Ken Gruberman at HuffPoop:
Not only am I The Tech Daddy here on the Huffington Post, but I’m also Quill Music; I’ve worked as a music copyist and orchestrator in the professional music community of Los Angeles for over 40 years. I’ve even worked on a few Academy Awards shows. And I’ve watched the show every year since 1958. So I can say, with a certain degree of authority, that this was the worst show EVER.
The idea to use actors as hosts instead of a bon afide “entertainer” was a risky one, to be sure. Anne Hathaway was adorable and definitely put a lot of energy into the show. James Franco was… sincere… but he’s not funny. Or spontaneous. Or even engaging, even after all that rehearsal time they had. He still managed to speak in a monotone most of the time, and seemed to be sometimes lost in a world of his own. Occasional attempts at being “wry” didn’t work either. Stick to acting, James.
But the real problems with the show this year were not with the hosts. Rather it was with the producer/director Don Mischer — who really should know better — and the writing staff. There were PAINFULLY awkward moments in the show, odd transitions that didn’t make sense, continuity problems, lack of info to the viewing public, and really bad presenter “banter.” TRULY bad. Like the byplay between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law — totally inappropriate. Did the world really need to be reminded of Downey’s previous debauchery? Is that supposed to be funny? Or Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johanssen’s stunningly un-funny banter (“sound!”) There were so many bits that just went nowhere, such as Franco’s walk-on as Marilyn Monroe.
I haven’t been watching the Oscars as long as Mr. Gruberman, but I’ve seen more than a few shows over the years. I can remember some of the memorable moments from the 60′s and 70′s, like John Wayne’s acceptance speech for True Grit, the streaker in 1974, Vanessa Redgrave’s anti-Zionist acceptance speech and when Sacheen Littlefeather showed up to reject Marlon Brando’s best actor award for The Godfather.
People do not tune in to the Oscars to listen to the half-witty jokes. While a funny host can keep the evening moving, that’s not what the show is all about. It’s not an entertainment show either.
People tune in to watch clips of the nominees’ performances and for the unscripted moments. So what two things were in short supply? Clips of the nominees’ and unscripted moments.
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”.
We spent nearly fifteen minutes before the first winner was announced and that was for Best Supporting Actor. That was the last major award for a couple hours. In between there were several musical numbers that had nothing to do with any of the current year’s movies.
How bad was the show? It was easily the worst Oscar show ever before Michelle Obama came on to deliver the
coup de grace award the Best Picture Oscar. Yeah, that’s right. FLOTUS gave out the biggest award of the evening. Nancy Reagan never did that, and she was a member of the Academy. So was Ronnie.
To quote our Oscars’ Pool winner:
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