You-review-it Monday: Special Oscars edition

February 28, 2011
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The last few days have included the Indianapolis Opera's 'Basile at Basile" concert (including a charming tribute to Oscar-winner Celeste Holm--see post here), a Cabaret at the Columbia Club concert by Andrea Marcovicci, and a short performance by Actors Thetre of Indiana, soon to be the professional resident company at the new Studio Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel (Looking forward to ATI's upcoming production of "Chicago" there). And while I didn't make it down to Bloomington in person, I did appreciate being able to watch the live streaming IU Opera's "Faust" on my computer. 

It was also, of course, Oscar weekend--the Super Bowl for the rest of us.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the awards and the show itself. To get things started, here are some excerpts from my on-the-spot comments tweeted from my outside-IBJ @louharry twitter address about the show, the movies, and even the commercials. (For IBJarts tweeets, go to, of course, @IBJarts.)

 

--Who will go home with Oscar tonight, they ask. Well, I hope its Ms. Mayer.

 

--If they are doing adult versions of Red Riding Hood, is the next thing children's versions of Last Tango in Paris and I am Curious (Yellow)?

--Natalie Portman looks terrified on the red carpet. Maybe she sees Robin Roberts' beak.

--I just want Christian Bale to do his 'Newsies' dance when he wins.

 

--Nicole Kidman looking less scary than the last few years. Good for her.

--Note to G. Paltrow: You are going to the Oscars. You don't have to dress as an Oscar. 

 

--Wonder if the ballet shot is really in 'The Adjustment Bureau' or just edited in to lure the 'Black Swan' crowd.

--When the Green Room is a set, it's not a Green Room. 

 

--Halle Berry says she's going to be in a B'way show. Hey reporter: How about asking, oh, WHAT BROADWAY SHOW SHE'S GOING TO BE IN?

-- Berry will be in a play called The Mountaintop, FYI. Just filling in the blanks. 

 

--Annoying when the Oscars become about the Oscars instead of the movies.

--Shouldn't they hand Sorkin the award while he's walking up the aisle and follow him with a steadycam?

--Alas, no 'Newsies' dance from Christian Bale.

--Best Sound should have gone to me, yelling at the computer when I found out 'Never Let Me Go' wasn't nominated for anything. 

 

--Hoping Melissa Leo's Heartland FF-screened "The Space Between" gets a little more attention thanks to her award.

 

--I can't quite get myself to say the phrase "Academy Award nominated film 'Tron: Legacy.'" 

 

--'God of Love' wins Best Dramatic Short. You saw it first at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

--The thunderstorm warning image at the bottom of the screen is more interesting than the show, sorry to say. 

 

--Okay, fun idea to musicalize the movies in comedy segment. Of course, it would be better if there were just more musicals. 

 

--Billy Crystal now shows us how good the show could have been. 

 

--But, unfortunately, it's back to being about the Oscars instead of about movies. 

 

--The cool thing about those 'Inception' SFX guys picking up their award? One of those Inception special effects guys is actually in Cleveland. 

 

--Don't just blame host James Franco. Blame the writers, too. 

 

--If Paltrow gets to play a country singer, I want to see Reba in 'Proof.'

 

--Worst moment of the night: Popping Celene Dion into the middle of the memorial montage. 2nd worst moment. Dion being there at all.

--Coach is in the locker room having a little talk with James Franco right now. 

 

--'King's Speech': Good movie, but not the best directed movie of the year. Far from it. 

 

--Thanks for the clips of the Honorary awards ceremony—giving us a look at an entertaining show we should have been watching.

 

--If you like Jeff Bridges, do yourself a favor and watch 'Cutter's Way.'

 

--Ryan Gosling--Best not-nominated performance of the year.

--Best performance by a presenter trying to act surprised: Jeff Bridges awarding Natalie Portman 

 

--Colin Firth wins. That makes one Academy Award win for former cast members of 'What a Girl Wants.'

--Best Picture: 'The King’s Speech'--a lock when it won Best Director. And off to bed.

 

So share your thoughts on the show...or something else you did this weekend.

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  • Vocal Perfection
    Was lucky enough to be in the sold out crowd to hear the King's Singers at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday night. This group is always top-notch, and last night was no exception. Even with a brand-new singer in the group, the balance and tuning were outstanding. Great variety of music from early English to Hoagy Carmichael, to spirituals to Michael Buble. Congratulations to the Cathedral for a great start to their new "series." Was glad to see "King's Speech" had won several of the big awards when I got home - excellent movie, well done in almost every aspect.
  • Kodo Drummers
    Incredible performance at Clowes of the Kodo Drummers. I would highly recommend if they are in the area again. Great show.
  • Wife picks hoops over Oscars
    Wife was home last night (she works nights and weekends sometimes)...we both love movies and the arts...we love sports also. Big NBA game last night, Heat v Knicks, wife is not a pro basketball fan, she loves football, and college basketball. I told the wife to pick what to watch. We switched to the Oscars when it came on...after about 20 minutes, she started swithching back to the game...after an hour...we were only watching the Oscars during the game commercials...she feel asleep before any of the biggest awards were announced. So there is your review of the Oscar program from my household's biggest critic, she'd rather watch spoiled millionaire atheletes than spoiled millionaire actors and directors, but she did appreciate the assist for her chronic insomnia...Best Oscar broadcast I have ever (not) seen. I enjoyed it immmensely. There were some good films this year...The Fighter (despite Bale's scenery chewing overreach), King's Speech...as you noted, the Oscars are too often not about the movies themselves. I will say this though...I will sign up for the twitter feed so I can monitor that next year...some of your comments were very funny. Honestly Lou, has the program ever been good? It has had years where it was somewhat more entertaining or the host was particularly well suited to the job, but unless you have someone who can get away with poking fun at all the megalomania and massive egos, it is really an awful program. It is just like one of my lawyer friends says about the complaints people have about being involved with the courts. "It takes too long, it costs too much, and it is never over" Works for the Oscars too.
  • Kodo
    We too attended the Kodo performance. They always put on a great show. This is the first time I've seen women included with the group, which was a refreshing change.
  • Music, Oscars
    Saw Lucinda Williams' acoustic set at the Buskirk-Chumley. Very good.

    Can anyone tell me why The Social Network was not nominated for Best Special Effects? It honestly should have won, in my opinion. Actually, it should have also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, but it was really robbed for Special Effects. It used one guy to play two completely believable characters, which was utterly amazing to me.

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