Oscars TV Review: Ellen Flops in Long, Boring, Self-Involved Show
As a television event, this year’s Oscars was more like an endurance test — turgid, badly directed, poorly produced and featuring an endless string of tired or wince-inducing moments from host Ellen DeGeneres.
Since this year everybody seemed to predict the exact same Oscar winners, ruining office pools and Oscar parties across the country, you might think there would be no surprises at the 86th annual Academy Awards. But you would be wrong. Who would have predicted that it would have been so boring, so long, so self-involved and driven sideways into a ditch by, of all people, the beloved Ellen DeGeneres as host?
As a television event, this year’s Oscars was more like an endurance test. It was a turgid affair, badly directed, poorly produced and featuring an endless string of either tired or wince-inducing moments by DeGeneres, who, by the last 30 or so minutes, seemed to have given up entirely.
Hey, it happens. Even the best comedians have off nights. Even paragons of happiness and good cheer come out and tank — as DeGeneres did with her opening jokes that seemed oddly mean spirited for her (poor Liza Minnelli) and set a flat tone that the telecast could never overcome.
Sure, she hit on a few, documenting Jennifer Lawrence’s fall at last year’s Oscars and another fall this year before the ceremony: “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar”; her nod to Jonah Hill’s penis scene in The Wolf of Wall Street worked: “You showed me something in that film I haven’t seen in a very, very long time”; and she closed with a joke about the odds of 12 Years a Slave taking home the ultimate prize: “Possibility No. 1 — 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility No. 2 — you’re all racists.”
But that was really the end of the highlights for Ellen. She was spotty and flat in those early comments and then tried to spice things up by appearing in the audience not just once, not just twice but — did anyone count? — what felt like 47 times. In any case, it was too much even if she did set a Twitter record by getting a gaggle of Hollywood’s most famous together for a quick cellphone selfie. It still felt like a Samsung ad that was tricked up to feel spontaneous.
There is a bunch more and if you’re interested in knowing what THR’s Oscars gripes were go over there and read it. This is MY post about MY Oscars gripes. In my not-so humble opinion that was the worst Academy Awards show ever.
After checking out some of the comments in the last thread I realize that I may be in the minority here but I hated it. I would have hated it even if I didn’t lose the pool (Lyn won, edging out Angie on the last award) and I am not complaining about the fact that the Oscars pool website crashed for the first couple hours of the telecast. I’m not even pissed about who the winners were, although there were some egregious injustices.
The 85th annual Academy Awards show just plain sucked.
I like Ellen Degeneres, even though I don’t usually watch her show. She is usually low-key, laid back, kinda kooky but not mean. That is a great format for daytime television, but not so much for a three hour prime time event. I could have done without the audience participation skits. They were painfully inane and tedious.
I would have dumped the musical numbers too. We have award shows for music, the Oscars is about movies. Bette Midler’s performance was especially bad. Pink did a good job, but I’m not really sure why she was performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” For the record, U2 is not the biggest band in the world.
Easily the worst part of the evening were the celebrity presenters. Almost every one of them stumbled on their lines, especially John Travolta. Do we really need one celebrity to walk out on stage just to introduce another celebrity?
Whoever wrote the (half) witty lines the celebrities were supposed to deliver should be shot, along with whoever thought it would be a good idea to put who’s who in Hollywood senility on stage.
Which brings me to my final point – Just say No! to Botox. Some of those aging stars looked hideous with frozen masks for faces, especially the ones with the overinflated lips. It wasn’t just the women either.
So, what did you think? Did you even bother to watch? Last but not least, who the hell is Benedict Cumberbatch?