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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58 Responses to Worst.Oscars.Ever.

  1. myiq2xu says:

    YouTube is going nuts over J-Law’s stumble but this lady has class:

  2. indigogrrl1 says:

    Dear Mr McFarlane –
    We Saw Your Ass.

  3. indigogrrl1 says:

    I remember when the Oscars was entertaining and funny. Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Ellen – hilarious! I even like Hugh Jackman. Anne Gathaway did better than this ass hat and she was dragging James Franco’s corpse around the stage. this srsly sucked.

  4. votermom says:

    I skipped watching. Did Mooch really show up on stage? Bwahahaha!
    I see she’s really believing what her sycophants tell her.

  5. driguana says:

    OK…now let’s get back to reality.

  6. elliesmom says:

    A commenter at Althouse suggested Animal Planet should have a run a puppy awards show as counter-programming. It made me wonder whether the Oscars or the Westminster Dog Show would have higher ratings if they were on at the same time. Same criteria for the winners.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    One of the best tweets I saw last night had to do with the Three Stooges making 3x the money than Argo. “Why don’t people go to good movies?” Heh.

    • myiq2xu says:

      From what I hear Argo is a pretty good movie.

      But it’s a movie, not a documentary.

      • elliesmom says:

        Argo is a good movie, and if you’re not old enough to remember what really happened, it’s very believable. If you are old enough, then the license that was taken to make the movie “more gripping” is blatant. But I think blatant is better than being sneaky about changing the story because that might re-write history. Showing the getaway plane being chased by the Iranians as it taxis down the runway makes for good theater, but knowing the embassy staff was really able to slip away unnoticed says more for the skill of the people who got them out. And the real heroes of the story are the Canadians.

  8. votermom says:

    I’m watching Borgia on netflix to get in the mood for the Conclave.
    (Not the Showtime series w/ Jeremy Irons -the one w/ Doman)

  9. driguana says:

    A game show host president and an award show first lady….forget about any kind of real leadership or problem solving. Life has become a game show…how sad. Campaign, vacation, game show, vacation, campaign, comedy show, vacation, campaign, reality show, vacation, campaign, game show….just like Hollywood, politics has become an illusion. Well, maybe it always was….certainly the Camelot era was…

  10. DeniseVB says:

    I saw a George Clooney quote saying he knew Argo won when Michelle Obama appeared. Ugh.

  11. Well – I don’t go to the movies and I don’t know anything about any actors- so I can honestly say I have never watched a single awards show. LOL
    I did see Les Miz and The Hobbit- did either win anything?

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Jennifer Rubin:

    It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping. In this case, it was just downright weird.

    No one, it seems, gets within a mile of the White House with any sense of restraint. No one there would dare suggest nearly half the country didn’t vote for him and doesn’t much like him and might want to be left to their small daily pleasures. (Greta Garbo said it best.) And no one there is apt to explain that the White House, the military and the first lady (not this one in particular) are institutions bigger than the Obamas and their e-mail list.

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  15. jeffhas says:

    Ugh. I’m so glad somehow I managed to miss the entire (sad) show (emergency dental work – yes, I know a DENTIST who shows up on a Sunday!? – and yet somehow I feel like I got the best of the two options)

    I woke up this morning to find out Angie beat me out at the last minute in the ‘Pool’ (I did not see Ang Lee winning Best Director AT ALL)….

    Drat you Angie, I’ll get you next time!… next year you’re going to have a category for ‘where are the Obama’s’ – because you know they cannot help themselves – they will show up again… and again… etc…. ad nauseum (or is it add nausea?).

    • angienc (D) says:

      I was pretty sure of Ang Lee — mainly because one thing you can count on — the Academy HATES Steven Speilberg.

      Good job, jeff — you had me sweating for a while. 🙂

      • jeffhas says:

        Spielberg hate is long and deep – I wasn’t going his way either – I figured they’d give it to someone else, but Ang got his award already with a better movie in the past, so I figured the Academy would go rogue this year.

        my bad… you had it locked up with that pick.

  16. yttik says:

    I was even bored with the dresses. People don’t believe in sleeves anymore and after a decade or so, it’s gotten boring. Every dress has the same darn bodice. After a while, an ugly dress is more appealing, simply because it’s different.

  17. Constance says:

    They hype the Oscars as the “women’s superbowl” which I find completely offensive also. Maybe it’s the Gay superbowl, women don’t make all that fashion they are just required to wear it. The only people I know who watch the show are men. The only real acting jobs Hollywood has are for men. They should have scraped all the Actress categories 20 years ago and went with “best boob flash”, Best lingerie and stiletto prance” “Best on camera strip” because those are the only reasons women are in Hollywood films.

    • yttik says:

      You’re right, it’s really awful. Last night was especially atrocious, it began with a song about boobs falling out and ended with an actress tripping over an impossible dress. Those were the “highlights.” It’s almost like a festival of female mockery, where everybody is sitting around salivating, waiting for some woman to fail to pull it off.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I am not a prude. I appreciate the female form. As Don Henley said, “Women are the only works of art.”

      But 99% of the nudity in movies is completely gratuitous. It’s not even particularly erotic. Often it is done with body doubles – the boobs you see don’t belong to that actress but to some unknown model.

  18. LoveMichelle says:

    You guys are so pathetic. Must suck to be so angry and insane.

  19. driguana says:

    Just took a peep, so to speak, at this item on The Daily Caller and have to say I found these women extremely unattractive….what were they even doing there???

  20. DeniseVB says:

    LOL….Laura Bush did appear at the Oscars in 2002, in a short that opened the show. Don’t blink, you may spot Jerry Brown and Al Sharpton too 🙂

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