The 83rd Oscar ceremony aired last night. Â Anne Hathaway and James Franco were bad, the presenters were tepid, and a good movie was snubbed. Â There were good moments–most involving The King’s Speech winning awards. Â 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. Â Not only were they not funny, they seemed to get increasingly more intoxicated as the night went on. Â At least Hathaway did. Â Franco looked more bored or high, or both. Â 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. Â Cate Blanchett was good, but then it seems hard for her not to be. Â The only real spark was when Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law came out together to present the awards for Editing and Visual Effects. Â They played off each other and were genuinelyÂ funny.
What annoyed me most about the evening was that True Grit did not win a single award. Â The Social Network stole most of the awards True Grit should have won. Â 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. Â 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. Â The first was from David Seidler, who won for Best Original Screenplay. Â 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.” Â The rest of his speech was heart-felt and concise. Â The other best speech came from Colin Firth who won Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Â He joked about how his career has now probably peaked (doubtful, Mr. Firth). Â He also said he felt the urge to dance, but he’d try to leave the stage before the feeling reached his legs. Â He kept his speech light-hearted, but looked on the verge of tears. Â He is a classy guy.
Except for the few nice moments I mentioned, this year’s Oscars fell flat. Â And as usual, I was about half right on my predictions. Â The documentaries and foreign films throw me off. Â I did, however, get eight of the nine major categories right. Â The one I missed was the surprise win by Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress.