Oscar, Oscar, Oscar — it is all about the Oscar.
Or is it?
This year’s version of the Oscars, or the “I Love Me, Who Do You Love?” fest was the lowest rated in years with only 36.6 million people watching (me included!), down 16 percent from last year.
Was it the fault of host Neil Patrick Harris, who was not up to his usual funny? Or the writers? Or the presenters? Or was it just a case of too much same old, same old?
I tried to watch the whole thing, but I was nodding off during the parade of red carpet spectacle and couldn’t recover enough to stay up to the bitter end. At least with Joan and Melissa the red carpet run was funny.
It is a good thing I DVRd the program, else I would have missed Lady Gaga and her tribute to the “Sound of Music,” which, by the way, was one of the few highlights of the show.
I have to admit, I didn’t see any of the movies that were up for Best Picture, so after “Birdman” won, I rented it and tried to slog through it.
That didn’t go so well, either.
Not since “Pan’s Labyrinth” have I been so confused at a movie. I used the rewind and fast-forward button so much that I had to replace the batteries in my remote! Don’t get it. Not the movie. Not the award. Not nothing. If I had seen it in the theater and paid full price, I would have demanded my money back.
Why did it win? Heck if I know.
But here’s a clue: politics. In the immortal words of Mel Brooks, “Politics, politics, politics; the best money can buy.”
Oh well, looking at the bright side — it wasn’t a total loss. I enjoyed the parade of fashions. No where else can you find every designer recognized, the good the bad and the really bad. Thanks to Joan in past shows, “Who are you wearing?’ is forever forged in my memory. And she wasn’t even mentioned. Why?
Politics, politics, politics.
Not for Nuthin™, but I think they should combine televising the Oscars with the Democratic National Convention and kill two birds with one program. This way the viewers will not only discover what the pols are wearing, but which pockets are being dipped into. And once again, I’m begging the Academy to bring back Billy!
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