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Personal :: The Oscars, other thoughts...
  submitted on February 26, 2007, 10:30 AM

Well, I watched the Oscars last night, all four hours of them. I thought I was being smart about it, since ABC had advertised Oscar coverage starting at 6:00pm, but I knew that Barbara Walters' crappy Oscar special was on at 6:00, and that the awards didn't actually start until 7:00. So I flip on ABC at 7:00 and I get...the red carpet pre-show! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! The bastards tricked me. So I had to sit and listen to lame people like Chris Connelly (Who sounds like a complete tool now, in his whiny nasally voice) interview celebrities and ask them stupid questions like what they do in their free time. Really riveting journalism. And of course this was scheduled on the TV Guide to go for a half hour and ended up going about 45 minutes, so we were already running 15 minutes late and the show hadn't even started yet.

So Ellen DeGeneres comes out, and was overall quite disappointing. She looked nervous, which I don't get. Yeah there are more people watching you than you've ever had watching you before, but you're a performer, you've been seen by thousands and millions of people before. She had some good moments, but on the whole wasn't terribly funny. I've seen Ellen's standup, and I know she can be funny, but the material she had wasn't all that great.

Besides the host, the show just dragged for what felt like forever. The video montages were not all that interesting (And the "Pro-America" montage was horrible. It would have been much more enjoyable if "America, Fuck Yeah!" was playing during the whole thing), and while I liked the sideshow acts they had (The shadow people, the sound effects choir), it was too much. Too many things dragging the show down, and 80% of the presenter's speeches were either not funny, or done poorly so that no one laughed when it was supposed to be funny. The kids were cute, Spielberg, Lucas, and Coppola were funny, Clooney was good (Because he's the coolest person ever), outside of that I can't really think of anyone else I really enjoyed.

The best part of the show was Will Ferrell and Jack Black by far. Really funny segment, and it makes me want to see Ferrell host the awards next year, although it's entirely possible that they'll tone him down to the point of not being funy, as it seems to be the Academy's strong point as of late. I was amused by Al Gore, but it was more in an "Unintentional Comedy" amusement than him actually being funny. I just had to laugh at the fact that I felt like Gore had invaded Hollywood, and at times he seemed to just dominate the show to the point where I had to step back and try and figure out what the hell Al Gore was doing at the Academy Awards holding an Oscar.

So, to recap, overall it was a pretty disappointing show this year. Nice to see some people get awards (Forrest Whitaker, Martin Scorsese), but a pretty boring show throughout.

On a side note, I read somewhere that Spam makes up something like 90-95% of all e-mail. I think that's absolutely ridiculous, but I think it's probably true, which is why it's so ridiculous. I'm constantly amazed at the number of spam e-mails that show up in my spam folder every day, when I might only get a few e-mails actually in my inbox. It'd be nice if some person who is way smarter than I will ever be could come up with some brilliant way of cutting down on the amount of spam that is sent around the world.

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