Oscar Telecast

The telephone loudly pierced the purposeful silence that descended upon the house. It was less than 5 minutes prior to the Oscars telecast, so it was obvious the caller did not know me. Everyone who knows me knows not to call me on Oscar Sunday. I need the day to take care of life’s chores before settling in to watch the show and see how my predictions will fare. With the controversy over this year’s nominations I commend host Chris Rock tackling the subject head-on, with a mixture of humor and seriousness. I felt he found the perfect balance to carry off the monologue. As the show progressed I would have preferred it if Chris expanded beyond this one subject. Yes, there was the Girl Scout cookie moment but it seems ever since Ellen DeGeneres took that selfie shot in the audience, every telecast now has to have some kind of interaction with the audience. The cookie gag was funny for a moment but was not necessary in my opinion.

 

Though I just heard on the news that this telecast had the lowest television ratings of the past 8 years, I thought the news ticker running across the bottom of the screen listing the people the winners wanted to thank was a good idea; their speeches certainly seemed shorter to me. As far as I could remember this telecast was the closest to end on time compared to recent past shows. My favorite acceptance speeches were given by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, though I wished the music was not playing during Alejandro’s speech like it did not for Leonardo. I also enjoyed the quick informational blurbs that appeared next to the presenters, despite them being a bit small to read at times. Since I am a big fan of music, I was looking forward to the singing of the nominated songs. Lady Gaga did not disappoint; I thought her performance was a highlight of the show and was surprised her song did not get an Oscar. The two presenters that stood out for me were Louis C.K. for Documentary Short Subject and Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear for Best Animated Film. Oh and I cannot forget the robots from Star Wars and the Minions.

 

If you know me you probably realize there would have to be something startling inappropriate or poorly thought out for me to dislike an Oscar telecast. There have been hosts that were quickly forgettable, speeches that dragged on forever and presenters that used the opportunity for personal gain; but I do not care, the bottom line for me has always been the celebration of the movies I love. Ever since I was a little boy, sitting on the floor in front of the TV with my bowl of popcorn, the Oscars has been my favorite show to watch. So with that being said, it is time to close the chapter on this year’s Oscar telecast and begin seeking out what will get the nod for next year’s show.

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 29, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I think it’s high time that the Motion Picture Academy (and some of my more shallow minded (SAG) members, need to stop taking themselves way too seriously—at least when it comes to The Oscar telecast. Though, I do feel the lack of true diversity in the industry (I’m talking quality roles and recognition for ALL people of color) does need to be seriously addressed, and remains a real problem.

    Nevertheless, I seriously doubt that the public cares about a boycott by some well to do people of color, for what really sounds like a petty complaint about the lack of a nomination—especially to the poor and less fortunate people of color who suffer real inequality out there everyday.

    Yet, in regards to The Oscar’s and the ratings; as bad as they were this year, they were still bigger than most shows in general. However, that being said, I feel the Oscar’s are missing something of late and need to pay more attention to the public—say nothing of the network.

    I like the show, I just don’t love it like I used to. Is it must see TV? I think it is becoming less and less so. In my opinion, it seems that what the Academy tries to do to bring in a larger audience, more often than not does more harm than good.

    AMPAS looks even more out of touch with the public and their desires than ever before—that may be a by-product of the movies themselves these days. People are avoiding the multiplex experience more and more of late. Theater shootings and lack of real security haven’t helped, nor have the ticket prices, or the lack of nominations of films people truly care about.

    Adding more movies to a category is a cheap fix if the public’s favorites are only token additions—sure to lose. They should keep the nominees at five, and move the broadcast to a Saturday night so that the general public can stay up late without worry about an early Monday alarm.

    They also need to stop playing people off the stage—it has become truly annoying—and perhaps, consider using some common sense timing. If it sounds like there is nothing more pertinent to be added by the winner, turn the mic off and cue the music. It is a live broadcast and people tune in to see the stars doing something awkward.

    But the restrictions imposed by the Motion Picture Academy have hurt the spontaneity and fun of a show, which once took all the glamour of Hollywood and added the unexpected of a live broadcast, and turned it into must see television.

    Now, even a Survivor Reunion Final offers more excitement and anticipation than an Oscar telecast—and this comes from someone who loves movies, and who used to love the Oscar’s.

    The Oscar’s were once a show that the public used to look forward to seeing every year.

    But there has been far too much tampering of late for a show that was just suppose to look like a happening. Let’s face the facts, the Oscars are about winners and losers and that’s one more reason why we watched—Don’t tell me stars don’t love to win and others hate losing—recently actress Helen Mirren even suggested as much.

    It is a popularity contest and not about what is best in film—and yet, it’s not about what the public views as the best that Hollywood has to offer either. Otherwise, the films that draw the crowds would be nominated more regularly.

    The day of The Lord Of The Ring films and Titanic, truly seem long gone—both public AND industry worker favorites—which is what helped attract an audience to the show in the first place.

    And bring back (with some consistency) a host that’s genuinely funny. Say what you will, but Billy Crystal and Bob Hope were great off the cuff comedians who’s consistently offered irreverent humor when hosting, and the addition of something uniquely spontaneous and funny—and I would include host, Chris Rock, from this year to the group.

    He brought not only humor and class, but some honesty to the proceedings as well.

    But, as a rule, all of this is now missing from the program. Maybe it is time the Motion Picture Academy goes back and just does the show for the performers only, and forgets about including the public in on it.

    After all, the public doesn’t feel that they matter to the show now, anyway. Although, I truly hope that does not remain to be the case.

    • Thank you so much for your essay; I have to share this with others. You made so many wonderful points, I appreciate the you taking the time to do this here. I agree with you because I too feel the show has been taken over by marketing and fear instead of just celebrating quality movies. But there is the catch 22, quality movies are growing farther apart compared to years ago. Once again thank you for your words.

  2. I like watching the actors’ reaction when their names are called out as the winner. Happiness is such a beautiful thing to behold and infectious too! And worth it especially when you have worked hard for it. Like you I am always ready with a bowl of popcorn! Thanks for this post. 🙂

  3. My wife and I were at least pleased that a movie we really enjoyed– Mad Max, Fury Road– was well recognized. In fact, I didn’t know till the night of the Oscars that it was up for Best Picture.

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