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Reaves Review: Oscar Thoughts

Feburary 22, 2008

Oscar Thoughts

Last night was the 80th annual Academy Awards, always a big night at my household, and I have seen none of the movies that were nominated.  Not one.  I don't get to go to the movies a lot, so I usually have to wait for something to come out on DVD before I can see it.  Even then it usually takes me a while to see a movie after it is released on DVD, for example the next 3 movies in my Netflix queue are "Black Snake Moan", "A Simple Plan" and "The Da Vinci Code", plus my queue is always at the maximum 500 movies.  So maybe I'll get to see this years nominees and winners before the Oscars next year.

Even though I haven't seen any of the films, it is an annual event for me to watch the Oscars.  I thought Jon Stewart was really funny and took note that he even got Jack Nicholson to laugh so loud he could be heard through Stewart's microphone from the audience.

Stewart also did one of the classiest things I've ever seen on an awards show.  When singer/songwriter/actress Markéta Irglová went to give her acceptance speech for Best Original Song for the movie "Once", the orchestra music started and her microphone was cut off.  After the commercial break Stewart brought Irglová back up on stage so she could give her speech.  I don't know if that was Stewart's idea or the director's, but I have never seen that before and it was pretty cool to witness.

The show over all was pretty good.  There were a lot of montages due to the fact that they didn't know if there were going to be any writers working on the show because of the WGA strike.  Even still the show was pretty montage heavy, I'm assuming due to the fact that writers only had a week and a half to work on it.  My favorite was the look back on all 79 movies that have been award the Best Picture Oscar since the awards started.

One thing that struck me as odd was the placement of the presentation for 'Best Actress in a Leading Role'.  Usually the big four are what you close the show with, actress, actor, director and Best Picture.  But after the award was given for Best Actress, there were like four or five more awards given out before Best Actor.  It really kind of screwed with the pacing of the show, and made the rest of the show feel weird.

One other thing that really struck me was the noticeable absence of actors Brad Renfro and Tom Poston from the In Memoriam reel.  They showed like 20 people who were studio execs and they couldn't fit those two actors in.  I'm not saying that the studio execs weren't important and don't deserve to be acknowledged, but if your going to include 20 people that the general movie going public doesn't even know, you should probably include 2 high profile actors that passed away this year on that reel.  Especially Tom Poston, that's just a gimme.  It was weird because the tribute included his wife Suzanne Pleshette, but Poston was absent.

Overall I did enjoy the show and look forward to seeing the Winner for Best Picture "No Country For Old Men".