Oscar’s new format was as stunning in boredom as its 70’s Glam themed set.
As a process person, I was totally on board with the idea to mix up the awards giving order by “following the process of film making.”
The first award was always Best Supporting Actor and there was a reason for this having to do with Hollywood history, which I can’t recall right now, and don’t feel like Googling. Having dated a Best Supporting Oscar winner myself (see Oscar Winning ReTweet) who was in the audience and presented last night (which my ever generous and secure hub pointed out to me) I gotta say, this category is WAY more exciting than kicking off the show with Best Screenplay–no offense to writers and all personal bias of my own aside!
It’s as if the Oscar elves conspired an evil plan to both confound and put people to sleep right out of the gate. I can hear them scheming: “Let’s get everyone amped up by Chris Rock. Then, let’s make the first two awards for Screenwriting and have two A-list actors give out those awards by narrating excerpts from the nominated screenplays in droning monotone pre-recorded voice overs. Now there’s a HOT idea!
So, on this Leap Day, I take the opportunity to say, “ah, where are the good ole days of spontaneity within the overly rehearsed, highly packaged, pre-produced Oscars?”
STILL, Oscar 2016 had some great moments: Tracy Morgan as “The Danish Girl” and Director Inarritu’s pronunciation of the word “hair” as “her”.
BOTH as GOLDEN as the statuette itself!!
p.s. Memo to the Academy: PLEASE KILL the new “I’d like to thank the Academy” winners crawl because it gave a HUGE whiff of putting the cart before the horse making it seem that the awards are an inside deal (get out!) due to having been written beforehand.
photo credit: Oscar Selfie 2014 by Bradley Cooper as determined by copyright law and many entertainment attorneys