Actually watched the whole show this year for a change and as usual it only helps prove my thesis that it's incredibly hard to make good films in the film industry, particularly Hollywood. I will admit I did not see all the nominated pictures. The nominated pictures I did see I was fairly indifferent about. A few random thoughts.
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That opening bit where they insert the hosts into the nominated pictures is one tired piece of business that should probably be abandoned. It used to be funny when Billy Crystal did it but that was a long time ago.
Melissa Leo's best supporting actress speech pretty much sank the show almost immediately. Leo took a lot of crap for posing for some promotional pictures bending over so everyone could get a good look at her cleavage. So naturally she was going to be a tad bit cranky when she won the award. Still her rambling nonsense of a thank you speech just went on and on.
Why do all these women in gowns with their makeup that is probably spray painted onto their faces look the same? Why don't they all just wear masks like the character in Eyes Without a Face? Conversely, it's OK to look like a grungy beast if you are a male.
If you want to make the Academy Awards a hip show for younger audiences maybe you shouldn't reference Gone With The Wind, Bob Hope or drag out Billy Crystal to reminisce about Bob Hope. Nothing says hip like Bob Hope I guess.
What was with the personal tribute to Lena Horne by Halle Berry? Lena Horne was always a singer before she was an actress. There were plenty of black performers who put up with a lot more crap then Lena Horne ever dealt with. Actors like Stepin Fetchit, Willy Best and Hattie McDaniel had to work in an entertainment industry that made them perform some really awful stereotypes in old films and still they somehow kept their dignity. Lena Horne would usually wander around in some MGM musical impeccably made up sing a song and look great. Then again Halle Berry is sort of like Lena Horne, she looks great but really isn't much of an actress.
Well I guess the good thing about Colin Furth winning an academy award is that he can now turn down a part in Mama Mia II if it's offered to him.
Finally, The King's Speech winning best picture only goes to prove that Hollywood likes their films just as bland and unchallenging as the average film goer in Kansas City or Pittsburgh or Cleveland or Everytown U.S.A. I am still completely puzzled over why this blandest of bland dramas is so popular.
What was the best 2010 film I saw? Sweetgrass, an epic documentary about modern day cowboys in Montana. That film wasn't on anyone's 2010 list.