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Oscar liveblog #6
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I'm not even dignifying this Melissa McCarthy seducing Billy Crystal in a pink robe bit with one more second of my time. It's to introduce Ben Stiller and a statuesque Emma Stone, who has a massive red bow vampiring her neck, presenting Visual Effects. "This is my first time presenting an award!" she oozes, basking in the stage lights. She is about three hundred feet taller than Stiller. "We should have some banter! Where people laugh at you but you seem okay with it? We should have a song! I should pull someone up from the audience!" And then it goes from really funny to a gigantic train wreck. "Get up here Jonah! Let's dance!" Out in the audience, Hill makes a (scripted) CUT IT OUT gesture. Stiller, disapprovingly: "You don't want to be the presenter who tries too hard." "Oh," says Stone, turning on him, "you mean, like the guy who dressed up like Avatar? Or in a lime green unitard?" Okay, the whole thing was worth it for that statuesque BURN.

Visual Effects

    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
    Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
    Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
    "Real Steel"
    Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
    "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
    Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

I'm so busy trying to type up the Emma Stone business that I only just realized that, since Hugo wins this, Andy Serkis and Planet of the Apes just got robbed.

Billy Crystal: "You know, this is the year we say goodbye to Harry Potter. They made more than 7.7 BILLION dollars, and only paid 14% in taxes last year." Please welcome non sequitur-winning Melissa Leo!

Actor in a Supporting Role

    Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
    Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
    Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
    Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
    Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

And the Oscar goes to Christopher Plummer! Please bring some class up into this joint. Viola Davis leads a standing ovation (seriously, she JUMPS to her feet). Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's lipstick are slightly less beneficent this time around. "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?" he says to his Oscar. "I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother's womb, I was already rehearsing my acceptance speech. Fortunately for you, I have forgotten it." He also thanks his fellow nominees, particularly "dear Max, I am so proud to be in your company." Wait, I just realized that he is wearing a black velvet suit. I need to hit post now.

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Also, is the sound really off for anyone? Like, weirdly robot-y?

Edited at 2012-02-27 03:10 am (UTC)

Oh, good. I was hoping the weird mechanical feedback wasn't just my TV.

It is super annoying, though.

I am legit crying. This is so unfair. No one likes or cares for most of these movies, most people wouldn't even see Hugo if it wasn't Scorcese's! They're lucky I'm a world away, or I'd be rioting in the front door right now.

Seriously, it is unbelievable! 10 YEARS OF SNUBS! The fandom must do something. They can't get away with this.

I quite liked Hugo (and I don't care for Scorcese), but yes. The snubbing is ridiculous.

Stiller got burned. Awesome. HP7 got burned. NOT awesome.

But Christopher was brilliant in his acceptance speech.

HUGO was seriously awesome. It was an amazing movie, really. I'm so glad I saw it. I do understand your pain, though.

I'm curious to see whether there'll be a generational split as to perceptions of Crystal's performance as host. They've been flogging this "old Hollywood" theme all night and Crystal definitely fits in with that, but I can't think that anyone my age or younger is enjoying any of his schtick (or the interminable sketches).

I'm 22 and I am not at all ashamed to admit that I LOVED Anne Hathaway and James Franco's Oscars.

I'm in my 50's and I'm not liking Crystal.

Bret McKenzie! I met him briefly once. :D

Wooo! Bret!! And the brief glimpse of Jim Parsons in the clip! Wooot!

Agreed, and agreed! Cool for both of them :)

What the H? There's no reason for popcorn-giving vintage girlies!

I adored Emma Stone doing an Anne Hathaway impression. Totally dead-on and they didn't feel the need to explain the joke.

oh my god, was that really your mother who tweeted at me?

I don't know, did she have an icon of our pomeranian?

Why do I get the feeling TTSS is about to get screwed? *sobs*

Edited at 2012-02-27 03:26 am (UTC)

So happy that Christopher Plummer won, tbh.

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