Oscar Awards Show 2020
EXCUSE ME IF THERE ARE TYPOS within this Oscar telecast review; I did not get much sleep due to the extra long telecast last night. It was a good thing I added extra recording time on my DVR for the show. After finishing up the weekend’s chores earlier in the day, I had everything out and ready to sit back and relax while checking off my predictions. Overall, most of my predictions were correct; the biggest surprise was the best picture category. The reason for my surprise was not that Parasite was chosen; it was that the academy actually voted it the best. I thought by them giving the award for best international film (I am glad they changed the title of this category from best foreign film) to Parasite, the academy would not also give the movie the best picture award. None of the other picks shocked me. LAST YEAR I TOLD YOU HOW I did not miss having a host; it turns out that may have been a fluke, because this telecast had an uneven flow without a host. I thought the show started out with a big bang by having Janelle Monae opening the night to get the crowd into the mood. Sadly, her precise and lively performance only made Steve Martin’s and Chris Rock’s banter stilted when they came out next. Some of their jokes were humorous, but it appeared they needed more rehearsal time; or, they might have been confused on why they were there if the show was not going to have a host. It became apparent to me as the show lumbered along that a host might have kept things connected and flowing. Having people come out to introduce celebrities who were then going to introduce the nominees seemed redundant to me. As for the acceptance speeches; some were short and delightful, while others rambled on. As you know I rate movies based on their entertainment value; I want the same thing for award shows—to be entertained. I do not want to hear celebrities lecture or preach about a cause unless they actually are involved with it. Just to hear someone’s opinion on a subject, I do not feel an awards show should be the avenue for a celebrity to tell me what I should do. And another thing about the presenters; maybe the academy should vet them a little better. There were a few actors/actresses who rambled on without making much sense. They took valuable viewing time and wasted it. THERE WERE A FEW SEGMENTS THAT I found baffling. Why did we need someone to give us a recap of what we had seen so far in a rap? Why did we need to hear Eminem sing his Oscar winning song without an introduction or explanation? And speaking of introductions, why were some of the nominated songs performed without letting the viewers know who and what was being sung? Some of the decisions that were made for this telecast were wasteful and frustrating to me, especially since I could tell the telecast was going to go past its allotted time slot. Now I do not want to be Mr. Gloom and Doom here; there were some lovely and touching moments. Seeing the winning director of Parasite pay his respects to Martin Scorsese was sweet as was Laura Dern’s acceptance speech. I admit it takes a lot for me to be disappointed with the Oscars telecast since it is something I have been watching ever since I was a young child. The memories I have of past shows have stayed with me all these years as will the new memories I get from current telecasts. For yesterday’s show, though I still enjoyed watching it, there certainly was room there for improvement. I hope everyone had fun this past Oscar year as I go right into our next year of movies, looking for that perfect 4-star film. Thank you for your comments and support throughout the past year; I appreciate it deeply.
Posted on February 10, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged chris rock, diane keaton, jane fonda, janelle monae, oscar, oscar awards, steve martin. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
I think your assessment is spot on! I always enjoy your reviews and insight. Glad I was able to watch the show with a good friend. The rambling speeches that were off topic did seem a bit inappropriate. But those touching moments made up for it. Thank you for all your reviews throughout the year. I look forward to them.
Hi Judy and thank you for the kind words and comments.
Jordan, Thank you for another year of reviews. Your recommendations pro and con are a tremendous service to those of us who watch movies and want to catch the good ones and avoid the duds.
Thank you Howard, I am glad I can assist you in your film choices. Be well.
Spot on. I also felt there were no real surprises in the awards this year and I also agree that it seemed like an abandoned ship by having no host. I guess the key is finding the right host – because there have certainly been terrible ones – but it is all too rudderless not having that consistent compere. It leads, I think, to every presenter sucking up too much time because that is their “bit” and also to an uneven tone since some used it as a platform to discuss issues and others told jokes (many of which clanked in my opinion). I also agree that it would be difficult to follow what on earth was going on if we were not so immersed in movies to be able to join the dots. I enjoyed it but probably because this year was a strong year for movies and because the Oscars are like my Super Bowl so it is just an annual tradition for me.
Everyone who knows me knows the Oscars are my Super Bowl as well. Thank you for the comments.
I couldn’t have said it better! I did however, appreciate the genuine humility and graciousness demonstrated by the Korean’s in their acceptance speeches (the others could learn something from them on what not to say).
Thank you and I agree; they and Laura Dern had the best acceptance speeches in my opinion.