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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What do you think of last night’s Oscar ceremony, and what do you think of the winners?

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The awards have been handed out (I’ve updated my predictions page to indicate the winners). The parties in Los Angeles are probably still going on as I write this, but the awards year celebrating the movies of 2011 is now over. The Artist won big — Best Picture, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Original Score for Ludovic Bource, and Costume Design for Mark Bridges — which makes me very happy. Hugo tied it with its own five awards — Cinematography for Robert Richardson; Visual Effects to Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning; Art Direction to Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo; Sound Editing to Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty; and Sound Mixing to Tom Fleischman and John Midgley — which makes me less happy, because I don’t think it’s a great film, but at least these are technical awards, as aspect of the film that I don’t have any quibble with.
What do you think of last night’s Oscar ceremony, and what do you think of the winners?

As for the ceremony itself, I can’t recall a year when it seemed more ridiculous that the winners get cut off during their acceptance speeches. This may be because even more material celebrating the past year in movies was cut — particularly, the performances of the nominated songs — which only seemed to make room for additional painful banter between the presenters, as well as ridiculous extraneous material such as the bizarre dance number by Cirque du Soleil and celebs talking about movies. It almost seemed like an insult to have to listen to Adam Sandler talking about “finding truth” in his movies.

I felt a lot of disdain rolling off the screen for the very people that the Academy is allegedly honoring for actually finding that truth this past year.

Ack, and Billy Crystal needs to retire from Oscar hosting. The jokes about old age were, perhaps, meant to counter the Academy’s image as a geriatric organization, but they were awful. The jokes about the wealth of everyone involved were slightly less awful, but they felt out of place, too. We know how rich George Clooney and everyone else is. How about commemorating the entertainment these people give us?

What do you think?

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