* For professional reviews of the show, see (here, here and here).
I like Anne Hathaway and James Franco, so I am sorry to see that they (especially he) were miscast. Nothing made that clearer than when Billy Crystal walked out. Showing Bob Hope's hosting as a great way to make Anne and James look even worse. The whole changing the stage thing may have looked good in person, but was a waste. The only presenters that popped where Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. Mirren can do no wrong--now she is an action star and host-material.
Biggest hypocritical moment: if Robert Downey Jr was really upset at Ricky Gervais, then his mugging with Jude Law was pretty strange to see.
Best moment to be in Canada: Melissa Leo's speech--no bleep here.
Second best moment to be in Canada: I don't what ads were shown in the US, but an ad for Battle Los Angeles during the middle of a lame Oscar broadcast caused me to ponder this in a tweet: "After these oscars, are we gonna root for the aliens in BATTLE Los Angeles?"
Best change of the night: few montages!!
Worst timing: Best Director was way too early. Reduced any uncertainty about the outcomes.
Second worst timing: Tom Hanks talking about trifectas and then Alice in Wonderland wins the category to kill that idea.
Most tragic use of guest presenter: Tom Hanks. He can bring a lot of charm and fun to the show. But his scripted bit was a waste.
Worst Choices: Three for the montage of death:
- Celine Dion: She may have her fans, but not among the twitter-verse. And if you want to go young and hip with Anne and James, then Celine is not the right person anyway.
- We could not hear applause for the folks who died!? How do we know who Hollywood loves?
- Finishing with Lena Horne and Halle Berry was a mixed blessing. Was Lena the biggest, most beloved name? Plus it undermined the gambling for those betting who would be shown last (yes, that is a real bet people could place at internet gambling sites).