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The 2010 Oscars…in Brief

Posted in Oscar winner, Oscar-nominated with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by ericstraus

This is not going to be a review of the Oscar program per se, as this is a film blog, not a TV blog…but one moment I do have to mention.  Did you catch Ryan Reynolds introducing the clip from “The Blind Side?”  He spoke as though he was channeling Rod Serling – I swore he was going to end his intro with “…in the Twilight Zone.”  It was quite odd.

But there were certain movie-related events that occurred last night which I feel are blog-worthy.  Most obvious was the historical win for Kathy Bigelow, becoming the first female to win Best Director.  “The Hurt Locker” took home several awards, including Best Picture, and deservedly so.  It was a great film.  So congrats to all those folks.

The biggest waste of time last night was the “tribute” to horror films.  I didn’t see the point to this at all, and several of the films they chose to show clips from were questionable, if not downright wrong.  They showed bits of old classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead; they showed more recent slasher icons like Freddy Krueger, Jason, Michael Myers; fan favorites like Jaws and Sixth Sense and Poltergeist; and then, Edward Scissorhands?  Young Frankenstein?  Silence of the Lambs?  Maybe you could say Lambs was a horror film, maybe.  But the other two?  Nope.  A quirky dark comedy and a slapstick comedy do not a horror film make.

The tribute was preceded by what was by far the funniest moment of the night – a video clip of hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin sharing a hotel room bed and videotaping the room, as a parody of Paranormal Activity.  There are probably video clips of it floating around for now, but I’m sure ABC is going to delete them all soon.  But it was funny enough to make my eyes water.

And finally, I was glad to see Avatar win some technical awards, and nothing else.  Happy viewing.