Loved the venue, hated the Oscars….
A sluggish night which lacked a host and let speeches drag on -thank goodness for the art deco venue.
Damn you COVID-19….
This year’s Academy Awards has been run and won in what turned out to be a dull, laborious presentation in a rather fabulous venue.
It opened creatively with opening titles “Starring Regina King etc” in order to justify a maskless setting.
“Think of this as a movie set… an Oscars movie with the cast of over 200 nominees,” she said.
“People have been vaxed, tested, re-tested, socially distanced, and we are following all of the rigorous protocols that got us back to work safely.”
It was masks off during the show and on during commercial breaks. The Los Angeles’ Union Station was an inspired, intimate, art deco setting which rather reminded me of golden days ceremonies in grand Hollywood hotels.
But from there it was all downhill. There was no comedy opening, no song. As the show proceeded recipients gave acceptance speeches that dragged on forever, presenters strayed off script and there weren’t enough stars. Had I gatecrashed some corporate awards night?
Given most of us have not seen the movies this year it was also strange that producers shunned rolling clips in each category.
The In Memoriam section was a rapid-fire list of names reminding us of the horrendous year the world has been through. Olivia de Havilland was 104 when she passed, people…blink and you miss her.
The Best Film category was not the final category, meaning the show ended with an anti-climactic win by Anthony Hopkins -not in attendance- for Best Actor. I suspect producers thought another outcome was afoot…
This was a show desperately in need of a host to keep the ball in the air… instead it was the very disconnected sum of its parts.
Glenn Close twerking will be a meme for a long time to come… which may sadly be the most enduring memory of this year’s Oscars ceremony.
Photo; USA Today