. That's always when the show "drags." Who cares? It will never change, and it's part of the process. Stop your complaining.
Congratulations to all the winners, and particularly to Julianne Moore. You deserved it. It was your time. You waited long enough.