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NPH starts the show…

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

As an awards show host, songster and actor, the gifted Neil Patrick Harris has enjoyed a remarkable run in recent years, and deservedly so. But his opening number tonight was just…OK. Marginally clever lyrics, a forgettable melody, and NPH seemed a little out of breath—-but I guess that means he was actually singing live, which is becoming a novelty these days.

As for the brilliant tandem of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin…their opening monologue was neither outstanding nor historically deadly. There’s no way those two were going to bomb, but I think most of us were hoping for more than a medley of scripted one-liners, some much funnier than others. (Any joke that ends with “get a life” is not much of a joke.)

And now, as is almost always the case with the Oscars, the hosts virtually disappear for the remainder of the broadcast, acting mostly as traffic cops as they introduce the presenters who inevitably stumble a bit as they struggle with the PrompTer.

Oscar pre-show: just painful.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Kathy Ireland to Gabourey Sidibe: “The entire world is hanging on your every word.”

And: “You’re turning your genius into a dream come true.”

Oh my God, is there a worse half-hour in all of television than the official ABC red carpet pre-show? All those hyperkinetic hosts shouting questions at all those befuddled stars, who can barely get an answer out before host says, “Thanks so much for coming! Thank you! Thanks! Thank you!”

I know how difficult it is to work that red carpet. I did it a few times, and it’s sheer madness. You’re standing behind a plastic hedge, jockeying for position with the guy or gal next to you, the director is barking in your earpiece, you’re trying to come up with SOMETHING interesting to ask a nominee, and here comes someone else and you want to get that person as well….

And it all goes by in a blur.

But by the time the official ABC show kicks in, the hosts have those stars to themselves. You’d think they’d have prepared. Instead we get intros like, “He plays the most famous werewolf in movie history” for that kid from “Twilight.”


And how about Kathy Ireland, who looked fabulous but seemed on the verge of a total meltdown as she shouted her questions at stars half her size. When she was yelling/questioning Zac Efron and then Miley Cyrus, I half-expected her to say, “I’m a COOL MOM.”

Ugh. Let the real show begin. Bring on Alec and Steve!

Sarah smile.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Seeing George Clooney on the red carpet with his beautiful Italian girlfriend-of-the-moment by his side, I was reminded of my red carpet interview with Clooney two years ago, when he was accompanied by Sarah Larson, his sig-other at the time. Ms. Larson, a Las Vegas restaurant hostess/promotional model, seemed quite nice and was certainly lovely.

Oscars Oscar Insider

But she was not what you would call a showbiz insider, and one assumes that once the romance with Clooney ran its course, she was not getting a lot of invites to Oscar-viewing parties, let alone the Oscars.

Not that she’s any less of a person because of that. I’m just saying–it must be weird to be on the other side of the red carpet for a brief period of time, and now you’re back home, watching the Oscars on TV, and 2008 seems like a long time ago. It’s almost like a reverse, bittersweet version of “Notting Hill.”

And the Oscars go to…

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD–Greetings from the Academy Awards and the seemingly ENDLESS “pre-game” coverage, which consists of fashion analysis, nominees saying they’re just trying to breathe and soak it all in, and last-minute speculation about how the 10-picture wrinkle will change the voting process.

And when it’s all said and done, the winners will be Mo’Nique, Christoph Waltz, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock…

At this point it looks like this will be the most predictable Academy Awards in recent memory in the acting categories. If there’s an upset, that’s be great fun, but I just don’t see it happening. There’s still a lot of suspense in the Best Picture category, with “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” as the co-favorites.

The sun just broke through the clouds, and many of the biggest stars have already arrived and are working the red carpet. More updates to come…

From beautiful downtown Burbank.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

From Robert Feder’s blog today:

Richard Roeper, the Sun-Times columnist and multimedia movie critic whose reviews appear on, Starz, YouTube, and elsewhere, turns up withJay Leno on NBC’s new “Tonight Show” Monday to recap the Academy Awards. (Roeper’s Best Picture Oscar prediction: “The Hurt Locker.”) He’ll also talk about his new book, Bet the House: How I Gambled over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance, published by Chicago Review Press.

Oscar predictions: all 24 categories.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

And the worst performance in the history of history is…

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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