Like many of you, I watched the Oscars, which is to say I watched the first thirty minutes of it before my DVR changed the channel to Walking Dead and I went to bed. In the morning, much to my dismay, did I see the expected winners win. Daniel Day-Lewis I can’t argue with. I have yet to hear how Lincoln spoke, but I suspect he became Lincoln for that movie. Christoph Waltz was the same person from Inglorious Basterds, if you ask me, but I guess that’s how things shake out. Anne Hathaway probably does deserve an award for just losing that much weight and being able to sing, but you’d have to pay me to watch Les Mis.
The most confounding moment was Jennifer Lawrence. I don’t even mean the falling on your face, though good on Hugh Jackman and Bradely Cooper for coming to her aid. But really, since when has playing in a romantic comedy earned someone an academy award nomination, let alone a sweep through the Golden Globes and Oscars? I mean, really? I think I may have lost all respect for the reputable institution after this move. Yes, JLaw was great in Winter’s Bone, but that doesn’t mean you need to give a ‘make-up’ award for a laughable performance in a mildly diverting rom-com. I just can’t understand it.
After sitting through many of the best picture movies this past weekend, I found my mind unable to wrap around how anyone in that cast, let alone the writers and producers, getting any credit for writing a romantic comedy. I do realise that ‘As Good As It Gets’ did this exact same thing years ago, but really, the Academy was just giving Nicholson an award, and his trip down mental illness seemed much more believable than either Lawrence or Cooper. Jessica Chastain deserved that award and while I’m happy she’s happy, I’d be spitting nails if I were her.
And while I have your limited attention, despite what the Huffington Post tells me, I don’t think Seth McFarlane was that bad. I thought his monologue could have been shorter, sure, but I think it was entertaining and didn’t steal from the show. Yes, his jokes can be off-putting, but if you’ve never seen anything he’s done, then that might surprise you. He isn’t Billy Crystal, no one is or ever will be.