When did the powers that be decide that crass and obnoxious should be be the theme of the Oscars?
Needless to say I was not impressed with the young man who was chosen to be the master of ceremonies this year. I don't enjoy people being made fun of--and even though the audience laughed, I'm not sure they did either.
I miss the David Niven kind of host who can be sophisticated even when a streaker ran across the stage. Surely we still have some of those celebrities in Hollywood.
The female stars did look elegant in their beautiful gowns. Those who won were gracious in their thank-yous. And there was some marvelous entertainment. I loved Les Miserables, the movie, and the presentation at the Oscars was wonderful. And how great it was to see and hear Barbra Streisand and her wonderful voice.
I had to chuckle at Daniel Day Lewis's comment about all the different men his wife has had to live with when he's playing a role. Years ago, my husband was in community theater and he stayed in his role through the duration of he play. I lived with a gangster, a detective, a black man (hubby was in A Member of the Wedding playing a part none of the blacks would play because it was too Uncle Tom), and he placed a Chief in the Navy in Mr. Roberts when he was a Chief in the Navy. The easiest of these men to live with since it was type casting. He even wore his real uniform.
I love the Oscars even when I'm critical of the hosts or actors who have to throw in political comments.
My father worked for Paramount Studios when it was one of the top studios. He was a master plumber and as such got to know many of the stars. There were only a few he respected because of their lack of morals and kindness towards others. Besides finding and fixing broken pipes and other such problems, he often had to figure out how to make something that involved water could work in a movie. He knew exactly how things worked and when we were at the movies pointed out things like vapor trails in the sky that shouldn't be there, telephone poles before telephones, painted backgrounds, toy trains instead of real ones, an ocean scene that was done in a tank on the back lot. Of course filming on location and computers have changed all that.
We always watched the Oscars as a family once they were on television. My dad told us his opinion of each star as they appeared. My sister and I loved it. He made us feel like insiders.
I liked the winners this time. I loved Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln.
What was fascinating about Argo is that though everyone knew it was going to end well, it didn't keep our hearts from beating faster and wanting to urge them to hurry as they headed for the grand escape--and that's what made Argo Oscar worthy.
What was your opinion of the Oscars this year?