Worst .. Oscars .. ever…
Not even Colin Firth’s elegant and charming speech could elevate Sunday’s sad excuse for an Academy Award celebration. The scattered, inconsistent feel, the stifness of mood, the forced intention of grabbing the highly coveted 18-34 demographic and the worn out, clumsy speeches did not have me at hello. Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh; there were some scarce highpoints and it did improve towards the end, but fatal flaws made in the structure of the show, the casting of James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the predictable winners that only celebrated tradition and completely snubbed out innovative filmmaking made this a disappointing experience. Here’s what I hated:
– I don’t know whether it was nerves or whether he had a really rough night on Saturday, but James Franco left all of his boyish charm backstage. On stage he mostly resembled the undead in his pale appearence, zombie coloured suits and tenseness that resulted him completely giving up on even remotely trying to either entertain or even scrape through. At points I thought he’d been held backstage vomiting since Hathaway did about 75 percent of the hosting. He rolled his eyes at the lines he was supposed to read and dressed up as a woman.
– The structure of the show was a complete mess. The strangely chosen and awkwardly presented ‘picks of past best films’ were confusing and unrelated to anything going on onstage. The tempo was all over the place; the rehearsed speeches were varied in quality of humor, length and spontaneity. The obvious theme of ‘The Young-Hip-Oscars’ felt forced and even humiliating to some, the consistency of respect towards the art of film surely was not invited tonight.
– Melissa Leo’s fake gratitude and “unrehearsed” speech after her public campaign to win and her waving of the Oscar at the end while the “Youtube” sensation performed a dated classic already sang by Celine Dion during the In Memoriam section .. I don’t even have words to describe how much I wanted to get rid of her and blame her for ruining the awesomness that The Fighter was.
– THE DAVID FINCHER F-ING SNUB. I’m in no way saying that The Social Network is his best work so far in his career, he’s for sure more comfortable with more morbid scenarios. But to choose a first time director, who indeed directed a style-pure, consistent drama, over a guy who’s innovative vision, creativity and overall awesomeness shines through in every scene of The Social Network is just plain wrong. Fincher is no Academy pet which for normal people should be considered a good thing; he’s a guy focused on his work and his art, not kissing any behinds to get recognition that he deserves after a tens of years of innovative, complex and dark cinema.
– No you didn’t! Leo’s out-of-place hysterically UNFUNNy F-bomb. Reading a speech from a piece of paper you kept in your bra. Jennifer Hudson’s stankface and monotonic reading of the propter. The cheesy kids at the end. The lack of the ‘big names’. No Portman horse laugh.
What I mostly think went wrong here, is the fact that even though 2010 was a consistent year in film that produced some gems, it was not extraordinary. Nothing stood out. The King’s Speech is a great film. The Social Network is a great film. But neither of them is something that I would even a year from now look back as one of the best films ever. Even if in the context of 2010 (and some mediocre years preceding the now) they seem great, most of these can’t even handle a second view. Black Swan I will come back to four years from now and appreciate it’s darkness and Portman’s performance. I’ll be entertained by The Social Network when there’s nothing else on tv. Even though I really adored The King’s Speech and appreciate Colin Firth’s talent and character as a human being and as an actor, I really don’t think that I’m ever going to watch that film again or include it in any kind of favourites/best of list. There were no clear frontrunners this year when it came to film, and what came out of it was a safe, albeit a good winner, but nothing that will ever be mentioned in the same breath as The Godfather, Schindler’s List or The Apartment. This TBH is a trend going back a few years, and has occured on other occasions during the years. Clearly I’m not old enough to have seen all the Academy Awards show’s, but I don’t remember ever being this disappointed in the lack of recognition for innovation. Fincher and Nolan, Kubrick never won either.
Anyway, here are the winners !