Having Billy Crystal come out to talk about Bob Hope, thus making everyone in the room and us at home miss not one but TWO classic hosts -- this segment served as a visceral reminder of just how far off-track the Oscars have become. It was no accident that the room gave Billy a standing ovation. (Full story)
First there was the two-hour red carpet pre-game show. Borrrrrring. And stupid. And lame.
Then it went downhill from there.
Seth McFarland was, without a doubt, the worst Oscars host ever. The highlight of his portion of the show was a musical number titled “We Saw Your Boobs” with the Los Angeles Gay Mens Chorus. It wasn’t really a highlight, it was more of a “least-lowlight”.
How bad was the show? It was easily the worst Oscar show ever before Michelle Obama came on to deliver the
Seth’s first dig at the “Christian Right” hatred for Hollywood. Normally, I’d say half of America’s TVs just turned the channel. But the reality is that no Red State resident is still watching two hours into the show.
As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough. Oh My God - the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President’s reelection campaign. I don’t understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences. Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to only half of America.
Academy should have included MacFarlane’s hosting stint in its ‘In Memoriam’. The Academy usually screws up this segment so let me know who was overlooked. [UPDATE: Missing are Larry Hagman, Andy Griffith, Harry Carey Jr, Ann Rutherford, David R Ellis, Nagisa Oshima, Donna Summer, Susan Tyrrell, Alex Karras, and Gore Vidal - although they earned non-broadcast mentions on the Academy's website. But Phyllis Diller, Russell Means, Lupe Ontiveros, Robin Sachs, and Jerry Nelson were snubbed even from the Academy's expanded 'In Memoriam' gallery online.] (Full story)