The 83rd Oscar ceremony aired last night.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco were bad, the presenters were tepid, and a good movie was snubbed.  There were good moments–most involving The King’s Speech winning awards.  But I’ll go into more detail about why you were better off not watching.

Hathaway and Franco as hosts brought an immaturity to the event that was disheartening.  Not only were they not funny, they seemed to get increasingly more intoxicated as the night went on.  At least Hathaway did.  Franco looked more bored or high, or both.  I’m assuming they were paid quite well to be hosts, so I wish they’d taken it seriously or put a modicum of thought into the proceedings.

The presenters, who ranged from Jennifer Hudson to Oprah Winfrey, were generally stale as well.  Cate Blanchett was good, but then it seems hard for her not to be.  The only real spark was when Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law came out together to present the awards for Editing and Visual Effects.  They played off each other and were genuinely funny.

What annoyed me most about the evening was that True Grit did not win a single award.  The Social Network stole most of the awards True Grit should have won.  The Social Network is one of those movies that the critics love–for whatever unknown reason–but is really not worth the recognition it received.  True Grit, on the other hand, was a wonderful movie.

The two best speeches of the night both come from people involved with The King’s Speech.  The first was from David Seidler, who won for Best Original Screenplay.  Seidler, who is apparently the oldest person to receive this Oscar, stepped to the microphone and said, “My father always said I’d be a late bloomer.”  The rest of his speech was heart-felt and concise.  The other best speech came from Colin Firth who won Best Actor for The King’s Speech.  He joked about how his career has now probably peaked (doubtful, Mr. Firth).  He also said he felt the urge to dance, but he’d try to leave the stage before the feeling reached his legs.  He kept his speech light-hearted, but looked on the verge of tears.  He is a classy guy.

Except for the few nice moments I mentioned, this year’s Oscars fell flat.  And as usual, I was about half right on my predictions.  The documentaries and foreign films throw me off.  I did, however, get eight of the nine major categories right.  The one I missed was the surprise win by Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress.